Ladies, Valentine’s Day is coming up! And this year, you’ve got a new love of your life: your kiddo. You can’t wait to have a romantic night out with your S.O., but you also want to spend some QT with your little one. There’s no rule that says Valentine’s Day has to be all about that special adult kind of love. You have a whole day to make valentines, play games and celebrate the bond you share with your kid. So, take advantage of it, and check out these super fun Valentine’s Day dates for you and your little one.
1. Sit-in Movie: There once was a time when going out to the movies meant sitting in the dark and downing a mega-sized bucket of popcorn while ogling Ryan Gosling. Now that you have your tot in tow, movies mean anxiously awaiting a major meltdown as an animated character sings its way through a catchy song. Make your movie date infinitely easier by recreating it at home. Netflix, homemade popcorn — you can even add a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar or zesty spice — and a sippy cup of juice are definitely the way to go!
2. Meal for Two: That fancy French bistro down the street is tres jolie. But with your little one along for a Valentine’s Day meal, it’s not so hot. Swap the meal out for an at-home version. This is a holiday, after all. Go a step above the typical mac and cheese lunch and take it up a notch by making the meal together. Even though your kiddo can’t use the stove or chop onions, she can stir, mix and measure. After the meal is ready, set the table with your finest linens (or something other than plastic placemats).
3. Museum Day: A museum? For a toddler? Yep, you read that right. Even kids as young as two or three can enjoy an afternoon at the art museum. Skip standing and staring at the paintings. Instead, mix things up and go on a scavenger hunt for “loving” works of art. Look for hearts, Valentine’s Day colors or pictures of people holding hands.
4. Snow Play: It’s February. That means there’s snow, snow and more snow — unless you’re lucky enough to live somewhere tropical. Have an outdoor playdate and build snow people. Help your child roll snowballs, then put together one snow sculpture that looks like you — maybe add a scarf or hat — and one that looks like her. After she’s had enough of the outdoor weather, head inside for hot cocoa. Don’t forget the heart-shaped marshmallows!
5. Dancing Date: It’s a dance party! Spend your Valentine’s Day moving and grooving with your tiny dancer. Pick a theme, dress up in costumes — think ’80s brights or ’70s disco — and then twirl and whirl together. Make Club Mom even more fun with dance party refreshments. Mix cherry juice and seltzer water together for a bubbly drink, and serve heart-shaped sandwiches (use a cookie cutter to make the shapes).
What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day kid-friendly date? Share your pick and tweet us @BritandCo!
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