9 Creative Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

9 Creative Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
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Going out to a fancy restaurant for a Valentine’s Day date can be fun, but where we are it’s always crowded and not to mention expensive!  Sometimes coming up with other Valentine’s Day date ideas requires a little additional work and creativity.

The Professor and I are both introverted homebodies, so staying at home to do something, or finding something kind of low-key to do that we both enjoy is much more fun for us.

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If you like the idea of something more casual and creative, here are 9 creative Valentine’s Day date ideas for couples, friends or family that aren’t stressful and won’t break the bank!

1. Take a Painting/Pottery/DIY Art Class

These are so much fun to do with your significant other or your friends! Sometimes these are held a local restaurants or you can bring in your own food to enjoy while creating your masterpiece. Check around online to see what’s available in your area.

2. “Virtually Attend” an Opera/Symphony/Broadway Show/Concert or Comedy Performance

Online you can find full operas, symphonies, Broadway show performances, and stand up comedy shows! Check the streaming services you subscribe to, along with YouTube to see what you can find.

Get comfortable, stay in and enjoy the show!

3. Have a Thrifty Theme Night

Go thrift/dollar store shopping for gifts and eat at your favorite cheap comfort food restaurant. For the thrift/dollar store shopping, you each have a budgeted amount and a time limit. Try to find something either as thoughtful and useful as you can for the other person, or you can do gag gifts. It’s about enjoying each other’s company, not how much money you spend!

4. Go to an Escape Room!

Work together to find the clues and solve the puzzles to help you escape! Normally you’re in a larger group for these, so you could perhaps go with other couple friends, or just have a bunch of friends get together.

5. Set up a Board Game or Video Game Night at Home

Get some of your favorite games (of any type) together and play the night away! Check out the list of great board games below if you need ideas. Don’t forget Twister or Mad Libs!

6. Visit a Museum or Zoo

Museums or zoos will often have special events going on for Valentine’s Day that are tailored for adults. You may find discounts for these online, or if you have a membership, ask if there’s a discount for members.

7. Play Miniature Golf

Enjoy a casual round or two, or make it competitive where the winner gets a prize! You may be able to eat there and play some skeeball while you’re at it!  Sometimes these will have special deals going on also.

8. Have a Progressive Dinner

Especially fun if you both are foodies! A progressive dinner is where you go to different places to eat each course of your dinner.

You can make this as elaborate or as simple as you’d like, by either going to different restaurants, or going to an upscale supermarket where you each pick prepared foods for certain courses and surprise the other.

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9. Go Geocaching

Geocaching is considered the world’s largest treasure hunt! If you’ve never geocached, it’s free and easy! Create an account, use a GPS or your phone, and hunt for a cache. To learn more, check out these websites: Geocaching 101 or How to Get Started Geocaching.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope you all liked these- many of these ideas could also work for a Valentine’s celebration with family, friends, or your galentines. Whatever you do, whether you binge-watch some shows and eat pizza, take dance lessons together, go axe-throwing, or anything in-between, be sure to enjoy your time together!

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  1. February 12, 2020 / 1:42 pm

    A progressive dinner sounds so fun! I would love to do that.

    • Robin
      February 14, 2020 / 1:37 pm

      It does to me too- my only problem is trying to limit the courses, lol!

  2. February 13, 2020 / 12:16 am

    I love this. Thank you so much for sharing. I am going use some of your ideas!!!

    • Robin
      February 14, 2020 / 1:36 pm

      Great, I hope they’re helpful!

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