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V-Day the New Way

Whether you’re single, coupled up, somewhere in between or hanging with besties, get out of a rut this Valentine’s Day with these creative activities that don’t include chocolates and roses.

Ryann Gordon
February 1, 2017

We’ve all been there — gone on
that generic, dinner-and-a-movie Valentine’s Day date. You went to
an average restaurant followed by
a typical, romantic movie and had
a sub-par time. And although you always enjoy your time with the one you love, Valentine’s Day is not the time for you to repeat your usual date night ritual. V-Day should be an excuse for you to be spontaneous and add a little excitement to your relationship.

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day 2017 with your loved one, the one you’ve been crushing on or just some of your fellow, single friends, get creative this year and bring some fun back into this cheesy, beloved holiday. Get your heart beating and your adrenaline pumping this V-Day with some of these unique date night ideas for the true lovebird in all of us.

Best Friend Date 
In all honesty, your man doesn’t want
to see that corny romance movie you’ve been raving about. It only makes sense that you’d go to dinner and a movie with your closest friends. Maybe even wander down to Circle Cinema to catch an indie film. Or bring the movie home for pizza, popcorn and girl time.

Leisurely Love
Rather than going out and spending money, kick back at home and make dinner for either your significant other or even your group of single friends. Collaborate on a fancy dinner and work together to act like chefs and have
a little fun while cooking; then either rent a movie or get rid of technology altogether and play some board games. Make a night out of it and set up a pallet with pillows for lounging. Embrace your inner youth and maybe even make a tent out of sheets.

Catch a Show
Going to a concert or show of some sort is always a fun date night. Lucky V-Day is on a Tuesday this year, so you can attend jazz and blues jams for free at the Jazz Depot. Also, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) will be playing that evening at the Vanguard. On the other side of town, Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton is set to perform at e Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Laugh your Heart Out
Laughing together is one of the best ways to bond — so find a date and get your giggle on at one of Tulsa’s standup events. See a show that promises to impress your date at the Comedy Parlor or watch comedian Michael Mack perform at the Loony Bin. Or just surprise your date with tickets to a later show, like Chris Rock (River Spirit) or Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy (BOK Center) who will be visiting Tulsa in upcoming months.

Gamers Unite 
If you and your date are always looking for an excuse to battle it out, heat up your relationship with some competition. Play mini golf at All-Star or race go-karts at Xtreme Racing; go bowling at Andy B’s or Dust Bowl; compete for king of Rock ’em Sock ‘em Robots at Dave and Buster’s or Galaga champion at The Maxx.

Learning and Loving
We all know that “I don’t know how to skate/hold the golf club” is code for “ I just want you to put your arms around me.” Agree
to try something new that your significant other can teach you, whether it be going ice skating, to a full-sized golf course, baking a cake, etc., or learn something new together, like how to craft ceramics, ride horses or long boards. Or do something exhilarating you’ve both wanted to try, like skydiving, and get your hearts pumping together.

Pamper One Another
Spend the night either getting massages at one of the spas around town or just pampering one another at home. Who wouldn’t enjoy foot baths, hair and face masks with sliced cucumbers for our eyes? Help your man embrace femininity in a new way and get beautified for the night.

The Art of Love
Become cultured together at one of Tulsa’s many museums. Visit the Gallery on Sixth, Gilcrease, or Philbrook Museum, and take a romantic stroll through their galleries and gardens; or explore architecture and history at the Tulsa Art Deco Museum. Or put on your learning cap and take a trip to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, where you can soar through space together in their planetarium (don’t act like you don’t remember Ross and Rachel’s date from Friends).

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