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Try something fun and different this Valentine's Day
Regardless of how you feel about the commercial aspect of Valentine's Day, in this world of constant distractions and competing demands it's a nice excuse to schedule in some one-on-one time with the one you love.
Of course there's your romantic dinner date (yawn), but what about something a little different? Whether you're just getting to know your valentine, or looking to reconnect after years together, a shared experience is a great way to bond.
Valentine's Day (14th February) falls on a Sunday this year, so many events are actually on the Saturday night, some are offered on both dates.
Scitech Dome Date Night Pic: Scitech
Science Date Night
As part of Fringe World, Scitech is opening its doors to valentines for a 'dome date night'. The entry fee of $35 each (plus booking fee) gets you one beverage and a personalised fly-through of the cosmos, with no kids in sight. There are 6pm or 8pm sessions to choose from.
Darlings of the Range On Saturday 13th February from 5pm onwards you can unwind and relax in nature. The 'Nearer to Nature' program by DPAW is running this event at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre near Mundaring. For $55 each you will get a guided walk in the Darling Range, a gourmet supper and animal encounter. Then to finish off enjoy a movie at the nearby Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema. Bring water, weather-appropriate clothing and perhaps some insect repellent. Not your regular date requirements!
Outdoor movie If you don't feel like the full experience you could still head to the Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema for the movie Alex & Eve showing on both the 13th and 14th of February. Perth has quite a few outdoor cinemas but this is the only movie I noticed that looked 'valentine-ish', and yes that's totally a word.
Star crossed lovers At the Perth Observatory in Bickley you can book a night tour on either the 13th or 14th of February. These will both fall on 'moon lit' nights so the Moon will be one target, but you'll also get to see star clusters and bright nebulae. They also offer day tours but you'll need to express your interest for those. Adult tickets for night tours are $38 each.
Harbour Sundays On 14th February from 5-9pm the Fremantle Maritime Museum (the one on the water) is partnering with RTR FM to offer free live music (part of a five week series called Harbour Sundays). On the balcony of this breath-taking museum you can enjoy the finest jazz, blues, folk and rock n roll, plus RTRFM DJs.
Fringe it As you've noticed by now, Valentines Day falls during Fringe World, which immediately opens up your date options. A word of warning though, if you're still getting to know your date, choose carefully! You can filter by dates on the Fringe World website to see what's on.
And some free events associated with Fringe World that would make great date add-ons: Howling Wolveswine tasting from 5pm, 13th February, Pleasure Garden Perth. Night market from 3pm, 13th and 14th February, Pleasure Garden Perth.
And my final ideas are kid friendly, so if you can't find a babysitter don't let it deter you! Head to one of these events and wear them out so you can enjoy each-others company after they head to bed. Midlandia (aka Midland) is hosting the Best of the Fest for Kids, on the 13th February from 3pm, tickets from $12.
Chung Wa's Chinese New Year Pic: Fringe World website