Valentine’s Day isn’t all about romance, flowers, and chocolates—it’s about showing appreciation for those you love. And it’s a great opportunity to do something special with the kids.

Even if you’re focused on a date night with your main squeeze (good for you!), we’ve got some great ideas for fun and meaningful things to do together with the whole family, before the kids’ bedtime!

 

Pose for Photo Valentines (or e-Valentines)

We owe this idea to Julia Child, who would create valentines every year with her husband to send to friends. It’s a great annual time capsule for your family, and a fun surprise for the recipients.

Bake Something from the Heart

Spend quality time with the kids, teach them a thing or two, stay in out of the cold, and end up with a sweet reward. What could be better? Whip up an easy-peasy heart-shaped chocolate cake or make and decorate heart-shaped sugar-cookie cutouts. (Find more inspiration by following our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board!)

Make Something from the Heart

Not a baker? Be a maker. We rounded up some adorable and easy crafts kids can make for Valentine’s Day, and you can enjoy all year round.

Share the Love

Ask each family member to come up with one (or five!) reasons they love every other family member. Share these “love notes” together and file them away as keepsakes or scrapbook them. They are fun to look back on over the years.

Plan a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

We love this idea! See 14 Valentine’s Day–themed scavenger hunts rounded up by Jamie from Hands On as We Grow. Especially amazing is a scavenger hunt from Jennifer at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam that incorporates sweet notes about what you love and admire most about your kids into the clues.

 

Here are some more fun Valentine’s Day activities with kids.

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