Valentine’s Day is a holiday to express love and appreciation for partners, friends and provides a fantastic opportunity for parents to connect with their children. It’s also a great excuse to treat the kiddos to something sweet! Unsure how to get the kids involved in Valentine’s Day? Lucky for you, this blog is packed full of Cupid-approved ideas on how to celebrate with your little ones.
It's a Date
Got a date planned with your significant other? Forget the babysitter – taking the kids along to your valentines date can be a great opportunity for the whole family to spend some quality time together. Not to mention, it’s a fun excuse for everyone to get dressed up in valentine-inspired clothing.
Pretty in Pink
If you’re dining out this Valentine’s Day, girls will love wearing something pink and sparkly. The Blush Pink Ruffle Dress is the stuff dreams are made of; a tulle ruffled dress adorned with gold stars and finished with a shimmery gold sash. Add the Pink Princess Glitter Heel Shoes and she’ll really fall head over heels! Complete the look with the Sandy Bag in powder pink for a statement, all-pink valentine evening outfit.
We Heart Hearts!
You can never go wrong with a heart motif – she swoon over this Love Heart Print Dress.
Having a cozy meal in? The Heart Sweater is a subtle nod to the holiday without being too much. Pair with a floaty Rainbow Tutu for a dreamy daytime look. Check out our full Valentine’s Day collection to discover more sweeter-than-candy outfits.
This One’s for the Boys
For an evening out, boys can never go wrong with a smart blazer and chinos. We love the rich camel color of this Peak Lapel Blazer, and its soft corduroy fabric means he’ll be comfortable all evening long. For something a little bolder, the Boys 2-Piece Poppy Red Mod Suit really makes a statement, making it the perfect option for a formal dinner. Everyone loves flowers on Valentine’s Day, and this Spring Bouquet Dress Shirt is no exception. The soft floral design says “valentines” in an understated yet fun way.
Hearts & Craft
A creative way of spending Valentine’s Day with the kids is to enjoy some valentine-inspired activities.
- Hearty baked goods: baking is a super-fun activity any time of year, but you can get extra creative on Valentine’s Day! Why not bake some heart-shaped cookies and decorate with pink and red icing? These home-baked treats make sweet valentine gifts for the kids to give out to their friends.
- Craft a card: creating handmade cards for friends and family is not only an enjoyable pastime for you and the kids, it’s also an extremely thoughtful gift to receive. For more creative inspiration, Chicago Parent has some wonderful ideas to explore.
- Valentine-themed snacks: if baking is a bit too much hassle (we know it can be messy!), why not make some easy valentine treats instead? Think chocolate-dipped strawberries, heart-shaped pizzas and sandwiches, or just about anything pink, red and white. It’s faster than baking, and just as much fun.
- Time to decorate: a great activity for older kids, paper chains are a creative way to spice up your valentines décor. Grab some pink, red and white strips of paper, a glue stick and scissors and you’re all set. Heart confetti made from red card stock also looks adorable strewn over the dining table, and is the perfect finishing touch if you’re having a family valentines dinner at home.
What can I gift my child on Valentine’s Day?
If you want to treat your child to something special, we have the perfect selection of kids Valentine’s Day gifts in our specially curated Valentine’s Day collection. A plush toy is always welcome and can often be a source of comfort for many children. A furry companion like the irresistibly soft Polkadot Floppy Puppy will give your kids extra cuddles this holiday.
Jewelry is a sure-fire winner, after all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend! We have some lovely valentine-themed jewelry, like the Love You Rose Necklace and matching Be My Valentine Earrings. These beautifully crafted pieces are gold plated and adorned with red enameled roses, giving a signature valentine finish. No doubt she’ll feel special when wearing these!
Looking for a gift they can have fun with? Costumes are a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift as kids will enjoy endless hours of imaginative play. Stay on theme with a valentines-inspired costume. They’ll cast hundreds of love spells with the help of our Love Potion Witch Costume. Add the matching Love Potion Purse and Love Heart Tights for a truly heartwarming look.
Everybody loves to receive candy on Valentine’s Day, so what could be sweeter than dressing your little one up as a sugary treat? She’ll spread so much joy in the Candy Fairy Costume – complete with a rainbow, candy-covered bodice and multicolored tulle skirt. Even better, let her hand out candy to her friends while dressed as the Candy Fairy. She’ll give Cupid a run for his money!
However you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, we hope you enjoy spending quality time with the kids and that your day is full of love.