What better day to have a date with your child than Valentine’s Day? Below you’ll find ideas for making your little one feel special on this heart-filled day (and the days around it). Plus, there’s a couple of excuses to eat chocolate.

Create Together. Pick up some crafting supplies and inspiration at one of these creative local spots, or check out one of the Valentine’s craft parties at your local library.

Celebrate by giving back. At Portland Children’s Museum’s Friendship and Giving Day on Friday, February 14, you can decorate socks with messages of peace and friendship that will be donated to families facing homelessness.

Eat Chocolate. Let’s be honest here. Is there even a point to Valentine’s Day if it doesn’t involve chocolate in some form or another? Check out some of Portland’s great chocolate makers and shops, like Alma, Cacao, Woodblock, Moonstruck, or Missionary Chocolates. At Creo Chocolate, you can tour the factory and make your own chocolate bar, or stop by for a sweet in their cafe and check out their equipment and see what is happening in the factory that day.

Treat Yourself. If candy is not your thing, treat yourselves to a sweet from one of these kid-friendly spots. We like Memoz Dessert Cafe, where you can create a custom dessert that’s baked in about 2 minutes, and Soro Soro Coffee & Dessert, where the googly-eye adorned baked goods are almost too cute to eat. Pip’s Original Doughnuts is another great choice—a repeat readers’ poll winner.

Afternoon Tea. This is definitely a special event sort of thing. Get dressed up and treat your child to an afternoon tea at Hotel deLuxe, The Heathman Hotel or Lovejoy’s Tearoom of Portland. Be sure to make reservations. If your kiddos (or your budget) aren’t ready for a fancy tea, how about cocoa? Try one of these spots for cocoa foam art.

Move Together. If you are looking for something more active, try navigating the obstacles at a parkour gym, or check out a ninja obstacle course at Urban Warrior.

Have Dinner (or Lunch) at a New Spot. Check out one of our recent kid-friendly and tasty finds: The Zipper Food Hall in NE Portland, Grixsen Brewing Company in SE Portland, or Jinx in NE Portland. If you want the ultimate kid-friendly meal (that adults will also love), don’t miss our top 5 spots for grilled cheese.

Make Valentine’s Treats (with Expert Help). The Merry Kitchen is offering several Valentine’s Treats cooking classes for kids ages 3 all the way up to 15 on the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day. And check out some other options for cooking with your kids here.

Go Roller Skating at Oaks Park. Hopefully I’m not the only one old enough to remember the days when roller skating was the date idea. (May I reference you to every awesome 80s movie ever made?) You can relive this classic date night (or day) idea with a roller skating session at Oaks Park.

Get Some Alpaca Kisses. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland is hosting its favorite duo of alpacas for a special Valentine’s Day kissing booth—the animals will nibble carrots directly from your mouth or hand! If you aren’t up for kissing, snuggles and photos are good, too. Free and open to the public!

Plus One More At-home Idea: Show How Much You *A-door* Them! This cute idea has been trending on social media. On the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, add a heart with a message — a compliment or something you love about your kid — to their bedroom door.  If you don’t start on the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, you can always add a bunch of heart messages on the day — or you and your kiddos can plan this sweet surprise for someone else.

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