Hot Chocolate Festival, Museum of Sex and Many Other Ideas for a Hot Valentine's Day
It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend, New Yorkers, in case you couldn’t tell from the abundance of lovey-dovey inspirational quotes or proclamations of undying love in all your social media feeds.
Whether you’re celebrating with gal pals, indifferent or have something really special planned. And who knows, maybe even those of you who find February 14 the most abhorrent day of the year could find something fun to do on the list below.
Spend your Valentine’s Day aboard the Hornblower Hybrid. Make a lasting memory by having a romantic dinner along the Hudson that includes your own private table, a four-course meal, a sparkling wine toast, and a single red rose for the special person in your life. Romantic Dinner Package is $110/person and boat leaves from Pier 40 at 7 p.m. Boarding time begins at 6:30 p.m. If you feel like celebrating earlier in the day, check out their Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sip on bottomless mimosas and take advantage of the bountiful buffet, dessert station, and selection of coffee and herbal teas. Tickets are $80/person and boarding time begins at 12:30 p.m.
Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of the downtown canteen, City Bakery. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February
If you and your sweetheart like living on the dark side, get your tickets for Blood Manor’s Bloody Valentine’s Weekend. General admission starts at $30, RIP Express Entry is $45, and RIP Express Entry Demon Package is $60.
It’s not just love that’s in the air. So is chamber music. The Musicians of the Crimson Menagerie, an ensemble that specializes in 19th century salon museum, will play a concert of romantic pieces by Mozart, Haydn, Boccherini and Beethoven at the Bronx’s Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum at 7pm on February 14. 895 Shore Rd., Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, from $20.
Lane Moore brings her already hilarious ongoing series to the theater with Beth Fowler (Sister Jane Ingalls), Connie Shulman (who plays zenned-out Yoga Jones), Laura Gomez (bushy-browed Blanca Flores) and Lin Tucci (Anita Demarco) from Orange Is the New Black! We can’t wait to see how Moore and the ladies roast those NYC Tinder profiles onstage
Things get steamy at the Museum of Sex this Valentine’s Day weekend. Buy a spa-themed package that includes stimulating exhibitions, alcoholic aphrodisiac “treatments” ($10.80), and the debut of their new sensual bath and body kit. Taste the Lychee Libidinal, Pomegranate Virility, or Citrous Oxide vodka shooters to help boost your sex drive or walk through the recently opened exhibition “Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground”.
Discover the power of touch on the Sensory Tour: Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14, 2:30pm) at the Brooklyn Museum, which is offered to the blind or partially sighted, or simply those who wish to expand their appreciation of art beyond sight alone. A museum guide will lead guests through exhibits by including rich verbal descriptions, interactive discussions and curated sound and tactile experiences. 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, free.
Start your fist pumping now because Union Hall’s Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along is coming your way this Valentine’s Day. Sing along to heartbreaking and heartwarming collections of music from the 80’s and 90’s and wave your lighters in the air. Watch or take part in the air guitar competition, enter the power ballads costume contest, sip on themed drinks like the Eternal Flame, Kiss From a Rose, or More Than Words, and don’t forget to grab your free valentine heart candy and cards for that special someone. Party begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is $10.
Eschew the dinner date on Valentine’s Day, and snap up tickets to this swanky soiree at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. The night begins among the asteroids (have a “heavenly bodies” quip ready) with an open bar of cocktails and champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, while a jazz quartet sets the mood with standards. An hour later, cozy up in the Hayden Planetarium while an astronomer tells lovey-dovey stories based on the mythology of the cosmos.
By Wendy Rose Gould
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