Staying in or out: Valentine Activities for Couples, Families, and Everyone in Between

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Although romance and passion are at the heart of it, the 14th of February isn’t solely for couples. In fact, it’s becoming more like a celebration of love — in its different kinds and forms. Whoever you are, as long as you’re giving love and being loved, you’re welcome to join the lovefest. 

Refer to this comprehensive guide to see which activities will be worth trying this Valentine’s:

For Couples

If You Plan to Head out:

Instead of the usual candlelit dinner in a fancy restaurant, go casual this year. Do a food crawl in Maginhawa and jump from one eatery to another. Pick a theme to make things more exciting. You can choose based on food type, say, pasta or burger meals only, or international cuisines, with Korean barbecue as your first bite, Japanese ramen the next, and then Thai desserts as the last. 

If pigging out isn’t your idea of fun, maybe learning a new skill together can suit your preference. Go to a paint-and-sip studio for some nice art session. Or, attend a workout class you haven’t tried before, such as aerial yoga or aqua spinning. You’ll discover more about your partner after doing something new.

If You Plan to Stay in:

You want to avoid the heavy traffic and crowds of people, but you can still try different cuisines or have a Van Gogh moment at home. Buy and cook the food you want to try in your supposed food crawl. Get some art materials, too. This weekend, prepare the things you need so it’s all set for the 14th.

But if you want to really try a different staycation date, go for in-home massage services. After the pampering session, relax in the tub filled with bath bombs or in a hot shower. 

For Singles

If You Plan to Head out:

Even if you’re solo this Valentine’s, you can still go out and have fun. In fact, you probably would want to go all out by going out of town, to the beach or a popular tourist destination. If you’re a thrill-seeker, go to Cagayan de Oro, the adventure capital of the country, or Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Try river rafting or mountaineering. Meanwhile, if you’re the laid-back type, you can go to Batanes or Camiguin. Bask in the wonders around you and feel the love from nature.

For singles who don’t want to be too far from home, join trivia nights in bars or cafes. You might just chance upon a speed dating event and meet some really nice people.

If You Plan to Stay in:

If you’re spending Valentine’s alone at your condo, it’s the best time to indulge yourself in a good book, in a nicely-prepared meal, or in just clean, brand new bedsheets. It’s also the perfect opportunity to embrace the real essence of Netflix and chill. Give yourself that much-needed self-love.

If you’re feeling the urge to be more festive, go on a Karaoke night. You may be solo, but that shouldn’t stop you from belting out Where Do Broken Hearts Go, To Love You More, or Ang Huling El Bimbo. You can also try dressing up in different costumes and playing with different make-up looks. Guaranteed, you’ll feel extra good about yourself.

For Friend Groups

If You Plan to Head out:

You can also go for a nice food crawl when going out with friends this Valentine’s Day. But if filling tummies has already been part of your tradition yearly and you want to try something new, here’s an unconventional suggestion: volunteer for a cause together. See if your locale has some advocacy events coming up. Perhaps you can get involved in feeding programs or orphanage visits. You can also donate to organizations that build shelters for neglected children. Give your community some love.

If You Plan to Stay in:

Organize a singles-only dinner party. Rent a condo unit, indulge in staycation goodness, and invite all your favorite single people. To make it easy on the pocket, go for some potluck. Ask friends to come with pizza, pasta, and chicken wings. Then, for the program portion, let each of your friends talk about the best things they’re grateful for about being single. It will be good exercise for self-love.

For Families

If You Plan to Head out:

When celebrating Valentine’s with the entire family, you want to seize this moment to teach kids the value of expressing love for each other. As a way of communicating affection to your kids, let them know that you’ll prioritize where they want to go. Give them options and let them pick the restaurant, museum, or amusement park they would like to visit. And then, grant their wish to grab some ice cream or sweet dessert on your way home. At the end of the day, when tucking them in bed, express how much you love them.

If You Plan to Stay in:

The night before Valentine’s, ask the kids to help you surprise your spouse with a nice breakfast in bed on the morning of the 14th. From there, you can do a crafts-making session, cutting out colorful papers and writing down things you love most about the family. You can write, “I love that mommy always cooks for us.” or “I love that daddy drives the kids to school every day.” Read your letters aloud over dinner to cap off the day with an extra special treat.

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. This is the season to make everyone feel that affection. Spread the love to your friends, family, children, and special someone, and receive it with kindness on the 14th.

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