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‘Outside the Box’ Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day


By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, February 8, 2017

Are you and your partner tired of the standard old candlelit dinner for two on Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps you’re looking to meet somebody new this year. You might even be celebrating ‘Galentine’s Day’ with your BFFs. Regardless of how you want to spend the day, if you’re in need of some cool ideas, look no further. These are the events you won’t want to pass up.


The Amazing Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Slattery’s Midtown Pub, 8 East 36th Street
February 11 at 1:30 p.m. and February 14 at 6:30 p.m.

If you’re single and ready to mingle, check out the scavenger hunt Slattery’s is hosting. You and your team will be given Valentine’s Day-themed clues that you’ll have to solve all around the city. You can sign up as an individual and hook up with a team once you get there. There’s nothing that brings people closer together than trying to win a scavenger hunt.

For more information and to sign up click here.

Photo: courtesy of cupidsundierun.org

Photo: courtesy of cupidsundierun.org

Cupid’s Undie Run

605 West 48th Street
Februay 18 at 12 p.m.

Strip down to your underwear and get running to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation this Valentine’s Day weekend. Festivities (read: open bar) begin at noon, followed by the mile-long fun run. All proceeds go toward research to find a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder where tumors grow on various nervous in the body, and donations of $50 or more will be matched.

To register click here.

Blood ManorBlood Manor’s Bloody Valentine Haunted House

163 Varick Street
February 10-12 during all hours of operation

If you’re up for a good scare, head over to the Blood Manor the weekend before Valentine’s Day for 5,000 square feet of scream-inducing rooms, corridors, and passageways. The experience only lasts about 20 minutes, but if things get too terrifying, there are plenty of emergency exits. (Or you can just hold onto your significant other for dear life.)

To buy tickets click here.


Romance Under the Stars

Hayden Planetarium, 200 Central Park West
February 14 at 9:30 p.m.

Spend the night at the Hayden Planetarium for a romantic night under the stars where Ted Williams and Lydia Maria Petrosino will recall love stories from throughout history. Included in the ticket price are hors d’oeuvres, chocolates, an open bar, and jazz music by the Josh Rutner Quartet.

For tickets and more information click here.

ICE couples cooking

Couples’ Cooking Class

225 Liberty Street
Valentine’s Day-themed classes from February 11-14, times vary

Looking to improve on your skills in the kitchen? The Institute of Culinary Education has got you covered. Whether you want to master the basics of mixology, cook a full-course Italian meal, or anything in between, a cooking class is the perfect way to spend the evening with your significant other.

To sign up for a specific class click here.


Cover: Wooden ‘heart box;’ courtesy of dadcando.com


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