Dating and relationships can be intimidating for anyone, but they’re especially anxiety-inducing for people living with cerebral palsy. Finding things that both people can do may be challenging and discouraging, but you shouldn’t let that stop you.
If you or your partner are living with mild cerebral palsy, you may struggle to find fun activities that you two can do together. While there are always movies or TV shows to stream at home, everyone needs to get out of the house once in a while.
We’ve made a list of some fun adult activities that you and your partner can get out and do, even if one of you has cerebral palsy.
1. Attend an Event
No matter where you live, there’s bound to be something fun for you and your partner to attend. If you’re unsure of events going on near you, check the newspaper or local social media pages to see what’s happening. Most events make great wheelchair-accessible dates!
Going to the movies is always a fun activity, especially for dates! Movie theaters have wheelchair-accessible seating available if that’s something you need. If you know what you want to see ahead of time, you can even reserve your seats online.
If you or your partner are into any sports, see if there are any games near you. Whether professional, college or high school sports, there’s always something in season that you can watch. Most sporting events will have wheelchair-accessible seating, so everyone is able to go out and watch.
Concerts or Plays
If you or your partner are into the arts, going to a concert or play is a great idea for a date. Whether you’re going to a sold-out rock concert or the local school’s drama club play, getting out to see a creative performance is always an enjoyable experience.
2. Explore Your Area
Depending on where you live, there may be a lot of attractions for you to explore. Even though most attractions seem to be located around bigger cities, there’s always something new to explore wherever you are.
Many people who live in a popular tourist destination haven’t bothered to even visit the attractions. If you’re one of those people, you’re missing out! If you’re looking for something fun to do, go on a date to a nearby attraction that you’ve been ignoring to see what the fuss is about!
Museum dates never go out of style. Whether you’re visiting a history museum, an art museum, or a science museum, there’s always something fun to learn and see for everyone!
Most museums are accommodating for people with disabilities, but it’s a good idea to call and find out what’s accessible beforehand.
Zoos and Aquariums
Going to the zoo or aquarium can make for a really fun experience if you enjoy seeing the animals. If you and your partner live near a zoo or aquarium, it’s certainly worth checking out together.
If you don’t live by either of those places but you’re still interested in seeing animals, look up if there are any wildlife sanctuaries near you. Wildlife sanctuaries aren’t as popular as zoos and aquariums, so you should call ahead to make sure they’re wheelchair accessible if that’s something you need.
3. Cook Together
Cooking together can be a really fun and rewarding activity for couples. If you and your partner aren’t very experienced cooks, consider enrolling in a couples cooking class together to learn the basics.
If you are a bit more experienced and you want a more low-key activity, you could always just cook a romantic meal together at home.
4. Painting or Pottery Classes
Feeling artsy? Many local recreational centers offer painting and pottery classes for beginners. If you’re looking for something fun and unique to do, find out if there are any art classes near you.
Painting and pottery both utilize motor skills and can be a good form of physical therapy for people with mild cerebral palsy.
5. Adaptive Sports
Most sports can be adapted so that way people with cerebral palsy can play. Going out and playing an adaptive sport is a great way to get active and socialize.
If you’re looking for fun activities to get you and your partner active, consider looking up how you adapt your favorite sports to play together!
6. Have a Spa Day
Going to the spa is a great way to treat you and your partner to a relaxing day. While everyone enjoys being pampered, spa treatments, such as massages, are extra beneficial to people with cerebral palsy because they can relieve pain and pressure in the joints.
If you’re thinking of booking a spa day for someone with cerebral palsy, be sure to call and talk to a massage therapist ahead of time so they can accommodate your needs.
7. Explore Nature
Getting out to explore nature is a good way to get fresh air and spend time with someone you care about. While many outdoor activities can be challenging for someone with cerebral palsy, there are still plenty of activities that will bring you a sense of adventure.
Visit Paved Nature Trails
Visiting nature trails can be a peaceful activity for anyone, and many trails are now paved to be easily accessible. If you live near walking trails, you can check online or visit them ahead of time to find out if they’re paved.
Have a Picnic
If you’re looking to get outside but a nature trail just isn’t your thing, you could always plan a picnic. Make a basket with your and your partner’s favorite snacks and set up a picnic at a park. Most parks have picnic tables and shaded areas for visitors to rest at.
If you live in the countryside where there’s less light pollution, stargazing can be a really romantic way to spend the night. If you have a telescope, you and your partner can take turns looking through it and into the vast night sky.
If you don’t have a telescope, that’s okay too! You can always lay a blanket down in the grass and just take in the view of the whole horizon.
Dating With Mild Cerebral Palsy
Finding fun activities to do can seem difficult when you or your partner have mild cerebral palsy, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Hopefully, these ideas will help you plan some fun dates with your partner without feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
If you have any other fun activities for someone with mild cerebral palsy, please share them with us in the comments below! If you’re looking for more general information about dating someone with cerebral palsy, check out our blog post here.