When you think of February, you think of Valentine’s Day. Restaurants are packed with couples celebrating love (or hoping to find it), chocolate and floral shops sell out, and every dollar store is bursting at the seams with red and pink decorative hearts.
But things are changing.
A lesser known and increasingly popular celebration is Galentine’s Day, made popular by the hit show Parks and Recreation. On February 13th, ladies celebrate ladies. It doesn’t matter whether you have a boo or not, Galentine’s day is all about women! Celebrate the highs and lows, the adventures you’ve been on together, and the aspirations you have. Spend time laughing until you cry and showing each other how much you care. Here are 5 things to do in Hamilton with the special women in your life.
Belt your hearts out at karaoke
Hamilton has an eclectic karaoke scene, but it’s always a good time! Grab your gal pals, pick your songs, and get up on stage. Celebrate Galentine’s Day by belting out to classics like Aretha Franklin’s iconic “Respect”, Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman”, “Wannabe” by Spice Girls, “Stronger” by our girl Britney Spears or maybe show off your singing skills with modern day female empowerment anthem “God is a Woman” by Ariana Grande.
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Chocolate making workshop
Chocolates are synonymous with Valentine’s Day. But what’s better than eating chocolate? Making it and watching the entire process! Call up your ladies and book a class with Chocolate Tales — a local shop on 430 York Blvd that’s located beneath De La Sol Yoga Studios. This building is full of interesting businesses, perfect for Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, and everyday life! Not in the mood to get your hands dirty? Hit up Chocolat on James or Walker’s Chocolates to load up on ready-made sweets for you and the queens in your life.
A spa day is a classic way to spend quality time with your gals. Whether you want to spend a full-day at the spa or keep it more low-key with a quick service, Hamilton has many options available to keep you feeling fresh. Mercedes Salon & Day Spa and Magnolia House Spa Salon Boutique have been two of Hamilton’s premier spas and offer a full-service experience. If you’re feeling something a little more modest, how about checking out one of the many salons in the city that offer facials and manicures?
I recommend checking out TEN Spot, Kabuki, Flo Spa, Buffed Nail Bar, and Glamorous Beauty Salon. Call ahead to see if they can accommodate a group.
Hit the dance floor
Dancing with your ladies is always fun! This Galentine’s Day, kick it up a notch with Adam and Steve. They’re two local celebrities who throw rad parties with the aim of keeping them inclusive and safe! For Galentine’s this year, they wanted to do something sweet and special to encourage even more friendships by introducing the Adam and Steve BFFL Message Wall!
According to their website, each guest receives a sticker with a number that corresponds with a message box located in the bar. You can then submit compliments and words of encouragement to others by dropping off your messages throughout the night. So bring your girls for some upbeat dancing and uplifting letters! Tickets are available on the Club Absinthe website.
Get active with your gal pals
Getting fit with people you love can be more rewarding and enjoyable than dragging yourself to the gym. Instead of dreading your workout, call up your gals and hit up a yoga studio, pilates studio, circus school, rock climbing gym, or laser tag place to get your sweat on while having fun!
Want to sweat out your toxins like never before? Try hot yoga at any of these studios that have infrared heaters: Modo Yoga, De La Sol Yoga Studios, or Dundas Hot Yoga. Interested in toning your bodies and grooving to music? Check out Studio Zee Pilates, W Pilates, or Fit Barre. For unique movement activities, explore the Gravity Climbing Gym, Zacada Circus School, Lazer Mania, or Uber Warrior in Stoney Creek!
This year, celebrate female power and friendship by getting your girlfriends together to celebrate Galentine’s Day. Plan something to show how much you appreciate all your best friends and share what you admire about each other. Because remember ladies, when women support each other, incredible things happen.
Let us know what your favourite Galentine’s activities are in the comments below!