Valentine’s Day looks different this year. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate.
Sure, you might not be able to go to fancy restaurants or in-person events.
But there are virtual events, creative date ideas, and socially-distanced ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Want to discover the best virtual Valentine’s Day ideas and events for 2021? Want to surprise your partner when they’re not expecting it? Here are some of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.
Attend a Virtual Painting Class Party
Mekaila Oaks of Redfin recently recommended virtual painting class parties as her top unique Valentine’s Day idea.
Lucky for you, Paint and Sip LIVE is hosting multiple virtual painting class parties this Valentine’s Day! Our paint and sip parties include:
• 2 hours of live instruction
• DJs, live music, and other entertainment
• All-in-one painting kit shipped to your address (optional)
• Just $20 per ticket
• Multiple Valentine’s Day painting classes for couples, groups of friends, Galentine’s Day, late night after dark Valentine’s Day parties, and more
Our virtual paint and sip parties are popular with all levels of painters – from experts to people who have never painted before.
View our Valentine’s Day schedule and sign up today!
Watch a Movie or TV Show Together (Virtually)
Maybe your partner is across the country. Maybe they’re quarantined overseas. Fortunately, technology makes it easier than ever to watch a movie or TV show together.
Some platforms, including Disney Plus, have screen sharing built directly in. You can easily
You can also use Skype, Zoom, Discord, or Houseparty to share your screen. Invite others to view your screen, then press play and watch the movie together.
You can find other synchronized viewing options online, including Gaze (for watching YouTube videos together), MyCircleTV (for watching movies with friends via voice chat without registration), and Netflix Party / Teleparty (a Chrome extension for watching Netflix together).
If you want to watch a movie together this Valentine’s Day, then there are more options than ever.
Virtually Tour a Museum
Museums are classic for first dates. You may not be able to visit museums in-person, but you can easily (and cheaply) visit museums around the world via virtual tours.
This Valentine’s Day date idea works whether you’re in the same room (touring a virtual museum together) or across the world (touring a museum together via screen sharing).
YouTube’s LearnFromMasters series, for example, has a slideshow of famous works from the Prado Museum in Madrid. If you’re into art, then you get a convenient, rotating slideshow of some of the museum’s best pieces and exhibits.
The best collection of virtual museum tours online, however, is through Google’s Arts & Culture page. You can view virtual tours for things like:
• MoMA The Museum of Modern Art in New York
• Musée d’Orsay in Paris
• Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
• Uffizi Gallery in Florence
The page also features tours of the Eiffel Tower, the Rijksmuseum, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and other world-famous places.
Go on a Virtual Walking Tour
A walking tour is a great way to see your city – or discover a new city. While you may not be able to go on walking tours any more, you can still go on virtual walking tours thanks to the internet.
There are two easy ways to go on a virtual walking tour with your geographically-inclined Valentine’s Day date:
• Open up Google Maps and drop yourself into Street View, then walk around and get lost on the virtual streets of any city in the world.
• Type 4K walking tour into YouTube and take a tour around cities, museums, and landmarks around the world.
You can find thousands of 4K walking tour videos to peruse. It’s not quite like walking the streets of Paris, but it’s the closest most people will get during the pandemic.
You can also find natural 4K walking tours. People bring 4K cameras on hikes. Check out the 4K Relaxation Channel’s two-hour walk through Olympic National Forest in Washington, for example, to experience the sights and sounds of nature.
Have an Indoor or Outdoor Picnic
Picnics are classic date night events. Although some city parks are closed for the pandemic, you may still be able to safely hold a picnic outdoors.
Or, if you’re not comfortable leaving the home, then hold a picnic indoors. Lay down a blanket, serve fancy cheeses and breads, and play a board game or movie.
Build a Drive-in Movie Theater in your Living Room
This one takes a little bit of work, but you’ll create unforgettable memories.
Build a fort in your living room. Lay down cushions and blankets. Put a roof over your head. Point the entrance to the fort towards your TV. Or, place a TV inside your fort. There are no rules here.
Then, make some popcorn, crack open a bottle of wine, and create your own night at the drive-in movie theater.
Have a DIY Home Spa Date
Spas might be open in your area, or they might not. But you can still hold a DIY spa date at home.
Buy some fancy bubble bath or bath bombs. Get face masks, skin creams, and lotions. Put your towels in the dryer to make sure they’re hot when you get out. It’s not as nice as a real day spa, but it’s the closest many of us are getting to a spa in 2021.
Play Board Games Online or Offline
If you don’t live together with your partner, then you can still have a board game night. Play Settlers of Catan online, for example, or Scrabble, or Monopoly, or any other classic board game available for free online.
Playing board games online may be more fun than playing board games offline. You don’t have to clean up! With a video chat in the background, virtual board games can be almost as good as the real thing this Valentine’s Day.
There’s No Excuse for Missing Valentine’s Day 2021
Congratulations: you’ve made it to Valentine’s Day 2021.
Yes, this pandemic has felt like 10 years. But there’s no excuse for skipping Valentine’s Day this year.
Whether celebrating a first date virtually or creating fun at home with a loved one, there are plenty of ways to virtually celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2021.