Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…it’s the time of love and gifts and such. I can imagine couples walking hand in hand, spending quality time together, smooching every time they think about the great time they’re having.
If you’re a single parent, that’s not the case…at least not for me. But there is no reason why you can’t get out there and have some fun on Valentine’s Day, especially with the one that you love more than anything in the world – your child!
In this week’s Training Wheels Wednesday post, I’d like to share some date night (or date day) ideas where you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children.
Here are 14 things you can do with your child on Valentine’s Day:
1. Head over to the movies.
The movies is always a good bet for spending some time together. Plus, if you head out during the day for a matinee, you might just get your little one down for a nap right after the movie. The Paddington movie is out right now, and I’m looking forward to sharing some part of my childhood with my son through this movie. Although you can’t really talk and engage with each other during the movie, it’s always a great conversation starter once the movie is over. Micah’s first movie was Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and he talked about the movie for weeks!
2. Visit your local museum.
One of Micah’s very favorite things is outer space. He loves rocks (which he calls his space rocks) and he is completely fascinated with the moon and the stars. He even asked for a telescope for Christmas! So I knew it was a perfect idea to bring him to our State museum. In the museum, there is an amazing planetarium and he was blown away by it all. We stayed for hours, and finally left when he mentioned that he was hungry and tired. Your local museum could offer a wonderful experience for you both.
3. Grab some ice cream.
Yes, on any given day it’s about 30 degrees or less here, but ice cream is great any time of the year. Micah and I recently went to Friendly’s for dinner and ice cream. Although the meal was absolutely delicious, and we spent lots of time talking and laughing, the best part still has to be the ice cream. We shared an ice cream sundae, so there was loads of fun being messy and silly.
4. Stop by Toys R’ Us.
You would not believe how much fun there is to be had at Toys R’ Us. Micah and I have been going during the holiday season to decide on Christmas but now it has become somewhat of a monthly routine. We spend about an hour at our local Toys R’ Us, and enjoy all of the amazing toys there for the picking. I’m surprised that we haven’t been kicked out, because 99% of the time we leave without buying anything at all.
5. Attend a mommy/daddy and me cooking class.
As you’ve heard me say numerous times, Micah loves cooking and baking. I honestly don’t know where he got the flair for cooking and baking, because I cook to survive not because I enjoy it. But I love doing things with him, so a mommy and me cooking class was a great option for us. A couple of weeks ago, Micah and I took a cooking class with Bambino Chef, and we absolutely loved it! I’m even considering scheduling his 4th birthday party with them! There was ton of bonding time for the two of us, plus we made a couple of great treats together.
6. Go to the zoo.
Second only to outer space, Micah loves animals. The zoo is always a great option for us, and he just loves naming all of the animals. We learn together by reading the descriptions of the animals, and I challenge him by asking him to count the number of animals, spell a word, or even make the sounds like or act out being an animal. The zoo is a great place for bonding and learning.
7. Check out a Chocolate Festival.
While making our Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies in a Jar during the holidays, Micah became really addicted to M&Ms and chocolates in general. So what did I do? I indulged the addiction with a Chocolate Festival. Everything chocolate was available for tasting and purchasing. The only thing we didn’t take advantage of was the chocolate fountain. I had steady eye contact who was double- and triple-dipping into the chocolate and it just turned me off of the experience. Otherwise, the chocolate festival was a complete success – and a must try for Valentine’s Day.
8. Spend the night at home.
Sometimes you don’t need to go anywhere at all in order to enjoy time with your child. I love popping some popcorn and checking out a new movie on Netflix. We recently watched one of my favorite animated musicals, The Road to El Dorado, and it was loads of fun cuddling up on the sofa, eating popcorn, and laughing and singing with the movie.
9. Visit your local kiddie amusement park.
I’m not talking about Six Flags here, but if it is your local amusement park, then go for it. Near us, there is a kiddie amusement park and water park where we have tons of fun. You can enjoy great amusement park rides and attractions like Free Fall, Go-Karts, Foam Frenzy, Tilt-A-Whirl and Motion Simulator. They also have amusement water park thrills with attractions like Splashing Speedway and Bumper Boats, with one-of-a-kind water slides, valves, cranks, water cannons, and sprays. Plus, they’re also an indoor amusement park, too with a 100,000 square-foot indoor facility packed with state-of-the-art arcade games (with new, higher value prizes), exciting rides and great atmosphere to enjoy rain or shine. Needless to say, there’s always something to do here, and we can go any time of the year!
10. Attend a show!
It may be too late to get tickets to shows like Disney on Ice (which was just in my area a couple of weeks ago) and Barnum and Bailey Circus, but there may be some kid-friendly shows available in your town just for Valentine’s Day. Yo Gabba Gabba and Fresh Beat Band always have tours available, so make sure to do some research on some shows in your area.
11. Go shopping.
You would not believe how much fun Micah and I have going grocery shopping or just shopping for clothes. When we go grocery shopping, Micah holds the shopping list (he calls it the map) and we navigate the aisles to find everything on the list. We laugh, sing songs, count, and just all around have a good time. Shopping with your child doesn’t have to be completely stressful (which it can be sometimes), make it fun by not having a tight agenda. Just spend time walking around and enjoying the time together.
12. Picnic at the park.
Many people don’t head out to the park for a picnic, but it’s one of the simplest and easygoing things to do. You prepare a great-looking basket with some goodies for you and your child, grab a blanket, and head to the park. I usually sit right outside the playground and Micah runs circles around me, which eventually makes me dizzy. We sit and cuddle while eating our goodies, and just enjoy the time together. If you’re experiencing warm weather, this may a great idea for you to spend time with your little one.
13. Attend a class or event at the library.
Libraries always have great classes or events available to the general public. Around this time of the year, it is very likely that they will have some V-Day themed class or event that you can take advantage of with your child. At our county library, there will be stories, music and a sweet flower craft for Valentine’s Day. It will definitely be worth checking out.
14. Help others.
Sometimes, we get lost in our own emotions and don’t worry about helping others. Valentine’s Day is a great time to get out and show some love to others. Find out where you can volunteer to help, and teach your child that it is better to give than it is to receive.
What are some things to do to enjoy the time with your child this Valentine’s Day?
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This is a post in the new series, Training Wheels Wednesday.
Parenthood is a wacky and entertaining journey. And sometimes you just have to share what’s going on in your world of parenting to help others get through their own experiences. And that’s exactly what I plan to do with Training Wheels Wednesday. All of the quirky, silly, entertaining things that happens in my household will be shared each Wednesday. And I’m looking to read your epic stories too – you can submit your guest post or become a regular contributor!