Planning a special evening out can be tough – especially when you’re on a student’s budget, aka broke! That’s why our Assistant Director Alia Brown put together this updated list of unique date ideas in Kingston, Ontario on a budget!

  1. Fondue Date
  2. Outdoor Skating in the Square
  3. Go for the Popcorn, stay for the Movie
  4. Practice ‘Mindfulness’ together
  5. Take your date to the Theatre
  6. Fall in love at an art gallery
  7. Beat the competition at Trivia Night!

1. Fondue Date

Cacao 70 (340 King St E) has a warm and inviting atmosphere, and is one of the best kept secrets of downtown. Located right beside Jack Astor’s near the Springer Market Square skating rink, Cacao 70 is known best for their chocolate fondue pots and rich hot chocolate, but you can also order these swoon-worthy Churro Donuts!

Bonus: Monday to Friday, get 50% off a cup of rich and creamy hot cocoa when you order a dish worth $12 or more.

2. Outdoor Skating in the Square!

It goes without saying, but skating in the square is a classic Kingston date idea. On weekends, you can rent skates from City Hall.

Pro Tip: Skate first. If your date isn’t going well, it will be easier to leave after skating (I’m cold! My feet hurt!) than if you start with drinks.

3. Go for the popcorn, stay for the movie!

The Screening Room (120 Princess St) is a locally owned and operated independent movie theatre that showcases contemporary, foreign, and art films. The popcorn is super tasty and best of all, it’s a LICENSED venue (meaning they serve beer & wine)! See the full week’s schedule here.

4. Practice โ€˜Mindfulnessโ€™ Meditation together

It can be tough to find stress-free moments alone with your partner when you’re both drowning in schoolwork. Listening to these free mindfulness lessons together is a thoughtful way of coping with difficulties and improving the quality of your day-to-day life – especially if you’re both too busy to go out on Valentine’s Day itself. If your partner is up for it, you could even try a yoga class together!

Bonus: You can join the Queen’s Yoga Club at any time this semester.

5. Take your date to the Theatre!

Add some culture to your date night by attending a local play or musical!

Take a look at current shows here!

6. Fall in love at an Art Gallery!

With free admission, visiting the Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a romantic AND affordable way to spend Valentine’s Day — plus, the galleries are always open late on Thursdays, 10am to 9pm! Located on University Ave. across from Grant Hall, the Agnes holds over 17,000 works of art, with major concentrations of contemporary art, Canadian historical art, Baroque-era paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, and African art. This is a date that they’ll never forget!

Learn about the Agnes’ collections, special exhibitions and current events!

Bonus: Relax, re-charge and expand your creative powers during Art Hive every Thursday from 4pm-6pm in the Agnes. This is a free art therapy event for young adults ages 18-24, where materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary!

7. Beat the competition at Trivia Night (19+)

Test your obscure pop culture knowledge at The Alibi at 8:45pm every Wednesday or at The Grad Club at 9pm every Thursday! This is a fantastic group date idea (up to 6 people)! You can reserve a table for The Alibi or drop in to see if there are seats available.