Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly one of the most popular romantic holidays of the year. For teenagers, this is a time to indulge in chocolates, candies and secretly send a cute card to the girl/boy you have a crush on. So whether you already have a boy/girlfriend or wish to have some fun with pals, here are some Valentine’s Day ideas for teenagers.
Go for a movie
Most college organizations arrange for free or inexpensive movie screenings for students on the campus. Or if you are in high school, check out if your town has any such provisions or still hosts drive-in movies. The venue may not be as fancy or the décor as stylish as an actual movie theater like the Regal or AMC but when you think about it, it’s actually the same movie that viewers in both places will be taking back with them. So grab a tub of popcorn and head for the campus auditorium or open-air theater to spend a cozy evening with your Valentine’s Day date. If you still have time to spare, follow up the movie date with a round of coffee and doughnuts at a nice café.
Cheer it up
If you and your partner are sports fans, take advantage of the active sporting culture on your college or high school campus. See what games are scheduled on Valentine’s Day and then take your date to catch one that she would enjoy. It may be difficult to get tickets for the big games like the ones playing between rival university football teams but if you can manage to get a couple of seats, you are well placed to score a touchdown with your partner. And if not, it can be just as fun to watch the lesser known teams on the campus in action. After all, it is the whole experience of sitting close to your date and loudly cheering together that matters, right?
Get close to nature
One of the most romantic ways of spending Valentine’s Day would be in the midst of Nature. If you particularly want to get away from the crowd of familiar faces in the town, a good idea would be to head for the outdoors on your own. Since a long drive into the countryside would be expensive because of fuel costs, look for biking or walking trails outside the town which you can explore together. Once you come upon a shady nook or an open space by a stream, take a break and munch on the sandwiches you may have packed before setting off. The whole experience will not only be light on your pocket but a perfect way to get to know your partner amidst quiet and beautiful surroundings.
Have a picnic
If you are lucky to have nice weather, a picnic in the neighborhood park would be a great way to spend a romantic Valentines’ Day with your boy/girlfriend. Put together a picnic basket with a few sandwiches, a carton of juice, muffins or any other dessert that is lying in your kitchen. Then borrow your parent’s i-Pod with a couple of speakers, and you are all set to enjoy a one-on-one time together while soaking up the rays.
Catch a show
If you and your date are both theater buffs, catching a show might be one of the most enjoyable Valentines’ Day ideas. Most colleges and high schools have their own dramatic clubs; even if you want to avoid these, there are local comedy clubs or dramatic societies which may be putting up amateur performances around Valentines’ Day time. On the other hand, if you want to impress your theater-loving date with a professional show in your city, try to get hold of student rush tickets. In most cities, students are allowed to avail discounted tickets by waiting outside the venue at a designated time before the show. Other than theater, rush tickets are also available for operas, symphonies, comedy shows and other similar performances.
A visit to the museum
If you and your date are lovers of history, how about making a date out of a visit to the museum? Unlike theme-based or amusement parks, museums rarely charge exorbitant entry tickets and in fact they even offer substantial discounts for students. Apart from the fact that the rambling corridors of a museum offer the perfect opportunity to walk hand-in-hand, the exhibits and information on display might even help you in your courses. And if your partner is not terribly fond of art or history, look for museums which cater to special interest like railheads or fabrics from across the world or even space exploration and you are sure to find yourselves having a good time.
Music is an integral part of every kind of celebration and especially a romantic one as Valentine’s Day. So try and get tickets to a music concert featuring your partners’ favorite bands as a most special Valentine’s Day gift for your date. However if neither of you can afford to be so extravagant, catch a show being put up by one of the college or high school bands in your city. Alternatively keep an eye out for free, open-air performances which are often held as part of a music festival or cultural extravaganza organized by town/city authorities. Later you can take your date to a café or a small diner for a light bite and some quiet romantic tète-a-tète.
Go out in a group
If you want to keep your Valentine’s Day casual, a great option is to go out with mutual friends or maybe another couple you get along with. For instance you all could go bowling together or tobogganing, if it has been snowing. The best part of such all group outings or a double date is that it enables you to share costs or make bulk bookings at discounted rates. It will not only be great fun to go back to the games of childhood but can even be hugely romantic with both you and your partner frolicking in the snow together or playing like a team at the bowling alley. Follow it up by stopping at a café for a hot cup of joe or some other warm beverage and you are sure to have the perfect ending to a most amazing Valentine’s Day.