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Dating on a budget this winter

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In a previous article, I wrote about Dating on a budget where I gave some ideas for things to do while the weather cooperates. Now that it’s a winter wonderland in Detroit and Jack Frost is nipping at our noses, it may seem like there isn’t a whole lot to do on a date. I’ve compiled, below,  a list of ‘wintery’ things to do that are fun, snuggle worthy, and will keep you within your budget. This way, you don’t have to go to the movies every weekend. You can come out from behind the “Shhhhhh, Silence is Golden” and be able to interact with your date doing really cool activities. Heck, you can even gather a group of friends together for these outings!

Go sledding or tobogganing
The Metro-Detroit area has a ton of places to go sledding, if you do a Google search you can find tons of places or you’ll be able to search by county HERE. Here are two places that I think are pretty cool.
The Clinton Township Civic Center at Canal Road and Romeo Plank. The hill is free to play on, and it’s on the grounds of the civic center by the library.
Go Tobogganing at Kensington Park or Stony Creek Park .  Both are great places if you like more of the thrill ride sledding adventure. The only cost is the small vehicle entry fee, and there are a lot of other things to do here as well. Cross country skiing and also another sledding venue. Share a sled ‘cause baby, its cold outside!!

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
In the evenings, in December, take a stroll through Greenfield Village. You’ll find amazing holiday lighted paths, bonfires, ice rinks, costumed staff members, food, and a live singing show, all set to the backdrop of a Christmas card from the past. Pricing for an adult non-member is only $17. Dress warm, bundle up with your long johns and mittens because this spectacular is all outdoors. Please check the website for the dates, times, and availability. Greenfield Village is always a cool place to go, but the Holiday Nights event is a must see. Just think how romantic it would be strolling down the old fashioned streets hand in hand sipping a hot chocolate.

Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park in Downtown Detroit
This picturesque roundabout park in Downtown Detroit provides a big city feel to skating in the free air, kind of like you’re in New York’s Rockefeller Center. Once in a while you will even get a band or orchestra playing to enhance the ambiance. Admission to the rink is only $7 per adult and if you need your own skates, you can rent them for $3. Group rates are available if you want to make it a group affair. Check the website for more details. You can also find an outdoor skating rink at The Warren City Square Ice Rink at the Warren Civic Center on Van Dyke Avenue. Admission is $3 and skate rental is $3. Even if you don’t know how to skate, this is a great activity. You can laugh at each other and help each other get up when one falls, or fall down with them…wink wink.

Motown Winter Blast
Every year Detroit holds Motown’s Winter Blast. This year the festival is expected to be held February 12-14, 2010. This event has a unique blend of hip and fun activities for everyone. Different restaurants set up food stations; there is a band schedule on multiple stages around the city, wine tasting stations, and ice skating at Campus Martius. Don’t worry about standing out in the cold the entire day, Winter Blast has comfort zones set up for you to warm your frosty toes.

With all of this activity, I don’t think you’ll have a hard time finding something to do with your date this winter that makes you stand out. You could even use your own backyard to make a snowman together, make snow angels, or have a snowball fight, like you are young again.  If I were going on a date with you, I’d absolutely love these date ideas.

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