Valentine's Day Activities for Couples With Kids
Once you have kids, it's not so easy to go for all-out romance on Valentine's Day. An overnight stay with your spouse at a bed-and-breakfast is probably not on the schedule. But that doesn't mean you can't do something special, and even romantic, to celebrate the day. After all, your children are the ultimate symbol of the romance you share with your spouse, so why not include the whole family in special Valentine's Day activities?
Go on a Date With the Whole Family
Just because you have kids and no babysitter doesn’t mean you can’t still go on a Valentine’s date. It just means you need to plan a date that the whole family can enjoy. You’ll probably want to plan a daytime activity, as younger kids might become tired and cranky in the evening. And if you do something active, you might just tire the kids out enough so they’ll go to bed early, leaving some parental alone time to enjoy later.
- Take a trip to the zoo: Just about every kid loves a trip to the zoo, and there’s an easy romance to a day spent admiring the best nature has to offer. Let everyone have plenty of time to watch their favorite animal, and be sure to get an ice cream or popcorn treat to enjoy.
- Have a picnic: If the weather permits, pack a picnic lunch and head to the local park or public gardens. If it’s too cold to venture outside, spread a blanket on the living room floor, bring out typical picnic foods like sandwiches, fruit, lemonade and cheese with crackers, and enjoy a fun lunch together.
- Enjoy some cinema: If it fits in the budget and there’s something playing suitable for the family, head to the theater to enjoy a matinee. Pick something that everyone can laugh at, not just the kids. If the price of tickets, popcorn and drinks is too much, enjoy a movie marathon at home. Pick two or three movies that everyone likes, and pop a giant batch of popcorn to share.
Have Simple Fun at Home
If you prefer to spend the day at home, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy together. Keep the pace lively, but not crazy, so younger kids don’t become too revved up. A meltdown will spoil the fun for everyone.
- Play games: Plan a board game bash. Bring out all the family favorites, and gather around the kitchen table. Order a pizza, or make a simple lunch that is easy to eat while playing.
- Host a talent show: Everyone from the youngest child to the oldest parent has to perform. Dance, sing, twirl a baton or do celebrity impersonations; let your talent shine!
- Have a heart hunt: You’re familiar with egg hunts at Easter. Do the same thing on Valentine’s Day substituting chocolate hearts or kisses for eggs. Hide the candies around the yard or inside the house if it’s cold or wet outside, and have the kids search out the sweet treats.
Do Something for Others
Teach your children the value of altruistic love by doing something as a family to benefit others on Valentine’s Day. You don’t need to be heavy-handed with the lesson; just let the kids see the beauty of reaching out to others.
- Make cards: Have your kids make Valentine’s cards for neighbors, friends, teachers or daycare providers to express their appreciation for all they do. Deliver the cards along with a candy heart.
- Visit a retirement home: Many seniors live forgotten in retirement homes. Visit with your kids, and bring some small candies and cards to pass out to the residents.
- Donate old toys: Have your children select a few toys they no longer play with, along with outgrown clothes that are still in good condition, and take them to a local charity for donation.
Valentine’s Day with children in tow might not be the same as a romantic night at an expensive restaurant, staring dreamily into each other’s eyes over a bottle of fine wine. It can be much better. Dinner out will be forgotten, but memories created with your children last a lifetime.