5 Fun Things to Do with Kids for Valentine’s Day
From craft boxes to heart-shaped pizzas, we’ve got you covered
PIZZA AT BENNY PENNELLO’S
When: Friday February 13th – Sunday February 15th.
Where: 2909 N. Davidson St., Ste. 100.
The sweet details: This pizza measures 28 inches and comes in one shape: a heart! Bonus: head to NoDa with the kids to pick up your pie and then walk to Popbar to make your own dipped popsicles.
How much? $30 for cheese, $35 for half topping, $38 for whole topping.
Call 980-949-8398 to order and prepay. Make reservations early because they run out every year!
TEA FOR TWO AT THE BALLANTYNE
When: Saturday February 13th and Sunday February 14th, 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
The sweet details: Grab your sweetie(s) and get fancy. The hotel offers selections from England’s finest tea houses, including blends from Rare Tea Company—the official tea of the Royal Family—with a Southern flair.
How much? $25 for children ages 5-12, $45 for adults, or $60 including a glass of Moet champagne.
Call 704-248-4100 to reserve your spot. Check the website for more details.
CURATED CRAFTS FOR KIDS FROM THE BOX FULL
When: Any time
Where: Home delivery, or local pick up in Eastover or South Charlotte.
The sweet details: Order a Valentine’s-themed activity box designed by a team of educator-moms with your 3 to 6-year-old in mind. Each box contains 25 themed worksheets and crafts focused on numeracy and literacy. The kids have fun while they learn and you get some free time!
How much? $30 (plus $8 shipping if you choose delivery over pick-up).
Check the website for more details and to order.
SNUGGLE UP WITH A BOOK (recommendations from Park Road Books)
When: Any time.
Where: Your favorite cozy reading spot .
The sweet details:
For infants (board books):
That’s What Love Is by Hannah C. Hall
Dr. Seuss’s Lovey Things by Dr. Seuss
The Princess Bride: A Counting Story by Little, Brown
Kiss Kiss / Ocêtôwina: In Plains Cree and English by Richard Van Camp
For toddlers/beginning readers:
I Love Being Me! by Mechal Renee Roe (level 1 early reader)
Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert
Junie B Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine by Barbara Park (first grade level)
Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine by Jonathan Stutzman
How much? Stop by Park Road Books or call (704) 525-9239 to check pricing and confirm availability.
For more reading fun, check your local library branch. Many offer Zoom Valentine-themed story hours, too!
GET MOVING WITH CUPID’S CUP 5K AND 1 MILE WALK
When: Any time between February 7-14, 2021.
Where: Your neighborhood, park, or wherever you feel comfortable.
The sweet details: Walk or run 5K or 1 mile at your pace, and bring your favorite tracking device. When you’re finished, take a picture of your distance and time. You have one week from February 7th to February 14th at midnight to submit your time.
How much? $35 registration fee includes long-sleeve t-shirt.
For more information and to register, click here.
Kid-free in the QC? Hit up the Ballantyne Hotel for Valentine’s Day Dinner, February 13th – 15th between 4 and 9 p.m. in the hotel’s restaurant, Gallery. Price is $125+ per person for five courses and includes live music and a long stem rose. Want to splurge? Go for the Romance Package, which includes breakfast in bed, flowers, and champagne. The package is valid in February and requires four-day advance booking. Pricing from $479.
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