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There’s someone for everyone – and there’s a perfect Valentine’s Day experience for everyone, too. Whether your honey’s super smart, really into arts and culture, is a gamer, or just loves solving puzzles and understanding how things work, here are some ideas to help you craft that perfect date.

See Madame Butterfly at The Dallas Opera

Have you taken your sweetheart out to enjoy some serious experiences in the art & culture scene? How about watching one of Puccini’s most famous operas? This month, the Dallas Opera is presenting this work in its original Italian (bonus points if one or both of you knows the language enough to be able to understand the lyrics). 

Test Your Brain Power at the Museum of Illusions

Head out to one of Dallas’ best destinations for an intellectual workout. Here, nothing is as it seems – you’ll always have to look carefully to make sure your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. There are over 80 exhibits that feature holograms, interactive illusions, and installations. You can check on your sense of balance in the Vortex Tunnel, see if you can understand how what you’ll see in the Ames and Tilted Rooms is possible, and you can work on solving the Dilemma Games, which they say will require some serious Einsteinian mental maneuvers.

Admire the Beautiful Exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art

Exploring art and art history are great ways to exercise the brain. Head out to this museum and learn more about local, national, and international artists. Dive into different cultures with upcoming exhibits like The Keir Collection of Islamic Art. Learn more about different types of art media, how to spot it, and what techniques it entails. And if you want a more intimate date, check out their schedule of virtual events that you can enjoy together from the comfort of home – perhaps with some wine and cheese?

Gift Them a Membership to the National Videogame Museum

This unique museum in nearby Frisco showcases the stories behind the creation of some of the world’s most popular games and consoles, and the industry’s most influential companies and personalities. Step up to an interactive timeline of 50 of the gaming consoles released in the U.S. since 1972, and learn more about each one. Relive the sights and sounds of the 80s at the Pixel Dreams arcade. This is a place any gamer will love. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and hours vary. Individual memberships cost $34.99 each or general admission is $12 per day for adults. 

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