This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, and I’m really looking forward to spending the day with my boys. I’ve been trying to think of some fun, free (or minimally-priced) activities we can do together as a family that day, before the hubby and I get a (rare) night in alone together! I’m excited to share this day of love with two of my favourite people. We plan on really just enjoying the day as a family like we would any other day, except trying to minimize any errands and instead relax and do some fun things. There are tons of Valentine’s Day family activities you can all together, depending on your mood and interests. Here are some ideas for a fun family Valentine’s day filled with love.
- Valentine’s Day Breakfast – There are so many great ideas for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast, from heart-shaped pancakes to strawberry hearts, a Valentine smoothie, or something else sweet to eat. Start the day off right with a healthy, family breakfast.
- Skating and Hot Cocoa – Pack your skates (or find a local place that rents some) and spend an hour going for a family skate. Finish it up with some delicious, warm hot chocolate.
- Winter Nature Hike or Scavenger walk – Head to your local forest, trail or park for a beautiful winter walk. To make it more exciting for the kids, you can create a scavenger hunt list for items to find along the walk – pinecones, heart-shaped rocks, a squirrel’s nest and animal tracks are just a few fun ideas. Rain or Shine Mamma also has some fun winter nature walk activities.
- Valentine’s Day Baking – Many kids, even little ones, LOVE to help with baking. My son especially enjoys helping me whip up some delicious baked goods. Pick a special treat to make that you can enjoy together after dinner or as a snack. This salted caramel chocolate pudding would make a perfect Valentine’s treat and it’s healthy, too! Check out my Desserts board on Pinterest for more sweet treat ideas.
- Make a Valentine Tree – Cut up some heart-shaped paper and take turns writing down what you love about each other. Hang them on little branches in a vase.
- Do Some Crafting – Pick a Valentine’s Day craft ahead of time, making sure you have all the supplies, and spend an hour or so creating something fun and love-filled together. We recently made a gorgeous painted heart-shaped tea light holder, and I have lots of ideas on my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board.
- Family Movie Night – If you’re inside for the night with the kids, pick a cute movie that you can all enjoy. Some good ideas are: Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You, Madly Madagascar, A Valentine for You, Charlie Brown, and Lady and the Tramp.
- Spread the Love – Pass out Valentines to people in your life, from other family members and friends, and even neighbours or those who might least expect it. Perhaps there is a special elderly neighbour who you know would appreciate a thoughtful Valentine (a simple card or even a few cookies is fine), or maybe even the mailman/woman.