11 Alternative Valentine’s Day Ideas For A Memorable Date

We’re not ones to judge if you and your partner decide to do the usual dinner date on Valentine’s Day. However, if you’re looking for an alternative Valentine’s Day idea in Singapore, read on for fun alternatives for both outdoor and stay-home activities that’ll prove to be even more memorable! We guarantee these activities will bring you much closer and keep that magic and spark alive. Also, it doesn’t matter if you’re happily single or smitten and in love, we’ve got ideas for everyone here!

Outdoor activities for Valentine’s Day

1. Recreate your first date

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Go back to the place where you had your first date and relive those memories that set off the violin playing in your head! For more fun, try and replicate the events of the night exactly as they happened! Take the same route to your first date destination and talk about the same topics you discussed before — but this time without the awkwardness! And if you had wanted to do something on that first date, like hold your date’s hand or lean in for a kiss, you can do that today —  she or he is all yours now!

2. Meal prep + garden picnic

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This is an oldie but goodie. Spare yourselves the anxiety of making last-minute reservations at restaurants and do your own meal prep. Start the day by cooking together and bond over these meal prep ideas. After you’re done, pack it all into a picnic basket (available on lovelyhome1.sg) and set off to one of Singapore’s many parks and open green spaces! We like the Singapore Botanic Gardens for its lush open spaces and canopy trees! Make a list of items to bring along for your picnic, such as a frisbee (available on crownsportsg) and a picnic mat (available on ArtLiving). Check out other picnic places in Singapore ro head to for a cost-friendly and alternative Valentine’s Day idea in Singapore. 

3. Galentine’s day

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If you’re single and don’t know what to do on Valentine’s Day, don’t fret! You have the same reason to celebrate but this time with your other (happily) single female companions. We don’t see why single men can’t do this too! Simply head out for a night in town — anywhere with free-flowing booze! If a night in sounds more enticing, then call your girlfriends over and throw an alternative V-day soiree (in a party of eight of course!). Play female-centric movies or songs in the background and serve food and cakes to play up the derisive day — perhaps dagger through the heart cupcakes? You get the idea.

4. Art jamming 

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Thinking of a fun, social and creative way to spend your Valentine’s Day this year? Art jamming is a great activity for those of us who want to unleash your artsy-fartsy side while spending time with your significant other! This unique Valentine’s Day idea will definitely make for a memorable, fun-filled date, as you evaluate each other’s artistic skills and decide who’s a better artist! You don’t have to worry about bringing your own paintbrushes as most art jamming studios provide everything you’ll need, from canvases and acrylic paints to even complimentary drinks. Dabble in art jamming studios such as Boulevart, Arteastiq, and Artify Studio and have fun smearing colorful blobs of paint across blank canvas to create your own grand masterpieces! 

Pro tip: Not sure what to paint? Why not paint a portrait of him or her to show your love for your partner this Valentine’s Day! 

5. Dining on cloud nine

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Celebrate the special day with a sky dining date in Singapore! Enjoy a four-course Italian meal in your private cable car and clink your glass against the backdrop of Sentosa island! We’re talking appetiser, soup, main course and dessert with a glass of wine. This is one of the best alternative Valentine’s Day ideas and puts you and your other half on the top of the world — literally. Not a fan of dining in a moving vehicle? Then these rooftop bars in Singapore are a close enough alternative!

6. Make your own furniture

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Ran out of ideas on what to do on Valentine’s Day? Fret not, we’ve found you the perfect solution — furniture making! Whether you’re getting ready for your future home or would like to add a DIY craft project to your humble abode, you won’t go wrong with a furniture workshop led by the skilful folks at Tombalek! Tombalek is a woodworking workshop in Singapore that provides classes for a wide range of furniture and instruments. Psst, they even conduct electric guitar making classes that would be perfect for music lovers! However, if you’re looking to start small, we highly suggest the bowl turning or cheese and chopping board making classes. Be sure to show-off the final pieces to guests at your housewarming party!

7. Couple massage

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Wondering what to do on Valentine’s Day that’s both romantic and rejuvenating? Why not unwind together with a couple’s massage? It’s also the perfect alternative Valentine’s Day idea for those bored of the usual hotel staycations in Singapore.  The Auriga Spa at Capella Singapore is one of our favourite couple spa massage spots. It provides a host of signature treatments, using organic, natural ingredients and traditional techniques to relax the senses. If you choose the PS I Love You (not the book/movie) treatment, expect to be treated to a foot massage, followed by a full body massage, candlelit sensual bath as well as cocktails and refreshments at their in-house bar — talk about the ultimate pampering experience!

8. Glamping with your other half

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Glamping combines the rusticness of camping and the privacy that comes with a hotel staycation. Essentially, it’s a pop-up hotel. East Coast Park is one of the best places to set up tent for an overnight stay with the promise of a spectacular sunrise view (as long as it doesn’t rain). Glamping Society provides glamping packages for couples. Rent beautiful ball tents, complete with an indoor picnic-set up and adorned with fairy lights. Optional extras include helium balloons and an outdoor cinema add-on! If you’re a couple that doesn’t mind living in the wild and giving up your bathtubs for the day then this is one alternative Valentine’s Day idea you have to try! After all, how many other places allow you to sleep and wake up to the sound of crashing waves in Singapore? Don’t forget to come prepared with essential camping equipment to ensure your V-day plan has no hiccups!

Stay home ideas for Valentine’s Day

9. Netflix and chill

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Appreciate the simpler things in life? Then Netflix and chill with a pizza takeout and beer. Prefer to go a little more gourmet? Then whip up air-fryer snacks and uncork the wine bottle you’ve been meaning to open! Get comfy on your sofa, put your phone on silent mode and get lost again in an old series, the latest movie or your favourite stand-up comedy! You can pause, fast forward and skip the parts that you guys don’t like or repeat your favourite dialogues over and over again. No one’s there to judge!

10. Breakfast in bed 

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Nothing says “I love you” more than a hearty breakfast made with tender loving care! From brunch-style breakfasts to simple pastries, there are endless options you can choose from to give your partner the perfect start to their day. Check out some of these easy bread recipes to get you started! To set the mood, you could even put on some romantic, soft music while having your meals together and slip in a handwritten note or red rose on the breakfast tray to show them how much you care. With delicious food and the perfect ambience, we guarantee that your partner will be falling head over heels for you again this Valentine’s Day. 

11. Trivia night

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Who said only outdoor date ideas are fun?  Here’s a non-mainstream yet super cool Valentine’s Day idea at home  – a game of trivia! Open a bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut (available on Bottles & Bottles Official Store), prepare some of your favourite snacks and challenge each other to games like The Ultimate Game for Couples (available on lw817.sg). Trivia nights are perfect if you are too tired to head out and can be a great chance to learn more about your partner and have conversations about new topics. You can also find lists of couples’ trivia questions with apps such as Happy Couple or Relationship Quiz that are available on the Apple App Store and the Android Play store!

Pamper your other half with these alternative V-Day ideas

If you were not sure what to do on Valentines Day, we hope that you got some inspiration for alternative Valentine’s Day ideas with this article! Check out our guide on couple online games for some friendly competition. If you’re looking for V-day gifts, this ultimate Valentine’s Day gift guide should sort you right out. Shout out to all men! Make sure you send those flowers on V-day and not a day later or earlier — lookout for retailers that do flower delivery in Singapore!

This article was updated on 27 December 2021. Additional research done by Iris Tan.