We all want to be treated like queens on Valentine’s Day, but sometimes we don’t want to go out to the same restaurant as last year and the year before. We’ve got you covered! Suggest one of these ideas to your significant other and plan something fun and exciting!!
1 ~ Local art show or museum
In Calgary, AB, we’ve got the Glenbow Museum which is a large building full of both artworks and historical objects. Take your time and walk around the exhibition discussing your thoughts and feelings towards each piece. Maybe bring up a bigger meaning (like life and existence). After you’ve wandered, find a local coffee shop and sit down for a bite to eat.
2 ~ Arcade or escape room
Every now and again (or all the time) it’s good to act like a kid! Relive your childhood and go to your local arcade (The Rec Room in fabulous, located in Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto). Have a bit of competitive fun and maybe loser buys drinks! An escape room can be just as fun (and romantic too), the both of you will have to work together to solve the puzzle and well… escape the room.
3 ~ Take a dance class together
Look into taking a dance class and learning something new! It will be fun and filled with laughter. Every city and town should offer some sort of class; tap, salsa, tango, etc. Good for your health and you get to dance with the love of your life!
4 ~ Stay at home
It’s not always about going out in public! Order in your favourite take-out food and pick a movie or two to watch. Just sit back, relax, and wear your pajamas (best part)! Maybe even pop some corn for an after dinner snack!
5 ~ Paint Night
It really doesn’t matter if you two aren’t artistic, you’ll still have a good time! Have some wine, paint the sunset image, and have fun. (Maybe even have a ‘worst painting’ award). We’ve also seen some Plant Nights that could be a good alternative. It’s the same basic idea, but you make tiny gardens instead!
6 ~ Boardgame cafe
Sit down, grab some coffee, and play a couple hands of cards, a game of crib, and if you want to test the strength of your relationship, play a game of risk. If there isn’t a boardgame cafe where you live, have a game night instead!
7 ~ Watch the sun rise or set
For the romantics! If you choose sunrise, bring a thermos of hot chocolate and some blankets. If you want to watch the sunset, why not bring a small dinner and a blanket to sit on! A little evening picnic. Both sunrises and sunsets are stunning, we’re always so amazed by the colours in the sky. As you lay on the blanket watching the sky turn pink and purple, have conversations about space and existence and what you think is “out there”. Those conversations could go on for hours.
8 ~ Show or Performance
This one isn’t as last-minute (unless you can find tickets on kijiji), but you could always give the tickets on Valentine’s Day as a gift, and then go see the show a different night! The possibilities are endless; local talent show, live band at a bar, stand up comedy, ballet, orchestra, musical, the list goes on!
9 ~ Sporting Event
Doesn’t matter if it’s a local team game, or a professional league game, as long as you’re together, it will be fun! Hockey, baseball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, etc. Couple beers, couple cheers!
10 ~ Skating, Sledding, Skiing
As long as it’s not freezing cold, skating is always a fun activity! Most cities and towns have multiple outdoor ice rinks, you’ll just have to google your area. Rentals should be available and are usually inexpensive if you don’t already own skates! If you both ski, this is a great idea, or if you’ve always wanted to learn, it’s a good opportunity! Sledding is a wonderful alternative, just pick up some cheap sleds and find a hill. Easy!
Hopefuly there is something here for everyone! We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. xoxo ~ Lis Simon Team