Valentine’s Day is loved by some and loathed by others. If you are someone who enjoys celebrating, but is tired of the traditional flowers and chocolate, look below for some alternatives.
Learn to dance – Dance is great exercise for your body and your brain, and it can be a wonderfully intimate way to kindle romance. Visit the Arthur Murray dance studio right by the Green in Guilford to book a lesson or buy a gift card for your love. Show off your moves at the Guilford Community Fund benefit dance on February 15th.
Give blood – Hearts are the universal symbol of Valentines, and what better way to express selfless love than by donating blood. Donating is free, your body quickly regenerates your supply, and your donation will save a life or three. Click here to read more blood donation statistics or find a location to make your next date a donation.
Attend a concert – You don’t need to drive into New Haven for an amazing musical experience this Valentine’s Day. Join Project: Music Heals Us for an evening of chamber music at the First Congregational Church of Guilford, at 7pm on Valentine’s Day. Musicians hail from Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and similar caliber.
Cook together – Bond in the kitchen by preparing a meal together. Not an experienced chef? Fumble through a recipe together and laugh at any mishaps along the way. Set the table with your best dishes, and dress up as though you were going out to a fine restaurant. The Traveling Epicurean has a variety of recipes that are tasty and possible for the everyday cook to prepare.
Play a game – Board games have a lot more to offer than Sorry! and Candy Land. Challenge your partner to a territory battle in Settlers of Catan, make it a group date of paronomasia fun with Codenames, or cooperate to save the world with a game like Pandemic. Some libraries now loan out board games, and employees at local toy stores (Jordie’s Toy Shoppe and The Purple Bear) can help you select a perfect Valentine’s Day diversion.