Thinking about how you can paint the town red for Valentine’s Day 2021 in Kansas City?
There’s plenty of ways to show you care, but it’s easy to get carried away and spend a lot of money.
Here’s a list of some free and cheap (but not cheesy) things to do for Valentine’s Day 2021 in Kansas City.
Some are designed for romantic dates; others are also great for friends and there are a few family-friendly activities.
Check back because we’re adding more each day. If you know of something we should list, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re making plans for Valentine’s Day (or even Galentine’s Day), don’t miss our list of Kansas City Valentine’s Day Restaurant Deals. This is where you’ll also find our listing of fun heart-shaped foods around town.
Kansas City Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for 2021
Go to a Movie
To save money at the movie theater, opt for an early show. Shows before 6 (in some cases 7) p.m. are a few dollars cheaper per ticket. You might also save on snacks if you’re planning to go to dinner after the movie.
Not everyone is comfortable going to movie theatres right now, but if you are, here are some screening options to make the night special.
Pretty in Pink: Can you believe 35 years ago this John Hughes teen love story debuted? Catch it on the big screen again Friday, Feb. 12 or Feb. 14 at the Cinemark 20 in Merriam.
Screenland Armour Selections: This Northland movie theatre screens new films, classics and sometimes TV shows on the big screen. Here are some love story and Valentine-themed movie options this month:
- Love and Basketball – Feb. 12, 15 and 17
- My Bloody Valentine (40th Anniversary) – Feb. 12, 15 and 17
- The Bride of Frakenstein – Feb. 13, 14, 15 and 17
- Casablanca – Feb. 14
- True Romance – Feb. 12, 14, 16 and 18
Listen to Live Music
Chaz Lounge: Located at 325 Ward Parkway, The Chaz Lounge is a cozy, club setting in the Raphael Hotel on the Country Club Plaza. Live jazz has resumed in the Chaz Lounge on Wednesday and Sunday evenings beginning at 6 p.m.
Green Lady Lounge: The Green Lady Lounge is an iconic jazz club in downtown Kansas City. They are currently open, but not able to serve food or offer live music. You can still stop by for drinks and jazz played over their speakers.
Knuckleheads Saloon: Catch live performances at Knuckleheads Saloon, one of Kansas City’s best music live venues. You can opt for free open jam sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoon (featuring $1 tacos) or get tickets to one of the many 21+ shows scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Tickets range from $10 to $15 per show.
Go with Your Animal Instincts
Make your Valentine’s Day gift have a deeper meaning and impact with these animal-themed options.
Great Plains SPCA Puppygrams: Brighten your Valentine’s Day with a puppygram from Great Plains SPCA. Volunteers from this no-kill animal shelter are delivering puppies around Kansas City for 15-30 minute play and cuddle sessions during the month of February. Starting at $100, puppygrams are tax deductible and help support SPCA’s operations. Puppygrams will be delivered to homes or businesses within 25 miles of SPCA’s Merriam campus.
Kansas City Zoo Lovebird Special: Adopt a penguin from the Kansas City Zoo for $75. The adoption package includes a plush Humboldt penguin doll, a framed photo of your Humboldt penguin, two Kansas City zoo admission tickets, a certificate for one family pack of fudge at the Deja Zoo gift shop, and a Valentine’s Day-themed animal fact sheet. Order by Feb. 10 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day. Adoption funds go toward the care and feeding of animals at the zoo, including the penguins.
Pick your adventure – fun, sexy or interesting.
Kansas City Hiker: Use this local guide to pick a hiking or walking trail for you and your significant other. Choose from urban trails or secluded treks with wildlife, waterfalls, bluffs and more. Each listing on Kansas City Hiker includes a comprehensive overview of trail location, length, conditions, etc.to match your preference and fitness level.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving: Take the plunge (sort of) with your special someone with a Valentine’s special from iFLY Indoor Skydiving. This is not necessarily cheap, but it is unique and it’s a pretty good deal given the standard pricing for this kind of attraction.
Salute Galentine’s Day
Don’t forget about the girls!
Galetine’s Day falls on Feb. 13 (the day before Valentine’s Day). In our humble opinion, the best made up holiday on the calendar. Why? Because it celebrates female friendship.
While many of our other Valentine’s day events and activities in Kansas City are also perfect for Galentine’s Day, here are a few that are special for a gathering of your favorite ladies.
Bury the Hatchet: This axe throwing club in Overland Park is geared up for Galentine’s Day. Bring your own beer and wine (no hard liquor) and experience the thrill of throwing an axe at a wooden target. Use discount code GAL20 through Feb. 13.
Colonial Galentine’s Day Celebration: Bring friends and get a jumpstart on your spring planting. Colonial Gardens has a festive atmosphere and store wide sales during their Galentine’s Day celebration Saturday, Feb. 13.
Bring the Whole Family
Have fun with the whole family for Valentine’s Day.
Chicken N Pickle Kid’s Valentine’s Day Event: They have the supplies, just bring the kids and creativity for a FREE session of make-your-own Valentine’s Day hearts. Join at Chicken N Pickle – Kansas City on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Take and Make Valentine Gifts: Keep little ones busy and they’ll have some cute gifts to share for Valentine’s Day. Olathe Parks and Recreation is offering Take and Make Valentine Gifts packet for $15. Each kit includes four preschool-level, select materials and easy-to-follow instructions. Some activities can be modified for older kids. Register online for your packet and receive instructions for pick up.
Heart-Shaped Pizzas: Pizza is a great family treat and usually among one of the best values for Valentine’s Day dining. You can get creative and make your own at home or take advantage of multiple pizza places in Kansas City are offering some kind of heart-themed treat. Options include Minsky’s, Papa Murphy’s and Papa John’s. See more details here.
Food & Beverages
We’ve got a lovely round up of restaurants offering Valentine’s Day dinner specials for dine-in or carryout, as well as a list of places with fun, heart-shaped foods. See the full list here.
Here are some other fun and creative food and beverage ideas to tempt your taste buds.
Kansas City PubPass: The 2021 Kansas City PubPass is a small book that gets you a free beer at 20 of the best bars and breweries around Kansas City. It looks like passport and you’ll get a stamp from each participating location once you’ve gotten your free beer. It’s good through all of 2021 so drink at your own pace. Normally priced at $20, you can save 15% with the code VDAY at checkout.
Transport Brewery Valentine Fun: The Shawnee-based brewery has two fun options for Valentine’s day, including a beer and chocolate pairing that can be enjoyed at the brewery or for carryout. See more details here.
Chocolate Walk 2021: Independence Square Association hosts a stroll in downtown Independence where you check out designated shops, cafes and businesses while sampling chocolates. Tickets are $10 per person and you can take advantage of sales and special along the route.
Homemade Valentine’s Day Desserts: Who says sweet stuff for your sweetie and friends has to come from an expensive bakery? Spend a little time in the kitchen with our guide of Homemade Valentine’s Day desserts and you can whip up personal treats for a lot less.