Aaaaah, it’s Valentine’s Day next week! Though it might feel like those early days of romance and spontaneity are long gone since tiny humans took over your world, there are still many ways to celebrate the day of love together. And even if Valentine’s Day can seem a bit contrived, it’s a great opportunity to teach the kids about showing gratitude and love for one another.
Here are a few ideas for how to enjoy Valentines Day with your partner AND with the kids.
- Start the day with a heart-themed breakfast: Heart-shaped pancakes or toast, fruit and yoghurt.
- Have a family movie evening: Choose a romantic or family-friendly movie to watch together, make some popcorn, and snuggle up on the couch.
- Plan a family picnic: Pack a basket with sandwiches, fruit, and treats, and head to a local park for a Valentine’s Day picnic. Older kids can take their bike or scooter. Baby can lie in the shade on a picnic blanket and enjoy the breeze and patterns in the trees.
- Make handmade gifts: Help your kids create handmade valentines and gifts for each other, such as painted rocks or paper flowers. Or a scrapbook of special memories.
- Bake sweet treats: Get your kids involved in the kitchen by baking heart-shaped cookies, cakes, or cupcakes together.
- Heart-themed scavenger hunt: Create a scavenger hunt for your kids with heart-shaped clues leading to a special surprise or treat.
- Play games: Play family-friendly games, or have a dance party with music that everyone loves.
What will you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?