A first date is a huge deal for a teen. It’s an even bigger deal for a teen who usually keeps to him or herself. Most shy teens appreciate a little bit of backup on a first date, making group dates ideal. Below are three great group ideas for your shy teen’s first date.
Bowling is one of those great American past-times. It’s a sport, sure, but it doesn’t require all that much physical effort. Even better, it’s a sport that one really plays against one’s self—competition doesn’t have to be all that fierce. Bowling makes for a great group date because there’s plenty of downtime between frames for people to interact. Even those who are a little shy can get into the game as it goes on, while those with a better connection can spend time talking as others take their turns.
Escape rooms like Go Dream have become the ultimate group activity. Essentially a giant puzzle that a group has to solve, it’s a great way to make bonds between people. On a group date, it’s a chance for the couples to show off to one another and to build a rapport. If the room’s tough enough, everyone will spend an hour really getting to know one another’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s the perfect setting for a first date because it allows people to get to know one another without putting any pressure on them to make a deeper connection.
Laser tag might not be the most popular game in the world right now, but it’s still a game that most teens will play given the chance. It’s competitive, focused, and requires just a little bit of teamwork. It’s also perfect for a date because people are forced to work together against the other team. Put the two people dating on the same team and watch them develop a rapport. If they’re a little more competitive, pit them against one another for some friendly banter. It’s a great way to break down barriers while keeping everyone engaged in a group activity.
Remember, a good group date keeps everyone together while still giving the couple a chance to make a connection. The games above are all great ways to help your shy teen to make a connection without forcing him or her too far out of his or her comfort zone. If you can give these activities a chance, he or she might come out of his or her shell.