Valentine’s Day. It’s the day of romantic gestures, bouquets of roses, copious amounts of chocolate – and for parents, the day of celebrating with your kids.
While Valentine’s Day is typically celebrated with a picnic, a dinner out, or a vacation somewhere, there are still plenty of romantic, fun, and memorable ways that you can celebrate with your children too. After all, it’s only fitting to include your kids on a day centred around love!
Whether you’re preparing for a full day out or just want unique ways to include your kids, here are 5 fun, family-friendly Valentine’s Day ideas to include your kids in this year.
1. Create a family picnic
A romantic picnic is the most quintessential Valentine’s Day activity, so it would only be appropriate to pack your Burleigh Wagon and head out for a picnic with the kids.
Australia has no shortage of family-friendly beaches and parks to choose from when picking your perfect picnic location. New South Wales has Bondi and Bronte, Queensland has Cairns and the Gold Coast beaches, and Melbourne has the spectacular Botanical Gardens. There are plenty of places to set up camp and enjoy a relaxed day out!
If you’re near a beach, pack your swimmers in your Coastal Tote and set up with your sand-free beach mat, boho umbrella and beach table for the perfect sand-free picnic. If you’re heading to the park, we recommend packing everything into your Burleigh Wagon and setting up your Beach Mat and Grazing Table under the shade. You’ll be able to fit everything you need inside the wagon, and enjoy a stress-free day outside with those you care about the most!
2. Go on a family “date”
Dating is one of the most important ways to keep the romance alive in a new relationship, and it’s just as important for your family. This Valentine’s Day, why not break out of your usual weekend routine and plan a family date!
There are plenty of fun and creative places that you can head to for a “date”, whether it’s for a few hours or an all-day affair. Plan to go to a Theme Park, your local arcade, or pack up your Burleigh Wagon Picnicware and throw a creative family-friendly picnic at your local beach or park. If you want something to do for a few hours, why not dress up in fancy outfits and head to your favourite local cafe, or pack some popcorn and head to the movies? Not only will your kids enjoy it, but you can enjoy some time out too!
3. Include the kids on a surprise
There’s nothing that says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day quite like getting surprised with a thoughtful gift, so why not take the opportunity to include your kids this year!
While we certainly don’t expect kids to be good at keeping surprises, there are a few ways you can still enjoy Valentine’s Day as a couple while getting them involved. Help them create a Valentine’s Day card, get them to help deliver breakfast in bed, include them in helping to choose the day’s activities, or arrange for them to give a gift as well.
Kids love to be involved in surprises (even if they’re not very good at the ‘surprise’ part), so don’t be afraid to include them in whatever you already have planned for the day. If your kids are a little older, you could also get them to assist with your master plan, creating a great bonding experience and an amazing surprise on Valentine’s morning!
4. Get messy with chocolate
We all know that no good Valentine’s Day celebration is complete without chocolate, and there are plenty of simple and fun chocolate-based recipes that you can create in the days leading up. Why not research some recipes, write a shopping list, and get your kids in the kitchen with some simple chocolate recipes!
Depending on your kids’ ages, you can get them involved in a variety of different ways. Older kids can measure and chop ingredients, while toddlers and young children can dip strawberries in chocolate for a classic, healthier Valentine’s Day experience.
We recommend preparing any Valentine’s treats the day before, so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labour on the day without the messy pack up. If you’re heading out for a Valentine’s Day picnic you can also keep any chocolate-covered treats in your Burleigh Wagon storage, ensuring your snacks stay cold and secure throughout the day.
5. Share in family “Valentine’s Day” gifts
Valentine’s Day is about two things: Showing your loved one’s how much you care about them, and extravagant gifts.
We all know that gifts are the best part of Valentine’s Day (apart from the chocolate), and gift-giving is a simple and fun way to include your children in a positive way. Pick up a small gift that each of your children can give to your significant other, or get your children some chocolates or flowers each to help them feel appreciated and included on Valentine’s Day.
If you want to steer clear of your typical flowers and chocolates, swap the cheesy gifts for something practical and get them a Burleigh Wagon Grazing Table, Tote Bag or Cheeseboard, perfect for using on a Valentine’s Day picnic and on adventures all-year round!There is no better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than with those who mean the most to you. If you haven’t organised your Valentine’s Day plans yet, or haven’t arranged a gift for your significant other, shop our Burleigh Wagon Picnic Accessories today!