Sometimes you just need to reignite that old spark with something new, different or exciting, and what month better to try something new than the sweetest one of the year? From high-flying thrills to virtual reality experiences, we’ve rounded up eight fantastic ways to spice up your life during this month of love. So snag a sitter, put the pizza delivery guy on standby and read on.
photo: Quest Factor
Love Will Set You Free – and a Key From the Escape Room
You’ve heard of them, but now it’s time for you and your significant other to try out an escape room for yourself (or as a double or triple date). Essentially, you’ll get “locked” inside a room and will have to complete a variety of tasks and find a number of clues to get out. If this live-action, immersive experience sounds like the date night you’ve been waiting for, Quest Factor has locations in Shoreline and Seattle, and will be opening two new experiences in Redmond soon: Mission Impossible: Bank Heist and Pirates of the Caribbean. Other themed rooms include Mad Scientist, Davinci, National Treasure and The Castle.
University District location
4140 University Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98105
1207 N. 152nd St., #C
Shoreline, Wa 98133
14700 N.E. 95th St., #210
Redmond, Wa 98052
Hours: Varies. Contact Quest Factor to book an appointment.
photo: Preston M. via Yelp
Romantic Dinner in the Dark
For something completely different…a visit to The Blind Café, a pop-up restaurant open from February 8-10, is one date you won’t ever see, but will forever remember. Considered a “mind bending” and “heart opening” experience, The Blind Cafe consists of a vegetarian sensory tasting experience prepared by a local chef and served by a blind wait staff. Live music and spoken word entertainment presented in a pitch black room only add to this one-of-a-kind experience. The Valentine-themed dinner will include a three-course healthy, vegan and gluten-free menu, a glass of red or white wine and a dark chocolate tasting experience. Two showings will be offered each night, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and tickets always sell out for this event, so order yours now! Psst…this year’s restaurant will be located at the Nolanda West Buddhist Center.
The Blind Café at Nolanda West Buddhist Center
3902 Woodland Park Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Dates & Hours: Feb. 8-10, 2018 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
photo: SANCA Facebook page
For the Love of the Circus
If you and your better half were inspired after watching The Greatest Showman, your dreams of joining the circus are closer than you thought. The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) is the largest circus school in the US, offering a two-hour trapeze class for $60 per person ($50 for members) at various times each week. According to SANCA, “No one is too uncoordinated, too old or too out of shape to give the trapeze a try,” so you really have no more excuses to let your dreams soar this month.
Good to Know: Drop in between 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Fridays and pay just $10 for your first turn and $5 for each additional turn.
674 S. Orcas St.
Seattle, Wa 98108
Price: $60/person for a two-hour trapeze class
Hours: Various times throughout the week. Contact SANCA to book a time.
photo: High Trek Adventures
Love Is in the Air
High Trek Adventures in Everett will get your blood pumping when you arrive and give you a feeling of accomplishment when you leave. This fairly new activity center offers a self-led Captains Course with over 60 obstacles, Zip Flight Tours of three zip lines and the less-than-thrilling, but still a lot of fun, 18 hole mini golf course. High Trek is fun for the novice as well as the seasoned pro and is super safe.
Good to Know: Special winter pricing gives you a 30% discount on every adventure through Feb. 28, 2018.
High Trek Adventures
11928 Beverly Park Rd., Bldg. C
Everett, Wa 98204
Prices: $24/hour for Captain’s Course; $31/Zip Flight Tour (two hours); $16/six zip lines; $9 for 18 holes of mini golf.
Hours: Varies each day. Visit the High Trek Adventures website for current hours.
photo: Jeffrey Totey
Virtual Romantic Adventures
Perhaps the best adventure route to go on this month is a virtual one. Portal, a virtual reality arcade in Ballard, offers just the ticket for plenty of thrills without the need of harnesses and waivers. At Portal, you and your significant other can risk your lives by walking out on a plank high above busy city streets, fight off zombies inside an old mine shaft and challenge each other in a blizzard. VR booths are available in 15-, 30- and 60-minute blocks. Psst…play by yourself or split your time with others.
Portal – Virtual Reality Arcade & Lounge
2601 N.W. Market St.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Prices: $12.95/person for 15 minutes; $19.95/person for 30 minutes; $24.95/two people for 30 minutes; $29.95/person for one hour; $39.95/two people for one hour
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 2:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri., 2:30 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Fall in Love With Indoor Skydiving
If you want to reach for the skies this month, iFLY offers the thrill of skydiving in a safe, indoor environment. There’s no parachute and no jumping, but then again, there is nothing tethering you to the ground either. You’ll actually fly inside a giant see though tube with a certified flight instructor by your side the entire time. And you’ll quickly find out that half the fun is watching others try this out. $69.95 will give you personalized instruction, flight gear rental, two flights and a personalized flight certificate.
Good to Know: A 2-for-1 coupon for iFLY is available in this year’s Entertainment book!
349 Tukwila Pkwy.
Tukwila, Wa 98188
Price: $69.95/per person
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
photo: Wings Over Washington
Better Than the Tunnel of Love
If you’re looking for fun way to see Seattle and other parts of the Pacific Northwest without leaving the city limits, Seattle’s only flying theater, known as Wings Over Washington, is located at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57. This aerial experience will take you and your partner on the wings of an eagle to experience the various wonders of Washington state as you “fly” over Snoqualmie Falls, a Washington Huskies football game and many other sights. When your feet return to the ground, board the Seattle Great Wheel (right next door) to get a literal bird’s eye view of the waterfront. The warm and dry revolving gondolas will take you on a spin that can last as short as ten minutes or as long as 20.
Good to Know: Take advantage of the Valentine’s Day special and make your date extra special. For $59.95, enjoy a round trip on Wheel for two, a glass of champagne and one photo booth photo.
Wings Over Washington and Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Wa 98101
Price: $17/person for Wings Over Washington; $14/person for Seattle Great Wheel.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
photo: Mark H. via Yelp
Fools Rush In on This Race Course
If you and your better half are feeling the need for speed, no matter the weather you’re guaranteed a safe race at K1 Speed in Redmond. The indoor concrete racing center features eco-friendly 20hp electric karts with superb performance and finessing around the 1/5 mile track. While wearing the helmet is an absolute must, you don’t need to wear the racing uniform, but it will definitely kick your date night up a notch. K1 offers a snack shop area, pool tables and televisions, so you can extend your date, and their “arrive and drive” program is offered seven days a week.
2207 NE Bel-Red Rd.
Redmond, Wa 98052
Prices: $22/one race; $38/two races; $50/three races
Hours: Mon.-Thurs.; noon-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Do you and your significant other have a Valentine’s date planned? Tell us in the comments below!
— Jeffrey Totey