Parents appreciate any valuable time spent away from their children, and what better excuse to get away than Valentine’s Day? D.C. is a city beaming with activities suitable for romantic date nights. Each couple has their own idea of what makes a great date, so it’s important to explore all options. Think bigger than just a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant and expand the horizons to create a memorable night with your partner. A rare night free from the kids and responsibilities is certainly a night to treasure.
1645 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
Date: Feb. 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Celebrated artists and buzzing audiences know Wolf Trap, a nonprofit institution, for hosting stellar performances. Chaise Lounge is a six-person, D.C.-based, ’60s-inspired jazz band. Take in the inviting tunes with your honey on Valentine’s Day night at the Barns of Wolf Trap. Dance the night away to upbeat, fun songs from the band’s popular CD “Dot Dot Dot.” If you leave wanting even more Chaise Lounge, purchase tickets to their performance just weeks later on March 1 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
1001 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Quirky couples will relish in a night spent at Madame Tussauds. The exhibit, new to D.C., is full of wax figures created to resemble famous people like celebrities, athletes and politicians. All 44 presidents have a wax figure – it’s almost like taking your significant other to meet the president! Don’t forget to bring your camera. These figures look so real that to the untrained eye, one might truly believe a fan photo is real. Great restaurants surround Madame Tussauds for an enjoyable meal after you explore.
National Symphony Orchestra
John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
Date: Feb. 13-15, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Appreciate a brilliant musical performance by the National Symphony Orchestra in the concert hall at the Kennedy Center. The show runs Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15. Showtime Thursday night is 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. You can easily order tickets online and choose your seat. The show is one hour and thirty minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. Step outside to take in a beautiful view of Washington, DC at night, as the Kennedy Center sits on the brink of the city.
The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt
F St. at 8th St.
Washington, DC 20004
Date: Feb. 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
A museum tour like no other, Watson Adventures hosts numerous scavenger hunts around D.C. This particular scavenger hunt is for adults only and explores nudity in art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Each couple will be given a list of questions to answer during the hunt – testing their teamwork skills. There’s nothing like gaining knowledge while working together.
The Washington Harbour Ice Rink
3000 K St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Ice skating is an often overlooked winter pastime. Skate passes are only $10 for adults. The outdoor rink is open daily from November to March and nestled right on the edge of Washington Harbour at the bank of glorious Georgetown. The venue is 11,800 square feet, making it the largest outdoor ice-skating setting. Whether you are familiar with the art of ice skating or need to learn the ropes, perfect the sport as a husband and wife team.
Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.