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    Spice up your Valentine’s Day with these things to do with bae

    Justice Amarillas
    Different variations of teddy bear gifts. Valentine’s Day is the perfect oppurtunity to give teddy-bear love to that special someone.

    The season of love is nearly here, and it’s time to think of creative things to do with that special someone. It’s boring to go on a date at the nearest fancy restaurant. Here are some tips and ideas for those who are looking to ditch the fork and knife for adventures:

    1. Go people watching

    It’s no secret that most folks people watch. So why not make an outing out of it? Bring bae to campus and sit on the UA Mall with a refreshing Starbucks iced latte. Sit close together and snicker at all of the little scenes. Lizzie Farris, a UA pre-business freshman, swears by this. 

    “It’s so fun to sit with your special someone and creep on people,” she said. “I used to sit with my bae and we’d find two people talking on the street. We’d then make our own little dialogue under our breaths. It’d be a real hoot”.

    2. Bake some international desserts

    Pull up your Pinterest or Tumblr and check out some delicious international treats. Take some one-on-one time with your bae, do some research and prepare to get messy. Bake up some baklava, Turkish delight or some good old cannoli.

    3. Take a nature hike

    Sabino Canyon is a popular hiking site in Tucson. With gorgeous views and breathtaking sunset sites, Sabino Canyon is a great place to get a little one on one time with nature and your special someone. Pima Community College psychology junior Kara Chavez expressed her love for hiking. 

    “I honestly feel at peace when I’m hiking,” Chavez said. “It only helps more when I have my sweetheart with me. It’d be even more romantic if a nice picnic was involved”.

    4. Stargaze

    Take advantage of the clear night skies that Tucson has to offer. It’s a great scene that sets a romantic tone. 

    Tucson’s Saguaro National Park has great off-road sites that can be enjoyed while sitting atop your car. The mountains offer great coverage from the Tucson city lights, allowing the skies to showcase an array of galactic decorations. Pack a blanket though; it get’s cold and you don’t want to ruin the mood.

    5. Go on a laser tag date

    Take your Valentine’s Day to the next level of fun. Laser tag is a great way for you and bae to form a team. Not only will you get an adrenaline rush, but you’ll learn to work with your partner on a whole new level. Check out Funtasticks Family Fun Park’s laser arena, located on Stone Avenue and Wetmore Road. 

    UA history junior Tess Donovan said, “There’s nothing sweeter than the sound of a zing from a laser gun. Laser tag is also a great way to get a little competitive with your significant other.”

    6. Go for a sunset drive

    There’s nothing more soothing than a calm drive with your special person. Set out around sunset and let bae watch the sky while holding hands. It’s amazing what sunsets can do to a person. Don’t be afraid to throw some oldies into the mix. UA biochemistry junior Stephen Alavi expressed his preference for the classics. 

    “A solid Led Zeppelin playlist can really set the mood, especially during a sunset drive or a mini road trip,” Alavi said. 

    7. Stay indoors and have a scary movie night

    Microwave some popcorn and grab some blankets. This maneuver will have bae clinging to your arm throughout the entire film. 

    It’s a great way to get some cuddle action in the mix. It also allows you to cherish those tender moments between being scared stiff. Pop in an old classic horror like “The Exorcist” or “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” or try out a modern thriller like “Paranormal Activity,” if you’re feeling daring.

    8. Partake in an epic lightsaber or sword fight

    A little competition is always healthy in a relationship, especially if you both love “Star Wars” or “Lord of the Rings”. End your adventurous Valentine’s Day with a duel. Trust me, the adrenaline will get pumping and the sparks will start flying. Do whatever it takes to win—the victor gets to steal a big kiss from the loser.

    Use these tips for a little extra shove to your love. The restaurant scene is overrated and it’s important to spice up your Valentine’s Day with bae. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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