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30 Fun Family Valentine’s Day Activities and Ideas

You’re going to love these fun and easy family Valentine’s Day ideas. Simple activities to celebrate a day of love and start new traditions at home.

A family celebrating Valentines Day, covering their eyes with paper hearts.

What’s Inside

  • 30 easy and enjoyable ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids.
  • Start new traditions and bond as a family by incorporating these simple activities into your holiday celebration.  
  • Activities don’t have to be complicated to be meaningful. Spend quality time with your loved ones create lasting memories this Valentine’s Day. 

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Families: Celebrating Together

A family celebrating Valentine's day together, exchanging gifts at home.

I remember when my husband and I were dating, or even newly married and Valentine’s Day was all about romantic dinners, weekend getaways and thoughtful gifts.

Over a decade later…Valentine’s Day looks different now.

I still love my husband very much, but we show our love in different (more practical) ways now.

The money we would have spent on a romantic weekend getaway is now spent on dance lessons and dentist appointments.

But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Truth be told, our kids are young and Valentine’s Day is currently more about sharing our love as a family.

As much as I miss romantic dinners and weekend getaways, those will happen again in a few short years when my kids are out on their own dates.

GAH! I can’t believe I just said that!

But for now, it’s fun to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family and create memories while we have this time together.

Below you will find ideas to start celebrating when the kids wake up in the morning and take you through an entire day of family fun including after dinner dessert.

I am not suggesting that you do all of these ideas – that would be a whole lotta love!

Instead, take a look a choose a few that your family will enjoy.

How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Family

Let’s get this love fest started! Below you will find all my favorite ideas for celebrating Valentine’s day with your fam-bam.

1. Make a Valentine’s Day Themed Breakfast

Family Valentine's Day breakfast - heart shaped pancakes on a blue plate with a dollop of sweet whipped cream topping.

The perfect way to start spreading the love is to begin the day with a breakfast full of love! Gather in the kitchen and make breakfast together, or prepare something ahead of time to surprise them with when they wake up!

Here are 13 Valentine’s Day Breakfasts for Kids that we love!

2. Family Game Night

Research suggests that playing games together is one of the best ways to bond with your family. In fact, a friend of mine always says, “A family that plays together, stays together”. Bust out the board games or deck of cards and play the night away.

3. Spread the Love

Grab a stack of these adorable sticky notes and give a few to each family member. Have them write nice messages, compliments and kind words about each other and post them on their bathroom mirror or bedroom door.

4. Read Together

A mother and a daughter sharing a tender Valentine's Day moment - cuddled up on the couch, reading Valentines together.

Even before Valentine’s Day arrives you can start the conversation by cuddling up and reading books about love, family and friendship.

Here is a list of our favorite Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

5. Get Crafty

A little girl proudly shows off her Valentine's day craft - a pink and white heart and white doily.

Make some family fingerprint art by putting a large heart shaped sticker in the middle of a canvas, then have everyone stamp their fingerprints all over in different colors. When dry, remove the heart sticker and have a special, one of a kind work of art.

6. Make Heart-Shaped Pizzas

Include the whole family in the process of making pizza dough, rolling it out  and shaping it into a heart before adding all your favorite toppings. You could also make a round pizza, but use a cookie cutter to make the pepperoni into heart shapes. So cute! 

7. Decorate the House

Get out all your red, pink and white decorations and have fun decorating your home with hearts, cupids and love notes. This is a great way to get the whole family involved and make your home feel festive and full of love.

8.  Family Movie Night

What’s the perfect way to celebrate a family friendly Valentine’s Day….a movie! Have everyone hop on the couch and grab a snack while you watch a cute movie about family or friendship. Need some ideas?

Here are The Best Valentine’s Day Movies to Watch as a Family.

9. Neighborly Love

Start a new family Valentine’s Day tradition by working together to make cards, crafts and trays of goodies to deliver to friends, neighbors and extended family members on Valentine’s Day. This simple act of working together and spreading love to others is sure to become simple yet meaningful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family. 

10. Play “I Love You Because”

This is a fantastic bucket filler. Throughout the day or at dinner take turns telling each family member things that you love about them. Each person will take a turn sharing what they love about each person in the family and everyone will end the day feeling special and loved.

11. Have a Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt

Hide heart shaped clues around the house leading to a final treasure that everyone can enjoy together, such as a special treat, pajamas or toy.

