Unconventional ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

There are plenty of places besides a fancy restaurant to take your valentine.

By Sarah Greene | sgreene@whbf.com

Published 02/13 2016 10:02PM

Updated 02/13 2016 10:02PM

There are plenty of places in the Quad Cities besides a fancy restaurant that you can take your valentine to this Valentine's Day. You could unlock the key to your date's heart with live escape games in Bettendorf. 
Owner of Bustout Live Escape, Scott Carpenter explained how the game works, "You take teams of  two to eight people. You place them in the rooms and hidden all throughout the rooms are clues, riddles, and puzzles, and you and your team have to work together to solve these clues, riddles, and puzzles to get through and unlock the locks."
Having a unique Valentine's Day is exactly what brought two couples from Aledo to Bustout. 
Bustout Customer, Christy Leonhart said,  "It's something different, you can go to the romantic dinner. You can go do something mushy, but we thought what better thing to do than escape a room together." 
If you've dropped the ball on your Valentine's Day plans, you could pick up a bowling ball and take your significant other bowling.
The General Manager at QC Family Entertainment, Rob Bowers said, "You can go to a movie and you stare at a screen for two hours--you don't look at each other, you don't talk to each other, you stare at a screen. The great thing about bowling with the family or just a date, you know, there's interaction, you're engaging, you're having a conversation, you're having fun."
There's a lot more than just bowling at QC Family Entertainment. You can get your blood going with an arcade or laser tag too. Just don't forget the cardinal rule, always let your date win.
Those are just a few things you can do this Valentine's Day weekend. There's also a free valentine indoor music and moonlight walk at Black Hawk State Park. The Spring Floral Show starts at Vander Veer Park Sunday, and of course, plenty of food and drink specials all around the Quad Cities.
For a list of events this weekend click here.

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