Super-cute (and unexpected) date ideas to woo your boo this Valentine’s Day
Whether you’re loved-up long-term, going steady or think cupid is stupid – Valentine’s Day is upon us (Sunday February 14, in case you missed the memo). When it comes to the day of romance (or anti-romance), forget the tired cliches and check out these unexpected-yet-cute date ideas.
Get your hands dirty at Come Clay With Me
Get all Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore with a very hands-on workshop at Stoka Clay Studio in Currumbin Valley. You will learn the simple art of hand building your own clay creations in a fun environment. Tickets to the Valentine’s Clay Dates are $80 per person and available here.
Release some pent-up feelings at Lumber Punks
If you’re going for more of an anti-romance kind of vibe, Lumber Punks in Miami is just the place. It’s fun, energetic and we guarantee it’s an experience you will both be talking about for a long time to come. Just a couple of housekeeping things to consider – because drunk people and pointy objects don’t mix (obviously), if you are keen for a tipple make sure you do it after the axe throwing part. Also remember to wear closed-in shoes because safety never takes a holiday.
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 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 a partially burned wedding dress and teddy bears to stolen PlayStations and viking helmets – and plenty of break-up stories to make you thankful you’re single or in a happy relationship. Feeling curious? Heartbreak Hotel is popping up at QT Hotel 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. Just sayin’.
Get hot and steamy at a communal bathhouse
Give the gift of pure bliss with a 90-minute soak session at Soak Bathhouse in Mermaid Beach. The communal experience is the perfect way to spend time together, whether it’s in the outdoor mineral spa that is heated to a balmy 38-degrees, getting sweaty in the steam room or taking a dip in the outdoor plunge pool, which at 12-degrees will certainly reinvigorate the senses. Inside, a stunning magnesium-infused beckons. Take a peek at the website here.
Drop your daks for a good cause
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 a quick trip up the M1 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 special someone/galentine/mother/other and head to The Smash Pit in Southport to break stuff. 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.
All aboard the love train
There’s something inherently romantic about the notion of stepping back in time to when life moved a little slower. If you’re eager to stop and smell the roses, embark on a little roadtrip to jump on board the Mary Valley Rattler Love Train to experience a spot of old-world charm. 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.
If you’re on the hunt for something a little more traditional by way of a candlelit dinner, skip over to our handy list of Valentine’s Day happenings.