12. Valentine’s Day Dessert

Pink chocolate drizzled strawberries.

Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without dessert! Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Valentine’s Day Smore’s with those heart shaped marshmallow
  • Drizzle popcorn with melted white chocolate, heart shaped sprinkles and m&ms.

13. Make Heart-Shaped Snacks

Spending time in the kitchen together as a family is always a fun activity, especially when it comes to making special treats for Valentine’s Day! Grab a heart-shaped cookie cutter and have fun making festive treats like a peanut butter and jelly or heart-shaped cheese and crackers. So fun! 

14. Play Valentine BINGO

The entire family can join in on the fun with this free printable Valentine-themed BINGO game. It’s a great way to spend quality time together. You could even have fun prizes for the winners. 

15. Valentine’s Day Minute to Win It

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for a family game night. See who can stack the most candy conversation hearts in one minute, or one of these other creative ideas. 

16.Family Photo Shoot

Set up a little home studio with Valentine-themed props and decorations. Dress up in red, pink and white and have fun clicking away! You can print the best ones for photobook.

17.Plant Flowers 

Get a heart-shaped flower pot or paint one, and plant your favorite flower together. It can serve as a loving reminder that grows along with your love for each other.

18. Make DIY Valentine’s Day T-Shirts 

This is such a fun family Valentine’s Day idea. Get some fabric paint or tie dye and white t-shirts, and create your own Valentine’s Day gear. It is a fun and creative way to celebrate love!

19. Sing Your Heart Out 

Choose love songs and have a karaoke night at home. It’s a fun way to bond, laugh, and spread a little love. 

20. Picnic in the Living Room 

February can be chilly in many parts of the country. If it’s too cold to go outside, spread a blanket on the living room floor and have a fun indoor picnic with your favorite Valentine treats. 

21. Make a Meal Together

Choose a new recipe or family favorite and have everyone chip in to prepare it. Depending on the ages of your children, they can help with anything from measuring, to mixing. Older kids can even take over as head chef and make the parents do all the prep work. This special dinner is sure to create lasting memories.

22. Make a Collage

Grab some magazines and make copies of some of your favorite family photos. Then use these to work together to make a collage that the love of family. 

23. Hang a Valentine’s Day Garland 

DIY Valentine garland made of paper hearts.

Use paper, string, and a bit of creativity to craft a beautiful garland for decoration. Cut out paper hearts and use a hole-punch to easily thread them together. Put the garland on display to decorate your space for your holiday celebration. 

24. Host a Dance Party 

Why not end the day with a family dance party? Put on your favorite music and dance the night away! Get the kids in on the planning to decide if they want to dress formally, casual, or even where costumes. 

25. Exchange Homemade Gifts 

Encourage everyone in the family to make a gift for each other. The gifts could be anything from a drawing, a baked good, or a coupon for a chore.

26. Make Origami Hearts

Paper origami hearts of different sizes and colors.

 Watch this YouTube video to learn how to fold origami hearts to give as Valentine’s or use them as decoration for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

27. Have a Family Date Night 

Start a new family tradition and have a great time planning your own Valentine’s Day Date. Let everyone vote on how the night will unfold including activities, where to eat, and what to wear. The perfect way to celebrate family love. 

28. Celebrate with Seniors

Use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about the power of love and the importance of showing others they are cared for. Contact a local retirement home or Senior Living Facility and see if you are able to deliver Valentine’s Day Cards for their residents. 

29. Decorate Cookies

​Head to the bakery section at the grocery store and pick up a pack of heart-shaped cookies, some vanilla frosting and sprinkles. When you get home add some food coloring to the frosting and have fun decorating some Valentine’s Day Cookies to share with the ones you love. 

30. Make a Dessert Board

Valentines Day charcuterie board with candy and cookies.

Hop on the charcuterie bandwagon and build a Valentine’s Day Dessert Board full of everyone’s favorite candies, sweets and treats. Pile on the cookies, popcorn, chocolate, candy hearts and some festive red and pink candies for a fun and festive treat. 

There you have it! 30 meaningful ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family and create new traditions together.

How to celebrate Valentine's Day as a family - a photo of young child hands and parent's hands holding paper hearts.
A pink vintage toy car with a heart shaped gift box tied on top with a string.


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