Valentine’s Day Date Ideas with Kids

Who says Hearts Day is only for the lovers in the world? When you’re a mom, everything changes. Gone are the days when you can go for hours on a date with your husband without worrying about your kids and how they are doing. This Valentine’s Day, why don’t you put a twist to your usual dinner date with hubby and spend the 14th with your tots?

Here are some date ideas you can do with the little ones on Valentine’s Day.

Photo by Greyerbaby, Morguefile
Photo by Greyerbaby, Morguefile

1) Start your day with breakfast for the family. 

Is there anything sweeter than starting your day with breakfast with the fam? Bring out those heart-shaped waffle maker and cookie cutters and make pancakes, waffles or toasts to jump start your day. If you have mugs and plates with hearts in it, then use it. Decorate your table with anything hearts in it for that added Valentine’s vibe. Your kid/s will surely enjoy eating breakfast with you.

For a sample menu plan, make a heart-shaped sandwich, waffle or pancakes, serve strawberries or raspberries on the side. Don’t forget the strawberry smoothie (all you need are strawberries, milk and yogurt) for your little one and have heart-shaped cookies for dessert.

2) Be creative.

Arts and crafts will always be a good family bonding. Most kids would love to get hold of crayons, colored pens and anything that allows them to draw and be creative. Check out Educents’ Valentine’s Day coloring book, make your own V-day card or decorate your home by creating a “House of Hearts” using construction papers in preparation for Valentine’s dinner.

3) Bake together. 

Admit it, mommas. Hearts Day will never be complete without sweets. Unfortunately, almost everyone wants to get hold of cake and cupcakes on the 14th. Instead of lining up and waiting for your number to be called, why not make your own baked goodies? Red velvet and chocolate cakes and cupcakes will always be a favorite. However, you can try other recipes like carrot cakes (check out my recipe here), chocolate chip cookie cups or even vanilla cupcakes. It’s a great way to bond with your little one/s too.

4) Watch movies. 

Aside from restaurants, the movie house will surely be jampacked this Hearts Day. Why not opt for budget entertainment at the comfort of your homes, right? Pop some butter or cheese popcorn, bring out the ice cream and play family-friendly movies such as High School Musical, Lady and the Tramp, Princess Diaries, Up, Gnomeo and Juliet, Tangled and Shrek. Yes, it’s all Disney this time.

5) Write a love letter for each other. 

Who says handwritten notes are only for couples and friends? Using a clean paper, cut out some heart shapes and write (or draw) notes with your kids. At the same time, help your kids in writing or drawing their love notes. Don’t just settle with “I love you” and “You make me happy.” Think of creative and funny ways to tell your kids how much you love them.  At the end of the day, read each note. This encourages young kids to express their feelings too.

6) Play games. 

Aside from doing crafts and baking, why not dedicate your day playing Valentine’s-themed games with your tots? Toss away those worksheets (for that day only) and try the following games:

  • Treasure hunt – Using heart-shaped papers, set up a series of clues that leads to one treat to another. This encourages critical thinking skills too.
  • Cupid chase – Blindfold one of your kids and let her find Cupid. You can be creative on this one such as using a bell to help the child find cupid or make some noises. This is more fun if there are lots of kids at home and make sure to child-proof your home before playing.

7) Visit a kid-friendly place. 

Why not treat your kids for a day of fun and play? Check out Kidzville Play and Party Center in Podium or Kidzoona in Robinson’s Galleria or Active Fun in BGC. Gymboree can be a good place too although it is not as big as Kidzville or Kidzoona. They will love to play so much, it will make them sleep early at night. Hmm, tempting.

8) End the day with a fancy dinner at home. 

Going out with kids and bringing them in restaurants full of people are lethal combination. After all, you can still have a yummy, fancy dinner at home without compromising your budget. You can order food from your favorite restaurant or prepare a full-course meal with your kids’ help. Serve non-alcoholic drinks (check out this list for ideas) and serve the dessert you baked earlier.

