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slides: 10 Unconventional Valentine’s Day Dates

Monday, February 11, 2013


Sick of that same old tradition of dressing up and going out to a fancy dinner on Valentine’s Day, or maybe your significant other is allergic to flowers and you need to find an alternative? Spark you and your date’s imagination by trying a hand at some of these unconventional dates.

Worcester does have a great deal of delicious restaurants, but trying something out of the box will give you and your sweetheart a chance to explore new interests and aspects of your relationship. Heck, it’s bound to be better than some boring table conversation at a candlelit dinner. 

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Take a Cooking Class

One way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and seeing that your girlfriend has a hand at cooking might be some good knowledge to know down the road. Cooking classes are awesome for getting a better handle on a necessary life skill. You don’t have to be Julia Child to impress your significant other, because cooking together provides a great outlet for creativity and making a delicious meal is a team effort. Afterwards, you can test your newly learned skills and bring some heat into the kitchen by preparing a delicious home cooked meal afterwards. Culinary Underground is holding a Tapas and Wine class from 6:30-9:30p.m. on Valentine's Day, for reservations call 508-904-6589 or visit their website at culinaryunderground.com.

Photo: Flickr user LABabble

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Go to a Comedy Show

Seeing your sweetheart have a good laugh is one of the most heartwarming things for anyone. To avoid the serious dinner table conversation, going to a comedy show is an entertaining way to engage with your date in a fun, light-hearted way. This is also good for a date for new couples, because the best way to get out the jitters is through a few good laughs. Park Grill & Spirits hosts Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape on Thursdays from 8:00p.m.-12:00a.m. and admission is $15. If you would like to make a reservation, call 800-401-2221.

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Go Ice Skating

If you're not good at ice skating, you get to hold hands with your partner in order to prevent yourself from falling. Ice skating is an adorable way of getting more intimate with your companion. It’s a fun outdoor activity in itself, but being able to do it with your special someone creates a fun bond, and you’ll get a good laugh if one of you falls. The Worcester Common Oval skating rink is open from 1:00-6:00p.m., admission is $2 and skate rentals are available for $3.

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Take an Art Class

Another great way to show your creative side is by jumping in on a hands-on art class for your Valentine's Day. Worcester provides a lot of quick art courses that you and your significant other can try out. Plus, the crafts that you create can also make for a great Valentine's gift swap with your loved one. The Worcester Art Museum often holds art classes and events, to get more information, call 508-799-4406 or check out their website at worcesterart.org.

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Help Out Your Community


One of the best traits in partner is their generosity, and on Valentine's Day why not share your love and give back to the community? Volunteering is a great way to use your time and get a little closer to your loved one. Instead of spending a fortune on a fancy restaurant, help by serving food to those less fortunate. The Mass Veterans Food Pantry serves from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. this Valentine's Day. You can call 508-791-1213 to see if assistance is needed. You can also help out the community by picking up trash or working a soup kitchen this upcoming holiday.
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Go to a Wine Tasting

Yearning to learn a little more on your Valentine's? A really fun date is to take a tasting and tour at a local wine distributor. You and your loved one can share the joy of wine and learn more about their unique tastes and aromas, and how they pair with certain wines and cheeses on these tastings. Take a quick drive over to the Wine Vine on 142 Highland Street in Worcester as they hold wine tasting every Friday night from 5:00-7:00p.m. For more information call 508-797-9463 or check out winevine.org.

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Have a Game Night at Home


Don’t feel like going out this Valentine's Day? Well that is quite alright, because you can make Valentine's special regardless of if you go out or not. Grab some board games like Scrabble or Monopoly and challenge your companion to a little competitive board game time. If you want to get extra romantic, buy a nice bottle of wine or cook them a delicious meal to eat while playing some games. It's simple yet can be very fun and romantic.
Photo: Flickr user windygig
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Take a Dance Class

I know guys, this may not be your type of thing, but girls love dancing and you can wow them with your incredible moves by going out dancing or even taking a dancing class this holiday. Arthur Murray Dance Studio is holding beginners Cha Cha and Foxtrot dance classes at 7:30 and 8:15 on Wednesday February 13th. Arthur Murray’s is located on 70 James Street in Worcester, to contact them for more information or to sign up call 508-798-0392. 

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Sing Some Karaoke


Yet another fun, exciting way to celebrate your Valentine’s is to go out and sing some Karaoke. Just be warned, I’m sure the selections on Valentine’s will be a bunch of sappy love songs, though it gives you a chance to serenade your loved one. The Perfect Game Bar and Lounge is holding Karaoke on February 14th from 9pm-2am, so have a fun night out at the bar singing to your sweetheart. The Perfect Game is located on 64 Water Street in Worcester.
Photo: Flickr user Ewan-M
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Celebrate a Week Later


Think of it this way: the chocolate and flowers will be half off, and you don’t have to fight the crowd at the movie theater or restaurants. They say love is eternal so why not wait it off a couple of days and give yourself more planning time to execute something really special for your loved one this upcoming Valentine's Day?

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