Every Valentine's Day is the same: couples flaunting out and about and single folks searching for last minute plans. But what about the children? The poor kids get stuck with their babysitters year in and year out while their parents gallivant in the fields of love. Give your kids some extra TLC by making V-day a family affair this year. We can help! Here are some ways you can sweep your little sweetheart(s) right off their tiny feet:
Play Date at the Park
The park should be everyone's happy place - not just kids and dogs. Instead of releasing your child to play on his/her own, play with them! See who can go higher on the swings or who has the best hang time on the monkey bars. Do some geocaching or outdoor exploration at the Nature Center. Before you know it, hours will pass by and you will be the one begging for 30 more minutes. Not only will you look like the best parent ever, but your kids will inevitably think you are too.
Refuel With Some Family-Style Dining
Admit it. Sometimes the kids menu looks better than the adult ones. Well here is your chance to eat like a kid again. Treat the kid(s) to a burger and fries from Village Burger or Shake Shack. Then let them happily wash it all down with a milkshake. Remember - anything they can do, you can do better. *wink wink*
Alternatively, you could take the kids to HOBNOB for some good eats and a good game or too. Who said Family Game Night has to take place at home?
Get Artsy at Painting With A Twist or the MJCCA
Sign up for a Mommy and Me painting class at Painting With A Twist for some hands-on fun with your little one. The best part is that you'll have something to take home and put in their room as a souvenir from your special day out.
The arts and culture fun is never ending at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Here you can catch a performing arts show, take a culinary cooking class together, and so much more! It's also home to The Packaged Good where you and the kids can discover how good it feels to give back but also how fun it is! Together you can select a charity close to your hearts, then pack and decorate as many care packages as you wish. Supplies are conveniently provided in-house, so all you have to do is show up with a giving heart and some artistic expression.
End the Day on a Sweet Note
Seal the deal with a surprise trip to the Disney Store at Perimeter Mall before heading home. More than a store, this is truly a magical destination for anyone with a playful spirit and vivid imagination. Aside from the many toys and costumes on display, there are also interactive experiences for your little prince or princess to take part in.
When you get to the point where you can't stand to be there any longer, just lure them out with candy! No, really. Offer to take them right across from the Disney Store to Lolli and Pops for a Willy Wonka-like experience. They can grab a bucket and go retail trick-or-treating for a sweet ending to an even sweeter day. Get yourself a candy bucket too, because you totally rocked this family date!
When you think about it, turning Valentine's Day into a family day makes things so much easier. If you were struggling to plan something different for the two of you, this is the perfect solution. And no one likes hopping from restaurant to restaurant for those coveted Valentine's Day reservations anyway. A family date will remind parents of all the many reasons they instantly fell in love with their kids.
But if you really do need a couples getaway, we can help with that too! After your family day in Dunwoody, the two of you will be looking to come back as many times as you possibly can. With so many things to do here, we don't blame you.