The 14th of February is fast approaching, and that means that it’s almost time for the most romantic day of the year (apparently). Roses, meals for two and hot bubbles baths are all great, but what do you do when you have little ones running around? Valentine’s Day with kids can be a little bit more tricky to celebrate when it’s no longer just the two of you.
So how do you treat your partner and have a special day together, while also keeping the kids entertained?
Here are some ideas for having an amazing Valentine’s day with kids
Surprise romantic gestures
Start the day off with some romantic surprises for your partner. Think love letters, post-it notes pinned around the house, and heart shaped sweets. Hide them somewhere that you know they’ll find them, like in pockets, bags or cupboards and then watch the smile on their face when they find them.
The kids can have fun helping you hide everything and then, of course, eating all the sweets afterwards!
Get crafty with some heart shaped decorations
Kids love making things, especially if they can decorate the house with them! Gather together some red and pink craft supplies and get stuck in. Strings of paper hearts play dough roses and homemade cards can all look really effective and can brighten up the house.
A quick search on Pinterest can bring up loads of ideas that can get you started.
Go present shopping with the kids
Kids can be super helpful when you’re looking for fun and unusual gift ideas for people, and it’s a great way to get them involved in Valentine’s Day. Putting together a little box of goodies with the children can make a memorable Valentine’s Day gift.
Recreate your first date
If you had an interesting first date, it can be fun to recreate it with the kids and show them what you used to do before they came along! Whether it was bowling or a walk on the beach, it’s the perfect way to share some memories together.
Have a family day out somewhere new or different
Is there somewhere in your local area that you’ve always wanted to visit, but haven’t quite got around to, or somewhere that the kids keep pestering you to take them to? Why not have a family day out together and visit somewhere new.
Have a traditional date and go out for dinner and a movie as a family
Obviously, this one might not be the best idea if you have babies or toddlers, but for the more grown up children, it can be a fun night out. Let them choose their favourite outfit, get all dressed up and then treat them to dinner and a movie. You could choose the restaurant and the kids could choose the movie.
Cook a special dinner with the kids
Sometimes a meal at home can be just as nice as going out to eat, especially when you have some little ones to give you a hand. A romantic three course meal can be surprisingly easy to put together if you keep it simple.
Heart shaped toast and pate, steak and fries and cupcakes with hearts on are sure to go down well at the end of the day, and they’re things that the children can get involved in making too.
Takeaway and movie night
If you just can’t face cooking, then what better way is there to treat yourselves than to your favourite takeaway and a film.
Order some pizza, get the popcorn out and open a bottle of wine.
Have a late dinner when the kids have gone to bed
If all else fails, wait until the kids are (finally) in bed and have a romantic late night dinner with just the 2 of you. Open the wine, cook a nice simple meal and remember why you fell in love.
Whatever you end up doing, make sure that you have fun and enjoy it. Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone, but it is always a good excuse to enjoy some chocolate!
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