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Can you believe that it’s February? That means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I have a few ideas to share that are great family friendly activities. As an added bonus this is a list of inexpensive ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family. No need to break the bank just to say “I Love You.”
#1 Have a Valentine’s party
My 4 year old gave me this idea. She heard her older brother talk about his class Valentine’s party, and has since declared that we are having our own party. I am totally on board. My husband and I are planning to have cupcakes, balloons, and music.
- Chocolate Moose is offering tons of great chocolates, cake pops and cupcakes for pre-order. Orders must be in by February 13th.
#2 Make Valentine’s cards
Don’t bother with the generic cards from the store. Take this opportunity to use all the glitter and glue you want. The kids will love making homemade cards for their grandparents, classmates, and other loved ones.
- If you are challenged in the crafty department, Michael’s has a special Valentine’s Day-themed Kids Club event. For only $2 and 30 minutes your child (age 3+) can make Valentine’s Day cards while you shop. The event is happening on Saturday, February 10th from 10 am – Noon. Check website to confirm details of specific stores.
#3 Family Movie Night
Cozy up on the couch with blankets and pillows. Pop popcorn and watch a classic movie like, A Charlie Brown Valentine, or a family favorite. We will definitely have Frozen & Shrek in our rotation. (As if our kids needed another reason to watch either movie.)
#4 – Family Dinner Date
Include the kids in your dinner plans! Dress everyone in their Sunday best and head out to an amazing restaurant. Just make sure your children are old enough to conduct themselves accordingly in a “fine dining” establishment. If not, dine at a kid friendly eatery. Here are 6 Great Restaurants to Take Your Kids (That Aren’t Fast Food).
Don’t forget about our Kids Eat Free Directory.
Groupon offers a list of local restaurants that currently have discount deals that would be perfect for a family on Valentine’s Day!
#5 Sing Along
Okay, this is totally for me. Turn on your favorite Pandora playlist about love and belt them out with kiddos. I am pretty sure this will turn into a dance party at our house. I currently have Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits & The Greatest Love Songs of the 80’s ready for a major karaoke battle! My kids are a bit young to know many of these songs, but they will love seeing Mom and Dad act silly.
Finally make this a month of love. Find creative and fun was to share love with your family all month long. Whatever you decide to do have fun!
is an Upstate native who is a stay at home mom of 2 precocious kids. She loves creative outlets and spending time with family. You can follow her thrift shopping adventures at Thrift Chic on Facebook