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14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! This list of romantic Valentine’s Day ideas are sure to be a win for you and your love!

Kansas City Valentine’s Day Date Giveaway

Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse

Enjoy a romantic meal at Chez Elle Creperie & Coffeehouse then glide across the ice hand-in-hand with your love at Crown Center’s Ice Terrace. Located in the converted historic Summit theater building, Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse, is a welcoming café serving fresh crepes, robust coffees and friendly smiles. They start with only the freshest, hand selected fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and made from scratch batters. Crown Center Ice Terrace, Kansas City’s only public, outdoor ice skating rink is open for its 43rd season! The skate season goes from November to Mid-March. Winner was announced February 9, 2016. Congratulations Melissa! She won a $25 Chez Elle Creperie & Coffeehouse gift card and 2 Crown Center Ice Terrace skate sessions with skate rentals included. More dinner date ideas below.

Wine and Dine

Rozzelle Court Restaurant

Restaurants throughout the Kansas City metropolitan are hosting special Valentine’s Day brunches, lunches, and dinners. Celebrate with a delicious feast of love! Here are some of my top choices.

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Poetry Open Mic Night


Riverfront Readings presents the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Poetry Open Mic and Silent Auction. Each poet will recite one to two poems based on the work of Philip Miller or on themes of love, hate, and relationships. The event includes a silent auction of original artwork by Philip Miller, Conci Denniston, Janice Atkins and Silvia Kofler. Book baskets from local writers will be auctioned as well. Featured music is from Gib Shell. All proceeds benefit the Philip Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund, which each year awards a scholarship to an English or Creative Writing student in the Humanities Department of Kansas City Kansas Community College. Miller was a longtime resident of Kansas City. He was a founding member of The Writers Place and he co-founded and directed the Riverfront Reading Series. To sign up ahead of time, email Sign-ups may take place at the event if slots are still available. The Writers Place, February 12, 2016, 8-10 pm.

What Shakespeare’s Sonnets Say About Love

Shakespeare's Sonnets

In conjunction with this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program theme of Shakespeare (A Winter’s Tale Spin), the Westport Branch presents an afternoon with local author Vern Barnet. Lovers of all sorts turn to Shakespeare’s sonnets for their depth of emotion and the richness of their ideas. But did Shakespeare try to suppress the publication of his sonnets in 1609? Vern Barnet, former religion writer for the Kansas City Star and author of Thanks for Noticing (a collection of his own sonnets), discusses the sonnet form of poetry, how the sonnet in English is practically identified with Shakespeare’s genius, and explores the meaning of Shakespeare’s sonnets for us today. Kansas City Public Library, Westport Branch, February 13, 2016, 2 pm.

Rock Your Valentine’s Day Style

Love to Lift Workout Tanks from The Crafty Runner

Kristen from The Crafty Runner designed a Love to Lift Workout Tank for weightlifting along with an upper body strength workout. She even made a super sweet matching tank-dress for her daughter! Be sure to check out her “I Heart Arms” Workout to show your biceps and triceps some love too.

Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City

Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City
Photo credit: KCUR

Join the Wonderscope staff for Story Time where they will be reading the children’s book “Valentine’s Day” by Anne Rockwell. Children will be making a special Valentine’s Day craft afterwards! February 12, 2016, 10:30 am.

Valentine’s Movie Guide


Cuddled up with your love in front of the silver screen is a classic way to spend Valentine’s Day. Or grab your best buds for a red-hot fun time! Either way these movies are a guaranteed good night. *Super Sweet Bonus Deal: Fandango VIPs get a $20 Shutterfly credit for their Valentine with any movie ticket purchase!

  • The Choice
  • All Roads Lead to Rome
  • Tumbledown
  • Pride and Prejudice Zombies
  • How to be Single
  • Providence
  • Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
  • Touched with Fire

Afentra’s Valentine’s Day Party

Afentra's VD Party 2016

It’s the return of Afentra’s VD Party Friday, February 12th! Featuring Lucius, JR JR, Marian Hill and Homegrown Buzz artist Yes You Are. It’s a completely FREE SHOW to anyone 18 and older with I.D. at the door. Get there before it fills up and join us for all the games, love and great live music you’d expect to get with Valentine’s Day. Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 8 pm.

The Art of Shaving

The Art of Shaving

Show your face, or your man’s face, some love for Valentine’s Day. Special products include shave kits, razors, brushes, skin care lotions, and more. Gift cards are also available.

