Valentine’s Day Activities to Bring Your Family Together
Often, we lose ourselves in the mundane of our daily lives. We jump from one activity to the next. Then, one day bleeds into another, and our lives speed by. We forget how important it is to connect.
Valentine’s Day activities with our family are a way to solve this. Annual holidays give us a chance to slow down, enjoy our loved ones, and remember what truly matters.
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Plus, they are another handy tool in the mom toolbox to help us live intentional lives. As parents, we can choose traditions that best match our family personality and help show their values.
So, check out some of our family favorites and other great Valentine’s Day activities to add to the mix!
Traditions Your Family Will Love
1. Hearts on the Door
On February 1st, mom (or dad) starts the month by putting a paper heart on the kids’ doors saying one thing she/he loves about them. Then, every morning until Valentine’s Day, the kids wake up to a new heart. This heartwarming tradition is a favorite in our household.
To make it easier, turn this around and do “love you hearts” from the kids or everyone in the family.
And if you’re low on time or energy, simply print and cut the love notes below for your kids!
Related Post: 131 Creative Ways to Say I Love You
2. Candlelight Meal
For another idea, prepare a simple but fancy candlelight Valentine’s Day dinner as a family. Bring out the china, candlesticks, and cheap decorations if you have them. Then, splurge on a few indulgent food choices.
When I was a kid, we had lobster every Valentine’s Day. It was the one day of the year we knew it would be a special seafood dinner. It created fond memories!
You could also finish the meal with a simple card or gift for the kids, but the meal itself is pretty special.
3. An Interesting Dinner Guest
We have a unique Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. You see, “Mr. Mustache” appears at dinner every year. Essentially, mom puts on a pink mustache and pretends to be a “very important person.” Uncontrollable giggling ensues.
This was not a planned tradition, but sometimes the spontaneous ones are the best! As a bonus, they see mom being playful which is not always my strongest trait.
4. A Special Date
This one is for the grown-ups!
Hubby and I love to do a variation of this Splurge Date around Valentine’s Day. It gives us a fun framework for little indulgences whether we’re able to get out or not.
You could purchase new books, an outfit for the evening, special ice cream, silky sheets, a fun bedroom game, etc. These are all small purchases that make the night feel special but don’t break the bank.
5. The Love Journal
For this idea, say or write down in a “love” journal one thing you love about each person in the family.
Typically, the journal gets passed around at dinner. If you keep it from year to year to look at, it’s sure to make every person in the family feel like a million bucks.
6. Heart Pizza
Need a super simple Valentine’s Day activity for your family?
Have no fear! Almost every pizza place offers heart pizzas, or you make your own! If you need a low-effort idea, this is one simple thing to make the day feel special.
7. Red Food
I’m not an advocate of adding food coloring to everything, but I love the idea of celebrating with colored food. So, enjoy pancakes with strawberries, raspberries, pasta sauce, grapes, beets, or a strawberry smoothie on February 14th.
8. Love Counting
Who wouldn’t love something telling all the ways you love them?
Create a book or sign that says “10 things I love about…” and hang it on your kids’ or spouse’s doors. It’s a very simple, free way to spread love and kindness!
- Check out this journal HERE for a fun guide!
9. Nature Cards
Next, make a card out of nature. Turn twigs and pinecones into a big heart and take a picture for a Valentine’s card your recipients won’t forget.
10. Late Christmas Cards
Send your Christmas cards out for Valentine’s Day instead! A friend skips the Christmas card tradition in favor of a family card that goes out on Valentine’s day. It seems more relaxing, right?!
11. Special Valentine’s School Lunch
Finally, pack a special Valentine’s Day lunch. Prepare a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a heart cut out of one bread (so the red jelly shows through).
Then, follows this up with heart-shaped cheese, heart strawberries, and red (beet) crackers. It’s simple, but fun!
Want MORE special traditions for holidays, seasons, and everything in-between?!
We only get a limited amount of time to create memories with our loved ones, so check out my Guide to Ultimate Family Traditions Ebook!
You’ll find bonuses like awesome traditions for friends and grandparents too! Check it out here!
Now, Pick a FEW
Sometimes, it’s easy to add more and more activities (because they’re fun-loving and cool!). But really, a few key traditions for each holiday are plenty.
We want the kids to remember the special ones later on. Not more, but better. We have enough stress in our lives, and this should not add to it.
Something to Consider with Vday Activities
Finally, it’s worth it to reflect on our traditions and activities.
A few years ago, I tried a tradition that we found fun. But afterward, I realized that it didn’t match up with our values or family personality.
Our families evolve and then so do our traditions. So, it’s ok to change a tradition that doesn’t work anymore.
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day activities with your family? I would love to hear what works for you!
Other family posts you may enjoy…
- 25 Ways to Connect Through Family Night – have fun together regularly with these ideas!
- How to Become a More Playful Mom – easy actions that make a big impact.
- 11 Unforgettable Ways to Make a Birthday Special – simple traditions that don’t require a big party!