Valentine’s Day is usually thought of as a romantic holiday to celebrate the one we love. But we love our kid’s too, right? Of course! So why not celebrate with some whole family Valentine’s Day ideas? In fact, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to start some new family friendly celebration traditions. These fun ideas will get you started and maybe inspire some family Valentines Day ideas of your own. This is a great opportunity to show the entire family you love them in a meaningful way. Here are 10 Valentines Day ideas with family to enjoy this February.
All of us have some memories of Valentine’s Day as children. Maybe we remember sending and receiving small envelopes with pictures on one side and a name from a friend or secret admirer on the other. There are paper hearts and flowers and little heart shaped candies; there are lots and lots of reminders of what “love” is supposed to mean to us on this “Love Holiday.” Today, I want to share fun family Valentines Day ideas so you can celebrate as a whole family. Here are several Valentines Day ideas for family that will help make sure everyone feels special and loved on this day.
Special Valentines Day Ideas With Family
1. Be a Valentine’s Day cheer spreading family.
Think about those who might be lonely. Brainstorm some ways to show you care and encourage your kids to think of ideas too. Make Valentine cards, bake heart-shaped cookies or brownies, or invite them over for lunch or dinner. This is a great way to spread the love by performing random acts of kindness as a family.
2. Don’t forget about the grandparents.
Get your kids to write notes to their grandparents and or extended family members. Then hand-deliver them (if possible) with a box of candy, a bunch of flowers, or some homemade treats. If the grandparents live far away, mail the love notes with a special gift from the kids, like a drawing.
3. Let the kids plan a scavenger hunt for Mom or Dad.
This is one of my favorite family Valentine’s Day ideas. The kids can write and hide clues for mom and dad to find. The hunt can end with a special gift or some special treats. Fun valentine’s day ideas ideas might include personalized gift certificates for favors (wash car, rake leaves, clean out the garage, etc.), homemade sweets, or framed family photos. Kids love to be in charge and parents can use a break sometimes!
4. Ask your kids to tell you how they think Valentine’s Day started.
Then do some online research with them to see if they’re right. This is a fun way to learn a bit of history. Get them to write a story about Valentine’s Day based on what they learn. It is a great idea to find out about Valentine’s day celebrations through time and in different countries.
5. Personalize Valentine’s Day for each child.
As parents, you know your family better than Hallmark does. Use Valentine’s Day to demonstrate ways to show your love! At an early age, you can teach your children not to be overly influenced by the intense marketing of this holiday. Although buying the right card and remembering to purchase expensive flowers and chocolate have become traditional expressions for Valentine’s Day, you know what is best for your children. Give them something special and unique to make the holiday less about money and more about the right definition of love.
What would your kids like most from you? One child might be craving more quality time with you while another have the words of affirmation love language. The best gifts we can give our kids are not material things, but things that feed their heart and soul. A homemade valentine may be the perfect way to express love.
6. Mail your kids a Valentine’s card.
In this day of emails and text messages, finding a special card in the mailbox is a treat! Your kids will love getting something special in the mail. Be sure to write a heartfelt note in each card.
7. Let the kids make an “I love you because” book for someone.
Out of all of these family Valentine’s Day ideas, this is the keepsake one! They can write special messages, include drawings or add favorite photos. They’ll enjoy making the booklet, and the recipient will cherish it. It is one of the most inexpensive ways to show your love and yet very effective.
8. Make Valentine’s Day a “red day” at your house.
Break out the red construction paper and decorate the house (or just a room) with red heart garland, streamers, and balloons. Wear a red outfit and serve heart-shaped red velvet pancakes (or just add red food coloring). Make heart-shaped sandwiches for your kid’s lunch boxes. Serve heart-shaped pizzas for dinner. Decorate with conversation hearts.
9. Tell your kids about how you celebrated Valentine’s Day when you were their age.
Then they can ask their grandparents how they celebrated when they were young. Talk about the different ways Valentine’s traditions have changed through the years and how they’ve stayed the same. Host your own valentine’s day family celebration with a movie night and sweet treats.
10. Play a Valentine’s Game.
In fact, it’s never too early to talk about love. This Valentine’s Day, make a commitment to have a conversation with your children about some of the most important questions in any of our lives: What is love, exactly? What does it feel like? Are there different kinds of love? What kinds of love are good for little girls and boys? Can pets love us back? Your children will have many more questions: do your best to answer them. No matter how the conversation goes, it will make the day unique and special and a wonderful learning opportunity.
While you should still celebrate the special day with the one you love, these family Valentine’s Day ideas are perfect to make your kids feel included in a holiday that’s all about romantic love. Celebration should be a family affair. Then, when the rest of your family has gone to bed, you can break out the champagne and enjoy a happy valentine’s day for just the two of you!
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate love and affection with your family. I hope you enjoyed these family-friendly Valentine’s Day ideas. Are you excited to celebrate Valentines Day ideas with family? Share photos of your valentine’s day family celebration on social media and tag us @familyfocusblog!