Valentine’s Day — it’s a day or evening to be spent with your significant other.
You indulge each other with gifts, go out for (expensive) romantic dinners and, perhaps, if you’re lucky, you might even find someone to look after the kids while you enjoy a much-deserved weekend away.
While it’s nice treating each other, sometimes it just isn’t feasible. Work, finances, home life, and a lack of childcare often get in the way. And sometimes it’s just nice reconnecting at home as a family, kids included.
Valentine’s Day isn’t all about chocolate and flowers; it’s about LOVE! This year, gather up the family and remind one another how much you love them.
Here are some of our favorite and unique out-of-the-box Valentine’s Day ideas to do together!
1. Twinkle their eyes
Reschedule your cinematic adventures of “50 Shades Freed” and get cozy in the living room for a little bit of movie fun. Stream some classic kid-friendly Valentine’s Day flicks, such as “Lady and the Tramp,” “The Labyrinth,” and “The Princess Bride” and have a nonstop movie marathon. Popcorn is a must, as are strawberries dipped in chocolate!
2. Spread the love
If you’re up for baking a few dozen Valentine’s cookies, ask the kids to join you in the kitchen. You can even get out the craft supplies and make some special Valentine’s Day cards. Once done, grab your kids and deliver them to a local nursing home. It’s a great way to teach your children about being kind and spreading love, and you’ll make the residents smile!
3. Hunt for hearts
Forget hunting for Easter eggs. How about capturing hearts —
chocolate hearts? Buy some chocolate goodies and hide them around the home and yard if the weather permits). Write cute little messages on the cards that will help lead your children to the next treats. This will keep them busy for an hour or so while you and your boo snuggle up close.
4. Stoke a fire
Who said you have to travel far to go camping? Pitch a tent in the backyard, build a bonfire and reminisce with stories around the fire while wrapped in blankets. Roast sausages on sticks and of course marshmallows … you’ll surely make this Valentine’s Day one to remember, and the kids will love you for it.
5. Go pink with dinner
Restaurants are always overcrowded and overpriced on Valentine’s Day. Instead, whip up some family favorites that you can make together. Allow each family member to choose a favorite entrée or side dish. But there’s a catch: You need to make it as Valentine’s Day-ish as possible, whether it’s cutting the food into hearts or dying it pink and red with food coloring. It’s a ton of fun, and who doesn’t love a heart-shaped pizza? Light some candles, pour some juice into wine glasses, and dress up to the nines for a family dinner date at home!
Including the kids in your Valentine’s Day plans is a wonderful way to celebrate love. Forego the expensive flower bouquets and three-course meals in exchange for valuable time together as a family!