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Valentines Day: Do Something Different

I know, I know.  Valentine’s Day is traditionally all about chocolates, red roses, and a fancy shmancy dinner.  We’ve been there, done that.  I personally like to avoid the overcrowded and overpriced restaurants during this holiday.  It seems that there are so many other fun ways to celebrate in the Seattle area.

I typically gravitate towards a relaxing night at home.  I’m even known to whip up a tasty batch of chocolate-covered strawberries.

Valentine's Day cookies courtesy of sweetslapetite.com

If you, however, want to venture out, here are some alternatives to the traditional date night plans:

  • Chase your love around Green Lake at the Valentine’s Day Dash on Saturday, February 11.  This sounds like a fun event with a free Kid’s Dash and a 5K that starts at 9:30am.  Come early and wear your heart on your sleeve.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
  • If you are a little bolder, don your skivvies at Cupid’s Undie Run benefitting the Children’s Tumor Foundation.  A one-mile run around Fremont, this is a fun, clothes-free event where runners strip down to their undies to run at 2pm.  This event sells out quickly so click on the link to register!
  • The couple that laughs together, stays together, right??  Check out Comedy of Love, an improv show at the Black Box Theater in Lynnwood.  The show, on February 14 at 8pm, features performers who are couples themselves, so it’s bound to be a funny time.
  • A few days after Valentine’s Day, enjoy The Second City-Laugh Out Loud at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on February 18 at 7:30pm.  Second City is the Chicago-based training ground for several successful comics, including Tina Fey and Steve Carrell.  A mixture of improv and comedy sketch could be just what you need to beat the winter blues!

Fun for the Kids

  • Visit Pottery Barn Kids in University Village for a special Valentine’s Day storytime at 11am on Tuesday, February 14.
  • Visit Barnes & Noble on Saturday, February 11 for a Valentine’s Day storytime with the community service dogs of Reading with Rover, featuring Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
  • Stay home and make a yummy batch of heart shaped cookies or decorate a batch of cupcakes with red sprinkles on top.
  • Break out the craft supplies and make cut-out hearts that your little ones can decorate with pom-poms, paper scraps, and glitter.

Whatever you do this Valentines Day, have fun and show some LOVE!

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