- Ian Selig
- Brains are sexy, so check out the Discovery Centre.
Whether you're swiping on Tinder or hitting up all the campus parties, the start of the school year is prime time to meet someone new (or maybe actually talk to the person you did nothing but stare at in meal hall last semester, you weirdo). Figuring out where to go on a date can be tricky, but your crush's major can serve as a window to their interests. Here's a handy guide to help you out.
Your date is used to high-pressure situations, so they'd likely do well in an escape room. There are a few of these in Halifax, including Trapped and The Great Escape. A bigger group is needed for some of these, so you may want to do the rounds and assemble a surgical team—depending on where you're going and which room you want to try. Whether you succeed or fail, at least you'll have some guaranteed bonding time.
Pitch the idea of going to start-up hub Volta Labs for a business or creatives meet-up. There are also events that'll teach you about anything from digital marketing to software design. Alternatively, a trip to a farmers' market would serve as a reminder that the supply/demand dynamics of commerce don't have to be a mega corporation. On second thought, maybe just ask them if they have a minor.
This one might be obvious. Seeing a show, of course, is the way to go. Theatre can be pricey, but you've got options: Neptune Theatre has student discounts, student rush tickets and "pay what you can" performances. There are also smaller companies such as Whale Song Theatre, or you can check out the latest play put on at one of the universities. That said, get your act together. Remember theatre isn't "one size fits all." Don't take someone who hates musicals to see Mamma Mia! and make sure your date is into Shakespeare before you buy tickets to Macbeth.
The Discovery Centre is a great place to see if you have chemistry, and a science guy (or woman, or person) will almost certainly appreciate it. If you go on the weekend, make sure your date likes kids and won't push them out of the way to get to the bubble room. On Wednesdays, the Centre has free admission from 5-8pm. Occasionally, there are also specific events geared towards adults, such as the annual Discover Love event on Valentine's Day.
Here's the scoop: You'll want to take your newsie to a loud bar of some kind so you can easily tune them out as they talk about themselves. Stillwell is great, because along with its selection of beer, it's also quite popular and often crowded. However, the crowd might make it tough for them to get out the door for a smoke every once in awhile (almost all King's students smoke). Charlie's is a less expensive, danker alternative. The various beer gardens around town are fun, but most writers are allergic to natural light since their eyes are perpetually glued to laptop and phone screens. Wait, are you sure you want to do this?
Time to go full nerd and take a trip back in time to the Nova Scotia Archives. It's close to most student territory and is open until 9pm on Wednesdays, so there's plenty of time to stop by after class—unless you have a night class. In that case, Saturday is the way to go. If genealogy is their jam, you can explore online, too. According to the archives' website, there are 26,646 new vital statistics records available, including 6,689 marriages (romantic!) and 6,503 deaths (less so).
Between running code and doing math, your date is accustomed to problem solving. Somewhere like the Board Room Game Cafe or Roll The Dice will let them show off their strategic skills while having some java. May I suggest staying away from friendship-ruining games such as Monopoly or Cards Against Humanity? Something like Betrayal at House on the Hill is a game that's equal parts competitive and fun. This is another activity that might be best as a group, but it depends what you want to play.