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February 09, 2016

Alternative Valentine's Day plans for the unattached & the romance-averse

Not feeling the lovey-dovey holiday? Here's how to have an anti-Valentine's Day

It could be argued that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who love the candy, romance and heart-shaped gifts of Valentine's Day and those who absolutely loathe the holiday. However, there are multiple reasons why people can't stand celebrating February 14. 

Pick which category you fall under below and make your anti-Valentine's Day weekend plans.

Where to go if you're feeling unhappy, confused and lonely at the same time.

Secrets of the Heart: Lusted, Busted and Trusted

Inspired by true secrets anonymously submitted by the audience, the acclaimed ensemble of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater will create a montage of hilarious and heartfelt scenes and monologues, especially for Valentine's Day. 

Share your real secrets of the heart, whether they're bittersweet, dark or silly, to see them acted out on stage.

If you're feeling alone Valentine's Day weekend, this show will help you remember there's a bunch of people experiencing the same love conundrums as you.

Tickets can be purchased up to two hours before the show online or at the door.

Friday, Feb. 12
8 p.m. | $6-$15 per person
The PlayGround at the Adrienne Theater
2030 Sansom St.

Anti-Valentine's Day Story Slam

Storytellers take to the stage to share their true tales of lost love, whether the stories are sweet, sad, hilarious or ridiculous.

Ten storytellers will be selected from audience volunteers to tell personal stories on the First Person Art's theme "Ex-Files." If you're interested in sharing your story, check out these guidelines first.

What better way to spend Valentine's Day than with people who really get what you've been through?

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show.

Sunday, Feb. 14
7 p.m. | $11-$18
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St. 

Where to go if you're unimpressed by such a completely commercial holiday, fueled by greeting card companies that have put a price on love.

BYO: Leo Forever

Go and watch two of the greatest love stories ever to re-ignite your faith in romance (or confirm your beliefs that love never really works out). The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is hosting back-to-back Leonardo DiCaprio films, "Romeo + Juliet" and "Titanic," on Valentine's Day during their new BYOB series.

"Romeo + Juliet" starts at 4:30 p.m., while the "Titanic" screening begins at 7 p.m.

Even if it doesn't make you believe in love again, hiding in a movie theater all day with a bottle of wine or a six-pack is a great day to ignore Valentine's Day even exists.

Sunday, Feb. 14
4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. | $8-$12 per screening
PFS Roxy Theater
2023 Sansom St.

Where to go if you prefer to celebrate "Galentine's Day" or have fully embraced the idea that your friends are really your soul mates.

Salsa Caliente

Grab a bunch of friends and spend the night dancing. Learn salsa steps from an expert instructor then try your moves on the dance floor at the after-party.

Best part? Buy in a group of four and receive 50 percent off each ticket. 

Saturday, Feb. 13
8 p.m. | $14-$25 per person
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.

Galentine's Day Workshop: Paper Flowers, Crowns and Chocolate

This whimsical workshop will teach you how to make intricate paper bouquets, delicate paper crowns and decadent truffles. What better way to spend the day than by gifting yourself flowers and chocolate?

You and your friends will also enjoy a gourmet hot chocolate bar and can have professional portraits taken at the workshop.

Saturday, Feb. 13
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. | $75 per person
Soiree Philadelphia
158 N. 3rd St.

Painting and Comedy Show

The "Painting with a Twist" trend, where you bring wine to a studio and get artsy with friends, might feel slightly over-played but this event adds a fresh twist. 

Good Good Comedy will include stand-up during their event "Painting with a Load On" and they don't care if you get so tipsy that you can't paint a straight line.

Saturday, Feb. 13
5 p.m. | $8 per person
Headlong Studios
1170 S. Broad St.

Free Yoga at SWEAT Fitness 

On Sunday, Feb. 14 SWEAT Fitness will be hosting free Valentine’s Day yoga classes at four locations: Fitler Square (4pm), Manayunk (4 p.m.), Conshocken (10:30 a.m.) and Queen Village (10:30 a.m.). 

Both members and non-members are free, plus guests will be rewarded with complimentary champagne and strawberries after the yoga workout.

Sunday, Feb. 14
SWEAT Fitness

Where to go if you don't really hate Valentine's Day, but the kids come first.

Valentine's Kids Night at the Zoo

It's not easy nabbing a sitter over Valentine's Day weekend. This year, though, there's a solution. The Elmwood Park Zoo is hosting an event that gives kids ages 6-12 something fun to do and lets adults spend some time together.

From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. kids can go on an exclusive, after-hours flashlight tour of the zoo, play animal bingo, make Valentine's Day crafts, watch a live animal show and enjoy a pizza dinner -- while you and a date enjoy your own Valentine's Day plans.

Saturday, Feb. 13
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $31-$51 per child
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown