Spring has sprung, and there is no better time to get your ass out there and get your romance on! Although I've been in the same relationship for nearly three years, we still make it a priority to go out and do fun things that break the monotony of merely grabbing a bite or a beer. Whether you are single or paired up, if you're in the Los Angeles area, you are going to love these two date ideas for spring (and summer!):

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THE WHERE: The Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum

THE COST: $9 for the Butterfly Pavilion alone, and an additional $12 if you’d like to check out the rest of the museum

THE WHY: I went to the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum this past weekend, and it was incredible. While the exhibit itself is brief (they have each group enter in thirty minute intervals), the butterflies are absolutely gorgeous, and the folks working the exhibit offer tidbits of fascinating information about each of the butterflies.

After watching the bright flutterbys chase each other, you and your date can either head into the museum to see the rest of what it has to offer, or you can plan ahead with some sandwiches and have lunch on the grassy field outside the museum. Los Angeles always has gorgeous weather, but particularly right now, in spring, it’s not too hot and not too cold and there’s no better time to take advantage of the perfect weather. Plus, maybe checking out the butterflies will inspire you and your date to do a little of what the birds and the bees do too.

THE WHEN: The Butterfly Pavilion is up through the summer, and comes back every year. Get your tickets in advance here; the exhibit is around until September 1st.


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THE WHAT: Head inside on a warm evening for bowling and beer in Little Tokyo.

THE WHERE: XLanes, the bowling alley/arcade/bar/pool hall combo in a mall in Little Tokyo

THE COST: Including beer, two games, and shoe rental, you’re looking at less than $30.

THE WHY: Bowling is one of my favorite early dating activities; it is perfect for that stage of dating when you aren’t officially an item but you know that you’re definitely going home together at the end of the night. You can learn a lot about a person by bowling with them, especially since most people are not very good at bowling (including myself). How do they deal with the failure? Are they cheering you on whether you are getting strikes or gutterballs? If you’re feeling frisky you can always up the ante by betting sexual favors on the game.

XLanes in particular is a favorite of mine because there are so many things to do. Is there a long line for an available bowling lane? No problem! Go shoot some pool, or head over to the arcade and see who wins at skeeball. Hungry? Grab a snack from the restaurant and people watch from the platform. Plus, if you’d like to make a whole night of it, you can always grab a delicious bite somewhere in Little Tokyo before or after getting your friendly competition on.

THE WHEN: XLanes is open late and early, and even offer some pretty hefty discounts for weekday daytime bowling. Check out their site here.



And of course, after both of these you'll need to set aside a good solid make out hour. After all, there's no great date without that. Enjoy folks!

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