Valentine’s Day during the time of COVID is going to be a strange experience. Those of us with kids are trying to figure out how we’re going to spend the day. Since we’ll likely have to include them in our plans, we need ideas for things we can do that will be kid-friendly. These are all fun ideas for including your kids on Valentine’s Day.
1. Heart-shaped Sandwiches
You may not have much time on Valentine’s Day, so it’s good to have an idea for something to make the day special that won’t have a major impact on your schedule. Heart-shaped sandwiches are a great way to make your kids feel special. Just prepare their favorite sandwich and cut it into a heart. Done.
2. Take a Walk
Taking a leisurely stroll is one of the best ways to spend quality time together. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, it might be worth using the walk to talk with your kids about love. You could ask them question about what they think love means and what do they love (foods, movies, TV shows, toys, etc.). Walking is also great exercise.
3. Movie Night
What could be better than family movie night? To make it extra-special, make all of your kids (and your spouse’s) favorite snacks and let them pick the movie. You may even consider a double feature. It doesn’t need to be a romantic movie, if that’s not what the kids want to watch. However, there are plenty of kids’ movies with a bit of romance in them.
4. Make Dinner Together
Making a special, romantic dinner is a pretty solid date idea for any Valentine’s Day. During COVID, with the kids at home, including them in the cooking of dinner will make them feel special. If the dinner is a special meal for mom or dad, they’ll be excited to be part of a kind gesture for one of their parents.
5. Send Virtual Valentine’s
Your kids may not be able to see their friends for Valentine’s Day, so one way you can spend the day with them is sending virtual Valentine’s to their friends. You can help them write kind notes, pick out virtual cards and more. If they have a crush on someone, maybe you can even give them a bit of romantic advice.
6. Picnic Lunch Date
It’s perfectly understandable if you want Valentine’s Day dinner to just be a Mom/Dad event. However, it’s still fun to do something special for your kids on this day. A picnic lunch date is sure to make them feel special. Spread a blanket out on the living room floor and have some fun as a family. Eating on the floor will still make it feel like a special occasion for your kids.
7. Wear Matching Outfits
It seems like a small thing but wearing matching outfits all day is sure to be a bonding experience with your kids on Valentine’s Day. It will make everything else that you do together feel more special, so it’s a good idea to combine this with other date ideas.
8. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are great because they give you many options for varying levels of difficulty and romance. You can go all-in on a Valentine’s Day theme, you can make each clue something unique to your family or to your kids and more. You can make it long or short, and you can choose what they get when they complete the hunt (candy hearts, a box of chocolates, a special dinner, etc.). It’s a lot of fun for people of all ages.
9. Game Night
A game night can be full of quality time and lots of fun. However, we’d recommend picking something that won’t get too competitive. Perhaps Monopoly wouldn’t be the best choice here, but there are plenty of games to choose from that would work well. You could also come up with your own game, if you like.
10. Get Crafty
If you like to do crafts at home, picking a few Valentine’s Day-themed crafts to do with your kids can be a fun experience. Paper hearts, candy heart rings, finger painting and more are all easy, fun crafts that can make the day feel special for your kids.