movie in a fort creative date idea with blankets covering couches

Movie in a Fort

Want a really fun date idea that is free or at least very cheap? Did you ever make forts when you were a child in your living room or family room? No? Well, I sure did and it was awesome! Making forts with chairs and pillows and blankets is really fun. For this creative date activity, you make a fort with your date and then set your TV inside, or build the fort around your TV if it is in an entertainment center. Then make it as comfortable as you want inside with pillows, blankets, love sacs, and cuddle up and watch a movie. If you are going to watch a movie at home, why not make it a little more creative with a movie in a fort? 

This idea blends childhood memories with that fun sense of building things with the excitement of watching a movie. What could be better? Plus it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to do this kind of activity on your date.

What you need for this movie in a fort date idea: 

You don’t need anything except what you already have at home. Making a fort is very easy. One of my favorite floor plans is setting up the kitchen table chairs in a large circle, and then putting a big blanket on top. I would put books down or tape the blanket in place. You place sofa cushions on the sides and leave one chair as the crawl space entrance. Then take pillows and blankets inside. You can’t watch a movie without popcorn right? Make sure to make a big bowl of popcorn to share, or whatever your date’s favorite movie snack is. Need some ideas for some awesome homemade snacks and treats? Check out my other website In the Kitchen with Matt.

My experience with this creative date idea:

When I was a junior in college I met this girl, Kelsey, at the climbing gym where I worked out. She seemed like a nice girl and was pretty cute, too. Plus, she liked climbing, which sealed the deal for me. I suggested that we see a movie sometime because she said she liked them. I picked her up from her house and took her to the Olive Garden. We had a nice dinner and conversation, then went to a movie.  I know I know it was the “classic” dinner and a movie date idea. It’s okay, you don’t have to be a creative mastermind for every date.

Time to build a fort

We went back to my condominium where my roommates and some other friends were hanging out. My date had a bit of a headache, but she wasn’t quite ready to go home yet, so we gave her some Advil and just relaxed. Of course, she didn’t want to go home, she was having an awesome time with me. My roommates decided to make a fort and watch a movie in it. So we barged in on their activity and joined them.

Fort in a living room with blankets draped over couches and entertainment center.
(Our fort from December 2002)

How did we make the fort?

We grabbed the couches and turned them upright and used the entertainment center and of course lots of blankets to drape over the top. Then we used books and other things to hold the blankets in place so the ceiling of the fort wouldn’t fall in on us.

During the movie, Kelsey gave me a back massage by driving a toy tractor on my back while I was lying down. Okay, kind of weird, but it felt good. She seemed pretty interested in me. Good sign.

Guy and girl inside a for watching a movie.
(Me and my date inside the fort. Yes, I had hair back then.)

After the movie

After we watched the movie we played games and decided to stay up all night and then make breakfast in the morning. And yes Kelsey was still there and not once asked me to take her home. Again, because she was having such an awesome with me, right?

We made bacon, eggs, and hash browns at around 6:00 am, and then I took my date home around 7. I was just going with the flow with this date and she seemed to really enjoy it. It was actually pretty funny because the fort stayed in our living room for a week. My roommate slept in there, too. College kids. I called and asked Kelsey out again a few days later, but she said she was busy, I got a weird vibe from the conversation on the phone, so I never asked her out again.

Do you have experience with this creative date idea? Let me know in the comments how it went and if your date, spouse, significant other liked it. You can buy a copy of the book 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic here or visit the shop.

Here are other creative date ideas you might like:

Go to a Play

Rooftop Dinner

Make Dinner Together