Oh, Valentine's Day! It's a time for romantic love, family love, friendly love, and yes, even Muskrat Love. Sometimes All You Need is Love, once in a while Love is Strange, and every so often Love is a Battlefield. But Love is a Many-Splendored Thing and we must celebrate this weekend!
So, don't let the fact that The Captain and Tennille broke up last year get you down. Get up, get out and enjoy some lovely activities around town.
Looking for a romantic date night? Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for "Valentines in the Garden" and enjoy dancing, cocktails and orchids in one of the loveliest spots in Atlanta.
Include the whole family in the weekend's festivities and try Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends at Philips Arena. Where else will the kids see a Wooly Mammoth, Unicorn and Pegasus?! Afterward, bring your favorite board game to TNT Coffeehouse for a late night snack, coffee, cocoa and family game night.
Want to really get your heart pumpin'? Grab your honey and lace up your shoes for the Valentine's Day couples hike at scenic Panola Mountain State Park. Or if you are still searching for that special someone, shut down FindMyMate.com and show up for the sunset singles hike. The evening will end with a campfire complete with s'mores and new friends. (Have extra s'mores. You just burned a bazillion calories hiking!)
For the more adventurous, Fifty Shades of Grey opens in movie theaters this weekend. No. Explanation. Needed.
Friday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.
Bring your Scrabble, Monopoly, Quirkle or other favorite board game and join TNT Coffeehouse in Covington for Game Night! A wonderful menu of food, drinks and coffees are available for purchase.
Valentine's Day Dance and Bachelor Auction
Friday, Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person/$35 per couple
Singles can bid on eligible bachelors, couples can see how much you know about your significant other in the Newlywed Game, and all can dance and contribute to a good cause this weekend with the Rockdale-Newton NCNW Valentine's Dance scholarship fundraiser and Bachelor Auction on Friday, Feb. 13 at Cameron Hall, 1035 Green St, Conyers. For more information, contact 678-824-2946, Rockdalenewtonncnw@gmail.com or go to www.rockdalenewtonncnw.org
Valentine's Day Singles Hike
Friday, Feb. 13, 5:30pm
Still looking for that special someone? Come to Panola for a sunset hike, a campfire and s'mores with new friends. Register in advance at 770.389.7801.
Valentine's Day Couples Hike
Saturday, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy a sunset hike with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, at Panola Mountain State Park. In addition to a ranger-led hike around the beautiful park, you can compete with your partner in a series of team building games to see who knows their companion best. Register in advance at 770.389.7801.
Valentines in the Garden
Saturday, Feb. 14 7-11 p.m.
Cost: $32 (Members $25)
Romance blooms! A night of heart-melting treats, cocktails, dancing and the "Orchid Daze: Pop!" Exhibition awaits you at the beautiful Botanical Gardens.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends
Friday, Feb. 11-Sunday, Feb. 16 (various times)
Cost: $20 and up
Fun for all ages! Ringling Bros. brings an all new circus show to Atlanta. Experience performers from around the globe, mystical creatures and feats of daring during this magical circus performance.