Remember when you were young and all you ever wanted to do was play? From organized sports to invented games, whatever it was, kids naturally thrive on a little bit of friendly competition. But over time as we grow into adulthood it seems we lose sight of that mentality, using our time for more serious stuff. We think it’s time to re-visit our roots. Dating is supposed to be exciting, and what better way to have some fun than a play date with your partner! Mix up your classic dinner date, get outside your comfort zone and put your game face on. The following are our picks for the best play date ideas in the city. How will you play today?

Century Bowling

We think bowling has a bad rap…. You don’t need to wear dentures to enjoy a good 10-pin game! For me, bowling always ensures some good laughs and a few too many gutter balls. After you finish your game, head over to the newly renovated Century Casino or the Mid City Grill Restaurant, all connected to the bowling lanes! 

Driving Range

If mini golf or virtual golf just aren’t enough for you, take your date to the driving range. There are several just a short drive from downtown. Helping your lady on her swing is the perfect excuse to get nice and cozy. We call that a hole-in-one! 

Ducky’s Pub: Karaoke

If you’re craving a good laugh, karaoke is the ultimate fix. Ducky’s pub offers karaoke 7 days a week so you have no excuse not to exercise those vocal cords. Grab your date, order some liquid courage and belt your heart out. The more tone deaf the better! 

Kart World

Rev up your engines with go karting! Kart World offers the largest go karting track in the city, featuring bridge crossings, figure 8′s, and long straightaways. Save the road rage for the real roads, this place is all about having a good time! 

Schanks Sports Bar and Grill

If you can’t decide what to do on your play date, look no further than Shanks. Mini golf, virtual golf, video games, NTN trivia, bowling, arcade, and billiards it’s your one stop shop for the ultimate in fun activities. All this friendly competition will likely get your appetite soaring, but not to worry Shanks has an extensive food and drink menu. Game on! 

The Shooting Edge

Starting your date off with a bang! Want to look extra badass in front of your partner? The Shooting Edge is the place to be in Calgary, with 16 shooting lanes and plenty of professional staff to ensure you’re doing it right. Embrace your inner Lara Croft or James Bond and challenge each other to see who can get with the most accurate shots. Winner picks their prize! 

Zip-lining at the Park

Ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush? Visit Canada Olympic Park for their 500 metre long zipline! Starting at the top of the ski jump tower, riders reach speeds between 120-140 km/hour. In addition, the zipline offers some of the most scenic views of the city!


Get playful on your next date. With eight lanes of 10-pin bowling, and Mexican food and cocktails, National on 10th is the perfect place to have some fun on a date. The lighting is dim, and the atmosphere is fun and modern. Pay by the hour, and rock some matching kicks.  


Take your next date on a thrill ride. Calaway Park is a great place to channel your inner child, have fun eating too much cotton candy, and then try to keep it down on the roller coasters. At only 10k West of the City, the perfect summer date is closer than you think.