If you’re under the influence of Cupid’s arrow and you plan to celebrate with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, the traditional date night-dinner at the fancy restaurant might seem a bit boring. If you think creatively, there are so many other ways to celebrate. By thinking outside the (chocolate) box, you and your sweetie are sure to have an unforgettable time.
Get your groove on
Dancing cheek to cheek is a romantic way to spend the holiday. Even if you have two left feet, do not despair. A ballroom dance lesson will have you and your loved one making beautiful strides together in no time. If you and your partner already fancy yourselves as the modern-day Fred and Ginger, show off your skills on the dance floor at a local club. If you prefer to just let your toes tap, then grab some tickets for a live musical performance near you.
Sharpen your culinary skills together
Although choosing not to eat dinner at a fancy restaurant is a good way to shake up your Valentine’s Day date plans, you and your date still need to eat. Instead of having someone cook for you, take a cooking class together, suggests MoneyCrashers writer Jacqueline Curtis. Even if you are a whiz in the kitchen, a cooking class can expose you to new recipes and techniques you’ll use well after Valentine’s Day is over. If paying for a class doesn’t fit into your budget, Curtis suggests a DIY route by cooking a new dish together at home.
Go back in time
Now that you’re a grown-up, there probably isn’t a lot of time in your schedule for childish games. But the activities you enjoyed as a kid can be the perfect setting for your special Valentine’s Day date. A lap around the roller rink or ice skating rink will have you both giggling, and a game of bowling is a fun way to test your competitive spirits in oh-so-fashionable footwear. Get outside, if the weather is reasonable, to bike around your neighborhood. Along your journey, stop for a sweet treat and drink to toast your Valentine’s Day. Popular today with kids (and adults) is a jumping session at a trampoline park, which provides an unexpected high-flying setting for your Valentine’s Day date, according to Bustle writer Natalia Lusinski. It’s a great way to show your heart and your sweetheart some cardio-challenging love.
Spend the day at the spa or indulge in just one spa treatment as a couple to create an unforgettable, rejuvenating Valentine’s Day. Plus, the heart-filled holiday may even equal amazing specials at your favorite spa, according to Marie Claire writers Lori Keong and Rachel Epstein.
Share the love
Giving back to your community by volunteering at your local animal shelter, senior center, food bank or art center is an ideal way to share the love you feel for each other on such a special day. Not only will volunteering make a difference in the lives of others, human or animal, it’s an economical option, according to Curtis, since volunteering doesn’t cost a thing.
These non-traditional date settings will provide you and your special someone a Valentine’s Day to remember.
This article is presented by Bill Marsh Automotive Group in Traverse City, Michigan.