5 Fun Things to Do with Kids for Valentine’s Day

From craft boxes to heart-shaped pizzas, we’ve got you covered
Heart Pizza

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!

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.

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.

The Box Full Valentine Box


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!

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.

NIKKI CAMPO is a writer. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and three children. Visit her on Twitter or her website.