If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to really have fun, connect and decompress with your partner on the rare nights you get to be together without the kiddos. Give yourself and your date a memorable way to reconnect over a new shared creative skill with these off-the-beaten path ideas!
- Factory Obscura: You never exactly need an excuse to visit Factory Obscura, but just in case you’re looking for one, a new temporary exhibition called SEED REEF is now open to the public. Grab your sweetie (or galentine!) and enjoy an immersive underwater simulation made entirely of paper. Plus, make your own paper sea creature art to populate the seed reef area of the exhibit. Seed Reef will be open late for Valentine adventures! Admission is free for Mix Tape members, or you can save $2 when you bundle admission. Factory Obscura’s annual V-Day bash is also happening Feb. 12 from 7-9 p.m. Click here for details.
- Oklahoma Contemporary: Think wine-and-palette meets multimedia arts! Check out the Thursday Night Art series for one night only lessons perfect for beginners or those looking to test out a new skill. From ceramics (Ghost anyone?!) to fiber arts and screenprinting, Oklahoma Contemporary has a class for any interest complete with drinks and nibbles from Cafe Contemporary.
- Blue Sage Studios: What could be more unique for a date night than learning a new creative skill, and especially one that includes a take-home keepsake? Glassblowing takes a surprising amount of muscle control and patience but is overall less intimidating than it may appear. Create an ornament ($35), a flower ($40), or a paperweight ($40) in this introductory glass-blowing session, no prior experience needed.
- Enjoying nature at Lake Hefner: Call me old fashioned, but I believe you just can’t beat simplicity when it comes to planning dates. And you definitely cannot beat an Oklahoma sunset! Lake Hefner has miles of trails for strolling or lakefront to enjoy for skipping rocks, star gazing or just taking in the red dirt colors in the sky.
Pair any of these date night activities with dinner at a locally owned restaurant and you’ve got a perfect Valentine’s Day plan! Here’s a roundup of our readers’ favorites in the metro: https://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/readers-recommend-date-night-in-okc/
Kirsten Holder is a transplant from Michigan but calls the “land that is grand” her home. She graduated from Oklahoma City University and is passionate about the arts, community development and small business. She is the senior project manager for MetroFamily Magazine, and lives in a historic pocket in OKC with her young son Jimmy, husband Andrew and fur-child Clifford.