Super-cute date ideas to impress your crush this Valentine’s Day
Loved up couples, listen up! Valentine’s Day has finally arrived, with the romantic occasion landing in our hot little hands this Sunday February 14. Whether you plan on spending it with your special someone, a single mate or you’ve accidentally scheduled a Tinder date (whoops, good luck buddy) we’ve got a few activities up our sleeves that are sure to impress. Here are some out-of-the-box date-night ideas for this Valentine’s Day when a dinner and movie just won’t cut it …
Make tracks to this love train
There’s something romantic about stepping back in time to when life moved a little slower. If you’re eager to stop and smell the roses, join hands and jump on board the Mary Valley Rattler Love Train to experience old-world charm on Sunday February 14. This picturesque journey departs the Historic Gympie Station, taking you through the lush countryside of the Mary Valley while you enjoy some bubbles and bites, before turning around at Amamoor Station. The night concludes with a lavish two-course dinner at the Rusty Rails Cafe – a feast that is sure to get you in the good books with your Mr or Missus. Tickets are from $125, visit the Mary Valley Rattler website to secure yours.
Laugh, cry and reminisce on love lost at this break-up museum
QT Gold Coast’s Heartbreak Hotel (also known as The Museum of Love and Disappointments) is essentially exactly as described – a publicly-curated shrine to people’s past relationships including the good, the bad and the ugly. The exhibition is filled with potent reminders that the intersection of love, grief and memories is a truly universal (and sometimes very weird) experience. There’s everything from burned wedding dresses and teddy bears to stolen PlayStations and viking helmets – and plenty break-up stories to make you thankful you’re either single or in a happy relationship. Feeling curious? Heartbreak Hotel is popping up at QT Hotel on the Gold Coast until February 22 and you can nab a ticket here. Psst … hotel guests get in for free, so it’s the perfect excuse for a staycay.
Make a cheeky date for a cure
The countdown is officially on for Cupid’s Undie Run, the cheeky charity event that’s raising funds for families living with Neurofibromatosis (NF). This Valentine’s Day, folks are encouraged to strip down and show a little flesh – in the name of charity, of course. To keep everyone safe this year, Cupid’s Undie Run has gone virtual and is free to register and participate for anyone, anywhere in Australia. If you’re up for a few laps around the block or lounge room sans pants, grab your friends or best galentines to have a little fun and fundraise to help support research and the families affected by this lifelong and progressive genetic disorder. Sign up to the challenge now at the Cupid’s Undie Run website.
Fall head-ogre-heels in love with this fairytale musical
When we think of our favourite fairytale romances, a coupling that cannot be ignored is that of Shrek and Fiona. If you consider yourself an ogre lover, then we suggest hopping over to QPAC this weekend to check out the final runs of Shrek The Musical, which is finishing up on Valentine’s Day. Become bewitched by all your favourite characters again as you watch Shrek and Donkey set off on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona from her tower, which is guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Also making an appearance on stage is Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and your favourite biscuit with attitude – The Gingerbread Man. Who knows, you may even score true love’s first kiss after this stage spectacular. To nab your tickets, head here.
Go forth and break stuff at this smash room
Need to let out some pent up frustration? Grab your amour (and your partner) and head to Rage Cage, Morooka’s smash room where you can let out all of your anger. So how does it work? Upon entering the cage you will be greeted with an array of weapons including but not limited to bats, crow bars and even a sledgehammer if you really want to do some damage. Then the world (well, room) is your oyster. You can smash stuff like old televisions, smart phones, glasses, ugly knick-kacks, framed photos of your ex, crockery and microwaves. If you’re feeling a little lawless, book yourself and your lover in here.
Putt your little heart out at this Pixar mini-golf course
Look, putt putt might seem like a pretty average date night suggestion, but this is no ordinary mini-golf course. Pixar Putt is a pop-up adventure destination that is taking over South Bank until the end of February. The immersive pop-up mini-golf experience is made up of interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films – think Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., A Bug’s Life, Wall-E and Inside Out – and yes, you will even be able to find Nemo. Grab the Wall-E to your Eve (or vice-versa) and make tracks here to secure your tickets.