Pick 10: Winter Date Ideas to do Indoors in Saskatoon

Woman looking out over city at dusk

Saskatoon may be known for its extreme sub-zero temperatures, but this post isn’t about the weather. You can get through some of the coldest days of the year without giving up and hibernating if you put a bit of thought into your winter date ideas.

This week, I asked Do Sask’s private group members if they prefer indoor or outdoor activities during the winter. It was no surprise that the winner by a landslide was indoor.

So in the spirit of the group’s choice, I’m inviting you to try some new things while the weather is keeping you locked up indoors. This post gives you ideas on where to go to do everything from laser tag and axe throwing to making laser cuts and painting pottery.

Here are my top winter date ideas in Saskatoon.

Got cabin fever? Make a plan to get active indoors with these winter date ideas:

Pretend you’re in a real-life shooter video game.

In a little over 30 minutes, you’ll get your codename, backpack, and laser gun and run around forming a team with other players. Each laser tag game is 15 minutes in length. BONUS: you won’t come out of it with welts like you would with paintball.

Where: Prairie Jurassic Family Fun Centre

Hurl an axe like a lumberjack (beard and flannel not required).

When my friends ask me for a memorable first date idea I always recommend Timberjaxe. Not only will you learn how to swing a throwing axe into a giant wooden tree trunk target, you’ll get to know whether your date is adventurous or not. That beats dinner and a movie any day of the week.

Where: Timberjaxe Throwing Sports

Make your date do flips up the walls for you.

I’m not the only one who’s dreamed of a world full of trampoline floors. The good news is that there’s a place in Saskatoon that’s making it happen one jump at a time. Go during open jump hours, or Club Apex where DJs spin and disco lights cascade across the entire park.

Tip: 30 minutes is really all you need to wear yourself out if you’re an adult. But if you’ve got a bit more energy you can book up to 2 hours here.

Where: Apex Trampoline Park Ltd.

Scale up the cliffs of Saskatchewan…

When was the last time you climbed up the walls? If you can only remember doing it when you were a kid, it’s probably time you tried rock climbing. With a combination of top rope, lead, and boulders, Grip It is Saskatoon’s rock climbing facility. You can go with your date, or try it solo since they have auto belays to hold your rope and plenty of rental gear to get you started.

Where: Grip It Indoor Rock Climbing

Yell fore in the middle of winter at the province’s only indoor golf dome.

Most of the golf courses in town are now cross-country ski destinations, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your game on pause. Take advantage of off season and hit the range. With over 37 driving ranges in a temperature-controlled environment you likely won’t have a problem finding time to drop-in for some practice.

Where: The Golf Dome

Speaking of golf… Mar’s Mini Golf is an indoor, ocean-themed, 3D glow course. Just sayin’!

Now that you’ve worked up a sweat you can get crafty at these 6 DIY-lover locales:

Supplies ain’t cheap, so this place is making it more accessible to art.

When you’re scraping by getting artsy is a luxury – especially when supplies run you hundreds of dollars. SCYAP is a Saskatoon non-profit that provides a place to get creative for little to no cost to you. All-ages drop ins are Tuesday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can also register for a workshop or class on whichever type of medium interests you.

Where: SCYAP

Art doesn’t have to be so intimidating for newbies.

Pop in for some free doodling time, or get to know the intricacies of linocuts. Creative Commons is a non-profit dedicated to providing the tools you need to immerse yourself in arts and crafts. They run regular workshops in a variety of artistic techniques for beginners to the more experienced.

Where: Creative Commons/Void Gallery

Up your maker game by learning how to use high-end technology.

So you want to get even more hands on with your crafts than ever? You don’t have to dump thousands of dollars into your own machine shop. Take advantage of the full lineup of tools and other equipment to make things like decals and wood furniture. Membership, events, and drop-in rates available.

Where: Saskatoon Makerspace

Is your date a foodie in training? Help them take their cooking skills to 100.

Visit the sophisticated clubhouse that lets you get hands-on for sustenance’s sake. The Local Kitchen is a collaborative space where you can learn how to cook with others. Check out any one of their upcoming events, or apply to teach one yourself. (Be quick. Many of their events sell out!)

Where: The Local Kitchen

A workshop space where you’re only limited by your own imagination.

Pick a piece of pottery, or canvas and paint it any way you like. Wet Paint Pottery is a place to drop in for a little relaxed craft work. If you think you aren’t creative enough – think again! Choose from many designs for beginners… and no one will judge you if you want to get a little subversive with your cursive.

Where: Wet Paint Pottery

Produce your own movie, or print a huge photo.

That blockbuster movie script you wrote back in high school now has a chance to be produced. Rent the studio to create any type of new media project from photography to audio production. There are many different free, or nearly-free workshops if you don’t know where to begin.

Note: PAVED Arts is not for business use, so anything made must be for passion’s sake.

Where: PAVED Arts

I challenge you to do at least half of these winter date ideas before the snow melts. You can do it! And if you finish them all and want to try something else, Do Sask has plenty of indoor events for cold days: brewery tours, speed dating, and craft parties.

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Make $100 Fast this February at Remai Modern: How Art is Paying You in More Than Exposure

Japanese culture crash course at What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me.

Learn how to make $100 fast at Remai Modern before February 27, 2018. 

These days, there’s a way better way to earn some cash for your talents than waiting for some bozo to pay you in “exposure”. Sharing your knowledge is a critical part in helping you grow beyond helping others understand new concepts. It’s so important to Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn that he will pay you $100.00 if you can teach him something he doesn’t know.

Up for the challenge?

Thomas’s limited-time immersive exhibit What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. at the Remai Modern is encouraging visitors to present workshops about anything and everything.

Posted on the interior wall is a piece of cardboard with a long list of at least 50 new things Thomas has learned since opening day last weekend (January 27, 2018). Do the math: that’s $5,000.00 paid to people who knew something he didn’t. One man has been back at least four times this week and has subsequently earned $400.00 for sharing his wisdom. 

What can you teach to make $100 fast?

Anything, really. Thomas says, “It can be whistling, it can be a dance, perhaps another language… From a human being to another human being — just one to one” (CBC News).

If you’re a little intimidated by Thomas, don’t be. He believes art should be free. It’s an attitude that’s in stark contrast to the elitist crowd that modern art tends to attract. Thomas is accessible and engaging. He will be hanging out at the exhibit from open ’til close throughout the month.

Thomas is hoping to create lasting experiences through this exhibit, according to this CBC News story.

What can you learn?

Some of the past workshops from this week include: bead work, Cree language, Manga, artificial flatulence (a.k.a. armpit farts), and a Japanese culture crash-course (pictured below).

Japanese culture crash course at What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me.

Strewn all over the Remai’s ground floor Connect Gallery are computers, tools, markers, paint, brushes, paper, etc., so you can get hands on away from the workshops. Draw on the walls, carve Styrofoam, or photocopy your… face. It’s all in the name of art. 

This Friday night, I brought my Swedish weaving project in hopes of earning $100.00. There was no way it was going to happen with the amount of people lined up ahead of me! My advice would be to go early if you’re planning on teaching. 

Due to the long lineups, some folks won’t get a chance to teach. However if you take part in a workshop you’re entitled to one of Thomas’s handmade “ART IS FREE” packing tape bracelets that give you free access to the rest of the gallery. (No need to wait until Free at Remai on February 19.)

Art is Free Bracelets

Teaching and learning something new sounds like a great way to spend a date night in Saskatoon, doesn’t it? Get to What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. before it closes on February 27, 2018.

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