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Posted: Dec 04, 2017
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By: Whitney Meers

8 Spectacularly Geeky Date Ideas for Nerdy Couples

It’s easy for nerdy couples to fall into the mindset that date night should include an Xbox marathon and copious amounts of Seamless. But when you’re a geek in a city like New York, your future plans don’t always have to be a date with Destiny — you know, the popular video game for PC, Xbox, and PS4.

Here, we’ve hand-selected a few awesome date ideas specifically for the geekiest among us. If you recently realized the person of your dreams has a smokin’ body and a brain that Einstein would envy, impress them with any one of the following options, curated for NYC’s nerdiest inhabitants.

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Explore Futurology x VR World

4 East 34th Street, Manhattan

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Take the plunge into a headset-donning future at VR World, a futuristic arcade showcasing virtual reality games and experiences. Master your 3-D sculpture skills with “Tilt Brush,” practice your chopping skills with “Fruit Ninja,” or try your hand at an office job in a future where humans don’t work with “Job Simulator.”

Since there’s often a wait for games, take a break in between experiences with a glass of wine at the studio’s bar. Just don’t drink too much and then try to play, as alcohol followed by VR can leave some people feeling a bit woozy.

02

Relive History x Intrepid Museum

Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, Manhattan

Relive History x Intrepid Museum

This NYC historical landmark is an ideal date spot for couples who are nerdy about all things air, sea, and space. The museum is housed inside the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, which survived five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike in World War II.

The museum features activities such as guided tours and interactive simulation experiences such as the G-force encounter, which allows visitors to experience all the force and power of being in a supersonic jet. Military history buffs will enjoy the art and wit of “Don’t be a Dilbert,” a current exhibition featuring original 1940s Navy safety posters illustrated by cartoonist Robert Osborn.

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Learn Something New x Brooklyn Brainery

190 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn (Prospect Heights location) 1233 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn (Windsor Terrace location)

Learn Something New x Brooklyn Brainery

190 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn (Prospect Heights location) 1233 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn (Windsor Terrace location)

Sure, there are plenty of classes for couples in and around New York City. But where else can you take a class that provides a comprehensive overview of the history of toilets?

If you and your partner are geeks about anything at all, Brooklyn Brainery is for you. Learn about the cuisine of the ancient Greeks, study joke writing math, or learn the history of gin. If learning for the sake of learning doesn’t quite cut it for you, you can also get a hands-on experience with something more practical like Sichuan cooking. But be sure to sign up well in advance as classes often sell out… possibly even the toilet class.

04

Astrophysical Activities x Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park West, Manhattan

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For a truly out of this world date night, couples can visit the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History. The home base for internationally-known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson also promotes space education through events and lecture series, such as an upcoming overview on what to expect in astronomy throughout 2018.

From Dec. 4 through 6, the lottery will be open to win tickets to witness the annual Isaac Asimov debate. This event brings some of the most noted names in science to debate hot topics in scientific discovery. It’s worth it to sign up to try to land a chance to enjoy this remarkable experience.

If you’re tired of the same old dinner and and movie routine, you can check out one of the the most compelling films you’ll find in New York: “Dark Universe,” narrated by Tyson. Admission to the film also requires paying admission to the museum, so make the most of it by exploring other exhibitions while there such as the Butterfly Conservatory or The Secret World Inside You, which examines how microbes affect the human body.

05

Lectures & Libations x Secret Science Club

The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn

Lectures & Libations x Secret Science Club

Perhaps it’s not such a secret anymore since we’re here telling you about it! Secret Science Club is a monthly gathering that celebrates science, complete with lectures, arts, performances, and a “cocktail of the night” customized for the event. Curated by Dorian Devins, Margaret Mittelbach, and Michael Crewdson, the crew’s most recent events have examined an evolutionary biologist’s take on viruses, fostered a conversation on black holes with some of Princeton’s leading physicists, and forayed into the science of earthquakes with a noted geologist.

The curators haven’t yet released the speakers and topics for next month’s meeting, so follow Secret Science Club on Facebook for news and guest updates.

06

Video Games Galore x Playcrafting

Microsoft, 11 Times Square, Manhattan

Video Games Galore x Playcrafting

Microsoft, 11 Times Square, Manhattan

(Bit Awards to take place at The John L. Tishman Auditorium, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, Manhattan)

This awesome meet-up and event series features the demos from independent video game designers as well as talks about game development. While some people attend for the networking and professional development aspect, it’s also a great place to share a unique experience with your gaming-addicted S.O.

Two upcoming events to keep your eyes are are the 2017 Bit Awards, which celebrates and honors the Playcrafting’s year in video games, and the Playcrafting and Microsoft Global Game Jam, a weekend of game-making and talks about video games.

07

Witty Wordsmithing x Punderdome

Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Brooklyn

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It takes a certain type of person to appreciate the magic of a competition inspired by a love of puns and wordplay. But, for people who live for this type of humor, it’s a seriously punny time.

A staple in NYC since 2011, Punderdome now houses packed audiences who show love to their favorite contenders with their raucous cheering and applause. If you’re feeling daring, you can even show up early to sign up to compete either as individuals or as a couple. The doors open at 7, and hosts give preference to new contenders.

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Books & More x New York Public Library

476 5th Avenue, Manhattan (Mid-Manhattan branch)

Books & More x New York Public Library

If the last time you thought about a romantic date at the library was when you were crushing on your algebra tutor in high school, it’s time to revisit this archive of all things nerdy as an amazing date option.

Libraries, and particularly libraries in New York City, are full of cultural activities for busy brains. If browsing the nonfiction section isn’t quite up your alley, you can sign up for a writing class, a haiku workshop, or attend one of the library’s many author talks and other cultural events.

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