Even as the days blur together, taking the time to do something special for Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 14, can be an occasion everyone in your family looks forward to. Here are some ways to celebrate love with your kids this month.

Tea Service to Go 
For a fancy Valentine’s Day tea for the family, you can order tea sandwiches, scones and more for pickup or delivery from Lovejoy’s Tea Room of Portland. Hearty appetites will appreciate the Queen’s Tea while kids will love the Wee Tea.

See a (virtual) Show
Many of our local talented kindie musicians usually put on a special Valentine’s-themed show. Check the Facebook page of your family’s favorite kid performers to see what kind of virtual show they’ve got lined up for this year.  And on February 14, catch the special online event Local Kids’ Performers Serenade the Venues We Miss on Facebook and Instagram throughout the day. Artists and entertainers, including Mr. Ben, Penny’s Puppets, Tallulah’s Daddy and Kelli Welli, will drop by outside some of their favorite spots to serenade them.

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Dessert on Demand
Take a trip to Pix Pâtisserie on Burnside to visit their outdoor, 24-hour, refrigerated vending machine. Party lights and music will play while everyone picks a special treat. The “Pix-O-Matic” is stocked with fancy goodies like macarons, boxes of chocolates, Pix’s signature Pixie bars — and even things like face masks and sparklers. Credit card only.

Roll On 
Book a family rollerskating date at Lloyd Center. The Rose City Rollers are extending their skate sessions in the Lloyd Center parking lot. It’s open-air, but covered, with limited skaters. Masks are required. You can also rent skates from their Skatemobile. Visit rosecityrollers.com for prices, times and to buy tickets. 

You’ve Got Mailboxes 
Remember making Valentine’s mailboxes out of shoe boxes when you were a kid? Introduce your kiddos to this tradition by having everyone in the family make one — yes, even the grown-ups. Leading up to Valentine’s Day, have each family member put small notes of appreciation in each other’s mailboxes and then add homemade or store-bought cards on Feb. 14. 

Spread Kindness
Did you see this awesome list of kids’ books on kindness? Cuddle up and read one with your kiddo.

Extra-special Movie Night 
Snuggle with your kids for movie night at home with next-level V-Day popcorn — homemade red-and-pink kettle corn. Try this recipe: tasty.co/recipe/rainbow-kettle-corn  (Pro tip: Coconut oil is best, and take the popcorn off when it’s one to two seconds between pops!)

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Share the Love 
While your kids are making Valentine’s Day cards for family, have them make some extras to brighten the day of homebound seniors associated with the Hollywood Senior Center. (The center is also accepting individually wrapped treats!) Valentines must be delivered to Hollywood Senior Center by Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 4 pm. Visit hollywoodseniorcenter.org to find out how to drop off cards or treats.

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