It’s not too late to make plans for Valentine’s Day in the LA area! Personally, I have never been one to see the point in spending $50 on a bouquet of flowers that will wilt and die in just a few day’s time (especially when those same flowers will only cost $10 the day after Valentine’s!) and I certainly don’t have any need for a giant stuffed bear holding a heart saying something cutesy like “I love you BEAR-y much”. It’s just a waste of money.
So why not spend LESS money on a Valentine’s Day that you will actually enjoy? Whether you’re celebrating with that special someone or a group of your friends, there are still a number of cheap things to do in Los Angeles for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas that I was able to dig up:
- Grease Valentine’s Sing-along – Grease is the word! Have you heard? (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!). The Laemmle NoHo 7 is binging “Grease” back to the big screen for Valentine’s Day – singalong style! With the help of animated song lyrics, you can sing your heart out to the tunes of one of the most iconic romantic musicals ever. You could pay $11 at the door, but why would you do that? By now you have, of course, heeded my advice and registered with Goldstar so you’ll be able to get your tickets for only $5 here.
- Woodland Hills Ice Rink – The Woodland Hills Ice Rink recently extended its season through the 18th of this month which means you can create memories with your sweetie and/or your buds on Valentine’s Day. The outdoor, 7000 sq. ft. rink is open from 1pm – 10pm on Valentine’s day and from 9am-midnight on weekends. An after-dark skating session under the stars will create a seriously romantic vibe, provided that you don’t totally bite it! Again, you can pay full price at the rink, ($10 admission with a $5 skate rental) or you can get reduced admission ($8.50 for the whole kit ‘n caboodle) here.
- Comic Dante – If your date doesn’t mind waiting until Friday night to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can nab some free tickets (plus service fee) to see Dante (from NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”) deliver some laughs at the Downtown Comedy Club.
- EsScentials Massage – This is the priciest Valentine’s Day idea I will list, but it’s still an amazing deal. You can either treat your sweetie to a one hour Swedish massage at EsScentials for Body & Soul in Tustin, or join him/her and buy one for yourself as well – for $55 off the regular price of $85. The $30 massage can be purchased here and is good for any date (with a reservation made in advance).
- Hunt & Match – Single but still hoping to mingle this Valentine’s Day? Boulevard 3 in Hollywood is hosting a “Hunt & Match” shin dig for working professionals between the ages of 24-44 who are looking for love. As always, Goldstar has your discounted tickets.
These suggestions are really only the tip of the iceberg. Put a picnic together and enjoy a romantic spread at the Venice Canals or Griffith Park. Go for a moonlit hike or walk along the beach. Cook up a candlelit meal together. Visit Griffith Observatory. You really don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy a fun and magical Valentines Day in Los Angeles.