Forget about giving out chocolates and expensive gifts. A Valentine’s Day with your family is all about showing how much you truly love, care and enjoy their company by spending a quality time together to further bond with them (and even mend your relationships). Find out how you can spend the day with your family in fun and meaningful ways:
- Bake together
Baking with your kids can be a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day. Besides teaching them one of the most fundamental life skills, it’s also a good time for you to have a long conversation with your kids and get to know them a little bit better (especially when you and your spouse are busy working parents). Bake hearty treats for the family, or give some to the neighbors or anyone else. Choose a recipe based on your children’s age, and bake it all in heart shape.
- Visit a nursing home or shelter
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a loving family or a good life. Teach your children gratitude and show them what life’s like for the less fortunate people. You and your spouse can take the kids (preferably those age 10 and over) to a nearby nursing home or shelter and devote some time to volunteer. If you’re visiting an animal shelter, make sure no one in your family is allergic to the animals.
- Have a Valentine-themed movie marathon
For those who prefer to relax and stay in, you can enjoy a Valentine-themed movie marathon with your family. Prepare some yummy snacks like popcorn or other finger foods and a selection of love-themed movies by Disney, such as Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent, Shrek, Brave, Frozen, or Tangled. After the marathon, you could have a heart to heart talk with your kids about relevant topics like the meaning of love.
- Have an engaging game night
Another way to spend the day at home is to enjoy an engaging game night. Get everyone to hand in their phones and avoid tech altogether. Choose a few games, board games or card games that your family would want to play together. Some of the most recommended games for families include Scrabble, Monopoly, Blockbusters, Cluedo, Jenga, Twister, Life, Mastermind, Forbidden Island, Pandemic, Risk, and Uno.
- Embark on a fun adventure
Take your family on a fun adventure and go travel! Even if you’re on a budget, you can still spend a fun and meaningful Valentine’s with your family away from home. Go to a water park in Malaysia or have a short vacation at a hotel with swimming pools, entertainment, and playground for kids and adults. This way, you and your family get to spend a quality time together and form a closer bond. Kuala Lumpur has a wide selection of amazing water parks and indoor parks catering to families.
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, not only between couples, but also families and friends. Take some time off, forget about work and dedicate the special day only to your family. Do any of the recommended activities and spend a quality time with your loved ones. The meaningful moments you have together will forever etched in their hearts and minds, and they’ll remember you as a caring and loving parent.