Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:09

The Love Issue: Kalamazoo Dates

Written by  Jayson Bussa
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Cheap Date

Outdoor skating rinks are a romantic staple during the winter and to get out and pretend like Michigan's bone-chilling weather is not miserable won't break the bank, either. Portage's Millennium Park (280 Romence Rd.) offers a discounted $3 skating fee and $2 rental fee on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Rink hours vary by day and are listed on the park's website. On Valentine's Day, the park will hold a Valentine's Skate Date between 6 and 8 p.m. at $10 per person.

Eclectic Date

There is no law that says you can't learn something on a date. Stroll through the annals of aviation history at a real hidden gem: the Air Zoo (6151 Portage Rd., Portage). The museum features a number of interactive displays, such as full-motion flight simulators and other rides. General admission to Air Zoo is $10.

First Date

Grease those first-date wheels with some beer at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange (211 East Water St.). The Beer Exchange combines a laundry list of delicious Michigan microbrews with a wide selection of food. Beers are sold per the rules of the New York Stock Exchange — the more in-demand a beer is for that night, the higher the price will be, and vice versa. Scoring a premium brew on the cheap takes some scheming. Periodically, the market will "crash," causing the price of every beer to plummet and the double-fisting to commence.

Funny Date

Two legendary comedians will grace Kalamazoo only a week apart. Paula Poundstone returns to the Kalamazoo State Theatre (404 South Burdick) on Feb. 8. The witty Poundstone totes a hilarious brand of observational comedy that has been making bellies jiggle for decades. Kathleen Madigan will then take stage at Miller Auditorium (2200 Auditorium Dr.) on Feb. 15. This comedy veteran has been perfecting her craft for 22 years and was named Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic at the 2006 American Comedy Awards.

Sporty Date

Nothing says love like watching a Canadian goon punch some guy's teeth out. This Shakespearian fantasy can be shared by you and your significant other at a Kalamazoo Wings game, held at Wings Stadium (3600 Vanrick Dr.). On Valentine's Day, the ice will be pink, but not from blood. The Wings are dying the ice pink for the Valentine's Day Pink Ice game, ya dingus.

Mushy Date

When it comes to fine dining in the Zoo, it doesn't get much better than Zazio's Italian Restaurant, located in the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites. We're talking high-class wining and dining. The most coveted seats in the restaurant are at the chef's table, which offers a five-course dinner and wine pairings along with interactions with the chef. These spots go quick, so call ... like ... right now.

Anti-Mushy Date

If the phrase "Hey baby, let's go pound some PBR and listen to punk music" is your idea of a pick-up line, Louie's Trophy House and Grill (440 East North St.) is the perfect date destination. Kalamazoo has bid farewell to its share of bars and venues over the years, but Louie's continues to be a gathering place for just about every crowd.

Young Again Date

If you can't have fun spending a day bowling, riding go-karts and playing laser tag, then reexamine your life. Airway Lanes & Fun Center (5626 Portage Rd., Portage) has all that and more. From mini golf, bumper cars and arcade, to the aforementioned attractions, Airway has everything you need to get in touch with your inner child. When it's time to act your age, Airway also has a lounge you can kick back in with some adult beverages and adult-er conversations.

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