This guide offers a variety of ideas to help you plan your Valentine’s day in Joplin.
Be sure to check the dates, as some events will occur the week before or after Valentine’s Day (hey, you can still be romantic then, too).
Drop off the Kids
Fun Friday: Celebrate a day early! Let the kids jump and tumble at the Flip Shop while you enjoy some couple time. Kindergarten-6th grade. Snack and drink included. $10/child. Friday, FEB 13, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Sweetheart Bounce Session: House of Bounce is offering a Valentine’s drop-off service for children ages 3 – 12. Four hours of fun includes a drink, a snack, and two slices of pizza. $18 plus tax/first child; $13 plus tax for additional siblings. Saturday, FEB 14, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Kids’ Night Out: Pizza and snacks, plus games and crafts. Through Joplin Parks and Recreation. Ages 5 – 12. $15/child. Saturday, FEB 14, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.
Enjoy a Cozy Meal for Two
Caldone’s: Homemade pasta, steaks, lamb and seafood in Old-World surroundings in downtown Joplin.
Crabby’s: Fresh seafood and incredible drinks in a hip setting.
Mythos: A “Euro Greek Kuzina” with an elegant dining room.
Uncorked @1201: “Share, uncork, and unwind” at this cozy restaurant with inventive dishes.
Wilder’s: “Famous for all good things to eat and drink” since 1929, Wilder’s serves the finest hand-cut steaks and chicken.
Art on Tap: This membership fundraiser for Spiva Center for the Arts will feature a selection of brews from Heart of America Beverage Co., food from Lumpy’s Express BBQ, and music by the Springfield band Bella Donnan (acoustic, bluesy jazz with an Ozark influence). Friday, FEB 13, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Young at Heart: St. Paul’s hosts a Valentine’s dinner for people ages 55 and older. Saturday, FEB 14, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Moon Over Buffalo: Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre presents a special Valentine’s performance with a special menu and favors included. Saturday, FEB 14, 6:00 PM.
Valentine’s Eve Romance & Comedy: Victory Ministry & Sports Complex will host this event, presented by Dr. Karl and Shannon Wendt. Dinner by Red Onion, dessert from Cupcakes by Liz. Childcare provided. Reservations required. Friday, FEB, 7:00 PM.
Put Your Heart in the Arts: Support Cherokee County Arts while enjoying fine food from Josie’s Ristorante, drinks, musical entertainment and a charity auction for one-of-a-kind items. Child care available at Galena High School for a donation. Children may be dropped off after 6:00 p.m. and must be picked up within 15 minutes of the gala’s end. Saturday, FEB 14, 6:00 PM.
Valentine’s Day with Michael W. Smith: This Christian contemporary singer will be performing at Calvary Baptist Church. Saturday, FEB 14, 7:00 PM.
Speakeasy Valentine Dinner: Featuring the popular JoMo Jazz & Friends Ensemble, expanded with a jazz singer and horns. Experience smooth jazz during dinner, then enjoy lively jazz hits, swing and some big band hits thrown in as the evening progresses at the Cosmopolitan Event Center. Saturday, FEB 14, 7:00 PM.
Here’s to Love – A Valentine Concert: This Joplin Little Theatre production will highlight love songs from the song book of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and will feature Branson performers (and JLT alums) Rachel and David Wallace, plus a company of JLT veterans. One performance only – reservations are a must! Sunday, FEB 15, 2:30 PM.
Sweet Arts Gala: Neosho Arts Council’s gala will feature an elegant dinner, spirited dancing, and work by the region’s finest artists. Saturday, FEB 21, 6:00 PM.
Celebrate with Your Little Valentine
Daddy-Daughter Date Night: Dads, bring your favorite gal(s) to an evening of music, dancing, games, buffet dinner and prizes. You will need to go to the Joplin Athletic Complex to buy your tickets. Limited seating, so hurry in today! Tickets go on sale January 5th. Ages: 3-12. Fee: $30 per couple; $10 additional child. Saturday, February 21, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
Art Feeds V-day Edition: The theme of this art feeds’ craft workshop for grown-ups will be Valentine’s Day. Monday, FEB 9, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Valentine’s Vino and Van Gogh: Local Color Art Gallery’s sip-and-paint class takes on a Valentine’s theme this month. Thursday, FEB 12, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.
Valentine’s Painting Class: Local Color Art Gallery will host a special painting class on Valentine’s Day (themes are candy hearts, cherubs, and puppy dogs). Saturday, FEB 14, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM.
The Love Mug Special: You and your partner can personalize your own mugs at Firehouse Pottery’s Valentine’s event (reservations required). Saturday, FEB 14, 6:00 PM.
Canoe for Two: Come to RSVPaint and complete one canvas while your partner paints another; when you’re finished, put them together and you’ll have a completed scene. No experience necessary – reservations recommended. Wine, beer, and soft drinks will be available (or BYOB). Saturday, FEB 14, 7:00 PM.
Soar to Cloud 9
Valentine Flights: Love is in the air at Alpha Air Center! Schedule a flight for you and your Valentine between February 6 and February 15. Cost is $59/person. Located at the Joplin Regional Airport, 5509 N. Dennis Weaver Drive, JOPLIN.
Relax and Indulge
Valentine’s Spa Packages: Through February, Oasis Salon and Day Spa will be offering special packages such as “All Lovey-Dovey” and “Chocolate and More Chocolate.”
Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Pre-order a dozen chocolate covered strawberries online and pick them up February 9-14 at one of the Candy House’s retail outlets.
MORE Chocolate Covered Strawberries: The Joplin Family YMCA is selling chocolate-dipped strawberries to raise money for the scholarship fund which gives kids, seniors, and families in financial need access to programs, childcare, and membership at the YMCA. They will be available at the YMCA through February 14 (8 AM until they run out).
Valentine’s Partner Yoga: Partners will practice yoga asanas together and side by side at Downtown Yoga. No previous yoga experience; bring a friend, a loved one, a sibling, or a neighbor. Wine, chocolate, and light snacks provided. Saturday, FEB 14, 2:00 PM.
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