Let’s be honest, some holidays are overrated. Thanksgiving is great. Who doesn’t to love to gobble down some turkey, mashed potaters, and a half dozen biscuits? Christmas is always awesome. Family, friends, food, and presents – you can’t ask for more. Then there’s New Years. That time of the year when overindulging is justified because you made a resolution to quit the following day. By the way, how’s that working out for you so far?

The fall and winter holiday seasons are nothing short of joyous – and expensive. But, just when you think you’ve made it out the woods – Valentine’s Day creeps up. We’re talking fancy dinners, roses, wine, jewelry, chocolates, love notes, and pawning off a few of your treasured personal items just to get that special someone a gift they probably won’t remember by next Valentine’s Day.

Maybe you’ve gotten wise to the game and decided to spend this Valentine’s Day single. Who can blame you?

Don’t let all those hokey Kay Jewelers’ commercials bring you down. While you might not have a significant other to focus all your attention on, you can always share the love with your closest friends. This Valentine’s Day, don’t stay at home wondering when Mr. or Mrs. Right is going to come along. Instead, call up your single friends, and hit the streets for some fun – and unusual – group activities.

  1. Main Event

Don’t be that person who thinks they’re too cool for Main Event. There’s tons of things to love about this entertainment venue, from awesome arcade games – the 4-person Mario Kart game is a personal favorite – to great pizza, bowling, laser tag, and more. Let’s not forget about the fully stocked bar with billiards and shuffleboard stations and an impressive array of mounted big-screen tv’s to watch all your favorite sports at once. Main Event Entertainment definitely provides a night of fun and laughs. You even have the chance to win digital tickets that can be traded in for cool prizes. Who needs candies and roses when you can “Eat, Bowl, and Play”?

  1. Trapped RGV Escape Rooms

Do you and your band of singles have the brains and guts to solve clues, crack codes, and find the hidden items needed to escape a locked room before you’re trapped away for ever? Oh, and you only have an hour to figure it out. You’ll find out how well you really know your friends when everything is on the line. Valentine’s Day is all about the heart, so give yours that much-needed adrenaline rush with a trip to Trapped. The Trapped RGV Escape Room is a great option for friends looking for something different to do this Valentine’s Day.

  1. Edinburg Paintball Battlegrounds

They say pain is love. That little sting you get from getting shot with a paintball flying at you at nearly 190 miles per hour is definitely a sign that someone cares for you. Paintball consists of a lot of running around, hiding, and trying not to get shot – but it’s a great way to burn off some of that energy and frustration you build up during the week. And, if you and your friends are the adventurous and daring types, a day of paintball is perfect. The Valley hosts several paintball venues, so you might want to look around before you make a decision. Edinburg Paintball Battlegrounds is a local favorite, which is why I recommended it. Edinburg Paintball Battlegrounds requires a reservation for during-the-week play, so get a good amount of friends together and make it worthwhile.

  1. Play Cupid and Host a Party

Being single and enjoying the day with your group of friends doesn’t mean it has to be an all boys or all girls event. Mix things up, and throw a little party for ALL of your friends. You don’t have to find love on Valentine’s Day. Just have a bit of fun with your friends. There are number of approaches you can take, from a themed dress-up party with similarly themed board games to a good ol’ BBQ hangout with bit of poker to add to the entertainment. Take out that karaoke machine that’s been sitting in the garage gathering dust, and put it to good use. The possibilities are endless. There’s nothing but good times to be had when you’re surrounded by friends.

Don’t forget! If you’re planning on having a few drinks, make sure to have a designated driver. Show your friends how much you really love them by making sure everyone gets home safely.

  1. Give Back On Valentine’s Day

It can be easy to forget that not everyone is fortunate enough to be in the company of a loved one on Valentine’s Day.  By volunteering at a local soup kitchen or community center,  you can give back to those in need of a little care and attention. Organizations like Volunteer South Texas are always looking for individuals to give a helping hand in the local community. You can also call your local church and see if they need any help, or you can visit local hospitals or nursing homes where residents are sure to be appreciative of a little love and attention during this time of year.

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for those who are romantically involved. Many people celebrate the day with friends and family, too. This upcoming Valentine’s, spend the day with those who mean the most to you. A little love can go a long way – and you never know who you might meet when you’re out and about!