6 Family Valentine’s Day Ideas

Incorporating a fun, family centered celebration for Valentine’s Day can become a sweet tradition. Carving out a romantic date with your beloved can remain a priority, while setting time aside to celebrate as a family. In our home we figured out how to do both and our kids look forward to our annual Family Valentine’s Day Dinner! My husband and I choose a date night, either on or around Valentine’s Day, and on a separate night we have a family fondue feast with the fondue pots we were gifted at our wedding almost 22 years ago. This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, so we will have our at home fondue night on Valentine’s Day and my husband and I have made plans to celebrate the following weekend. Here are 6 family fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home and around Waco.

3 Family Fun Ways to Celebrate At-Home

1. Fondue Dinner

Fondue dinner is a family favorite! You can purchase fondue pots at an affordable price on Amazon. We always fix a meat in addition to our staple cheese and chocolate fondue  recipes. We dip fresh vegetables and French bread in the cheese, while dipping pound cake, strawberries, and marshmallows in the chocolate for dessert. You can find our favorite cheese fondue recipe, we use every year, here!

  1. Valentine’s Day Breakfast

When you and your husband make plans for the evening you can still make your kids feel special by kicking off the day with a family Valentine’s Day breakfast – complete with waffles cut into hearts with cookie cutters. Make it easy with festive paper plates, napkins, and cups and a little sweet treat or gift to kick off the special day! This works great with younger children because their bed time will most likely be around the time of your reservation! That way everyone feels special.

  1. Indoor Picnic and Scavenger Hunt

Food can be simple or lavish while clearing a living space, laying down a favorite quilt or blanket, and having an indoor picnic since February is typically cold. Top off the evening with a pre-prepared scavenger hunt made with hearts cut come from construction paper. Each heart will offer age-appropriate clues that will lead to the next heart and/or treat.  This is a fun way to mix it up and makes a fun tradition!

3 Family Fun Places to Celebrate in Waco

  1. Practically Pikasso

This is a fun family activity that can work with different ages – all the way from preschoolers to teens. Schedule a time as a family to go and paint a Valentine’s Day keepsake your children can place in their rooms or gift to you.

  1. Top Golf

As kids get older, they are always looking for an activity, music, and food. Top Golf Waco appeals to all ages, serves food, and offers games to accommodate and include smaller children such as mini golf and corn hole. If the weather is chilly, they have large heaters through the facility that offer the warmth of the inside while still playing some outdoor games the entire family enjoys!

  1. Main Event

This is a way to include all ages while carving out that special family time during a game of bowling or pool. You also have the option to purchase snacks, eat a full dinner, add laser tag, or make it more affordable by sticking strictly to the game section. No matter what you choose, you customize your experience to the age and budget of your family while everyone enjoys a good time.

Hopefully this list will provide you with a few fun new ideas for how to turn Valentine’s Day into more of a family affair! Drop your favorite ways to celebrate in the comments below.

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Sarah lives in Waco with her husband, Mark, and their three children Seth (11), Hannah Grace (9), and Adalee (6). Sarah and Mark just celebrated 16 years of marriage. Sarah grew up in Coppell, Texas (a Dallas suburb), and graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in Marketing in 2000. Sarah started her career in Sales, Marketing, and Advertising, and spent five years in corporate business. She then chose to stay home when her first two children were born. In 2009, Sarah took on the balancing act of being a business owner while maintaining the role of “stay at home” mom. Sarah found the many aspects of creating and implementing business strategies very fulfilling, and loved working in the beauty and skincare industry. After seven years of juggling these roles, she sold the business and has enjoyed taking time over the last year to write and prepare for the next stage of her “crazy life” Sarah was born with a passion for music, and has been leading praise and worship in different capacities since she was thirteen. Sarah and her family are members of First Baptist Church Woodway, where she is on the praise team, and has the blessing to serve in different areas of ministry. Over the years, she has been gifted with opportunities to create music, and to work with organizations such as the American Family Radio and Gospel Music Association, while releasing original music an independent artist within the Christian Contemporary genre https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/everypage/id373073044. Over the years, Sarah has loved getting to know the women of Waco by being involved in organizations such as Junior League, and MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers). These experiences, along with being a mom, have given her a heart to encourage and relate to other women. Over the past two years, Sarah has felt led to begin to share some of her own experiences as a woman and mom to help minister and to encourage others. She recently started a personal blog www.saranelsonblog.com, which is still in the process of completion. Sarah is currently writing a series on dealing with crisis from a spiritual perspective, which is based on her own personal experience. Her goal with this project is to help others find hope in hardship. Sarah is beyond excited about being able to share, and to be a part of Waco Mom’s Blog. The last sixteen years have been an adventure! Eleven of those years have been spent living in Waco. Sarah and Mark moved away from Waco twice to live in Austin and Miami, and moved back both times for business opportunities. They are grateful to have laid down roots that have grown deep within the heartbeat of the city. They are thankful for their community, and dear friends they get to live life with. Sarah is beyond blessed to call Waco home.