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Valentine's Day date ideas that put dinner and a movie to shame

Tired of the same old roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate to show your love? We’ve found a bunch of new ideas to make Valentine’s Day 2019 extra special. From the silly to the sophisticated, there’s bound to be something here to inspire you.

Running Crazy for Love

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Whether you are crazy in love or just crazy, here’s an event we can almost guarantee you haven’t done with your sweetheart before. Cupid’s Undie Run is just what it sounds like. It’s a fun run you run in your underwear, but it’s for a good cause too! It’s a fundraiser to help raise money for research to help end neurofibromatosis which is a really big word meaning “rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves throughout the body.”

By stripping down (to a relatively modest amount of clothing as this is meant to me a family-friendly event) and plopping down $50, you’ll be part of the cure. Raise $100, you’ll get free t-shirt. Raise $150 more and you’ll get an extra pair of undies and be invited to the open bar at the event! The event “runs” from noon to 4:00 p.m. on February 9th beginning at the Ballroom at 456 N. 36th St. in Seattle. The best part? The actual run is only about 15 minutes out in the cold!

Love is a Circus

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Over the years, the formal Venice is Sinking masked carnival ball has helped raise over $50,000 to local non-profits. You can join them for their 12th outing where you’ll be “transported back in time” to the palazzo in Saint Marc’s Square and the Venetian places along the Grand Canal. Entertainment will be provided by various circus acts, musicians and dancers. All tickets include access to Marie Antoinette’s Dessert Room full of mini desserts, eclairs, cookies, macaroons and cakes provided by Gelatiamo. Tickets are $100. Enter the costume contest for $10 more. This is a formal event and some people will go all out in period pieces, but it is not expected. At the same time, don’t think that they will let you in with just a t-shirt and jeans either. The event will be held at the Seattle Design Center at 5701 6th Avenue S. in Seattle on Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Love is Blind

The Blind Café offers you and your sweetheart an experience you’ll never see anywhere else. Literally. It’s considered a “social change dinner, discussion and music” held totally in the dark. (Well, there is a brief meeting time at the beginning with the lights on). Here you’ll enjoy a vegan and gluten-free dinner created from local ingredients, partake in a Q&A with legally blind ambassadors and melt with the live music from Rosh and the Blind Café Orchestra. You can relax as this is NOT part of a “Bird Box” challenge and no blindfolds will be given out. Two dinner shows will be given at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. from February 14-16 at 2218 1st Ave. in Seattle. Hey, if it was good enough for Katy Perry to celebrate her birthday here, it’s good enough for you. Tickets start at $125.

The Love Boat

For the hopeless romantic, dine with a view that is constantly changing aboard one of Waterways’ Valentine’s Dinner Cruises on Seattle’s lakes. Here you can gaze into the eyes of your loved one while live music plays in the background during a four-course dinner service at your private table. All you really need to do is choose which two-and-a-half-hour cruise you’d like on either Lake Washington or Lake Union and the rest will be taken care of for you. Each cruise includes a champagne toast upon boarding followed by the following menu: Caramelized Onion and Tomato Bisque, Strawberry Arugula Salad, your choice of dinner entrée (Peppercorn-Crusted Seared Filet Mignon, Herb-Crusted Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon or Hand-Made Herbed Gnocchi) and either the Flourless Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis or the Fresh Raspberry Cheesecake. The price is $116.25 per person which includes service and port fees. A full-service bar for additional beverages for purchase is also available.

My Funny Valentine

Located at the Market Theatre at Pike Place Market, Unexpected Productions will present their annual “Comedy of Love: A Valentine’s Day Improv” on February 14 at 8:30 p.m. Using audience suggestions, the veteran performers will present spontaneous “scenes rife with passion, lust, heartbreak and everything in between.” Even if you have been before, come again as every show is different. Because, you know, it’s improv! Tickets are $17.50. The theatre is located at 1428 Post Alley near the Gum Wall.

Love Songs

Considered one of their “Greenhouse Gigs,” the Volunteer Park Conservatory will present a Valentine’s Concert from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the special day. The conservatory is located at 1402 E. Galer St. in Seattle. Teaming up with Sub Rosa, the night promises warm air, lush plants, twinkling lights and sweet melodies. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will go toward Friends of the Conservatory.

A Night of Wine and Chocolate

Why give your sweetie a dozen roses when you can give them a whole garden full and then some? The WW Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma presents a night of Wine and Chocolate on February 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy live music as you stroll through the romantically lit floral displays of the Conservatory. Sip some wine or champagne and nibble on savory hors d'oeuvres and decadent treats created by local chocolatiers. You’ll want to come early to take in more than 250 plant species from all over the world and see more than 200 orchids that are always in bloom. Tickets are $45. The conservatory is located at 316 S. G. St. in Tacoma.

Love Letters – or Not

Ever wonder whose reading your mail? Letters Aloud presents “Love Me or Leave Me,” the reading of real letters written by real people and read by even greater readers. “Take a trip from the romantically sublime to the pathetically ridiculous!” say event organizers with letters provided by the likes of Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo, Charles Bukowski, George Carlin, Virginia Woolf, Napoleon Bonaparte and more. Presented on February 17 at Northshore Performing Arts Center at 18125 92nd Avenue NE in Bothell at 7:00 p.m. “Love Me or Leave Me” stars Jen Taylor, Paul Morgan Stetler, Robert Clendenin and Robertson Witmer. Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for students.