Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday! It celebrates love, life, and all that we cherish. Celebrating the holiday of love isn’t just for couples…you can also celebrate as a family. Some of the fondest childhood memories stem from family traditions. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to create some new family traditions and show those around you how much they are loved. Try one of these fun ideas this Valentine’s Day with your family.
Create a Scavenger Hunt
Gather the kids and plan a unique scavenger hunt for dad (or mom). Hide clues, taping a small chocolate kiss or other treat to each one. Have a meaningful gift at the end of the hunt. Possibilities for the ending gift could be service (like washing the car, taking out the garbage, cooking dinner), drawings, or handwritten notes.
Send Love Notes
With instant messaging, text messages, and email, the art of the handwritten card sent in the mail has been lost. Mail each of your children a Valentine’s Day card from you and your spouse. Tell your child why you love him or her, and also show your appreciate that your son/daughter is your child.
Go on a Family Date
The gift of spending time together is one of the best gifts you can give! Take the entire family out for a night of fun. Go bowling, to get pizza, or try one of those indoor trampoline centers. Not only will you have fun spending time together, but the kids can burn off some excess energy as well.
Show Some Appreciation
Cultivating a sense of appreciation is a wonderful thing to do on Valentine’s Day. Help your children express appreciation to someone else. Have each child write a note to grandma and grandpa before the big day. On February 14, personally deliver the notes along with a homemade treat or bouquet of flowers. If the grandparents live out of town, mail the notes.
Cozy up on the Couch
Get some pillows and blankets and pop in a family-friendly movie. Some favorites include A Charlie Brown Valentine or Lady and the Tramp.
Say “I Love You”
Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without saying “I love you.” At dinner, go around the table and have everyone share three reasons they love each member of the family. You may also have everyone write their lists beforehand and read the love notes at dinner.
No matter how you choose to spend the holiday, make it a Happy Valentine’s Day!