Being a parent doesn’t mean you should be boring. Fine, have a separate date with your husband but if going out on the day itself is not your thing, then these activities will surely get your hands full. Plus, it is a great way to encourage bonding with your little ones too.

Happy Hearts Day!

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25 Comments

  1. Rowena Wendy Lei

    February 9, 2015 at 3:48 am

    I don’t like going out on V Day so dinner at home is perfect!

    1. Ayi

      February 9, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Me too. I prefer staying at home during Hearts Day.

  2. Everything Home Life

    February 9, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Great ideas! Perfect for my hubby and I and our son! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ayi

      February 9, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Thanks momma! Have a good day!

  3. sarah tirona

    February 9, 2015 at 7:31 am

    this is a sweet way to celebrate esp for families like us with no yaya to watch the kids at the moment. 🙂

    1. Ayi

      February 9, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Thanks 🙂 Nako, yayas these days are different na talaga. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy diba? 🙂

  4. Mecheel Casenas

    February 9, 2015 at 7:42 am

    As a singlemom, I would love the #7. Visit a nearby church, A V-day celebration in a children’s playhouse for me and my little lady is a nice idea. Then enjoy a lunch or dinner after. Pretty simple for both us.

    1. Ayi

      February 9, 2015 at 8:40 am

      That sounds really wonderful momma 🙂

  5. Nicole Paler

    February 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I too prefer to stay in for the v-day, parang lahat kasi ng tao that day nasa labas and I have this feeling that it’s gonna be crowded. I love the ideas you presented, will definitely go for #8 😀

    1. Ayi

      February 10, 2015 at 2:10 am

      That’s really sweet 🙂 Plus, hindi pa tipid ang serving 🙂

  6. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    February 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Been too busy lately, I need to slow down and spend more time with the kids. The crafts and the baking might happen for us this love month.

    1. Ayi

      February 9, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Mukha nga mommy May. Haven’t read anything from you lately. Would love to know what you and your boys did for this month 🙂

  7. milastolemyheart

    February 9, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I love this. Kid dates are fun.

  8. Monica

    February 10, 2015 at 12:51 am

    It’s my first time to spend Valentine’s Day as a mom. The dynamics really change when you have a baby…but all for the better of course. Makes everyday “heart’s day” even more! : )

    1. Ayi

      February 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      It’s true. It’s different when you’re a mom, but in a good way 🙂 Brings more meaning to life 🙂

  9. Cheanne

    February 10, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Great idea about the breakfast thing! 🙂 I’d have to find some heart shaped cookie cutters. I’m getting excited! Haha! Will also try the crafts.

    1. Ayi

      February 10, 2015 at 7:53 am

      All about Baking or any other baking supplies stores! 🙂

  10. Janice

    February 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    We haven’t decided yet about what we’re going to do for Valentine’s Day. We’ll most probably watch movie. Advance happy hearts day to you!

  11. Maan

    February 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Great ideas and and doable tips for most mommies! Then, after all those activities, time for mom and dad’s alone time na, right? Hihi

    1. Ayi

      February 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks mommy Maan 🙂 Yes, mom and dad deserves a time out too diba? 🙂

  12. Mamanee San Luis

    February 11, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I think these are wonderful ideas, especially when you don’t have that one-on-one date with the hubby anymore. 🙂

  13. MissKeenReviewer

    February 11, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Simple pleasures are real treasures when it concern family bonding. Great tips.-MacySantos

  14. Que Sullano - Gavan

    February 11, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    We never really celebrated V day and just stay home. This weekend, we are going for a couples retreat hosted by our church with our toddler.

  15. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    February 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    We’re planning a Valentine’s Breakfast and then a movie day at home.

    1. Ayi

      February 13, 2015 at 12:25 am

      That sounds lovely momma 🙂 Happy Hearts Day!

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