Where should you take your Valentine?
By Shauna Stocken
Valentine’s Day – Feb. 14 – is not merely a holiday for those in love, but it can be enjoyable for all personalities and budgets.
Couples in love, friends, children and even those opposed to Valentine’s Day can find fun activities, sweet treats and savory meals throughout the Lansing area.
To kick start the main celebration, Lansing’s Old Town district planned the fourth annual Chocolate Walk on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Chocolate Walk allows guests to explore the town and enjoy the scenery while collecting gourmet chocolates from participating businesses.
Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, permitting ticket holders to gather up to two pounds of gourmet chocolate.
For those not able to participate in this year’s Chocolate Walk, satisfy any sweet tooth with decadent treats from Sugar Shack, located at 215 N. Clippert St. on the east side of Lansing.
Sugar Shack has prepared heart-shaped cinnamon cookies, assorted Valentines themed cupcakes and raspberry shortbread cookies, all priced around $2 each.
Zap Zone in west Lansing, although fun for children, is an excellent way for families and guests of all ages to celebrate and escape the cold.
Located at 936 Mail Drive E., Zap Zone is also celebrating Valentine’s Day early with a special event Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
For $25 per person, laser tag and glow-in-the-dark golf are unlimited during the “lock-in” event.
Arcade gamers and those interested in other Zap Zone attractions, including bumper cars, virtual reality ride and trampolines, can enjoy the amusement center on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 10 p.m.
For those who enjoy the winter weather, Lansing has recently re-opened an ice-skating rink at Washington Park, located at 2516 S. Washington Ave.
Unlike other ice rinks, the Washington Avenue rink will not have skate rentals or an entry fee, making this event free for those with ice skates.
Mid-day indoor ice-skating is available to the public at Suburban Ice in East Lansing, located at 2810 Hannah Blvd., from 11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Admission to the ice rink is $4 with an additional $2 ice skate rental fee.
Looking to be wined and dined, EnVie in Lansing has cultivated a Valentine’s menu, complete with guest favorites featuring vegetarian and meat options.
The French-inspired bistro will serve guests a five-course meal beginning with a champagne toast for $60 per person.
For dinner on a budget and an upbeat anti-Valentine’s theme, check out the Avenue in Lansing, located at 2021 E. Michigan Ave.
While enjoying Rukas Ramen for dinner, sing your heart out with “Love Stinks EMO” karaoke on Feb. 14 starting at 9 p.m.
The bar is open until 2 a.m. and food is prepared until 1 a.m. with no cover charge for the evening.