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by: Shanna P. Lowe

Valentine’s Day celebrates the love and appreciation we have for our family, friends, and significant others. It’s also the perfect time for parents to plan some quality time with their kids!

We have provided nine Valentine’s Day date ideas that will give parents and kids the one-on-one time they crave. These dates are simple and fun, and most of them can be done at home.

Eat dinner and see a movie. A dinner-movie date is a classic way to spend some one-on-one time with the kids. Consider dressing up if you are planning to eat out. Or if you are feeling bold or wanting to stay home, wear pajamas—kids will have a hoot!

Plan a picnic. Another classic is a picnic. Pack some food and drinks in a bag or basket and head over to your local park (or even the front or backyard). Of course, this is if weather permits it. But kids will enjoy eating outdoors.

Make toffee. Toffee is easy, and kids love making it. Many recipes call for as little as three ingredients—butter, sugar, and chocolate chips—and the recipes are easy to find online.

Bake cookies. Snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, and shortbread—baking cookies will make for a perfect date with kids. While messy and slightly time-consuming, munching on warm, freshly baked cookies with happy kiddos it well worth it.

Have lunch with them at school. If Valentine’s Day falls on a school day, consider surprising them with lunch and even flowers. This will make their day special. Double check with the school to see if this is a possibility.

Attend a father-daughter dance. Many schools host father-daughter or parent-child dances on Valentine’s Day, usually as fundraisers. Support education by dressing up and dancing with your child.

Visit a local children’s museum. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, children’s museums in most major cities throughout the USA offer fun crafts and activities that teach about love and how to express it to family. Some museums even have special discounts for the day.

Plant an indoor herb garden. It’s never too early or too late in the year to plant a mini indoor herb garden. Some herbs are symbolic to love, friendship, and good health. For an example, basil is often associated with love, while oregano represents happiness.

Host a tea party. What is better than a date that lets children’s imaginations run wild? Tea parties have a special magic that captivates children’s interest. They can be as simple as setting out cups and a teapot, or as intricate as preparing tea sandwiches, making tarts and scones, and arranging china and silverware.

Whether you take one of our date ideas or one from somewhere else, make Valentine’s Day special by planning a simple date with your kids. Nothing compares to having one-on-one time with them.