Cheap date ideas in Kansas City for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year. Although it may get in the way of some plans you had in mind, it’s not too late to create the perfect day.

If money is an issue or you panicked and waited until the last minute to plan something, don’t worry. Your romance consultants from The Star’s on-duty journalism team have you covered, with help from readers suggesting their favorite low-cost date ideas.

Here are some ideas that are sure to keep the romance alive while keeping your wallet intact.

TO TAKE A WALK

Nothing builds a good day like taking a long walk with your significant other. A good place to start is Old Red Bridge, where you can lock down your love forever and build on the soft launch you started on Instagram.

It’s a short bridge, so make time to venture out to these places to spend some quality time with each other.

Overland Park Arboretum – For just $3 each, take in jaw-dropping gardens with a jaw-dropping human.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Always free, always hosts an exciting exhibit. Make it a coffee date with Thou Mayest Coffee inside the Bloch Building.

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The South Lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

If you love both the outdoors and a good cup of coffee, a hike to Parkville Nature Sanctuary followed by a drink at Parkville Coffee or Weston Bend State Park followed by a trip to Weston Roasters might be perfect. And, the rides to and from the sites give you plenty of time to chat.

If you want more coffee date ideas, our readers helped us put together this list of Kansas City’s 92 Favorite Coffee Shops.

FOR THE ATHLETE IN YOU

Do you and your high school sweetheart want to relive the glory days, or are you just looking for something fun and active to do?

Look no further than two must-haves in the Kansas City metro area: bowling at Ward Parkway Lanes or roller-skating at Skate City.

If you’d rather not throw your arm or embarrass yourself by falling in public, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is free this month. Money saved from Black History can be used at Arthur Bryant’s, which is just down the street from the museum.

There’s also Whisker’s Cat Cafe and the unique opportunity to do yoga with kittens for $20 per person. Get your cat fix while fixing your posture.

FROM BOTTOM TO TOP

Are you both party people? Many places in Kansas City don’t charge for coverage, or if they do, it’s very cheap. Take advantage and dance with someone who loves you.

Green Lady Lounge – they may have an extra $5, but the atmosphere and jazz are worth it. Someone is performing every night, whether it’s downstairs or in the living room.

Nighthawk – The basement bar hosts a local DJ and artist every weekend. It’ll be a night out with JONISTHENEWBLK on Friday, as he plays top R&B hits and dance anthems to rock the Valentine’s Day vibe. Don’t be outside to look inside, as it’s first come, first served.

Players can stand up to UpDown. All games are only 25 cents, so mash the buttons at the top in Mortal Kombat, work together to take down Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and create lasting memories while sabotaging each other in Mario Kart 64.

If dive bars are your thing, Lucky Boys and Chez Charlie are the place to be. Throw darts, play pool and laugh at each other when one of you calls the wrong pocket on the 8 ball.

Saving till you drop

There’s nothing more satisfying than picking up a bargain on a comfy sweater, a funky table lamp, or that weird kitchen tool you’ve always been looking for. Kansas City has a world-class savings scene, and amazing deals are hidden all over town, just waiting for you and your loved one to find them.

The West Bottoms is well known for its First Friday antique sales, but did you know that some of its shops are open every weekend? Dig for treasure at Nook & Cranny and Bottoms Up Antique Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, or stop by Serendipity on the second and third Saturdays of the month (including Valentine’s Day weekend) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Even more great savings spots around town are also open on weekdays. Stop by the antique mini-mart on 45th Street between State Line Road and Genessee, or check out Waldo favorites like City Thrift Waldo, Red Racks and Thrifter’s Paradise for vintage homewares, clothing and treasures.

Or, you can’t go wrong with the tried-and-true antiques at the River Market.

DINNER AND FILM

Whether you’re a vegan looking for junk food or just interested in trying something new and exciting, Dead Beet Eats might be the place for you. Located at 312 Armor Road, this vegan spot offers burgers, hot dogs, and loads of loaded fries for you to enjoy.

All items on the menu are under $20. The burgers come with fries and range from $13 to $16. Hot dogs are $9 or less. Check out the full menu here.

Once you’re done stuffing your face at Dead Beet Eats, head over to Screenland Armor for a movie. This theater has a good mix of retro and indie movies as well as new releases that you can see on the big screen. Movies currently showing include Death on the Nile, Licorice Pizza and Moon fall. Check here to see everything playing now through Valentine’s Day.

LAUGH FROM YOUR HEART

All great romances are fueled by great laughs. If you and your partner like to laugh together, be sure to stop by the Bird Comedy Theater. L’Oiseau is organizing a special Valentine’s Day weekend for lovers and friends. On Friday, the theater will host its usual comedy show. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Right after this show, there will be a sleepover-themed show, where guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas, starting at 9:45 a.m. Buy your tickets here.

On Monday, The Bird will have a Valentine’s Day special. The show is said to include games, characters, and musical improvisation. Tickets for Monday’s show are $20 and can be found here.

Proof of vaccination is required for all shows hosted by The Bird and masks are recommended.

To see The Bird’s full itinerary for the weekend, visit the theater’s website.

HEART SHAPED PIZZA

For one day only, Minsky’s Pizza is offering heart-shaped pizzas and chicken wing bouquets on Monday. A medium heart-shaped pizza will cost $16.99, and the wing bunches will be $23.99 and $17.99 for bone-in and bone-out wings, respectively.

If you’re looking to size up that date, Minsky’s also offers its own blend of red wine, available for delivery, as well as cheesecake and New York tiramisu to top off your evening.

To ensure you get a pizza or a bouquet for you and your valentine, be sure to pre-order online for delivery.

TO SHOW CREATIVITY

Challenge yourself to plan a great date with items purchased from the dollar store. Dollar stores like Dollar Tree offer an array of activities that you and your partner can choose from. One idea might be a flirty paint party! Canvas, paint and brushes can be found in most places.

Besides paint, there are tons of materials to have a fun craft night or ingredients for snacks and treats to go along with a cozy movie night.

Check here to find other places offering Valentine’s Day specials or takeout dinners for lovers next week.

To like. We can’t get enough and we hope you can’t either this weekend.

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This story was originally published February 11, 2022 1:42 p.m.

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