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5 Unique February Date Nights in Philly

Get a babysitter and treat your Valentine to a date off the beaten path.

So you have a babysitter for Valentine’s Day/week/month (let’s be honest, getting childcare on the exact day doesn’t always happen), but you aren’t really feeling the usual dimly lit prix fixe dinner with two-tops as far as the eye can see. Well just call us Cupid, because we have picked out five dates that are wonderfully different; and different from each other, so you’re sure to find something new to experience together. Start making those reservations!

Valentine’s Date Nights at The Clay Studio

February 9, 10, 14, and 15
137 N. Second St.


Make like Patrick and Demi and get dirty with “four-handed throwing by candlelight.” Enjoy light fare, chocolate, champagne, wine, and mood music while you celebrate Valentine’s Day at the wheel. Register online.

Sweetheart Skate at Blue Cross RiverRink

February 14, 7—8:30 pm and 9—10:30 pm
101 S. Columbus Blvd.


Spend Valentine’s Day on the ice! Tickets include chocolate, flowers, skating, and a keepsake photo. Food, beer, and specialty cocktails can be purchased on site.


Photograph by Anthony Werhun.

‘The Bridges of Madison County’

February 8—March 3
Philadelphia Theatre Company, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.


The epic romance of the best-selling novel has been adapted into a musical that won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations. The play runs from February 8—March 3, but they are offering a special Valentine’s Day VIP experience which includes a premium orchestra seat, glass of champagne, chocolates, and a chance to meet the cast for $75 per person. Use promo code: LOVE.

Licorice Tasting and Talk at Shane Confectionery

February 22, 6:30 pm
Shane Confectionery, 110 Market St.


If you like the unique taste of black licorice or just want to expand your palate in a sweet way, come into Shane’s kitchen for a one-night-only exploration of “America’s most divisive candy.” Taste a dozen varieties of domestic and imported black licorice confections and learn about their unique histories. Tickets available online.

Science After Hours: Love and Lust

February 26, 7—10 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street


Interactive science, hands-on activities, and guided presentations will explore the chemistry, physics, and mathematics of love and lust. This is an adults-only after-hours event with a cash bar. Pre-register online.


Lead photograph by Matt Stanley.

Contributing Writer