I love Valentine’s day! In my mind Valentine’s Day isn’t about gifts, though I do love getting flowers and chocolates, for me, Valentine’s has always been about specialness.
I don’t want to do “typical” things on Valentine’s Day, fighting the crowds, making reservations weeks (or months!) in advance, so we try to get creative with how we celebrate it.
10 Family Fun Ideas For Valentine’s Day
- Candlelight dinner. Pull out all the stops- we can have a romantic dinner with our entire family, just keep your sense of humor handy. Have the kids dress in their best, fix their hair and allow them to drink out of wine glasses. Any food looks great by candle light-make it as fancy or as simple as you want.
- Make cookies or Valentine treats and give them away. There are some seriously cute treat boxes that you can get and bless friends and neighbors with.
- Family Game Night. Break out the Uno or Monopoly (our favorite is Settlers of Catan). Kids love to play games, particularly with adults.
- Have a movie night. Movie nights are fun! Pop some popcorn, lay on blankets and watch a fun movie. Lady and the Tramp, Princess Bride, Enchanted, Wall-E are all sweet love stories that the whole family can enjoy.
- Slide Show. How often do we actually sit and watch home movies or look through family photos? Spend the evening remember events together.
- Write them a letter. If they are old enough to read being able to read your handwritten note about how much you love them, and how proud you are of them (and all the reasons why) is a very special gift.
- Coffee Date. Fancy coffee drinks make kids feel very grown up and it’s always nice to have an adults attention. Think up some questions to ask them and get to know what goes on in their young minds.
- Bowling. My kids are thrilled when we go disco bowling. The music is fun, the game is fun, and we all need the exercise, right? 😉
- Skating. Remember roller skating? Yeah, I know it’s dieing, but it’s so fun with kids! If you’re lucky enough to have a skating rink, roller or ice, make use of it and have some fun together.
- Go Media Free or Electricity Free. It’s fun to play cards games by candle light- or drink tea together and visit like “grown-ups” do. Keep that phone off so you don’t get distracted. The best conversations happen after those “awkward silences”.
Still want to give gifts? Look here for some suggestions:
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- 18 Clutter Free Gifts for Men