Dork out over board games
Coolidge Corner & Somerville
It’s normcore for a nominal fee. Knight Moves Cafe calls itself “your living room away from home,” which translates to a den of G-rated pleasures: fair-trade coffee, hot chocolate, and above all, a colossal board game library. (The Brookline location also offers a few foodstuffs like hot dogs and cheese plates.) BYO for a nominal corkage fee if you want to move into PG territory.
Break the ice with drinks and Skeeball
A4cade is all about the simple pleasures: ‘80s arcade classics (Galaga, Ms. Pacman), grilled cheese and soft serve from the adjoining Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and potent cocktails to help get the conversation flowing more freely.
Get tickets for a concert on the waterfront
For live music and fresh air, catch a concert at Blue Hills Banks Pavilion. Located in Seaport, the massive tent accommodates thousands of fans of all ages. This summer, Big Sean, Vance Joy, Charlie Puth, Beck, Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae, and O.A.R. will take the stage. Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen are putting on a night of “Good Vibes” in August -- seriously, that’s what the tour is called.