Looking for something different to do this Valentine’s Day? Dinner and a movie are certainly nice, but does it make the day special? Here are 14 alternative plans to make this year’s date memorable.
14 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
1. PICK YOUR OWN CANDY
I would NEVER condone leaving the traditional sweets out of this day! But, how about you switch it up a bit? Take a tour of your town’s greatest confectioners, and pick out your favorite candies together!
That’s all. You have candy, what more could you want? Oh, I promised you 14 ideas. Right. Well, let’s get on with the list.
2. RIVERBOAT DINNER CRUISE/ DINNER ON A TRAIN
Yes, still dinner. But, most people don’t do these every date night.
3. CAR SHOPPING
What?! Okay, seems outrageous, I know. That’s not a date! Or is it? If Jackpot and I got to cruise around in a car for a bit that we could in no way afford, AND there are no kids in it? Yep. We’d reminisce about that until death do us part. 🙂
4. ART (or other)MUSEUM
Look at your local museum sites for what they have planned for the evening. A lot of them will have a special event planned that includes adult beverages. Score.
When was the last time you put on a pair of ice or roller skates and spun around a rink holding hands with someone other than your kids? If you can’t remember, or the answer is never, you might want to consider this one.
6. POETRY READING
Romantic, huh? Or, if you’re like Jackpot and I, poetry is fine, but we bond with comedy. Check out who’s scheduled at your local comedy club. Psst. They serve drinks there,too. 😉
7. WINE TASTING
Geez, Louise, what’s with all things pointing to alcohol, Tina? Hang out with me for a day and you’ll get it. If you’ve never been to one, this would definitely be different than just a dinner out. Check locally for what’s available. Some grocery stores even have them in their own wine department! Taste a few thousand wines and go buy some Cheetos!
8. POTTERY PAINTING
This was our first official date, and we have repeated it a few times since. It’s quiet and relaxing, you can bring in whatever food or drinks you want, and you can make something together or for each other. There’s something about doing a creative activity together that can send you into much deeper conversation.
9. TAKE A CLASS
Pick a subject that interests you both, and I bet you can find a class for it. It could be anything – a free starter class for yoga or karate, a cooking class, or a dance class. Writing workshop. parenting class :-?, how to make your own beer or wine class…here I go again!
10. GHOST TOURS
These are rising in popularity, so finding one in your city for Valentine’s Day may not be as difficult as you think.
Anywhere with games (except Chuck E. Cheese – think a little older), may be a surprisingly relaxing outing. Which brings me to #12.
12. JUST THE TWO OF YOU
There are tons of things that you can do that will take on a whole new life when it’s just the 2 of you. Without the kids, you can leisurely stroll through a zoo or museum. Without the usual group of friends, you can socialize with each other at a bar, or out dancing.
13. TOUR OF SPECIAL PLACES
Where did you meet? Where was your 1st date, 1st kiss, 1st fight? Where did the proposal happen – of marriage or a night out? Where were you when you 1st talked about having kids? Where did you always used to go eat when you were young and broke, or young and rich before you had kids?;) Now, if all of these places involve restaurants, you may find it hard to schedule a lot of reservations for such a busy night, and be sure to keep making the next place on time. So, pack some snacks like you’re going on a road trip, hit a drive-thru for a burger halfway through the night, and just go SEE these places!
14. DINNER AND A MOVIE
Okay, I know at 1st I made it sound boring, but how about this for your basic dinner and a movie? Cook it together, eat by candlelight AND have a special dessert with your favorite songs playing in the background, and then cuddle up for your favorite movie. Really, sometimes less IS more.
So, I know I kept bringing up all these ideas of what to do on a special date without the kids, but here’s one more idea. Have a Valentine’s Day party with the kids. When we do holiday parties around here, we have crafts, special treats, music, and some sort of show – either a movie, or the kids plan dancing, jokes, or a display of being numbskulls (you know, like a talent show – especially on the last one).
Whatever you do, or don’t do, spend some time in the moment appreciating just love. That’s it.
Need more awesome ideas? 😀 Sorry. I’m all out. Oh, except for the one with a ♥ next to it here in my gift ideas post.