Whether you've been together for eight weeks or eight years, date night is always a fun way to spark fun and spontaneity in a relationship. But, what happens when the same dinner-and-a-movie date starts to get a little... routine? You think outside the box, and do something new! Luckily, Fairfax County has many unique places to visit with your better half. Give one of these unconventional date ideas a try next time "date night" pops up on your calendar.


Light Up Their Life


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Candles and cocktails, anyone? Take your special someone to Paddywax Candle Bar in Reston to create your own personalized candles from start to finish. Choose your favorite "vessel" and fragrance, and you'll be led through the candle-pouring process. Plus - you can bring your own wine! It'll be a scentsational time! 

Hot tip: Make your candles for each other, and do a sweet gift swap after the workshop! 

Unleash Your Inner Gordon Ramsay

Cooking class at the Workhouse

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Indulge your appetite and learn new cooking skills at one of the cooking classes at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. Every third Saturday of the month, a professional chef will teach you to make a new dish with flair at the Dinner Together cooking class. Not only will you have an amazing meal, but you can take pride in the fact that you made it together! 

Go Axe Throwing

It's true - chucking sharp objects at wooden boards is totally in. Visit the Bad Axe Throwing facility in Mosaic, where you can learn how to hurl and axe and hit a bullseye. You never know when you'll need to pull this skill out of your back pocket! This unconventional date night idea will definitely be one that you'll talk about for a long time. 


See the Sistine Chapel Up Close

How about a date to Italy? Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition has opened up its doors in Tysons Corner Center to showcase the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements while allowing its visitors to experience this art from an up-close perspective. With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced in a truly unique way using HD photos. Brought to life using a special printing technique that emulates the look and feel of the original paintings, visitors are given a chance to engage with the artwork in ways that were never before possible: seeing every detail, every brushstroke, and every color. The exhibit runs through the end of February. 

Escape the Joker's Trap


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OR save the White House! OR time travel to find the cure to a disease! OR catch the ghost of a little girl! Put your problem-solving skills to work at one of the many adventures inside of Bond's Escape Room, the largest escape room venue on the East Coast. See if you can work together to solve the mystery within the time frame you're given. Bonus points for escaping with time to spare! 

Hot tip: Can't make it to Fairfax City? Don't miss these other nearby escape rooms in Herndon and Falls Church

With all of these ideas, there's no excuse for a dull date night! What are some places you've visited for an unconventional date night? Don't forget to use #FXVA for a chance to be featured - we can't wait to see your photos!