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What you may come across on a Shatto Milk Tour
What you may come across on a Shatto Milk Tour

Does the dating scene in Kansas City ever feel like a perpetual series of rerun sitcoms that never end well? Perhaps our tired, worn-out dating scene has become a snoozefest because we don’t know what lies beyond dinner at Winstead’s and a movie afterward: Kansas City singles, and even Facebook-official lovebirds, could use a dating facelift from time-to-time. Here are a couple quirky dating ideas for January.

Destination Day Trip to Shatto Milk Company

Try the middle of the day on Saturday for a change. Take a day trip out to Osborn, Mo. to visit Shatto Milk Company.

Family-owned and operated, Shatto Milk offers $5 tours of their farm.

The trip up to Shatto Farms will give you and your date some time to get to know one another before you embark on your adventure. Once you arrive at Shatto, the tour will cover everything from the making of milk and cheese to the raising of milking cows.

Some lucky tours will even have an opportunity to feed the Shatto calves. At the end of your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to sample Shatto’s dairy products, which include traditional products such as white and chocolate milk, but also less conventional products, such as orange cream milk and squeaky cheese.

If you want to prolong your date, you can stop by the Shatto store and grab some ice cream to nosh on. During the warmer months, you can also lengthen your date by having an outdoor picnic. The owners of Shatto have a designated picnic area open to visitors when weather permits.

Change of Plans for the Chinese New Year

Plan a typical date at a coffee shop or cheap restaurant. When you meet up with your date, suggest a last minute change of plans. As long as your date is on board, throwing out your stale plans on a whim equates with excitement.

A date he or she will never see coming could be going to an event at the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum this January. From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, the Nelson will be hosting a free celebration for the Chinese New Year.

This year is the year of the Rabbit, and the Nelson’s celebration will include music, artists, dancers, tea-tasting and even yo-yo skills demonstrations. Learn something new about Chinese culture or impress your date with how much you already know. Walking around the Nelson’s exhibits and demonstrations will allow you as much or as little talking time as you see fit.

You can end the night at the Nelson’s Museum Café where Bo-Ling’s Restaurant will be selling Chinese food.

jhoermann@unews.com

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