18 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids
Let’s face it – Valentine’s Day doesn’t quite have the same ring as it did before having kids. Sure, it’s possible to hire a babysitter and head out for a romantic meal with your partner but it can also be fun to spend the day as a family.
After all, Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with your love. And surely your kids have your heart too?
- Start the day by making heart-shaped pancakes topped with berries and whipped cream.
- Create Valentine’s Day decorations together to place around the house.
- Wear matching pink and red outfits.
- Enjoy a day at the spa or nail salon with your little one.
- Go on a family picnic or to the beach for the day.
- If you have older kids, convince them to cook dinner for you and your partner complete with table service (for an added allowance of course).
- Make a collage together of all the different things you love – use family photos, pictures from magazines, etc.
- Bake sugary sweet cakes, cupcakes or heart-shaped cookies, complete with pink sprinkles.
- Pair the sweetness with a healthy Valentine’s Day fruit kabobs complete with strawberries, purple grapes, watermelon chunks topped with a pretty pink marshmallow.
- Make homemade Valentine’s Day cards to give to the neighbours, friends, grandparents and of course, to your partner, from the kiddies.
- Go for a family walk and swim to beat the heat.
- Take a walk and pick flowers to add to a vase at home.
- Stage a family photo shoot complete with cute props like hearts, balloons and streamers.
- Snuggle in for a family movie night.
- Get into your pyjamas, grab a blanket and watch the stars as a family.
- Host a Valentine’s Day BBQ with friends and family
- Enjoy a family bubble bath (little ones love going into the bath with Mum. Add extra bubbles and some smelly soap. You can even pick up some pink fizzies to turn the water pink).
- End the day with a Valentine’s Day classic story session such as Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George, by N. DeAngelo.
What are you planning to do this Valentine’s Day. Will you be escaping the house with your partner or staying in with the kiddies?