While I believe it is important to spend quality time with your partner, I admit I am not (always) one for over the top romantic and expensive dates. Instead, I find myself enjoying the process of finding new and exciting things to do with my partner. We have discovered that there is a plethora of activities and adventures that are available to us during Valentine's Day.
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We have put together 7 fantastic, creative dates that you can enjoy during Valentine's day and year round. Trust us, you will thank us later!
1) Local Love
Want to keep it low key?
Skip the expensive, crowded restaurants, send the kids over to grandma's and head over to your local farmers market. You are sure to find everything you need to create the perfect date night. When you are at the market with your love to pick up some local, fresh food for dinner and perhaps a homemade pie or some cookies for dessert. Swing by the antique mall and find your favorite nostalgic board game or old movie. Head home and enjoy a great night in with great food.
2) Natural Outdoor Adventure
Looking for an adventurous date?
Compile your all time favorite love songs into the ultimate mix tape and take a road trip. Adventure is waiting just hours from your home. In Canada and the USA, we have the majestic Rocky Mountains, lush forests, and lovely beaches. Find something close to you for you and your honey to enjoy.
3) Valentine's Day Potluck Style
Feel like spending quality time with friends?
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a time designated only for you and your sweetheart, it can also be a time to share the love with your nearest & dearest friends – and in this case your couple friends!
Plan the ultimate romantic group date! Light the candles, dim the lights, and get some friends to join in on the love fest. Suggest that each couple bring a bottle of wine and a dish and serve up potluck style! A night full of food, wine, friends sounds like the perfect time.
4) Color me mine
Feeling a little artsy/crafty? Book an art class for you and your significant other. Creating a beautiful piece together is such a meaningful activity for this Valentine's Day.
Making art together is about as romantic as it gets for couples. Not only will you share intimate time with each other, but also get to see the result of the date a week, a month, and year later!
Feeling a little nostalgic and want to recreate some good old memories?
I’m sure quite a few of us can recall numerous birthday parties being hosted at our local roller-rink. We all skated at that rink eyeing those older kids holding hands with their school crushes and wished they was us! Now that we are older and have found a wonderful partner it's time to dig out those roller-blades and groove out to some classic hits while skating away the night with your Valentine! We know you are still holding onto your 80s and 90s skates on the off chance they might actually come back in style. Well, lucky you!
6) Volunteer at a local charity
Feel like making a difference in your community? Volunteering is the perfect place to start.
Valentine's Day is a celebration of love, so consider branching out from romance into charity and friendship. Volunteer at a local organization in your city Calgary that rescues food from being thrown in the garbage, provides meals for fellow citizens, or rescues animals. Remember, charities are always in need of volunteers and are working on fixing a small part of a big problem.
7) Time to Tango
Feel like like dancing? Check out a local dance studio for Valentine's Day.
There is nothing more romantic than taking a dance class with your special someone. This Valentine's Day get your dancing shoes on and get ready to tango away. Is there a better way to impress your date than your dance moves?
One more thing*
Laughter is the way to the hear, so what better way to please your lover than getting them rolling in their seat with laughter. Loosen things up by heading out to a local improv show. Each city has its own abundance of amazing talent, so why not support a local theater while enjoying a live show that is guaranteed to make you laugh (trust me!)