- Cooper’s Hawk Winery
Spend some quality time together while bonding over wines. Nestled in the Country Club Plaza, Cooper’s Hawk requires no reservations for wine tastings. Pick from two seasonal wine menus and discover what your palate prefers. Round it off with a nice meal upstairs; don’t forget to split the Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Flatbread as an appetizer—you will not be disappointed! Afterwards, take a nice stroll through the Country Club Plaza. For more information about the hours of operation, visit coopershawkwinery.com.
- Breakout KC
For the more adventurous couples, Breakout KC is a brand new game set in the downtown Kansas City River Market. Teams are locked in a themed room with 60 minutes on the clock and have to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and clues to crack the door’s lock code. Come in any sort of clothing, no physical challenge will be required. Not especially good at puzzles? That’s okay! If you can’t figure it out along the way, hints and clues will be provided. Afterwards, you can get your team’s picture with the Breakout KC sign and your group’s time score! For information about Breakout KC’s hours and current game rooms, visit breakoutkc.com or visit their Facebook page Breakout KC.
- Crown Center Ice Terrace
One of the few benefits of having cold weather during Valentine’s season is that ice rinks are open! Voted second best skating rink on Yelp, you can swing by Lego Land or the Sea Life Aquarium afterwards and let your inner child run free. No worries if you’re not coordinated, there are handrails to hold on to along the perimeter of the rink. For skating hours and information on rental fees visit crowncenter.com.
For the more seasoned couple, have fun and get things done at the IKEA Merriam store in Kansas. Reenact everyone’s favorite scene in 500 Days of Summer and go play house with the many different staged kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms. Grab a quick bite at the IKEA cafeteria or grocery store and don’t forget to bring a camera to show your friends your newly redecorated digs. Not up for playing around? Get some decorative inspiration and pick out a few items to spruce up your apartment. Check out their store hours online at IKEA.com/us.
- Barbecue Crawl
To those new to the area, make a day out of sampling the best barbeque in the US. Do a driving tour of all your favorite places and order small samplers at each one or call ahead of time and place your order for pickup! Some of the KC local’s favorite spots are Q39, Jack Stack Barbecue, Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue, Oklahoma Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Danny Edward’s Boulevard BBQ, LC’s Bar-B-Q, Back Porch Bar-B-Q and Plowboys BBQ. Do not forget to make a scoring card before you visit to see which one you and your date liked best!