By Anne Roderique-Jones for YourTango.com.
One might say that Valentines Day is the epitome of cheesiness, but naysayers need love too. So go ahead and skip the candlelight dinner, roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, and try one of these cynic-proof Valentines Day ideas. Plus: From a DIY parfumerie to a creative clay-making event, try these five unique, can’t-miss-it ideas in five major U.S. cities!
1. Burlesque Show
Spend this Valentines Day getting sultry by taking your date to a burlesque show. These old-timey acts are more sexy than skanky (think feather boas, long gloves, fans and tasseled pasties). Talented performers often accompany the campy humor and killer costumes.
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2. Indoor Picnic
Skip the restaurant scene, where you’ll inevitably be stuck with an overpriced pre-fixe menu and a seat that leaves you knee-to-knee with other star-crossed lovebirds. Spend your Valentines Day dinner enjoying an indoor picnic instead. Spread out the blanket, break out the fancy accouterments ó and donít forget the bubbly.
Letís face it: camping isnít always sexy (bug spray and outdoor toilets can be a romance buzzkill, to say the least). But “glamping” (glamorous camping) can make for the ultimate Valentines Day staycation. Pitch a tent (not that kind) in the backyard or even the bedroom, whip up a batch of símores, light up the fireplace (on DVD) and get all cozy in that sleeping bag for deux.
4. Roller Skating
Most dates will be hitting the ice skating rink come Valentines Day, so go old school by taking your date roller skating instead. Bust out your tube socks and short shorts ó the roller rink makes for a super-fun Valentines Day setting. You can hang out in the arcade, buy your date a candy necklace, and get cozy for a couple’s skate.
Bowling may not reek of romance, but c’mon, it’s fun! Throw back a few cold ones, grab some junk food and settle in for some healthy competition this Valentine’s Day. Make things a little more interesting by keeping score and promising the winner a Valentine’s Day “prize.”
6. Comedy Show
Some say laughter is an aphrodisiac, and who are we to argue with that logic? Also, what better way to celebrate Valentines Day than to laugh your butt off? Grab a date and head to the nearest comedy club for an off-the-grid VDay experience.
7. Hot Yoga
Flexible? Get steamy with a Valentines Day “hot yoga” class for two. The flow of the poses in the heated room will increase blood flow and boost your endorphins ó plus your partner will look sexy in a sweaty downward dog. The best part? A shower is absolutely necessary after this type of class, so make it a shower for two.
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Skip the opera this Valentines Day and head straight for the ultimate rock-n-roll date: take your Valentine to see his or her favorite band. Or just hit up a local music venue for a live show. Seeing Jay-z or Fun. is a perfectly romantic Valentines Day gift.
9. Sexy Scavenger Hunt
Design a sexy scavenger hunt for your honey this Valentines Day. Create clues that lead to special places youíve been together and reward them with sexy prizes. (Try recreating your first kiss.) Bonus: This can be completely free, and you’ll score major points for creativity.
10. Salsa Dancing
You don’t have to watch “Dancing with the Stars” to know that salsa is super sexy. Work off your Valentines Day dinner by hitting up a Latin club, or take a lesson for two. Online deal sites like Groupon.com and Livingsocial.com often offer coupons on dance lessons, so check before hit the dance floor.
But wait…that’s not all: If you’re in or around one of the 7 major cities below, hit up one of these unique spots on Valentine’s Day!
We guarantee every other couple will be busy with their traditonal prixe fix V-Day dinners (yawn) while you’re taking in the coolest experience in town.
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Tijon Parfumerie: Think you already have amazing chemistry? Try formulating your very own his-and-hers fragrances at this boutique parfumerie in La Jolla. Get intoxicated on pheremones as you tour their Perfume Lab, then blend a custom scent for each other using ingredients from the Caribbean (where the company is headquartered) and other remote locations. The family-run business provides a cozy, intimate perfume- and cologne-creation experience. February 9-16, they’re hosting a “Week of Love,” in which they invite couples to play with different aphrodisiac oils and create their own “love potion.”
7853 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037, Ph: (619) 821-8219
Sex and the City Zoo Dinner: Animal-loving couples, unite: The Greater LA Zoo Association is inviting you to come out to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for a lighthearted “celebration of animal dating, mating and cohabitating” for Valentine’s Day. Zoo veteran Jason Jacobs will share insights about the pros and cons of relationships in the animal kingdom. Champagne and chocolate will be provided for the humans. An optional 5-course dinner is available. Reservations are required.
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027, Ph: (323) 644-4200
Line Drive: The couple that plays together stays togethers, so hit up the batting cages at Line Drive. Batting, catching and pitching lessons are available for serious competitors, or you can just play 10 rounds in the batting cage. There’s nothing like working up a little sweat together.
Line Drive, 13080 SW 85th Avenue Road, Miami, Florida 33156; Ph: 305-259-8600
Cocktails & Clay at Hyde Park Art Center: Not since Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost has clay and couples gone together so perfectly. Let the live DJ inspire your 45-minute clay hand-building session, and enjoy drink specials from the cash bar while you dance and gallery-hop. Donation suggested.
5020 S Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615, Ph: (773) 324-552
Neue Galerie: Hey, New Yorkers: Think you’ve visited all the art museums in the city? Try the lesser-known Neue Galerie New York this Valentine’s Day. This museum features early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design, including works by artists such as Gustav Klimt, creator of beloved paintings like The Kiss and Tree of Life.
1048 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028, Ph: (212) 628-6200
This article originally appeared on YourTango.com:†Love: Valentines Day Ideas That Aren’t Cheesy.