If you're still looking for fun and romantic things to do with your loved one, check out these 14 great ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Northwest Indiana!
Love: Lost & Found
Feb. 13-15, 2015, 6-9 p.m. Fri-Sat. & 1-4 p.m. Sun.
Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St., Gary
The treasure trove of artwork created by William Kauslauskis, or "Mr. K," will be available for purchase or your viewing pleasure through the weekend at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts. All proceeds raised from the cache of work created underneath a single light bulb in Kauslauskis' basement will go to support the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District. Click here for complete information.
"Farce of Nature" with the Beatniks on Conkey
Feb. 13-15, 2015, 8 p.m. Fri-Sat., & 2 p.m. Sun.
Beatniks on Conkey, 418 Conkey St., Hammond
This Southern-fried farce features the highlights of a day in the life of everyone's favorite family, the Wilburn's of Arkansas. Pants fall down, ageism is prevalent and keeping track of a gun and bullets is harder than it seems at this weekend's funniest romp. Save your seat by visiting here for tickets.
Valentine's Snowshoe Shuffle
Feb. 14, 2015, 2 p.m.
Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N 25 E., Chesterton
A recent blizzard that we all remember well has given us a gift. Get ready for a snowshoe trek through Indiana's most beautiful state park. All you need to bring is your sweetie and your feet! Learn a brief background about winter's most unique form of transportation and try out snowshoes for yourself with a short walk through the winter woods.
The TOMFOOLERY Show: Love Langel's Style
Feb. 14, 2015, 8 p.m.
Langel's Pizza, 2833 Highway Ave., Highland
Music and comedy collide for the return of the Tomfoolery Fun Club at Langel's Pizza! Chicago's funniest comedians dabble with live jams from 1540 at Northwest Indiana's happy place. It's a one night only show and a must see after any Valentine's dinner. Save your seat now by visiting here and remember, fun is spelled with three letters: T.O.M!
Valentine's Day at Serenity Springs
Feb. 14, All day
Serenity Springs, 5888 N. U.S. Highway 35, La Porte
It's time to cuddle! Escape the cold by retreating to a roaring fire with your loved one this Valentine's Day at the region's coziest private cabins. The clink of toasted wine glasses sounds like music to the ears when combined with crackling logs from an open flame. Escape the ordinary by calling 219-861-0000 to reserve your own private cabin now.
Cosmic Skate at the Midwest Training & Ice Center
Feb. 14, 2015, 10-11:30 p.m.
Midwest Training & Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., Dyer
Burn off those Valentine's dinner calories with an evening open skate at the region's best arena. Admission is only $6 and skate rental costs $4. Where else can you make memories for only $10? Blade, skate and make your Valentine's Day great. Click here for a complete calendar of events.
I Heart Beer and Wine Fest at the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza
Feb. 14, 2015, Noon-4:30 p.m. for VIPs and 1:30-4:30 p.m. for general admission
Radisson Hotel Star Plaza, 800 E. 81st Ave., Merrillville.
Friends, partners, colleagues and loved ones shall rejoice at the perfect kick starter to your Valentine's evening. Funky food with funky brews collide at a celebration of all things beer and wine. Do not miss out on the region's most loving fest for beer and wine enthusiasts. Find more information now here.
"Kaleidoscope" presented by the Indiana Ballet Theatre
Feb. 14-15, 2015, 7 p.m. Fri. & 3 p.m. Sun.
Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso
Gravity shall be defied as dancers thrill and wow the crowd through modern and contemporary dance. Indiana Ballet Theatre's Valentine's weekend special features music that moves your soul! Two opportunities to view the show make this an absolute must for Valentine's couples. Visit here for more details.
Mary Mary live at The Venue
Feb. 15, 2015, 3:15 p.m.
The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Dr., Hammond
Soul sisters are ready to belt gospel at the Horseshoe Casino for a daytime show. Make your Valentine's a weekend affair and find the best tickets now here.
Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2015, 6 p.m.
Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, 2300 173rd St., Hammond
The mission, "Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon," is a unique date night where couples can test out their communication, problem solving and teamwork skills during a mini space mission. Taking on the role of science and engineering teams, couples will work together to complete mission critical tasks and safely return a lunar explorer to her home in orbit around the Moon. Following the mission, the crew will be treated to astronaut rations (light hors d'oeuvres) and a Beatles laser show. Visit clcnwi.com for more information and prepare for blast off!
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Feb. 14, 2015, 11:30 p.m.
The Art Theatre, 230 Main St. Hobart
Help Me Mommy's rendition of Rocky Horror Picture Show includes the original uncut movie and a full shadow cast, and audience participation is encouraged. The film itself is a lot of fun -- but the audience-participation phenomenon has turned it into a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience that can't be ignored! Visit their facebook page for more information.
Indigenous Landscapes: Imprints of the South Shore exhibit
Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond
View the Indiana Welcome Center's newest exhibit, Indigenous Landscapes: Imprints of the South Shore. The exhibit features beautiful works of art celebrating natural settings near and along the South Shore native to the states of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that remain undisturbed since the times of the indigenous people of the area. For more information, call 219-989-7979.
Albanese Candy Factory
5441 E. U.S. 30, Hobart
Take your sweetie on a tour of a candy factory! Albanese Candy Factory is home to the World's Best Gummies and Gold Label chocolates. Additionally, visitors will see the world's tallest chocolate fountain. Self-guided tours are available any time during store business hours with no reservation required. Following the tour, visitors will be able to sample a gummi and a chocolate. Visit albanesecandy.com to learn more.
Gayety's Chocolates & Ice Cream
3306 Ridge Rd., Lansing, Ill.
36 U.S. 41, Schererville
Stop by Gayety's to share a delicious ice cream sundae! Gayety's is a third generation family-owned and operated ice cream parlor and chocolate shoppe. They specialize in homemade ice cream, homemade ice cream toppings and mouth-watering, hand-dipped chocolates. For more information, visit gayetys.com.
Contributing Editor: Stacina Stagner
Former communications coordinator with the South Shore CVA.