15 fun things to do with your kids for Valentine’s Day

15 fun things to do with your kids for Valentine’s Day

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For many, Valentine’s Day is a time for expensive gifts and late-night dinners at a romantic restaurant or an excuse to wear your best suit or dress for a night on the town. For those with children, however, plans have to be family friendly and a little more accommodating of different needs.

Just because you can’t have a quiet dinner downtown with your significant other doesn’t mean you can’t fill your entire Valentine’s Day with love. In fact, you may find a well-planned Valentine’s Day with your children will fill you with more love and appreciation than any bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates ever could!

Here are a few family friendly ideas to make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet:

Start with a heart-themed breakfast

The reason this activity has become a cliche is that it is so fun and easy. Don’t let this idea’s popularity dissuade you: a few heart-shaped pancakes and sliced strawberries would make a great start to any day. Get the kids involved and this activity may become a family tradition each year.

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Hold a morning fashion show

Once all in the house have picked out their Valentine’s outfits, take turns showing off favorite articles of red clothing, whether they are ties, skirts, sweaters or socks. Be sure to photograph each other so you can remember the fun.

Make a heart photo collage

Valentine’s is an excellent day for crafting, and one of the most festive crafts is to print your children's favorite family pictures, cut them into hearts and string them up on the wall.

Write letters of love to each other

So often children get caught up the valentines they give to friends and classmates they forget their siblings and parents. Make sure each child has time to write some words of affection for his or her family members. Encourage your children to keep these

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Visit a botanical garden

Flowers always seem to be more expensive than you remember. So instead of paying out the nose for a few cut flowers, why not take your family to a garden to see and learn about different kids of growing flowers?

Telephone or video-chat with relatives

Speaking with and seeing loved ones is one of the best ways to feel and spread love. And your loved ones will appreciate the opportunity just as much as your children will!

Spend time teaching something new to your children

You can teach them about the history behind Valentine's Day, how to grow roses or where chocolate comes from. Giving your children the joy of learning is one the best ways to show them you love them.

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Baking party!

Replace that box of chocolates with homemade chocolate chip cookies or a freshly baked red velvet cake. Valentine’s is a perfect time to take the opportunity to show your children how to bake if you haven’t before.

Solo date night with each child.

If possible, divide and conquer with your spouse to take each child on a solo Valentine's dinner date. This helps everyone feel individual and specific love, which your children will always appreciate.

Candlelit dinner at home

Avoid the too-crowded restaurants and have a fancy dinner party at home for just you and your children. A bottle of sparkling cider and a pair of candles will transform your dining room for you and your children.

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Settle in for movie night

Plenty of family friendly movies focus on stories of love that will be perfect viewing material for Valentine’s Day. If the Disney princess movies aren’t on every day at your house already, one of these would be a great choice.

Make a love-themed playlist

Introduce your family to some of the classics from artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and The Beatles, but let the children add their favorites from newer musicians like Taylor Swift.

Dance party time

What good is a playlist without a dance party? Daddy daughter dances, spousal dances, brother and sister dances. The options are many and dancing as a family can really lighten any mood.

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Share family stories of love

Instead of reading a bedtime story, share stories of your family’s history. Start with how you and your spouse met and go on to tell the story of how each child joined the family.

Save the valentines to use as decorations for next year

All the homemade paper hearts and handwritten notes will make getting festive next year that much easier.

No matter what you decide to do this year, tailor your experience to your family. Much like you can customize your Valentine's Day experience, you can customize your child's education with Utah Online School.

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