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Valentine’s Day date guide 101

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Valentine’s Day doubles as one of the most loved and hated days of the year. Some despise the cheesy romance mixed with an array of every possible shade of pink, while others love the opportunity to show their affection without being told to ‘get a room.’ Both sides have valid points, but the sad truth is Valentine’s Day will always exist. If some choose to be cynical prudes, they might as well learn a few ways to make the day slightly less miserable.

Whether you’re happily in a relationship, unhappily in a relationship, have no desire for a relationship or hate the idea of a relationship, hopefully there’s some way to spend your time that won’t involve feeling the need to gag at the cuteness floating in the air.

For couples with no money (the average college students)

Have a movie night at home. This may sound like a cliché idea for those who constantly avoid spending money, but even the same old routine can be made fun. Pick out a few of your favorite movies and get cozy. There’s no greater feeling than snuggling up next to the person who means more than everything to you and watching your favorite movie.

Cook dinner. You never realize how fun cooking dinner can be when both of you have no clue what you’re doing. It usually ends in overly seasoned Raman mixed with half-thawed chicken. But in the end, it doesn’t matter how crappy the food is.  You’ll only remember the person you were with. Get creative, buy a cheap bottle of wine, light some candles and enjoy a homemade meal together.

For couples with some money, but not a lot

Garozzo’s Ristorante in downtown Overland Park and Olathe. Their “V-day” special includes four courses for $49.95 per couple. If you don’t want to get your Valentine’s Day dinner at McDonalds, this would probably be your best bet.

Have you ever thought, “Oh I wish I could help someone in need while celebrating Valentine’s Day?” Well now you can. Fox 4 news is offering a special Chocolate Breakfast where all the proceeds go to The Love Fund, which aims to improve the lives of children under 18. Tickets are available for only $14 in advance or $18 at the door. The event takes place from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Sheraton hotel in Kansas City.

Go skating! The Rink at Burlington Creek is offering two-for-one skating Feb. 9 throughFeb. 14 . Afterwards, cozy up to a romantic fire and order their signature hot chocolate, all for only $20, located at  6109 NW 63rd Terrace.

For an unusual Valentine’s Day adventure, head to Topeka, Ks. for a walking ghost tour. Tours depart every hour beginning at 5 p.m. and costs $10 per person.

Watch the most epic love story of all time. Screenland Theatre in Kansas City is hosting Casablanca on the big screen. Wine packages, chocolates and beer will be offered. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are only $8 per person.

For couples with a lot of money

Go to a nice romantic restaurant offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. Even though many places may be out of the price range of the average college student, maybe you’ll win the lottery or feel like spending an entire semester’s worth of income. Or, maybe you work hard and have a lot of money to spend…if you’re into that whole grownup lifestyle thing.

Accurso’s Italian Restaurant at 4980 Main Street. Special Valentine’s Day menu is offered for the low price of $80 per couple. This includes two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts all served with candlelight. If your dinner sucks, at least you paid $80 for candlelight, right?

The Melting Pot in Kansas City.  A personal favorite, The Melting Pot is offering their Valentine’s Day special from Feb. 8-13 and 15-17. For some reason this ‘10 Days of Romance’ is not offered on the actual day of romance. This special is extremely affordable, since it is only $119 per couple. Each couple receives the four-course classic dinner, half dozen roses and a bottle of Moscato.

The Silver Package includes a five course dinner, a glass of champagne with desert and a gift certificate for your next visit. This offer is$150.

The Platinum Package is $250 and includes everything in the previous package plus a bottle of wine, a dozen roses and a private curtained booth. What happens behind the booth stays behind the booth.

UMKC, along with Californos restaurant in Westport, is hosting ‘A Fine Arts Chorale’ Valentine’s Day concert. Listen to Latin American music while receiving complimentary chocolate and Champagne for $49 per person. A full Valentine’s Day menu also is also offered.

 For a unique Valentine’s Day, KCFitness is offering workshops on developing closeness and building trust using Thai bodywork. The course includes a partners’ massage and an hour-long yoga class for $35 per person.

For friends who just want to have fun

Date and Dash in Leawood. Aloft Hotel is hosting its first annual matchmaking frenzy. Meet over 100 singles in one night. Cost is $35 and the event begins at 8 p.m. Special Valentine’s Day themed drinks will also be offered. The same event is also offered at Howl at the Moon from 8 to11 p.m.

Dress up and hit the town. It’s strange how fun dressing up in your best clothes and walking around the Plaza can be. Shopping is optional.

For people who hate Valentine’s Day

Love Sux… or at least it does at Howl at the Moon bar in the Power and Light District.  They invite all single people to their annual Love Sux bash. Doors open at 7 p.m. and drinks are cheap to make you forget about being single. Bring in a mutilated photo of your ex for free admission.

Sol Cantina, Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club and most likely every bar in the city are also hosting Anti-Valentine’s Day parties.

For those who may be underage or in search of a more low-key night, go to your local video store or theatre and check out the cheesiest romantic comedy available. The Twilight series tends to work well. Then, spend the next two hours mocking the film in every possible way. Make sure to complete your night with pounds of chocolate and whatever unhealthy dinner you prefer to order. Flowers also work if you enjoy playing a nice game of ‘he loves me not.’ Sit back, relax and have a stress free night of fattening fun.

egolden@unews.com

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