A few out-of-the-ordinary dates

If a four-course candlelit dinner is not for you and yours, check out these whimsical alternatives; love, after all, comes in many ways.

  • Roar & Snore Sleepover
“Animal Amore” (for ages 21 and older) offers a wild night with your loved one learning all the little secrets of animal mating, Feb. 12-14 at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner, an animal mating tour, and play the mating game while exploring the love lives of the animals in the park. Prices start at $139 per person. There’s also a Valentine’s Dinner, a Night Moves caravan and a Ride on the Wild Side. To book or get more details, go to and click on the Valentine’s Day link.

  • Tango for singles
Find your sweetheart at Argentine Tango, a two-hour mixer and beginner tango lesson from Isabelle Kay and Florentino Guizar, 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at Whirl Ballroom, 2670 Via de la Valle, Suite A215, Flower Hill Promenade. Reservations: $25 per person at or (858) 350-9447.

  • Dog-lovers date
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special four-legged someone in your life at Omni San Diego Hotel’s fifth annual Valentine’s Yappy Hour, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 on the hotel’s Palm Terrace, 675 L St. Proceeds benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Beagle Brigade will serve drinks and dog bones to canine guests, complimentary wine and cheese to pet owners. Tickets $10 per person. (619) 231-6664,

  • Whale of a good time
During a “Valentine’s Evening With Shamu,” Feb. 14, SeaWorld’s chefs will serve a four-course meal on candlelit tables just a few feet from the park’s killer whales. Shamu and friends will entertain diners with a mesmerizing performance during this romantic celebration, which includes the meal, beer, wine, a champagne toast and a commemorative photo. Seatings at 5:30 or 8:30 p.m. Tickets $250 per couple, plus tax. To reserve a table, visit or call (800) 25-SHAMU (press 5).

  • Dining outdoors
With the most beautiful parks and beaches in the country, San Diego is perfect for an intimate Valentine’s Day picnic. You bring the blanket, and Saffron in Mission Hills will supply the Romance Picnic Baskets filled with an alluring menu of natural aphrodisiacs and other tantalizing goodies for lovers. Baskets are $38 and include a whole Saffron chicken with dipping sauces, red rice, four salad rolls, two egg rolls, cucumber salad and Love Salad (fresh cucumbers with ginger, mint and coriander leaves, carrots, fennel, sesame and a spicy chili dressing). End on a sweet note with strawberries served with a creamy coconut sauce laced with honey. Customize each basket with flower petals and one of four different homemade massage oils designed to match your Valentine’s Element — earth, wind, water or fire, based on birth date, month and year. Comes with biodegradable plates and napkins. (619) 574-7737, (619) 574-0177. Curbside delivery on request.

  • Pizza Kits for home
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza’s Valentine’s Day Pizza Kits will be available Feb. 12-14 as an affordable option for hungry lovers on a budget. The $5 holiday-themed Pizza Kits are filled with all the ingredients needed to make a Sammy’s-style pizza at home: freshly made pizza dough, homemade tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella cheese and a special blend of herbs along with baking instructions. Whole-wheat pizza crusts are available for an additional $1 and gluten-free pizza crusts for an additional $3. The kits can be bought at any of the 10 Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza locations. (858) 456-8018,