I love celebrating the holidays with family. There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than with the people I love. That’s why today I’m sharing 10 fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family!
Previously I shared 5 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids as well as 7 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your spouse. But this time, I thought it’d be fun to give family friendly ways to celebrate all together!
It’s great to spend a little time alone as a couple, as well as a little one on one time with the kids for holidays like Valentine’s Day. The day is all about love and one on one time allows us to give undivided attention, especially if you happen to have multiple kids.
I think the best way to celebrate, however, is as a family. (And of course you can always still celebrate as a couple too after the kids go to bed!)
10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Family
1. A special Valentine’s Day breakfast or dinner.
For breakfast, you could make heart shaped pancakes or waffles, or make them pink by mixing in some pureed strawberries. Top them with a little whipped topping and some pink and red or heart shaped sprinkles. Try a fun pink strawberry smoothie!
If you’re doing dinner, try something everyone loves and decorate the table with fun Valentine’s decorations. Then end with a special dessert like cheesecake with strawberries!
2. Create a fun Valentine’s Day themed scavenger hunt. End the hunt with a fun activity or outing.
Put together a list of Valentine’s Day items and go on a scavenger hunt around town for those things. On the list can be things like a box of candy hearts, a heart shaped rock, something pink, and a red beverage. End the hunt at a place where you can then do a fun activity like bowling or a museum.
3. Find a Valentine’s Day event at a local museum, zoo, art museum, or library.
Lots of local public places hold events on holidays and other special days. Check into any local museums, zoos, the public library, churches and see if they host a special Valentine’s Day event. Some examples of Valentine’s events I’ve seen are movie nights, special story times, carnivals and festivals, themed arts and crafts making, and concerts.
4. Family game night and a picnic on the floor.
You can always go with a classic that we often don’t make time for. Make picnic foods, or order pizza, and eat on a blanket on the floor. Then, spend the day or evening playing family friendly games and eating a fun dinner.
5. Bake a Valentine’s Day cake for dessert.
This one is fun AND delicious! Choose whatever kind of cake your family prefers: chocolate, cheesecake, plain yellow or white cake. Then bake it together, add some fun Valentine’s Day accents like pink and red sprinkles or sugars, cut up strawberries, raspberries, and drizzled chocolate. Everyone will have fun making and eating the special, yummy dessert!
6. Build a “Gingerbread” Valentine’s Day house.
Make some frosting, or buy some icing, and some graham crackers. Use the graham crackers to build a cute little house and decorate it the same way you would a gingerbread house. Except instead of decorating with Christmas trees, snowmen, and lights, decorate with hearts, cupids, pink and red sprinkles and sugars, and anything else you want that fits your Valentine’s Day theme!
7. Visit a homeless shelter with Valentine’s treats.
Contact a local shelter and find out if it would be okay to bring in some treats. Many will say yes. Then, spend the day baking or putting together little treat packets. Add special little Valentine’s Day cards and bring them to the shelter to pass out. It’s fun and a great opportunity to demonstrate to kids the value of not only showing love to one another, but spreading love and joy far and wide.
8. Have a Valentine’s Day party with extended family.
Decorate your house, make some fun treats and foods, and invite over family for a fun little party. Have grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all come to celebrate the love of family. Get out some fun family friendly board games and spend the evening chatting, snacking, and having fun. You can even have some Valentine’s Day kids movies to play for anyone who wants to take a break from games.
9. Create Valentine treats and distribute to family, friends, and neighbors.
Get crafty and make special, homemade Valentine’s treats for family, friends and neighbors. You can create little treat bags, heart shaped cookies or Rice Krispy treats, or any other fun little gifts. Decorate little cards with fun sayings and add them to the treat bags. Then drop them off to everyone you appreciate!
10. Decorate and hide Valentine’s Day themed Kindness Rocks.
Paint some kindness rocks with special Valentine’s Day images and phrases. Then, take them out and hide them all around time to spread the love. You’ll get some great family time and do something nice for others!
This Valentine’s day, find a few ways to celebrate as a family that seem perfect for your family. If you like arts and crafts, do that. If you love to bake, cook, and eat, do that! You can spend the day or evening snuggled up at home together or out and about exploring your community. Whatever you choose to do, just do it together as a family.