There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking your date to a great movie; especially if you're planning to watch a mega hit like Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, which I highly recommend. The whole "dinner and movie" idea has worked since the early 1950s and it can still be a good fallback. However, it also says to your date: "I have absolutely no idea what else we could do and I'm not creative enough to recommend anything."
Coming up with great ideas can be nerve-racking. First dates can be extremely agonizing when you have no idea what your date likes to do. The good thing is, you don't have to know exactly what she likes. Almost any idea will work--as long as it doesn't involve extreme danger, or the two of you sitting on a couch watching hours of Netflix and Hulu.
If you're totally stumped, here are a few creative ideas that go beyond the traditional date:
1. Wine Tasting
Attend a wine tasting event.
Of course, it helps if you're a wine drinker. Wine tasting is a multi-sensory experience and ususally includes exploring the sight (how it looks), smell (fragrance in the glass), taste (and aftertaste), and touch (sensation in your mouth) of wine. Don't worry if you're not a wine connoisseur--the tasting hosts will guide you and the whole experience will be a great start or end to your date.
2. Paint Something
Take an art class together.
Most of us aren't great sketch artists or painters, but an hour-long art class is a fun, non-traditional night out, and makes for a great date. Professional artists are there to help with technique, but you're usually free to create your own masterpiece. Some places even allow you to consume great wine while creating paintings or sketches. So, summon your inner Van Gogh and let's paint something for your next date.
3. Ballroom Dancing
Trip the light fantastic.
Yes--this is exactly what it sounds like and no, you don't have to show up in a rented tuxedo. However, dance lessons may be something that spans multiple dates since you probably won't learn everything in an hour. As a beginner, you may be interested in social dancing like weddings or something more "showcase-y" like ballroom competitions. You can start with the basics and over time, highly-trained staff can elevate your skills.
4. Prepare or Serve Meals Together
You are guaranteed to score 1000 cool points with this one. Most cities in America have a homeless population that doesn't get enough to eat. Food pantries and other meal delivery organizations often need volunteers to help prepare and/or deliver meals, or serve meals in a local lunchrooms or kitchens. Call up an organization and make arrangements to serve meals to the homeless or elderly for 1 hour. Not only is it a good date idea, it's a great way to serve humanity.
5. Canoe/Boat Ride
Boat rides are usually tour-based, so you and your date can sit back and allow the tour guide to narrate your experience. Most guided boat tours are filled with history, and presentations about wildlife, landmarks, and other local sights. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. If you're truly adventurous, consider renting a canoe or kayak, or taking a guided tour.
Keep in mind that women are typically quite adventurous and willing to do almost anything (if they like you). If you're unfamiliar with your date's likes and dislikes, you really can't go wrong with these ideas. You can also try rock climbing; take a cooking class; go picture taking around town; or tour a specialty museum. As long as you put some thought and effort into planning the date, you will likely score a second date. Go ahead--be creative.