Is your family looking for an official reason to indulge in sweets? (Not that you ever need a reason!) Good thing that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Here are some of our favorite ideas on how to make your little Valentine feel loved this month — including the best spots to eat (and drink) chocolate and other sugary delights.

Create Together. Look for inspiration for a fun art project everyone can do at home. These these creative local spots, have all the supplies you’ll need, including an array of heart-shaped stickers, stamps and more.

Celebrate by giving back. Who doesn’t love a handmade valentine? Send messages of love and friendship to local seniors and other homebound and underserved community members. The Hollywood Senior Center will collect and distribute holiday cards, letters, drawings and more (even treats!) Valentines must be received by Tuesday, February 8.

Eat Chocolate. Let’s be honest here. A Valentine’s Day celebration isn’t complete unless some form of delicious chocolate is consumed. And thankfully, our city has some stellar chocolate makers and shops, like Woodblock, Moonstruck, or the tasty dairy- and gluten-free Missionary Chocolates. At Creo Chocolate, you can tour the factory and even make your own chocolate bar, or just stop by for some already made truffles and bars.

Treat Yourself. If chocolate is not your thing, satiate your sweet tooth at one of these kid-friendly dessert shops brimming with inventive doughnuts, decadent hand-crafted pastries and fruity ice cream. Or for a no-contact treat, visit Pix Patisserie’s Pixomatic vending machine.

Afternoon Tea. If  you’re looking for a special celebration, treat your child to an afternoon tea at Lovejoy’s Tearoom of Portland or the Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium, a fun steampunk tea room in Beaverton. Be sure to make reservations. And why not dress up, too? If your kiddos (or your budget) aren’t ready for a fancy tea, grab a cup of cocoa instead. Try one of these spots for cocoa foam art.

Move Together. If you are looking for something more active — especially after all those treats! — go on a family hike or visit the Oregon Zoo.

Have Dinner (or Lunch) at a New Spot. Check out one of our recent kid-friendly takeout spots, complete with kid-approved burgers, pizzas and tacos, plus, family-size Mediterranean, Indian and Italian meals.

Go Roller Skating at Oaks Park. Life is better on eight wheels. Relive the classic date night (or day) with your littles during a roller skating session at Oaks Park Roller Rink.

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.

PDX Parent Staff
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