This Valentine’s Day, take a break from routine and skip the crowded restaurants and movie theaters. Here are 11 ideas to help you celebrate with your partner, family or friends.
1. Ice Skate at Rotary Rink (Buffalo)Get your ice skates out of the closet or try skating for the first time at the downtown rotary rink. Use of the rink is free, but if you need skates, rentals are $3 for adults and $2 for children. The rink is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2. See the Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens (Buffalo)See the gardens transformed with lights, sounds, art and music. Night Lights is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is $10 for adults, $8 for garden members, seniors and students, and $5 for children ages 3-12.
3. Watch an Open Mic Comedy Show at the Second Cup (Buffalo)Have a light-hearted Valentine’s Day at the open mic comedy show at the Second Cup. The show is from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Donations are accepted.
4. Paint Your Own Pottery (East Aurora)Create a souvenir of your Valentine’s Day at Designing Dish in East Aurora. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children, plus the cost of your ceramic.
5. Go SleddingIf weather permits, head to the hills and go sledding. Click here for a list of sledding hills and tubing spots.
6. View Local Art (Buffalo)The Burchfield Penney Art Center has extended hours on Thursday, making it an ideal Valentine’s Day destination for art lovers. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.
7. Take a Yoga Class (Buffalo)Follow through on your New Year’s resolution to exercise or try something new with your partner. Hand to Heart Yoga offers a class for all levels from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 each.
8. Play Laser Tag (Amherst)Join in on a game of laser tag at Lasertron. Reservations are recommended. Lasertron is open from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
9. Play Indoor Mini Golf (Tonawanda)The Paddock Golf Dome’s miniature golf course is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and has par two, three and four holes. Cost is $5 per person.
10. Get Lost in a BookHave a book-lover in your household? Take your valentine to Talking Leaves or Barnes & Noble and purchase a book of their choosing. If you’re on your own this Valentine’s Day, spend an hour or two reading in the café.
11. Try a New RecipeChoose a recipe to make with your valentine(s), or have a Valentine’s Day cook-off, where you each make an appetizer of your choosing and share the results.
What are your ideas for a memorable Valentine's Day?