Russell Stover Candies

Russell Stover Candies

Say Happy Valentine’s Day with chocolate! “Life’s like a box of chocolates”. Except you know exactly what you’re gonna get…a sweet treat you’ll savor til the last bite! Russell Stover has gift baskets, their signature Valentine’s heart boxes, plush teddy bears, and more. Surprise your love with a chocolatey gift delivered right to their front door or office! *Bonus sale: 25% off all Valentine’s Day gifts through February 7, 2016.

The Independence Square Chocolate Walk

Independence Square Chocolate Walk

Calling all Chocoholics! Indulge in chocolate while exploring locally owned businesses on the Square on February 13, 2016 from 10 am to 6 pm. Participating shops will offer their own spin on chocolate in their respective stores. There’s no schedule or structure. Simply stroll around the Square and stop by any of the stores that have balloons out front and enjoy the FREE chocolate event! Stay for lunch or dinner and enjoy a fabulous meal at one of the delicious eateries.

Kansas City Zoo Kiss & Tail

Kansas City Zoo Kiss and Tail

Turn up the heat as the Kansas City Zoo explores love in the animal kingdom! How do animals attract a mate? What happens when it’s time to get romantic? Observe the animal kingdom’s courtship rituals hilariously played out through actors from The Living Room Theatre. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Live music provided by Victor & Penny. Walk on the wild side at this adults only event, February 13, 2016, 5:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for FOTZ members and $45 for non-FOTZ members.

Romantic Revels Gala

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Photo credit: Brian Collins

Dance the night away at the Intercontinental Hotel on February 13, 2016. This Valentine’s weekend fundraiser benefits the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s productions and year-round education programs. Cocktails and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by three course gourmet dinner and dancing ’til midnight to the great music of Kokomo. You and your special someone will have a romantic evening while supporting a great organization. Individual tickets start at $200.

Gem Theatre Valentine’s Concert

Gem Theatre

Jam at the Gem Theatre with Kim Waters. With his aptly titled Silver Soul 2014 CD release, saxophone superstar Kim Waters celebrates his 25th year as a recording artist. SILVER SOUL is Kim’s 20 solo album and follows 16 Top 10 and 14 #1 singles, 4 #1 CDs and many millions of album unit sales. “The man can play….he continues to add a sense of sensibility to the smooth-jazz airwaves.” states Jazziz Magazine. And, The Washington Post says, “Kim Waters has a flair for composing seductive melodies. He is like a romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll.” February 13, 2016, 8 pm. Tickets are $35 to $55.

Ciné Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were clear. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan Fitzpatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture, this romantic comedy depicts an imaginary love affair between the up-and coming Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and the beautiful, betrothed Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) during the writing of Romeo and Juliet. This title is rated R and recommended for adult audiences only.

Groupon Valentine’s Day Deals

Groupon V-Day Your Way

Still looking for the best Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Groupon. Groupon has hundreds of local deals for getaways, dinners, spa packages, flower arrangements, romantic nights on the town, and more. Spice things up and go wild for Valentine’s Day this year! Your love will be glowing with happiness at how wonderful the day was.

I want to thank The Art of Shaving, Fandango, Russell Stover, and Groupon for sponsoring 14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day.


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  3. I haven’t heard of Wonderescape. Sounds like I should take my daughter there, just me I’d pick the Russel Stovers.

    1. Chocolate is always a good choice.

  4. Tiffany Barrett says:

    This is a very thorough and comprehensive list. The zoo idea sounds really fun. The hubby and I throw a couples get together every year and invite a great group of couple friends. It’s a great alternative to busy crowded restaurants.

    1. Great idea! Enjoy your couples Valentine’s Day!

  5. What a fun giveaway! We like to go out to dinner on a night other than Valentine’s Day to celebrate, otherwise it’s too busy!

    Molly and Stacie

    1. That’s a good idea! Valentine’s Day dinners can be a little bit hectic with the restaurants being so full.

  6. We just did ours early (since we had a babysitter) and we did a culinary tour of the new city we live in- Charleston SC. It was awesome! We are going (with kids) to a chocolate festival next weekend though 🙂

    1. Wow! Both of those dates sound equally delicious! Enjoy your Valentine’s Day.

  7. susan mongeau says:

    Anywhere I could steal away with love would be amazing!

    1. That does sound amazing!

  8. So many options! 🙂 Wow.

    1. There are actually a lot more that I should add.

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