Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Valentine’s Day on a Budget


Whether you’re single, taken or consider it to be a Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day is an easy way to show the people around you how much you care. However, we all know being a full-time student and part-time worker takes a toll on the wallet, but that’s when you have to get creative. Here are some budget friendly activities you can do to make your Valentine’s Day special, yet affordable this year:

View El Capitan’s screening of Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp”
El Capitan Theatre
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From February 10-19, you can watch Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” for a special Valentine’s Day screening at this iconic theater located in the heart of Hollywood. For $22, you can get VIP preferred seating, popcorn in a souvenir tub and a drink. Perfect for the diehard Disney fan in your life.

Total Cost: $22

Watch a movie at a local drive-in theater
Drive-In Theater
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If crowds aren’t really your thing, why not watch a movie from the comfort of your car? Experience a real throwback by visiting a nearby drive-in theater because before you know it they might be gone! You can view a list of local drive-in theater options here.

Average Cost: $9

Go on a hike at Griffith Park, and then visit the Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory
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For the active loved one in your life, you should consider taking them on a scenic hike through Griffith Park and end with a walk through the observatory. While admission to the observatory is always free, it’s also nice to catch a showing inside the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, which runs around $5 for students. But even without the showing, the observatory has enough to keep you entertained.

Total Cost: Free, unless you add the $5 showing at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium

Take stroll through the Huntington Library
Huntington Library
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Now, this isn’t your ordinary library. Not only does this library contain early editions of Shakespeare’s work, but it also contains an impeccable art collection and remarkable botanical gardens. Make sure to give yourself enough time when you visit because the grounds are huge and you’ll want plenty of time to take it all in. Also, make sure to bring a camera or have your phone fully charged. It’ll be hard not to take a picture. Even though the library is closed on Tuesdays, maybe this can be a something to do on another day for those that can’t make it out on actual Valentine’s Day.

Total Cost: $19 (weekdays), $21 (weekends)

Get wild at the Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo
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Want to get wild on Valentine’s Day? Well, what are you waiting for? Grab a loved one and head over the Los Angeles Zoo! And for those who really want to get wild, you can buy tickets to feed a giraffe for only $5.

Total Cost: $20, additional $5 for giraffe feeding

Go for a sound bath at Integraton
Integraton Sound Bath
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If you’re up for a drive and want to try something unique, visit the Integraton and experience something truly out of this world. According to their websiteIntegraton “is based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials.” This historic one-of-a-kind wooden dome hosts visitors from a wide-range of disciplines, such as musicians, scientists and therapists. Due to its specific location and design, it is said to be a generator of rejuvenation. Intriguing, isn’t it?

Total Cost: $25

Visit our very own ASI Games Room Etc. (Bldg. 35-1110)
ASI Games Room Etc.
If you can’t leave campus because of school, don’t worry the Bronco Student Center (BSC, Bldg. 35) has you covered! Stop by the Games Room Etc. (Bldg. 35-1110) at the BSC from 4-6 p.m. for some free billiards, game console gameplay, foosball, bowling and pingpong. Oh, and did I mention the free food?

Total Cost: Free

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