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9 creative things to do on Valentine's Day

Posted at 9:00 AM, Jan 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 14:39:35-05

CINCINNATI — Nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day like putting a little thought and creativity into celebrating with your sweetheart. And dear reader, we love you.

That is why we’ve assembled this list of nine things to do with your valentine on, or close to, the big day.

Make sushi: What better way to spend time with someone than cooking together? In this case, the kitchen belongs to Sushi Cincinnati in Covington. On Feb. 13, Sushi Cincinnati’s chefs will teach you how to roll your own supper. One class option lets you eat the sushi you make there and drink (alcohol is BYOB). Other options let you take the sushi home. Be warned, class space is limited. Click here for more details.

Swing the night away: Dress all dapper — or as flappers — and attend the Cincy Prohibition 2016 party at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine. Cincy Brass will provide the music from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. It is probably worth checking out details for the event now.

Growlers instead of flowers: The creative folks at Fifty West Brewing Co. in Mariemont had a brilliant idea two years ago: Why not deliver growlers full of their beer on Valentine’s Day instead of flowers? This year, Fifty West is accepting orders Feb. 2-13 for home delivery (in Ohio only, due to state laws) of craft beer. To sweeten the deal, the brewery has partnered with Sunshine Caramel, a neighboring craft candymaker, to deliver sweets. Click here for more information on Feb. 2.

Big Cheese Festival: Wine and cheese. Grilled cheese. Just cheese. The dairy product is a key ingredient when it comes to comfort and love. That's why Jungle Jim’s' third annual Big Cheese Festival makes perfect sense for a Valentine’s Day outing. Set for Feb. 13-14 inside the Oscar Event Center at the Jungle Jim’s Fairfield location, the festival promises tastings, cheese carvings and more fun. Go here for tickets and more information.

“I Heart Your Art”: What better way to express the timelessness of your love than by painting a portrait of it?  The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum is hosting its “I Heart Your Art” couples’ painting party on Feb. 12. For $25 per person, couples can enjoy beer, wine and chocolates as they co-create two conjoining pieces of art to make a single, united piece. Make reservations by emailing the center at events@thecarnegiecenter.org.

Star gaze: OK, the Cincinnati Observatory's special Valentine’s Day event is sold out, but there are other options. The Wolff Planetarium in the Trailside Nature Center will host a special star-gazing night at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Burnett Woods for $5. Then there is the Thomas More College BB&T Observatory open house at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in Northern Kentucky for free. (And if neither of those options work, you could buy a cheap telescope of your own and gaze at the heavens together.)

Valentine’s Day on ice: Why not skate the day away with the one you love at the U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square? Rink organizers will provide live music, along with giveaways that include tickets to a show at the Aronoff Center, dinner for two with a bottle of prosecco at Via Vite and a one-night stay for two at the Westin Cincinnati. Tip: Plan ahead and make reservations for a post-skating dinner. Go here for more information.

How about grabbing brunch in your pajamas? There is a good chance that with Valentine's Day falling on a Sunday, your romantic evening out might happen the night before. That is where Taft's Ale House comes in. The craft brewery is hosting a "Brunch Your Heart Out" party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Valentine's. The event is a wear your pjs affair, all while eating, drinking, playing games and winning prizes. For more information, click here.

Love Moer: How about taking the one you love down to Smale Park along the riverfront? You can enjoy the beauty of the Roebling Bridge’s twinkling lights, relax on the big swings or play a duet on the big keyboard. Afterward, have dinner at Moerlein Lager House, which in turn will give you two tickets for a free ride on Carol Ann’s Carousel from Feb. 12-14.  For more information, visit Moerlein’s website.