Celebrating Valentine’s Day as the parent of young children can be both expensive and impractical. Once you factor in the time and cost it takes to get dinner reservations, hire a babysitter and organize something special for your kiddies to do, this small evening out takes a big hit on your pocketbook. This year ChatterBlock would like to suggest something a little unconventional….a Family Friendly (Pinterest Inspired) Valentine’s Day Celebration, full of activities that are special for the entire family.
Since Valentine’s Day lands on a Sunday this year we couldn’t think of a better way to start the day then with a heart shaped breakfast or brunch. Grab some aprons and let your kids help you whip up some sweet and festive treats. One idea we absolutely adore, that could easily be accomplished with the a cookie cutter, is having heart shaped food. The options are endless, however some amazing ideas we found on Pinterest include heart shaped sandwiches, pancakes or fruit. Add in a round of pretty and pink strawberry smoothies and your family will be energized and ready to go.
Keeping your kids entertained for the entire day may be a little tedious, however getting crafty is always a good idea. Kids love to get their hands dirty so when we saw this Valentine’s Day Slime recipe we knew it would be a hit!
If for some reason making a giant batch of slime with your kids sounds a little too crazy we also found a Fingerprint Photo Frame that would be a great activity for the entire family to do together. Even better, take a photo of the entire family on Valentine’s Day to use in your new frame.
Our last idea is a little sentimental but we think it would be a beautiful way to end the day and show your children what love really means to you. Pull out your old wedding album, scrapbooks, or even yearbooks and share them with the entire family. Explaining to your children that love can come in many different forms - you can love your friends, family, husband, wife is a very important learning opportunity. Besides who doesn’t like the chance to reminisce and look back on some great memories!
Overall, whether you are going out on a hot date or staying in with your children on Valentine’s Day make sure you try to make the day just a little special for the entire family.
Also, a little bird told me that dinner reservations are a lot easier to get the weekend directly following Valentine’s Day. Just saying…
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Some great ideas here! I really love the fingerprint frame idea! We have 5 kids (blended family) and the years we have kids on Valentine's we do stay home and celebrate with them and they love it! Some years they are with our ex's and we go out ... but with the long waits and formality of it ... a quiet romantic night alone is even better. LOL ... Now ours are all teens so they are busy working and with their own "loves" so I guess we're on our own this year and that's fun too but I do miss having the littles home with us for the day of love. *SmiLes* Suzanne
What a perfect idea! I have never thought about spending Valentines day with children and making it like a Family day. I don't have any children yet, but when I do, I will definitely spend Valentines day with them because sometime simple ideas are the greatest. Thank you for sharing this!