By Kristen Thompson
Oh shoot - it’s almost Valentine’s Day! And guess what you probably won’t be doing if you haven’t already made plans at this point: Going out for a romantic dinner. Bah!
No worries, though! Because there’s a lot more to Valentine’s Day than rubbing elbows with the rest of town at a fancy dinner spot. There are three last-minute (but still awesome) things you can do for Valentine’s Day when you don’t have a dinner reservation:
1. Go snow tubing under the stars
The tubing park at Big White is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Expect to spend $23 per adult, but it’s so much fun that it’s worth it! Bonus: You have to wear snow pants, which means no agonizing over the perfect Valentine’s Day attire. Bonus bonus: The skate pond is also open at night, and it’s free if you bring your own skates! For more information, head here.
2. Get unstuck in an escape room
See what your relationship is really made of and test your ability to problem solve together by trying out of of Kelowna’s three escape rooms. On Valentine’s Day, bring a date to Kelowna Escape Games on Feb. 14, and they play for FREE. If your relationship can survive the stress, you’ll know you’ve found your soul mate!
3. Evening skate at Stuark Park rink
Go for a spin under the cozy lights at Stuart Park, then warm up by the fire pit with a hot chocolate, or coffee with - ahem - Baileys.
Ugh, wait no, not like this…
Also no, c’mon, there will be kids there…
Ya like this. Do it this way…
If you want to head out for dinner, you’re in the heart of it all. We love Perch for drinks and amazing views, and the Curious Cafe for pizza.
4. Cuddle up & stay warm at a movie
Orchard Park Cinema
Are the best dates the ones where you don’t have to talk? No? Just me? Well, if you agree, I may be seeing you at the movies this Valentine’s Day. My first choice is Cineplex Cinemas Orchard Plaza because you can pull the armrest up between the seats and snuggle. But Landmark Cinemas is also offering a Valentine’s Day special, so West Kelowna Encore, West Kelowna Xtreme or Kelowna Grand 10 may be for you.
5. GET CULTURED AT THE ART GALLERY
When’s the last time you slowed down and appreciated something beautiful (other than a good meal, of course. And maybe your love). The Kelowna Art Gallery is open until 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, and it’s warm in there! Head here to find out more about the gallery’s current exhibitions/
Kristen Thompson is a freelance journalist, and half of the team that makes up Do The Okanagan. She doesn’t particularly like Valentine’s Day. But she does like everything on this list… so there’s that.