Working on your relationship doesn’t have to be limited to weekly therapy sessions or serious talks after the kids are in bed. It can also include fun date ideas in Santa Monica! Stepping out on the town with your partner and an attitude of discovery can enrich both your lives and your romance.

Therapy takes a lot of energy. It’s a process that brings people closer to their authentic selves by direct contact with some tough stuff. And when couples do that work together, it’s important that they proactively work on their growth during the remaining 167 hours in the week.

For those lucky enough to live in or near Santa Monica, that work can feel more like play. Keep an open mind, get creative, and venture out with your other half to enjoy some of Santa Monica’s most unique spots and why-didn’t-I-think-of-that activities.
Here are several ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Fun Date Ideas In Santa Monica

Be like Fred and Ginger.

When it comes to strengthening a relationship, partner dancing has all the bene’s wrapped up in one pretty box step. You will finesse your verbal and non-verbal communication, deepen your trust, and bask in some physical closeness while learning something new. You will also have countless opportunities to laugh…and practice.

When it comes to fun date ideas in Santa Monica, La Dancefit Studio on Santa Monica Blvd will have you cha cha-ing and kitchen waltzing in six sessions. Check out their website to learn about their inspiring mission, passionate instructors and extensive class offerings.

Head to the mountains.

As inescapable as LA can seem, there’s a taste of freedom within reach of the madness.

The Santa Monica Mountains offer everything from coastline, wildlife and over 500 miles of hiking trails to a still-operating film set at Paramount Ranch.

Pick your fancy and plan your day. Hiking with the chance to talk, photography, a picnic lunch on the beach, movie history — it’s all right here in this jewel of southern California.

Volunteer Date Ideas In Santa Monica

When you volunteer as a couple, you enrich your relationship as much as you do your community. You get to bond with your partner while helping others or the environment. And inevitably you come away with new friends and deepened gratitude for all your blessings.

You can find a volunteer opportunity in just about any area of interest. Volunteering is also a great way to learn new skills because they can carry over into other areas of your life. Because everyone is pooling their gifts together for a greater good, there is always a spirit of mentorship and non-judgment.

Here are a couple ideas to stir up fun, impact and a rush of oxytocin:

Heal the Bay.

Head to the beach we all love and join a crowd of like minds bent on keeping our coastal environment trash-free.

Meals on Wheels West.

You and your partner work as a team to deliver meals to senior citizens and shut-ins who don’t have means for or access to a nutritious meal. You are guaranteed to be the bright spot in these recipients’ day.

Much Love Animal Rescue.

Channel your love for animals into helping homeless pets find their furever homes. The constant in animal rescue is the need for everything. So, whatever talent you have to give, this creature cause can use it.

Great with a camera? You can literally save a life by showing animals in their best (and happiest) light. Love to run? Leash up and head out with a dog that needs to run off its stress and pent-up energy. The list of opportunities is endless, and your contribution will literally be life-saving.

More Date Ideas In Santa Monica

Hack the Getty.

Think all art museum tours involve a ball and chain of boredom and historical factoids you’ll never remember? Think again. This ain’t your grandma’s art tour!

Museum Hack has brought the juicy, scandalous details behind the art to big-name museums across the country. And Museum Hack LA at the Getty is on the lucky list.

You and your partner will join a small group for a behind-the-curtain tour led by an art-savvy guide who will spare you the blasé and go straight to the good stuff. Do some hand-holding, learn something new, and laugh your way to the tour-ending gift shop.

Yuck it up!

Think you have what it takes to be the next Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? Head to the West Side Comedy Theater to rub your funny bone on some stand-up from the pro’s. If you think you have what it takes to grab the guffaws, take your turn on open-mic night.

Better yet, treat yourself and your comedic partner to one of West Side’s courses in improv, sketch or stand-up. Without realizing it, you’ll learn to laugh at yourself and put a lot of your relationship peeves into lighter perspective.

Laughter, after all, is both cathartic and fortifying. Furthermore, it can bond you together in a light and fun way. Who knew couples therapy could be so entertaining?

Bring the yoga retreat home.

For a unique date ideas in Santa Monica, yoga instructor Catherine Tingey brings her luxury couples yoga retreat to your home. That way, you both can relax and connect physically and mentally. She provides all the essentials and guides you through 90 minutes of breathwork, meditation and stretching.

For couples who use body-centered therapy, this partner yoga retreat is the perfect, edifying extension of your hard work. Fill the room with candles, diffuse some essential oils, and set the stage for a truly memorable experience.

Couples therapy can be a lot of work.  With the right mindset, it can also be a lot of fun.

There are unseen lessons and benefits to engaging with your partner in unique, as well as vulnerable, ways. The effort put forth to plan a day or a new activity demonstrates value for your loved one and your relationship. And participating in new and various events reinforces your status as a team.

Think of this wonderful city as a built-in support system, providing everything you need to help your relationship thrive.

If you think I can help you have more closeness and romance in your relationship, please call me on my confidential voice mail 310-314-6933 or email me