Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples—it’s for families too. Shower everyone in love by doing these fifteen Valentine’s Activities this month.
The day of hearts, flowers, and chocolates, is often synonymous with romance. However, Valentine’s Day is just another perfect day to shower our family, friends, and, of course, our significant others in love.
If you don’t know how you’re going to spend this holiday, here are fifteen Valentine’s activities that the whole family will love—and will make them feel loved all month long!
1. Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards
Ah, valentines, a classic Valentine’s Day tradition. But you don’t just have to send them to your sweethearts. Instead, make some homemade valentines with your family. Set up a crafting station with various art supplies, and have each family member create cards for each other. With personalized messages, everyone will be feeling the love.
2. HEARTfelt Breakfast
The stylized heart is unrealistic, but it is the perfect symbol for love. Use the heart to your advantage and prepare a special Valentine’s Day breakfast together with heart-shaped pancakes, strawberries, and other festive treats. And then go the extra mile and set the table with hand-crafted, love-themed decorations. Not only will everyone enjoy cooking and crafting together, but you’ll get to enjoy a tasty morsel of love.
3. Love Letter Exchange
Everybody deserves to get at least one love letter in their life. As sources of joy, encouragement, and connection, they are the perfect gift to bring families together. Have each family member write a love letter or note to every other family member. You can share the letters during a special family moment, or in private if your kids get a little embarrassed.
4. Valentine’s Day Baking
For a day that was built around giving chocolate, one of the best ways to celebrate is by baking treats. Spend time together baking and decorating heart-shaped cookies or cupcakes together. Allow each family member to personalize their treats with icing, sprinkles, and decorations.
5. Family Love Wall
Sometimes you don’t need words to show your love. Instead, designate a wall where family members can hang drawings, notes, or symbols of love. Throughout the month, add to the wall to create a visual representation of your family’s love.
6. Love-Themed Storytime
Valentine’s isn’t just about hearts; it’s about cheesy romcoms and heartwarming stories. Fill the month with books about love or friendship, and with younger family members, discuss the stories and how the characters show love and kindness.
7. Valentine’s Day Photo Booth
Celebrations need photos, especially one that’s bedecked in such cute decorations. Set up a photo booth area with props like heart-shaped glasses, hats, and signs, and then take fun and silly family photos. You can blackmail your kids with these photos for many years to come.
8. Family Game Night—Love Edition
You can’t go wrong with spending time with your family playing games. However, instead of having just your regular old family game night, adapt classic board games to have a love theme or create a trivia game about family members’ favorite things. Make it light-hearted and fun, with a focus on love and togetherness.
9. Family Love Collage
Do you have old photos and love notes that are just collecting dust? Well, Valentine’s is the perfect time to bring them out. Have the whole family collect photos and mementos to create a love-themed family collage. Arrange the items on a large poster board and place it in a picture frame to keep.
10. Family Love Garden
Like a garden, love grows deeper and brighter over time. And there’s nothing quite like gardening together to help you bond. So during the month of love and togetherness, choose a spot in your yard or use indoor pots to plant flowers or herbs together. Each family member can pick a plant and contribute to its care, creating a garden that will show how much you love each other and help your love grow.
11. Family Love Tree
Who says that decorating trees only has to be for Christmas? Draw or print out a tree, then have each family member write something they love about each family member on a paper heart and attach it to the tree. Or you could take it one step further and choose a real tree, inside or outside, to decorate with your heart notes and red and pink streamers.
12. Heart Hunt
Kids love scavenger hunts, and there’s nothing that says you can’t make it a Valentine’s tradition. Just hide paper hearts around the house or in the backyard, then challenge family members to find as many hearts as they can within a set time. Like the Sweethearts candy, you can write sweet messages on each one.
13. Family Playlist
Music has a way of saying what can’t be said, and there’s nothing like music to set the tone for the day. Set the tone for the month and have each family member contribute their favorite love songs, or songs that remind them of each family member, to create a special Valentine’s Day playlist. Play the playlist during meals, while doing activities, or simply enjoy listening together.
14. Love-Themed Puzzles
Puzzles work the brain, but they can also work the heart, especially when your family does one together. Start a family puzzle, choosing one with a love or heart theme. This is a great way to fill the time, catch up with each other, and show your love (even if it’s by teasing someone for putting the wrong piece in the puzzle).
15. Candlelit Family Dinner
You can’t have Valentine’s Day without a candlelit dinner. And this surefire Valentine’s activity is great for families too. Set up a special dinner with candles, soft lighting, and a cozy atmosphere. Cook a delicious dinner together, or order everyone’s favorite dishes, and enjoy a family meal together.
Read These Books Together for a Perfect Valentine’s Activity
Made for Me
Gardens Are for Growing
I’ll Love You for Always
Shaelyn Topolovec earned a BA in editing and publishing from BYU, worked on several online publications, and joined the Familius family. Shae is currently an editor and copywriter who lives in California’s Central Valley.