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What teens can do on Valentine's Day

By Lauren Marcus

Wondering what to do with your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Are you looking for that "perfect something" to make your special day amazing?

A lot of teens spend days trying to think of fun or romantic things to do but come up short. When considering most teens are on a tight budget and many can't drive, it makes the planning process even more difficult.

If you are really in a jam and can't think of the perfect heart-shaped outing, check out this list of things to do with your significant other on Valentine's Day.
Dinner at a nice restaurant -- 3 Hearts, $-$$$

Classic, romantic and good food -- what more do you want?

There are tons of great restaurants in Mountain View for whatever your craving may be. Consider Frankie Johnny and Luigi's for classic Italian at 939 W El Camino Real, Mei Long located at 867 E. El Camino Real for wonderful Chinese cuisine, Cascal for some slammin' seafood located at 400 Castro St., or Taqueria Los Charros at 854 West Dana Street for authentic Mexican dining.

All these restaurants are highly recommended for both great food and reasonable pricing for the average teen.
Ice skating -- 2 Hearts, $$

Ice skating is fun and a romantic way to spend the evening with your sweetheart or a great time with a group of friends.

Winter Lodge at 3009 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto offers a large outdoor skating rink with good prices. The $10 admission does not include skate rental. For schedule information, see www.winterlodge.com.
Bowling -- 1 Heart, $

Another enjoyable and unique way to spend Valentine's Day is bowling. Palo Alto Bowl at 4329 El Camino Real in Palo Alto offers 32 lanes of fun at only $10 for each game, including shoes. For more information, see www.fun2spare.com.
Miniature golf -- 1 Heart, $

Who doesn't love a good game of putt-putt? Mini-golf is a great date for the fun-loving, young-at-heart group.

Golfland USA in Sunnyvale at 855 E. El Camino Real offers two different courses. Each game is only $7.50, and there's an arcade filled with video games. For more information, see sunnyvale.golfland.com.

Malibu Grand Prix at 340 Blomquist St. in Redwood City is for the more adventurous. Not only does it offer mini-golf, but go-karts as well. Mini-golf is $7 per person, and two-seater go-karts are $4.50 per lap, or 10 laps for $25.95. For more information, see www.malibugrandprix.com/redwood.
Movie marathon at home -- 3 Hearts, $

Watching movies at home is a great way to have a fun and relaxing good time. You can sit in front of the TV with pizza and watch movie classics. Some suggestions for good Valentine's Day movies: "Love Actually," "A Walk to Remember," "Never Been Kissed" and "50 First Dates."

Blockbuster is the best, and it has three locations in Mountain View: 645 San Antonio Rd., 1040 Grant Rd. and 1035 El Monte Ave.
Bonfire at the beach -- 3 Hearts, $

Everyone loves the beach during the summer, but during the winter it gets neglected. Even without the swimsuits and suntan lotion, the beach is still a great and romantic place to spend an evening.

You can build a bonfire and lie under the stars with your boyfriend or girlfriend or grab a few friends and have a barbecue. There are good beaches in Santa Cruz including the Boardwalk at 321 Riverside Ave.
Picnic dinner -- 3 Hearts, $

This is a date for true romantics. Pack up some food that doesn't require heat, like the ingredients for sandwiches and some crackers and head over to a park.

Have fun talking and eating with your valentine, and maybe let out the little kid in you and play on the swings before taking a romantic walk under the stars. Choose from any of the many parks in Mountain View, and you're on your way.
Paintball -- 1 Heart, $$$

A growing craze in California, paintball is an exciting and exhilarating way to spend a day. The only downside, other than having much steeper costs than other activities, is that the closest paintballing arena is in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Bear Creek Pursuit is located off of Highway 17.

For more information, see www.bearcreekpaintball.com.
Laser tag -- 1 Heart, $

Similar to paintball, laser tag is an exciting equivalent without the pain of being hit. You can run around the two-story laser tag arena at Laser Quest with your significant other or with a bunch of friends and have a blast.

Located at 1400 North Shoreline Boulevard near Shoreline Park, you can easily walk over to the movies for added fun afterward. For more information, see laserquest.com.
Painting pottery - 2 Hearts, $$

A date for more artistic duos, Color Me Mine is an art studio where you get to paint your own ceramics. They have things ranging from cups and plates to jewelry boxes and clocks. Pieces cost between $6 and $50, and there is a painting fee of $6 an hour.

Color Me Mine is located at 602 Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park. For more information, see www.colormemine.com.

So ladies and gents, there is officially no excuse to sit at home with nothing to do on Valentines Day. Get your significant other and get out and have a good time.

Don't have a Valentine this year? No fear. Try any of these ideas with a group of friends, and you can still make a day to remember.
Lauren Marcus is a sophomore at Mountain View High School.
How hot? 1 Heart - Beyonce and Jay-Z might be on this casual date. 2 Hearts - A special outing for couples like Britney and Kevin. 3 Hearts - Nick and Jessica would approve of this super-romantic date.
How much? $ - $10-20 $$ - $20-40 $$$ - $40+


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