Valentine’s Day ideas for students and others on a budget

2019-02-18T12:18:40+00:00 February 8th, 2019|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle|

Valentine’s Day does not have to be an expensive holiday. College students, parents and others on a budget might take a look at these local events – each priced at $30 or less per person – to make Feb. 14 a date to remember.

Valentine’s Day Tasting

Taste red, white, and rosé wines paired with chocolate in the Miami Design District. Both a wine shop and wine tasting room, Abaco Premium Wines specializes in classic wines and the newest releases, carrying thousands of bottles to choose from. 6 to 7 p.m., at Abaco Wines & Wine Bar, 140 NE 39th St., Suite 206, Miami. Tickets cost $25.

Chick-fil-A Valentine’s Day Celebration

Nothing says, “I love you” like a heart-shaped box of Chick-fil-A nuggets. This year, at participating stores, customers can order 30 nuggets, 10 chick-n-minis, or six chocolate chunk cookies in a heart-shaped container. Customers can also bring a significant other or friend to purchase one meal and get a second meal for free. Two people must be present in order to get the deal. 5 to 9 p.m., at Chick-fil-A Flagler Park, 9301 W Flagler St., Miami.

Valentine’s Day with Romero Britto

Artist Romero Britto will be holding a gallery event with the non-profit organization Ride2Revive. Proceeds of gallery sales will be donated to the organization, which gives children with life-threatening diseases by providing adrenaline-filled driving in supercars. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Lincoln Road, 1102 Lincoln Road., Miami Beach. Admission is free.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be about #relationshipgoals, it can also be a day of self-love. Try exploring these single-centric options.

Pre-Valentine’s Comedy Showcase

Looking for a little comic relief to relieve the pressure of Valentine’s Day? See a show at the legendary Miami Improv. South Florida native Nick Souffrant has been making people laugh for nearly 10 years and promises a night filled with observations about love. 8 to 11 p.m., on Feb. 13, at the Miami Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 3450 Northwest 83rd Ave., Doral. General admission is $15.

Feeling Myself Single’s Valentine’s Party

Self-love can also be celebrated by partying with DJ music all night and admiring the art in Wynwood. Food trucks will roll until late night. People who RSVP will get a Korbell cocktail on the house. 6 to 9 p.m., at thedeck Wynwood, 2250 Northwest 2nd Ave., Miami. Admission is free.

Single in the City

Everyone is suggested to wear Miami chic attire in the colors black, red, or pink for this night under-the-stars event. There are panoramic city views to enjoy and $7 cocktails at the Area 31 roof top terrace. There will be the melodic sounds of resident DJ Kristian Caro accompanied by live Drummer Shay Eishen and Trumpeter Jean Caze. 6 to 11 p.m., at Area 31, 270 Biscayne Blvd, 16th Floor Roof Top Terrace, Miami. Admission is free.

For parents, carving out romantic time can be difficult. But why not turn Valentine’s Day into a family oriented holiday, when leaving your kids out isn’t an option?

LEGO – Parent’s Night Out

Mind Body and Social hosts many local, health conscious pop-up events throughout the month. This Valentine’s Day, they are encouraging parents and young children to use their educational and engineering skills with everyone’s favorite building blocks – LEGO’s.  Two participants will be chosen to receive a $50 gift card redeemable at one of the Downtown Doral restaurants. Children ages five to 12 are welcome. 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Downtown Doral Pop-Up X Mind Body Social, 5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral. Tickets are $20 to $30.

 “I Love You, Stinky Face” Reading by Author Lisa McCourt

Best-selling author Lisa McCourt comes to South Florida to read one of her most famous children’s books, “I Love You, Stinky Face.” This beloved book has been bringing parents and children together for story time for over 20 years and now attendees get to listen-in on a live reading from the author herself. Special autographed copies of the books will be available as well as a crafting session. 10 to 11 a.m., at Aventura Mall’s Rainbow Valley Playground, 19501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Free admission.

Valentine’s Day Pizza Making Class

Genuine Pizza of Aventura Mall invites locals to celebrate this love-filled holiday by filling their stomachs with a pizza making class. This experience includes four courses, the chance to make and create your own pizza, plus a pizza kit to take home and recreate the night all over again. 7 to 9:30 p.m., at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Classes cost: $29.

However, Cupid’s arrow doesn’t strike everyone. It can be a stressful time for those dwelling on the pressures of love.

Aimee Anderson, a licensed clinical social worker in Miami, suggests that people who struggle with Valentine’s Day should treat it like any other day and go somewhere public like Barnes and Nobles, Starbucks, or a dog park and be around people.

“People should regularly work on reducing their stressors, so that when stressful events come up, they are better able to manage their stress,” she said.

Anderson also advises relaxation strategies, breathing and muscle relaxation exercises to lower anxiety levels before engaging in any Valentine’s Day festivities.