Planning a special evening out can be tough – especially when you’re on a student’s budget, aka broke! That’s why our Assistant DirectorAlia Brown put together this updated list of unique date ideas in Kingston, Ontario on a budget! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner on Thursday, Feb. 14th!
- Fondue Date
- Outdoor Skating in the Square
- Go for the Popcorn, stay for the Movie
- Practice ‘Mindfulness’ together
- Get the cutest couple photo OF ALL TIME
- Take your date to the Theatre
- Fall in love at an art gallery
- Beat the competition at Trivia Night! (19+)
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 + FebFest!
It goes without saying, but skating in the square is a classic Kingston date idea. Best of all, downtown will be lit up for all of February with FebFest winter festival activities happening around the Square! 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 ‘Mindfulness’ 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. Get the cutest couple photo of ALL TIME
Don’t miss the PUPPY Photo Booth in the ARC on Thursday, Feb. 14th! Funds raised go to the Kingston Humane Society and the Kingston Animal Rescue. Cuddles and puppy kisses definitely included! Times TBA.
6. Take your date to the Theatre!
Add some culture to your date night by attending a local play or musical! Here’s what’s on now:
Jan. 30-Feb. 17: What A Young Wife Ought to Know: It’s 1920s working-class Ottawa, and young wife and mother Sophie is the host of the evening. We know her deceased sister will speak to her. We know her stable-boy husband makes very little money. We know that Sophie does not want more children. Performing at the Baby Grand Theatre. Tickets are $18 students/artists, $35 public. All ages/19+
Feb. 5-14: The Wolves (DAN School Winter Major): Set in an indoor soccer facility, The Wolves is an ensemble piece depicting a soccer team of nine teenage girls tackling pressures, insecurities and loss. The show is directed by Brenda Bazinet and features a cast of ten Queen’s University students. Performing at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, studio theatre. Tickets are $17 students, $24 public. All ages/19+.
Feb. 13: Juilliard String Quartet concert: With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world. Each performance brings together the four members’ profound understanding and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of music. Performing at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, concert hall. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. All ages/19+.
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7. 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!
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!
8. Beat the competition at Trivia Night (19+)
Test your obscure pop culture knowledge at The Alibi on Wednesday, February 13th! This is a fantastic group date idea, or you could go with all your single friends (up to 6 people) for an unValentine’s night out! You can reserve a table online or you can drop by to see if there are seats available. Trivia starts at 8:45pm and there’s no cover! Note: this event is 19+ only.
Bonus: Sign-up for The Alibi’s mailing list & get a free pretzel!