Now that the bright lights of Christmas have dimmed and the excitement of New Year’s is gone, the next holiday that we have to look forward to is Valentine’s Day. Whether you are in a brand-new relationship or have been with your sweetheart for a long time, finding new things to do together can be challenging when you are on a budget or do not have access to a car.
Here are five things that you and your significant other can do this Valentine’s Day that will not empty your wallets, but will fill your hearts with joy:
Listen to each other’s favorite albums
Music can be a pivotal part of any relationship. Maybe music is what brought you together, or you have a song that immediately reminds you of each other. Listening to each other’s favorite albums not only allows you to spend time together, but you can learn so much about someone through their favorite songs.
Go to an arcade
This is an old-fashioned date that can be a ton of fun. Galloping Ghost in Brookfield, Ill. features hundreds of arcade games, from Pac-Man to Mortal Kombat. Admission is under $15, and that gives you unlimited access to all of the games. A little bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone, right?
Make a homemade dinner
Not everyone has the money to spend on an expensive dinner at a high-class restaurant, so why not cook it yourself? Go through a cookbook with your significant other, pick out a recipe and prepare it for one another. This will be great for bonding, and you will get great food out of it too. If it doesn’t turn out, at least you two had fun.
Going back to the idea of friendly competition, bowling is a ton of fun and relatively inexpensive. Bowlero in Naperville is just a few minutes away from campus, and the atmosphere makes for a great date. If bowling’s not your thing, Bowlero also features billiards and a small arcade.
Go to a museum
Most museums in downtown Chicago offer discounts for students, and there is a Metra station just a couple streets down from campus. There are a variety of different museums just outside of the Loop, including the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Shedd Aquarium.