Cheap date ideas: Games we play — board games, trivia, darts, rock climbing and racquetball

I’m ready to take part in at least one, if not all, of these cheap date ideas. All these inexpensive dates are under $40. Just as important, they are all a blast! Here are the Games We Play:


Amoa Tank plays a game of giant Jenga at a 2008 Atlanta Play Date gathering. Photo credit: Alison Church, Special

Amoa Tank plays a game of giant Jenga at a 2008 Atlanta Play Date gathering. Photo credit: Alison Church, Special

Musical chairs. Pictionary. Monopoly. Twister. Poker. Pac-Man. Galaga. Sound familiar? Yep, these are the games of your youth, back when life was a breeze and fun was the order of the day. Well, the games are back, only this time there is a room full of like-minded adults looking to have a good time without the club scene. Play Date Atlanta is one of the hottest scenes in the metro area, and also happens to be an affordable way to have a blast on a late-night date. Admission is $10 per person, plus $5 for parking. The next gathering is Dec. 19 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select in Decatur.

Trivia Night

My friends are better at trivia games than I am. That doesn’t stop me from showing up at local spots for a game of trivia, along with a plate of chicken wings. In Trivia games, everyone is winner just for trying. It’s also cheap. You can see how your date performs under a little intellectual pressure and decide whether he or she is a good sport. And if your partner bombs, as I’ve been known to do, it’s no big deal. Laugh at yourselves and have a good time. To find a location near you, try this Web site.

We’re playing..Racquetball

Are you both members of a local gymnasium? Chances are there’s a racquetball court, and if there is, you’ve just stumbled upon a date that will get your blood pumping and body moving. Racquetball is terrific exercise and is usually free if you already have a gym membership. I did find one public court at the Roswell Community Activity Building, located at 10495 Woodstock Rd., in Roswell. There, court time is $2 per hour for Roswell residents and $3 an hour for everyone else. So, you’ll look a little funny with the protective goggles. Who cares? By the time you’re done huffing and puffing, appearances will matter little.

Go Climb a Rock

Photo credit: Adrienne Hughes-Harris, Special

Photo credit: Adrienne Hughes-Harris, Special

Flex your muscles. Stretch. Reach higher, and higher still. Indoor rock climbing is physically demanding, but not overwhelming. Release those endorphins by getting physical; head to a rock climbing facility to show off. Be prepared to work hard, though. Before you guy, check for specials like Ladies Night and discounts for college students and military personnel. You can also sometimes find deals on local discount sites. A night out will run you about $20 per person, which fits perfectly inside our $40 budget.


One of my colleagues is a trained at throwing darts. It kind of scares me to think of the mistakes that could happen with a dart in my hand. I was never any good at throwing anything, let alone a pointed object designed to pierce an inanimate object. Nevertheless, she swears by the fun of it and I’m inclined to believe her. I like even more that it cost less than a fast food lunch to play.

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December 18th, 2009
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A friend and I went to comedy night at Taboo 2 in Sandy Springs last night and we had a great time. The show is free before 9 p.m. with a printed ticket (sign up for the show promoter’s e-mail list in advance) and there are $5 entree “teasers” until 8 p.m.