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14 Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day!

We love celebrating Valentine's Day! Here are 14 ways to celebrate this fun holiday for kids, family and friends!

14 ways to celebrate valentines day with your kids and family

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14 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day kids friends and family

Over the years, we have added to the fun, and this is what we have on our list so far!

Many of these things we did this past Valentine's Day, and we're still hoping to add to that because one day is just a bit short for these two bloggers to fit it all in!

Besides, extending a holiday that has chocolate, love, cards and roses involved sounds like a pretty good idea, don't you think?!

yellow roses with pink edges

We love to make cards every year and it's hands down one of our favorite Valentine's Day traditions!

If you're looking for some ideas, our 14 Fun Valentine's Day cards to DIY has fabulous inspiration for all ages!

They don't have to be the most elaborate creations in the world to be heartfelt and fun to create and send!

Here are the ones we made last year--sooo A-door-able! Find out how we did them and see more examples of these fun cards here!

A door able Valentine's Day card craft DIY

2. Put Together Some Sweet Treats to Share

Whether it's for classmates, friends, neighbors or the mailman, everyone loves a sweet treat Valentine!

A mini package with M&Ms, chocolate kisses or P.B. cups are a fun way to spread some holiday cheer around for the special day!

Valentine's Day sweets goodie bags with Hershey's kisses and M & M

3. Treat Yourself to Something Sweet

Go to the special chocolate counter and get the really good chocolates!

We visited our nearby specialty gifts and chocolate shop and always find more than a few decadent bites we want to try!

That little white chocolate critter hiding behind the brittle is a truffle mouse!

We love the look of conversation hearts-- a Valentine's Day classic!

4. Visit the Toy Store

We like to visit with the shop owner, learn a new game and pick up a special something to enjoy!

Love this chocolate-inspired game that is full of logic and bon-bon shaped chocolates!

Chocolate Sweet Logic Game by Thinkfun

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt printable download

5. Enjoy a Chocolate Cupcake or other Sweet Treat!

Below was one of our recent favorites! This Vegan Brownie Cupcake with chocolate fudge frosting and cutie heart sprinkles on top was absolutely scrumptious! Yum!

chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and red candy hearts

6. Make Some Heart-Shaped Pizzas

Find that heart-shaped cookie cutter and if you want to make it super easy, you just need three basics:

  • Naan or pre-made pizza shell

  • Pizza sauce or marinara sauce

  • Cheese --mozzarella, cheddar, vegan - whatever you like!

Creating your own heart-shaped pizzas is simple and they always come out looking so cute...and are very tasty!

Heart shaped pizzas on a baking sheet in the oven

Some topping ideas that go along with the holiday:

  • Red peppers- roasted or fresh

  • Olives - 'Olive You A Lot'!

  • Hot sauce- Make sure it's got a nice bright red hue to it!

Valentine's Day pizzas on a baking sheet in the oven

valentine's day printable scavenger hunt  kids family party game

7. Play a Game That Goes with the Holiday!

We have the Mystery Date Game and the Chocolate Challenge from above!

Mystery Date Game vintage edition fun for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Bon Bon Bingo printable Etsy

8. Decorate for Valentine's Day!

It doesn't have to be expensive or even that coordinated!

We have dollar-store garlands, window decals, and a gnome that gets a makeover when the holiday changes!

fireplace mantel decorated with Valentine's Day hearts, gnome and bear for Valentine's Day

Whatever gets you in the love-bug mood will do!

We have our seasonal gnome (above that we use for several holidays-accessorizing as needed!), a shimmery heart garland courtesy of the dollar store, our A-Door-able cards, and some Valentine's Day-themed papers put in colorful frames!

That red bear was a gift from the father/grandfather of this blogging duo and makes an appearance every Valentine's Day!

14 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day heart shaped wreath on red door for Valentine's Day

9. Watch a Fave Movie or Show

Looking for some ideas? Check out our 25 + Fab Valentine's Day Romcoms for Tween/Teens!

A favorite romantic comedy, I Love Lucy! or anything that warms your heart or puts a glow in your cheeks is the perfect choice for a fun Valentine's Day movie night!

(We visited the Lucy Desi Museum in Jamestown, NY and it was so much fun! You can read more about our visit here! )

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face movie poster

We loved the Valentine's vibe from the Funny Face movie poster above! The above picture was taken at an exhibit we viewed at the Dance Museum in Saratoga, N.Y.

See more amazing posters and check out our visit to the National Museum of Dance here!

25 Valentine's Day rom coms perfect for movie night

10. Go For a Walk Together

Get outside, enjoy the fresh air and just keep it simple! Take a sweet selfie and print it out! Photos make the best keepsakes!

Fun ways to celebrate Valentine's day Daughter and daughter taking walk

If you have some snow, make a heart and take a pic! By the ocean, draw a heart or Xs and Os in the sand!

I love you drawn in the sand at the ocean 14 fun ways to spend Valentine's Day

11. Grab Your Favorite Romantic Read

...and a cup of cocoa and get cozy! Happily ever afters are always nice- especially on Valentine's Day!

Check out our Love is in the Air post! It features terrific titles for teens that are perfect for Valentine's Day gift-giving or to treat yourself!

For the younger set, check out our post: 14 + Fabulous Valentine's Day Books - kids love them!

P.S. I still love you by Jenny Han book cover with scrunchie, sunglasses, pearls

Best young adult romance reads for valentine's day

12. Make a Valentine's Day - Themed Playlist

There are endless songs about love and romance---pick your faves and put them on your phone or break out the vinyl to play on your record player! Valentine's Day is the perfect day to listen to something special!

While there are pre-set mixes out there, it's also nice to make your own personalized version!

They can be slow songs, jazzy, Disney, whatever sounds good to you! Or, pop on a vintage record for some romantic retro flair!

Victrola record player with Singing In The Rain Record

A few of our favorite Valentine -inspired tunes:

  • L-O-V-E by Natalie Cole

  • So This Is Love from Cinderella

  • Top of the World by Karen Carpenter

  • A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

  • Hopelessly Devoted to You by Olivia Newton-John

  • Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers

  • Fly Me to the Moon by Diana Krall

  • S' Wonderful by Julie London

  • Moon River by Henry Mancini from Breakfast at Tiffany's

13. Add some Valentine's Day Style to Your Outfit!

It's really quick to add some red and pink to your everyday look-and always turns out festive and fun! Just a hint of hearts or a pop of pink will do the trick!

A pink scrunchie, red sweater or heart necklace are all you need to put a Valentine's spin on your wardrobe!

Headbands, oversize clips or a cute pair of pink sunglasses are also fun ideas-even pink lip gloss!

Happy Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt Printable for kids and classroom

14. Take a Few Photos to Capture the Day!

Whether it's a photo booth in the mall or a polaroid, snap a couple pics of you and your friends or fun things you did for your Valentine and print them out to keep!

We of course took many pics of the Valentine cards that we made to send out to friends and family!

Valentine's Cards with Doors featured and hearts

Be sure to Pin this post so you can return to it in the future! Did you do something extra fun for Valentine's Day and snap a pic? Tag us @mykidzbookshelf!

14 Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day Pinterest Pin

So, that pretty much sums up what we enjoy doing for Valentine's Day!

Do you have any extra-special traditions you love to make sure are included in the sweet festivities?

Let us know in the comments section below!

We'd love to hear what you were up to for your Valentine's or Galentine's Day this year!

Well, I hope that you enjoyed this little Valentine's Day post and have a fab day yourself!

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Originally published 02/20/2020


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