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Make It a Date in Ames
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Make It a Date in Ames

Looking for some non-traditional activities to spice up your date night? While Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we have some ideas for both romantic and just plain fun things to do in Ames!

Have you ever wanted to go check out the latest movie but don’t want to pay the price of the ticket? Cyclone Cinema, presented by the Iowa State Student Union Board, offers free (yes, free!) showings of current movies every weekend! Thursday through Sunday you can relax in the Carver 101 auditorium on the Iowa State campus and enjoy a movie. 

Alluvial Brewing Company is the perfect place to go for some craft beer tasting. The local brewers offer a rotating selection of specialty beers in their taproom and also host frequent trivia nights called Brains & Brews. Follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the happenings! 

Bring your friends, have a glass of your favorite wine and get ready to amaze yourself. The artists at Creative Spirits will guide you through the step by step process of recreating one of our original works of art on canvas. By the end of the evening, you will have had a fabulous time and be able to take home a work of art painted by you. Check their calendar for upcoming classes and register early! 

Give your Valentine the gift of creativity! Enjoy an evening of drawing, doodling and laughs at the Octagon Center for the Arts on February 11 as humorist and illustrator, Tim Read takes you on a creative journey that will inspire you to look at one another through the eyes of an artist. The evening will include a fun, interactive program by illustrator, Tim Read, delicious refreshments and a creative way to connect with your Valentine. Bring your favorite adult beverage to enjoy. All art supplies provided. 

Need some inspiration for the perfect Valentine’s gift? The Workspace has weekly workshops and classes to show off your creativity. Choose from over 100 different bisques to turn into a masterpiece! Create a Valentine for your best friend or special someone. You and a friend could also turn this into a fun date with two for one studio fees on February 10. If you are looking for something a little simpler yet still unique, you can create your own Valentine’s Day Cards February 11 or 13 for only $4! Whether you choose to be single, or just haven’t found that person who appreciates all of your awesomeness, the Singles Awareness DIY Spa Day on February 15 is for you! Make a sugar scrub scented with essential oil and a chamomile foot soak.

Make a one-of-a-kind piece of art while learning a new skill. Ciccotti Art Glass has monthly workshops where you can learn how to blow glass from Art Ciccotti himself. On February 11, you will love making a heart paperweight to show your love. There is also a full gallery of pieces Art has created for purchase. 

Ames has a great entertainment scene! If you are looking for some laughs, make sure to check out Iowa State’s premier student improve comedy troupe, Grandma Mojos Moonshine Revival. They perform in the M-Shop on select Wednesday nights during the semester and admission is only $1! There are also plenty of opportunities to catch an open mic nights or professional performance with the Live @ The M-Shop series. No matter what type of music you are into, there is sure to be an upcoming concert you will enjoy.  

On February 14, Close to You: Music of the Carpenters will be at Stephens Auditorium with an authentic tribute to the biggest-selling group of the ‘70s. To make it an extra special evening, a Sweetheart preshow dinner will be offered at Scheman. 

If you prefer to eat your way through the Valentine’s season (and who doesn’t love a sweet treat!?) there are some sugary options to satisfy you. Order some chocolate dipped strawberries or create your own box of chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam on Main Street. Ali Cakes is right down the street and can help you pick out the perfect cupcake(s) for your cupcake! What better way to show your love than with heart shaped bread and cheese? Great Plains Sauce & Dough Company offers heart-shaped pizzas for Valentine’s Day Week, so get your slice on!

Every Monday, Bar La Tosca on Main Street has Small Plates Night, with an ever rotating selection of seasonal dishes. The cozy, intimate atmosphere is a great place to take a date and try some unique foods along with a great selection of craft cocktails, Italian wines and local beers. As a special for Valentine’s Day, they are offering a Chef Tasting Menu of five courses with an option for wine pairings. 

Looking to celebrate with your Heart's Desire this Valentine's Day? On Friday, February 17, Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards has a romantic evening planned for you! For $40 per person you will receive two drink vouchers, a three-course dinner, and live music entertainment. 

Make it a weekend getaway with the Dine and Recline Special at Hotel Pattee in Perry through March 30th. This promotion includes dinner for two and a guest room for $99 or $149 at this eclectic, relaxing and award-winning destination. Call and make your reservation before this limited time offer passes! 

Whether you are feeling the love or just love trying new things, Ames is perfect for whatever you are looking for! For a full list of things to DO, EAT, and SHOP in Ames and the surrounding community, check out our event calendar at

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    What a fantastic and inspiring list of date night ideas in Ames! Thanks for posting.
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