When my husband and I were first dating we decided that we would switch off planning Valentine’s Day each year. It was nice to not have the pressure of coming up with a creative activity each year, and I got to be surprised by him. Now that we are parents, our Valentine’s Day plans seem to always get forgotten. While we find other ways to celebrate our love, this year I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of 10 Family Friendly Valentine’s Day activities so that we can make sure to still have a special day.
It can be a nice change of pace to take your family away for the weekend. Finding a destination that you can drive to will make the whole trip more affordable. The best part about it is that you will be creating family memories together that you can look back on for years to come. Check out Glamping Hub’s ideas for camping with kids. Disconnecting from electronics for the weekend and spending quality time with your family can be beneficial to everyone.
Even if you have a newborn baby, going out to eat with your family doesn’t have to be intimidating. It can be a lot of fun to try new foods with your kids. Take a look at my tips for going out to eat with a newborn.
Sometimes the best thing for the whole family is for the parents to get spend some time together. If you have never hired a babysitter before, here are 5 tips for hiring one for a date night.
Going to a brewery or winery can be a lot of fun for the whole family. Often there are games that the kids to play or a nice outdoor area for you to have a picnic. Not to mention, Mom and Dad get to relax with a nice glass of beer or wine. For more advice on how to take your family to a brewery, read my post about it here.
Experiencing the outdoors with the whole family is something that brings everyone together. Seeing a wild deer or spotting an eagle can be an exciting adventure for your children. Make sure you prepare properly for your hike to take away any stress that may arise while out in nature. Find out my tips for preparing for a family hike.
Sometimes all you have is the morning together to make Valentine’s Day special. Having the family wake up to a unique breakfast like heart shaped pancakes, red velvet waffles, or strawberry oatmeal can be exciting for everyone. This yummy way to start the day will have your family feeling great as they head out for their daily activities.
Take some time while you are meal planning for the week to come up with a dinner that your whole family enjoys. Have your kids help you out in the kitchen so that they can get excited about the meal. Another fun idea is to make one special item for each member of your family, like their favorite food. For my daughter, I would probably make french fries, and maybe a steak for my husband. That way everyone feels included and loved.
If your little ones go to bed early still, my daughter goes to bed at 7 pm, then you will still have time to make a nice meal at home with your spouse. To make sure you don’t get interrupted by a toddler who is refusing to fall asleep, make sure you have a great bedtime routine set-up ahead of time.
While buying Valentine’s Day cards at the store can be fun for your little ones, making them at home can be even more exciting and lead to some truly heartfelt cards. Spend some time before Valentine’s Day helping your kids make a card for your spouse, and find some time for them to make one for you and each other too.
Sometimes the best thing to do with your family is just spending time together. Put on a family favorite movie, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the quality time together. Valentine’s Day is all about showing your love for each other, and nothing is better at this than sharing your time.
What are some of your family’s Valentine’s Day traditions? Share them in the comments below!
These are some great ideas! Will definitely be doing some of these
Hi Allison, great post!
My toddler and I made some Valentine sugar cookies over the weekend and had a pretty good time. Feel free to check out my post. https://www.whosaidihavetostayhome.com/mommyhood/2018/2/14/lessons-in-love-baking-with-bella
Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