Ontario is in Step 2 at the moment, which means that schools are closed, indoor dining is not permitted, attractions are closed and retail stores are reduced to 50% capacity. Ontario will remain in Step 2 at least until January 26, 2021, although this date could be extended. That means that we may be stuck at home for Valentine’s Day, which is Monday, February 14, 2022. Because parents will not be able to go out for dinner on Valentine’s Day in 2022, it might be a good idea to plan a Valentine’s Day event for the whole family. Read below to find out about 20 fun ideas for family Valentine’s Day at home:
1. Paint Night
I have loved attending Paint Night events pre-pandemic. It’s so fulfilling to explore your creativity. Purchase your easel, paints and paintbrushes at Michael’s or your local dollar store and the whole family can each paint their own painting. There are many tutorials for painting on YouTube.
2. Painted Rocks
Grab a few rocks from your backyard and get everyone painting their own rocks. You’ll need chalk paint to provide a base for your rock and acrylic paints to paint your design. Check out these great painted rock designs on Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons. The best part is you’ll have painted rocks to display in your garden come spring.
3. Puzzle Night
Purchase a 500 or 1,000 puzzle so that the whole family can piece it together on Valentine’s Day.
4. TV Night
Binge watch your favourite TV series with your family. Some of my favourite series include Mare of Easttown, Ozark, The Crown, The Queen’s Gambit, Better Call Saul, Broadchurch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Breaking Bad and The Wire.
5. Cook a special dinner
Decide on your favourite family meal and you could even have everyone dress up in their good clothes for dinner! Some of my favourite dishes include Fried Shrimp Cauliflower Rice.
6. Make Valentine’s Day Cookies
Spend the afternoon with your kids making one of these delicious Valentine’s Day cookies.
7. Skating – Lace up your skates and take the family out for some exercise. While indoor rinks in Toronto are closed, you can skate at a local outdoor rink in Toronto.
8. Hike at a local park
Before sitting down to a sumptuous Valentine’s Day dinner, enjoy some winter exercise at a local park. Some of my favourite urban parks for a hike include Ashbridges Bay Park, High Park, Don Valley Brick Works, Beltline Trail and Wilket Creek Park.
9. Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing
If there is snow on the ground, get your skis and go for a cross country ski or snowshoe. You can ski or snowshoe at these Toronto parks and golf courses.
10. Old School Board Game Night
Have an old-fashioned Valentine’s Day with your family by hauling out the board games you play at the cottage: Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Clue or Scrabble for a rip-roaring family challenge.
11. Paint Child’s Bedroom
Have you been putting off repainting one of your kid’s bedrooms? Why not make a day of it? You and your partner can paint the walls and the kids can paint the baseboards.
12. DIY Manis & Pedis
Why not kick back and relax with DIY manis and pedis? They are fairly easy to do if you have the right equipment. Check out my blog post on how to do DIY pedicures.
13. Start Your Garden
Mid-February is about the right time to start sowing seeds for flowers. Organize an area in your basement, den or kitchen where you can start growing seeds so that they will be ready to be planted outside in May.
14. Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Hide Valentine’s Day chocolates around the house and have the kids go on a scavenger hunt to find them.
15. Post a Family Dance Video on Instagram or TikTok
Rehearse a dance routine to your family’s favourite song and post the routine on Instagram or TikTok.
I hope the above ideas gave you some inspiration for Valentine’s Day with your family. An early Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!