Five fun, inexpensive ways to spend Valentine’s Day out

Feb. 11, 2013

Alexander Nedd
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We all have trouble finding that perfect gift or unique date night out when it comes to that special someone. Couple that with trying to save a buck, and it just might be impossible.

The season of love doesn’t have to be heartache on your wallet. For Valentine’s Day, there are some ideas in town that don’t have to ruin your budget.

Splash! 115 N. Tejon St., $25

How does trading a fork for a paintbrush sound? In downtown Colorado Springs, Splash offers classes for couples to learn basic art techniques while recreating a preselected painting. Couples can also choose to sample local wines and beers as they paint.

The sessions last from 2-3 hours. For Valentine’s Day, Splash is featuring a special class that includes a free glass of wine and chocolates from a local chocolatier.

Students receive a $5 discount. Once done, you’ll not only be able to take home your beautiful masterpiece, but you’ll also have a unique experience.

Warm BodiesMovie theaters everywhere, $10

It’s your typical love story – only dead. In post-apocalyptic fashion, a plague has divided zombies from human survivors in a war to stay alive.

However, one zombie starts his own immunization when he falls for a human survivor after saving her from a zombie attack.

What ensues are countless mishaps and romantic events between the unlikely duo, sure to remind everyone that love can overcome even the most, er, loveless situations.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill 3294 Cinema Point, $30 per person

Travel halfway around the world without leaving your seat. Tucanos Brazilian Grill offers an exclusive dining experience for couples with all-you-can-eat meat. A buffet of vegetables and sides are ripe with Brazilian heritage.

Once seated, guests find a wooden token painted with red and green sides on their table. Turn your token to the green side, and you will be served with more than 30 different meats that are sautéed, grilled and seasoned to perfection.

Candy Bar 124 N. Tejon St., $5-$15

Satisfy that sweet tooth with this 50s-style candy shop located in the heart of Colorado Springs. Candy Bar offers something for everyone with more than 360 different candies. Choose from an arrangement of chocolates, gummy bears, jelly beans or sour gummies.

Seven Falls 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, $18 per couple

Colorado offers breathtaking beauty along the Front Range. Nicknamed “The Grandest Mile of Scenery,” Seven Falls exemplifies the heart of Colorado landscape.

The setting is offering a “Heart Dazzling” display this Feb. 14 only. Sweethearts will be able to hike along trails from 6-9 p.m. and enjoy illuminated light displays throughout the region.