I'm not into the whole "dinner and a movie" thing. You don't really get a chance to chat while watching a movie, and dinner often feels a bit forced to me.
I like doing active things because it's kind of an icebreaker. You get to see more of your date's personality when he/she is trying something new or out of his/her comfort zone.
Plus, if things get awkward you have something else to focus on instead of sitting silently together at the table, anxiously waiting for the check to come.
I've created a little list of my favorites. Because lists are fun. Yay!
1. Indoor Rock Climbing
Or actual rock climbing, if you happen to live near mountains and you + date are feeling extra bold.
2. Bumper Cars
Channel some of that nervous energy into racing (and beating) your date!
So maybe I'm a dork, but I love to bowl. Especially cosmic bowling. Perhaps with a cocktail or two.
4. Batting cages
Multiple opportunities to whack a ball. What's not to love? Plus, one of you can "teach" the other.
Okay, so maybe this one is a little ambitious. It does take planning, extra dough, and you have to be completely sure your date is into it (and not just saying he/she is to impress you).
But it's a great bonding experience. If things don't work out, at least you did something memorable!