Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
Valentine’s Day is coming up, so it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do with your sweetie. Some of the most popular — and expensive — restaurants are probably already booked, but hasn’t that super-traditional date started to feel a bit blah anyway?
Liven things up this year with some of our less traditional ideas.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we’re often rushing out the door with a granola bar or a protein shake. Take some time to savour the meal (and your love) by going out on a breakfast date. Pick a place with homemade waffles, excellent omelette options, or just good bagels and coffee. There are two things that make this an especially great idea: low prices and timing. Instead of paying premium rates for a babysitter on Valentine’s Day, you can just drop the kids off at the daycare a little early.
When was the last time you went to the museum? If you’re like most people, it’s probably been a while. The Art Gallery of Alberta always has new exhibits to see in addition to the permanent collection. Alternatively, heading out to the TELUS World of Science can make you feel like a kid again. They’ll be open late on February 15, so that’s a good time to go see the latest exhibit about animal bodies.
Are you the active type? Winter in Edmonton is the perfect time to go skiing. You can hit the slopes nearby or plan a weekend getaway. If you’ve never been skiing, you can sign up for a lesson together. The adrenaline will get your heart pumping.
If that sounds a little too far outside your comfort zone, you might consider snow tubing. It’s just as fun — some say it’s more fun — but it doesn’t require as much physical skill.
Escape Room Date
Escape rooms are the latest craze, and if you haven’t tried one yet, it’s time to sign up. You’re locked in a themed room, then have to solve some puzzles to find your way out. It can test your relationship or show you how well you can work together. In most cases, you’ll be solving the puzzles with other people, so this might be a good idea if you want to go on a group date with friends. If it’s important for you to do it on your own, talk to the companies about how to make that happen.
Helping others makes us feel better, and if you’re sick of going on the same old traditional dates, this might be something to try. Look for a way that you can help out. Maybe it’s sorting food at the food pantry, making food for the homeless, or just working together to collect items for an animal shelter. Choose some type of cause that makes you both feel inspired.
Winter might be very cold, but it’s one of the best times to go stargazing. Head out to Elk Island National Park for their dark sky preserve. It’s designed to have little light interfering with your ability to see the stars. If you’ve never been, you’ll be astonished by what the night sky looks like without light pollution.
Consider the timing of your adventure. The new moon — when the sky is darkest — is on February 4, but the full moon on February 19 is a supermoon, which means that it will look larger than usual.
Home Tour Date
Perhaps we’re biased, but we think that touring show homes can make for a surprisingly fun date. Why? It allows you to dream about the life you want to have together.
Whether you’re looking to buy your first home, thinking about moving up to something a bit larger or planning to downsize for your retirement years, there are homes that can meet your needs. As you tour the homes, you’ll start to get design ideas and see some features that you hadn’t thought about. You’ll imagine the kids playing in one area of the home and relaxing with your sweetie in another part once they’ve gone to bed. Best of all, show homes aren’t very crowded in the winter, so you can take your time looking around.
Valentine’s Day is a special time for couples to come closer together, but it’s important to develop your relationship all the time. In fact, we think these date ideas work well at any time of the year. The most important thing is spending time with the person you love.