Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and with it often comes some polarizing emotions. For those who are single, it may make you want to cringe. For those in relationships, February 14th can create excitement or bring certain expectations. If you and your significant other are tired of the cliché dinner-and-a-movie date and are looking for some out-of-the box date ideas for this Valentine’s Day weekend, check out these. The best part is that if you’re single, most of these are also great activities to do with friends!
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
Blacksburg Swing Dance is offering a lesson and dance on Friday, February 12, at the YMCA at Virginia Tech (1000 North Main St., Blacksburg). The swing dancing lesson for beginners will start promptly at 7:30PM. Dancing will start after the lesson and last until midnight. This weekend’s dance will be with a DJ. Cost is $5 per person. All are welcome and no partner is necessary. For more information, check out their website.
Sapphire Ballroom & Dance Center in Christiansburg (30 West Main Street, Suite C) is offering a beginner dance lesson at 7:00PM on Friday, February 12, featuring the fox trot and swing. The cost is $9 for individuals or $15 for a couple. Both singles and couples are welcome. For more information or to pre-register, check out their website.
GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER BETTER
We love this “bookstore date” idea from the Dating Divas. Head to a nearby bookstore and then split up. Both of you visit different sections and find books or articles to share with each other when you meet back up. For example, visit the children’s section and find a book that was your favorite as a child and then meet back up and read the book to your date. Or visit the travel section and each find a place you would like to travel to some day. Some other ideas they provided are available here, but you and your date can also come up with your own ideas.
Each of you pick out several locations around campus or around town that are meaningful to you in some way. Alternate going to each other’s locations and explain to the other person why they’re memorable. Take pictures at each place. Then stop by Target or Walmart to get the photos printed and then make a scrapbook or collage together.
TAKE IN A LITTLE CULTURE
The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech will be featuring “Some Enchanted Evening,” a performance by Musica Viva at 7:30PM on Saturday, Feb. 13. The performance will showcase music for voice, strings and piano. Tickets are $20 for adults but free for students with a valid student ID and can be ordered online. For more information, check out the description on the Virginia Tech events calendar.
GO ON AN ADVENTURE
For the more outdoorsy types, consider bundling up (it’s supposed to be very cold this weekend) and going for a hike to see the Cascades. They’re beautiful when they’re frozen!
Go geocaching. The adult version of a treasure hunt, you simply create an account at www.geocaching.com/play and use the app or your phone’s GPS to find containers called geocaches. When you find one, sign and date the logbook inside then re-hide the geocache as you found it.
If you like the idea of enjoying nature but don’t want to freeze, consider going for a drive, perhaps to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy the snow capped mountain scenery and good conversation along the way.
Planning one of these creative Valentine’s Day activities will hopefully help your valentine to feel special. We hope this also gives you some ways to avoid situations that put you at risk for an unintended pregnancy or an STD. Whether you’re in a relationship or single, we at Valley Women’s Clinic hope that you have an enjoyable and safe Valentine’s Day weekend. If you do find yourself in need of our services, know that we are here. All of our services are free and confidential.