Updated: Feb 12
Best Valentine's Day Activities For Kids!
Valentine's Day gets such a big rap nowadays but what about the kids? I rarely see commercials or ads with kids promoting Valentine's Day. I can remember through my adolescent years through young adult life my mom and dad always came through with a Valentine basket with my favorites and fun, even if I had a boyfriend or friends who were my Valentine. Even though the baskets have stopped on my parents' end to myself I still get a card from my dad- and that's the best! I've created a list of To-Do activities to ramp up Valentine's Day for your kiddos so it's not all about the stuff but more about the LOVE.
1. A Scavenger Hunt
What kid doesn't love a good scavenger hunt- Valentine's Day style. The good thing about a scavenger hunt is that it can be played either indoors or outdoors so that is a win for a guaranteed weather-proof activity. Depending on the age level of your child it can be as easy as finding a teddy bear or giving a hug to giving clues to riddles, to a map to find the hidden treasure. Either way, it's sure to be a fun time for the kids and even the parents too.
2. Arts & Crafts
I'm a crafty mom always creating and I'm convinced my oldest daughter has picked up the crafty gene. If she isn't asking to watch her shows she is trying to color, cut, glue, glitter the works. A simple craft that we do around the holidays is what I call the link chain. It just takes different color construction paper, scissors, and glue or tape. Cut the paper into strips then connect the strips to make a circle and link them all together. Now you have a link chain to hang around the kid's door or in their room. Pinterest has lots of ideas for Valentine's Day craft ideas and if you aren't a Pinterest fan check your local area for craft workshops for kids too.
3. A Baking Session
Baking has become increasingly popular in our house. Our oldest Jaedyn is always asking to make cookies, cupcakes, and cake. I don't pride myself at being a good baker, I can cook but bake not so much. Any Pinterest project that involves food is usually a Pinterest fail. She has an Easy Bake but if you have ever used one of those the results are not as tasty as the real baking. Also, Netflix has helped me improve my baking skills with all their baking shows and Jaedyn just watches them all. Our personal favorite is the show "Nailed IT." Baking can be such a fun activity for the kids on Valentine's Day with all the bright colors and sprinkles to make it even more special. Put your chef hats on and don't forget to lick the spoon.
4. Head to the Zoo
Until recently I have never heard of doing the zoo on Valentine's Day. Most of the time Valentine's Day falls within the school week so it's not really thought of. When you think about it, going to the zoo is a genius idea on Valentine's Day because no one else is thinking of doing that and this could mean fewer crowds! (Usually, when you think that, that's when everybody gets the same idea). This year the Jacksonville, Fl Zoo is offering a buy one regularly priced adult ticket and you will receive one FREE general admission ticket of equal or lesser value. Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets. This gets my full mommy seal of approval.
5. Valentine's Movie Marathon
A movie is universal so this activity can be for parents too or really anyone who is into movies. In our household movies are a love language and we love to watch them. Cozy up with one another, grab some popcorn and watch a Valentine Movie. Although they might not be placed completely around Valentine's Day. The movie list consists of love themes, here are some of my family favorites below:
Enchanted - Our Family Favorite!
Lady & The Tramp
Beauty & The Beast
Gnomeo & Juliet
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
Almost any version of Cinderella
6. Board Games Never Go Out Of Style
This is our collection of board games. Can you tell we are fans of games? Board games are a great activity for kids on Valentine's Day. It gets the family together and usually lost of laughter to follow. A little competitiveness never hurt anybody as long as it's out of love. get your game on this Valentine holiday. While the activities I listed are just a few of the many options to do. I think it's important to do more this with our kids than what the world puts out for us to do and to conform too. Let me know what types of activities you plan on doing with your kids?