Whether you forgot to book a table or just want to try something new this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a few ideas to make your weekend a success.
Get cooking: Finding a restaurant reservation in the days leading up to Feb. 14 can be as difficult as finding the right date, so skip the hassle. Try whipping something up yourself, or plan ahead and pick up dessert from one of the city’s best bakers.
Looking to brush up on your kitchen skills for future date nights? Get some tips when you spend a romantic evening at a cooking demo for couples featuring food and wine pairings inspired by famous twosomes throughout history (ranging from John and Jackie Kennedy to Louis Lane and Clark Kent) at the Culinary Center of Kansas City in Overland Park on Feb. 15.
Upgrade a classic: Put a spin on the standard dinner and a movie date by checking out one of several local theaters offering both delicious eats and big-screen entertainment.
Reserve a place at one of our best bets for date night, Standees in Prairie Village, which serves gourmet food in addition to the classic movie snacks and is offering a Valentine’s Day special Feb. 13-16. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, dine-in and sing along with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor at a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top movie musical spectacle “Moulin Rogue” on Feb. 13 at the Alamo Drafthouse. The theater is also showing plenty of movies throughout the weekend that don’t require vocal warm-ups.
Say “I do”: If you want to tie the knot without going through the stress of planning a wedding, Feb. 14 might be the perfect day to take the leap (and not just because remembering your anniversary will be a breeze). The City Market and Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza are both offering free weddings and vow renewals that come complete with music, decorations and a minister as well as opportunities to customize your ceremony. Spots are going quickly, so sign up now.
Lock down your love: Not quite ready to walk down the aisle? Pick up a lock and a sharpie and take a trip to Minor Park’s Old Red Bridge where couples can place a lock on the bridge as a symbol of their love and commitment. The love lock tradition started in Europe and spread throughout the U.S. before coming to Kansas City last year, but the Old Red Bridge’s history dates back to 1933 when it was dedicated by Harry S. Truman during the Great Depression.
Do good: Giving back can be lots of fun this Valentine’s Day. Start the day off right with a decadent chocolate-covered breakfast at the Crown Center Westin benefiting the Love Fund, a local charity that helps kids get the goods and services their families can’t afford. Then burn off the calories the following morning at Kansas City’s first Cupid’s Undie Run at the Power & Light District, where you can strip down to your bedroom best to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.