Do you ever get tired of the stereotypical dinner and a movie date night with your significant other? Spice things up a bit in Wichita, where you can create your own unique experience any time of year. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking to impress your sweetheart, here are eight spontaneous date ideas to keep the fun alive.

People skate on the ice rink setup at Chicken N Pickle

Fun & Games

Battle it out on the pickleball court at one of Wichita’s newest hotspots, Chicken N Pickle. The new entertainment venue and restaurant concept offers indoor and outdoor fun with a delicious menu and huge drink selection. They've set up a temporary ice rink where visitors can try their hand at curling, ice hockey, or join an open skate.

For multi-player fun and delicious food, take your special someone to the newly opened Dave & Buster's. With hundreds of arcade games and a full menu of food and drinks, you and your significant other will have the time of your lives.

Painting together at Pinot's Palette

Get Creative

Experiment with your artsy side with several different cultural options in Wichita. From walking around the Wichita Art Museum or browsing a free gallery at Mark Arts or Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum, learn a new appreciation for others’ artistic abilities.

You can also foster your own creativity at places like Board and Brush or Paint the Towne, a paint and drink studio offering regular classes. Learn from a professional and leave with your own masterpiece. Food and drinks are welcome. Adults BYOB.

Music Theatre Wichita presents Chicago

Catch a Show

Opt for dinner and a show at Mosley Street Melodrama, Roxy's Downtown, or check the latest at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, for shows from Music Theatre Wichita, The American Theatre Guild, Wichita Grand Opera and Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

A man prepares to throw an ax at a target at Blade and Timber in Wichita

Hit the Bullseye

Maybe you’re ready to get a little rough and tumble on your date, if so, head to Blade & Timber where the competition heats up with axe throwing for you and your love. Rent a lane for just the two of you or make it a group date. Bring your own food, enjoy some cold beer and have a blast at this unique bar in Wichita. If guns are more your style, take your sweetie to Range 54, where you both can get in some target practice. The climate-controlled range is perfect any time of year for a fun, safe shooting experience.

A booth full of merchandise at Paramount Antiques

Hunt for Hidden Treasures

Speaking of shopping, who doesn’t like a good bargain on some old items? Antique shopping is a popular activity and can serve as a unique date option. Head to Paramount Antique Mall or Generations Antiques & Artisans before your date to pick up the perfect gift for your significant other, or take them with you to hunt for hidden treasures. Make a game of it, and look for the most valuable item at the lowest price.

A couple climb a wall together at Bliss Climbing and Fitness in Wichita

Cross Mountains

Learn to overcome challenges together at Bliss Climbing and Fitness, as the two of you scale a 38-foot top rope and lead climbing wall or 16-foot bouldering wall. Try your luck at novice or advanced routes. A day pass is $16 per person. 

The Room Wichita

Team Up

Going out with a group of friends? See how well you work together by trying your hand at one of several obstacles at The Room. Work against the clock by solving problems and decoding puzzles to try to escape the room. Each room has a different theme and a one-hour time limit. All rooms are private and tickets are $25 a person. 

Exploration Place Moonlight

Feel Like a Kid Again

Take your darling to a place of fun and games at Exploration Place, where you’ll be able to partake in hands-on educational museum exhibits. Stop by Design Build Fly, where you get a behind-the-scenes look at the airplane manufacturing industry.

The Brew Wagon Tour bus waits for tourists outside of a Wichita brewery

Catch a Ride

Hop on the brew wagon with Wichita’s only Brew Wagon Tours for a custom ride to no less than three local breweries. Each bus holds eight to 14 people and costs $100 per couple. Ask about private tour pricing for small groups. You must be 21 years old with a valid ID to participate.

Three different glasses of wine paired with three different chocolates on a tray at Cocoa Dolce in Wichita

Sweet Treat

What is Valentine’s Day without chocolate? If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, make sure to stop by Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates. Create your custom box of chocolates or try some delicious dessert wines while having a relaxing day at Wichita’s only chocolate lounge. The lounge also has other sweet treats like gelato and macarons.

Larkspur Couple Wine Patio

Fine Dining

If you are one for the more traditional date nights and still want to plan something sweet and romantic for your lover, Wichita has plenty of options for you as well. Check out our list of fine dining restaurants to find the perfect place to grab a bite to eat.

Valentine's Day

Progressive Dinner Ideas

When it comes to dinner, why not be unique and split up your courses? Visit many local Wichita restaurants and businesses in a progressive-dinner style.

One Day Itinerary Lunch MonarchHistoric Delano District

Interior of Reverie Roasters at the Kiva in Wichita that's full of customers enjoying coffeeDowntown Wichita

Mort's BlogOld Town

A man studies stencils to use for his paintingCollege Hill

A couple laugh over freshly crafted beers at Hopping Gnome in WichitaDouglas Design District

A couple climb a wall together at Bliss Climbing and Fitness in WichitaEast Side

A steak entree served at Chisholms Steakhouse in WichitaWest Side

If you are more traditional, try these other date night ideas. If you’re planning for Valentine’s Day, be sure to read our complete Valentine’s Day planning guide.