By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
Valentine’s Day: synonymous with flowers, chocolates, jewelry and expensive dinners. But is that all it really has to be about? What if we were to throw away the fancy gifts and date nights out, and replace them with something fun and out-of-the-ordinary? Both Delray Beach and Boca Raton offer plenty of options for couples (and groups of single friends!) looking to do something different to celebrate this Hallmark Holiday. Here are five ideas for making this year’s Valentine’s Day a bit more special.
Unleash your inner artist while you sip on vino and learn how to paint from instructors at local studios. Places like Vino Van Gogh in Downtown Delray Beach or Pinot’s Palette in East Boca Raton offer step-by-step painting classes with wine and beer available for purchase. Talented artists will guide you along as you recreate the night’s featured painting. At Vino Van Gogh, guests can order from local restaurants and have food delivered to the studio, or bring your own! The staff will take care of all the setup and clean up, so you don’t have to worry about anything except your paintbrush and canvas — and, of course, drinking that glass of wine. Whether you’re coupled up, with a group of friends, or even riding solo, paint & sip studios are a fun way to let your creative juices flow — and at $35 per person, it’s cheaper than what most Valentine’s Day dinners would set you back. Check out their calendars for class times and featured paintings.
Vino Van Gogh: https://vinovangoghfl.com/
Pinot’s Palette: https://www.pinotspalette.com/bocaraton
Relive your childhood at Silverball Museum in Downtown Delray Beach. Rows and rows of classic pinball machines take up the bottom floor, while upstairs you’ll find favorites like Pac Man, air hockey and more. Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, and Wednesday just so happens to be “Wine Down Wednesday” at Silverball when all bottles of wine are half-price! If you can tear yourself away from the nostalgic arcade games, there is a menu full of food inspired by the flagship location in Asbury Park, NJ. Expect things like Jersey Shore fries, jumbo Nathan’s hot dogs and funnel cake, as well as a section of “Coastal Cuisine” featuring crab cakes, lobster rolls, and garlic and clam pizza. It’s definitely not your typical upscale Valentine’s Day dinner, but it sure will be fun. For more details, visit http://silverballmuseum.com/delray-beach/
Sit back, relax and enjoy a show at The Wick Theater and Costume Museum in Boca Raton. The current production is “Singin’ In The Rain,” and there are two shows on Feb. 14 — a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening showing at 7:30 p.m. The in-house Tavern Restaurant offers themed prix-fixe dinners before the evening performances. Dinner includes a glass of house wine, soup, salad a choice of entree, and dessert accompanied by freshly brewed tea and coffee. Visit The Wick this Valentine’s Day will for sure take your “dinner and a show” experience up a notch. To purchase tickets, visit http://thewick.org/seasons-productions/
Rock and Roll, literally, at Frank Theaters Cinebowl & Grille in the Delray Marketplace. Perfect your roll on one of the 16 state-of-the-art bowling lanes at its in-house bowling alley while enjoying dinner and drinks from its rock-and-roll-themed restaurant, Burger & Beer Joint, featuring signature menu items named after famed rock and roll song titles like “The Hound Dog,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Hey Jude.” Then, if you want to keep the night going, check out what’s playing at the IMAX. For more details, bowling prices and movie times, visit http://cinebowlandgrille.com/
Get lost in the gorgeous Japanese gardens at Morikami in Delray Beach. There are various ways to enjoy a Morikami experience: check out the permanent exhibitions at its Yamato-kan museum; learn about the Japanese culture through the various collections of objects; take one of the classes or workshops offered or purchase tickets for a speaker series event; visit the Tea House and participate in an Omote-Senke style tea ceremony; indulge in a delicious Pan-Asian lunch at Cornell Cafe; or simply stroll the gardens and witness all of the beauty Morikami has to offer. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Morikami will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so you have all day to spend in this lush and serene atmosphere. For more information, visit https://morikami.org/