FREE sledding, FREE ice skating, FREE helium balloon rides!
Celebrate Snow Day on this Saturday, January 30th, 11 AM - 4 PM, at the OC Great Park in Irvine. Where else can you go for a winter wonderland with free sledding, free snowman making, and free snow play? You don't even have to bring a sled because OC Great Park provides sleds for free on Snow Day. Just bring yourself and a fun date! Actually, this can be a good "group date" idea and even a first date idea...
The fun does not stop at Snow Day! It's also the opening day for the OC Great Park's "Great Skate Ice Rink". This is the ONLY ice skating rink that I know is absolutely FREE: free admission, free skate rentals, free helmets AND free parking. However, there is a small parking fee of $8 on special event days, such as the opening day 1/30. Ice skating is a pretty cheap date idea, but FREE is even better! Other rinks can cost $8-$15.50 per person in the LA and OC areas (click HERE for a list comparison), but most of the ice rinks are already closed for the winter season.
For the next month (Jan 30 - Feb 28), the rink will be open every weekend (Fri-Sun) at 11 AM - 10 PM, where skate session times start on the hour with 15 minute breaks every hour. The best time to go is on Sunday Nights if you want to skate to the music of your favorite decade: 70's at 7 PM, 80's at 8 PM, and 90's at 9 PM. Ice skating is a family-friendly activity, which means lots of kids. If you prefer less craziness, I suggest going later in the season before the rink shuts down.
Of course, this is first-come, first serve. Advance tickets are available for...
same day use starting at 10 AM. You must bring a valid ID and get your own ticket, so this is not an idea for a "surprise date". There is a limit of 6 tickets per household per ticket. Grab your tickets, then head over for a FREE helium balloon ride while you wait (check out Cheap Date Idea #14. If you miss out this Saturday, this is still a great 2-for-1 date idea every weekend during the month of February at the OC Great Park: free ice skating AND free helium balloon ride! Valentine's Day is coming up (hint, hint).
Approximate cost of creative date idea = FREE (+ $8 Parking on 1/30).
Actual value of the cheap date idea = $16-31 Total for ice skating in LA and OC areas.