14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Kids

Holidays are the perfect opportunities to let your kids know how much you love them. While you may already be thinking about ways to spoil your partner, don’t forget the little ones! This is also a great chance to demonstrate how far small acts of appreciation can go. Here are some ways to show your children love on Valentine’s Day.

Read a love-themed bedtime story.

Read them a classic like Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You or the easy-to-memorize Huggy, Kissy. You can also check out some of these newer Valentine’s Day books.

Craft valentines together.

Pull out your craft bin and make cards for family and friends. Keep it simple and use the supplies you already have on hand. (It’s the thought that counts!) You can also try these adorable Valentine’s Day crafts.

Serve a Valentine’s Day cheese board.

Cheese and charcuterie boards make great snacks for kids. Try out this sweet and salty Valentine’s Day board featuring classic holiday treats like chocolate hearts and conversation hearts.

Give them a voucher for a one-on-one date.

Kids love making decisions for themselves, so why not put the power in their hands with a voucher? You can use this printable to craft up a ticket for one-on-one time with mom and dad. Find more ways to show your family extra love.

Celebrate with heart-shaped food.

Try your hand at homemade pizza! You can also a heart-shaped cookie cutter for scrambled eggs or a sandwich. Here are some more heart-y meals to try.

Dress in pink or red together.

Pick out an outfit consisting of red or pink pieces. They will have so much fun choosing, and the decision-making process can also be used as an opportunity to practice their colors.

Cut out paper hearts.

Try out these cute printables that will allow kids to practice tracing and drawing hearts. When they’re done, you can use the hearts to decorate your fridge or their bedroom door.

Treat them with a sweet surprise.

Skip the baking and try one of these extra special Valentine’s Day desserts offered by local businesses.

Teach them how to give compliments.

Teach your younger kids how to give compliments by telling them all the things you love about them. Who knows, your tiny sponge may give you one back.

Snuggle up for a family movie night.

Curl up on the couch and put on a classic cartoon love story. Try some of these movies featured in our “Watch This, Do That” series: The Princess and the Frog, The Princess Bride or Frozen.

Complete a random act of kindness.

Allow your child to show appreciation for others by completing a random act of kindness. You can get some ideas from our Kind Kid Challenge.

Attend a local event.

While we’re missing out on our Valentine’s Day parties in person, some Chicagoland businesses are offering virtual options for kids.

Buy them some Valentine’s Day pajamas.

There are some seriously adorable choices out there for themed pajamas. Don’t forget to take pictures!

Wind down with a bath.

Watch their eyes light up when you surprise them with a colored bath! Grab a bath bomb at the store or use colored bath drops for a fun twist on the usual routine.


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This article originally published on Feb. 5, 2018. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

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