Valentine’s date ideas in KW

Photo of Uptown Waterloo.
Photo of Uptown Waterloo.
Photo by Sadiya Steeple

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, there is no shortage of romantic things to do in Kitchener-Waterloo. Whether you’re spending this special day with friends, family or a special someone, with these date ideas are sure to have a fun time and a great bonding experience with your loved ones..  

  1. Outdoor Ice Skating

    Skating is easily one of the most fun activities to do during wintertime. Even if you don’t know how, grab your partner, strap on your skates and enjoy each other’s company . There is a skating rink in the heart of uptown, located in Waterloo Public Square. It’s open from 10 am – 10 pm daily and is the perfect way to enjoy the crisp winter weather. To top it all off, this skating date can be finished off with a nice hot cup of hot chocolate and a stroll down the colourfully lit street.  
  1. Movie at the Princess Cinema 

    Another romantic date idea is a movie night at the vintage Princess Cinemas, which has been open and operating in uptown Waterloo since 1985. The theatre is located at 6 Princess Street West, with its sibling theatre, Princess Twin Cinemas, located just down the street at 46 King Street North. These theatres have the old-time classic feeling of the 80s and are the perfect setting for dressing up and enjoying a classic movie from a different time. This is sure to be a fun and unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else in Waterloo. Though the films and their showtimes for Valentine’s day have not been released yet, the Princess Cinemas website is constantly being updated with new screenings and the lively atmosphere is not to be missed.  
  1. Board Game Cafe 

    If you’re competitive and enjoy playing board games, you’ll love this date idea! Board game cafes are a great way to spend quality time with your significant other in an environment that fosters fun competition and conversation. Luckily, KW is home to many different board game cafes, so you’ll have a few to choose from. Both Games on Tap Board Game Cafe and Crossroads Board Game cafe are located just a few walking minutes away from Laurier. The great thing about this date idea is that it is extremely wallet-friendly and only costs $6 for Games on Tap and $7 for Crossroads Cafe. Kitchener also has a game cafe called The Adventurers Guild Board and Video Cafe costing $7 per person. These prices cover the entire cost of your visit and allow you and your partner to play as many games as your heart’s desire. 
  1. Paint your own pottery 

    Whether you and your partner are creative or not, painting your own pottery is a great date idea to artistically express your love. You can each paint something for yourselves or swap items and paint things for each other. Crock-a-doodle is the best paint-your-own-pottery spot in Kitchener-Waterloo. Located at The Boardwalk, Crock-a-doodle is the perfect place for any type of date. All you have to do is show up (appointments are not needed, but recommended as the place can fill up fast), pick the type of pottery you would like, and start painting! Once you are finished painting, your artwork will be taken to a kiln so the clay can cook, and in less than a week, you can pick up your beautiful works of art. Pricing for this activity varies depending on the style and type of pottery you choose to paint, ranging anywhere from $25-$130.  

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