When better to have a date day with your child than during Valentine’s Day? Below you’ll find ideas for truly making your little one feel special on this heart-filled day (and in the days leading up to it). Plus a couple excuses to eat chocolate.
Afternoon Tea at Hotel deLuxe. Definitely a special event sort of thing. Treat your child to Portland’s version of high tea. You will get Smith tea, tea sandwiches, scones and pastries. (Plus there are cocktail options for grownups.) $39 for adults, $18 for children age 12 and under. Teas are served Thursdays through Sundays at 3, 3:15 and 3:30 and require a reservation.
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. You and your child can create edibles like chocolate dipped strawberries, heart-shaped pizzas, Valentine’s dipped pretzels, and more. Classes are $30 and up. Pre-register to snag your spot. 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. There are open skate sessions at 10 am for littles and 3-5:30 pm for everyone on Valentine’s Day, plus there are plenty of other options in the days leading up to and after the big day.
Make a Museum Date. The Portland Children’s Museum will be having a special Valentine’s party on the 14th. You can make a card for each other, design your own heart-shaped shades, decorate a heart cookie to share, and lots more. Included with museum admission.
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, Creo, Woodblock, Moonstruck, or Missionary Chocolates. Or hey, why not visit all of them!
Catch a Film at McMenamins’ Kennedy School Theater. Take in a film without breaking the bank: Movies at the Kennedy School are just $4 for adults and $2 for kids. Grab some popcorn or a slice of pizza and relax in the theater’s comfy old sofas and chairs. Bonus: Because Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, the first movie showing will be a Mommy Matinee, so you don’t need to worry if your kids start to fuss.
Hit the Slots. The nickel arcade slots that is. Check out the throwback arcade at Avalon Theatre & Wunderland. You’ll find games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, driving games with steering wheels, and all sorts of other arcade craziness. Don’t forget your nickels!
Create Together. Head to SCRAP on February 7 to make some unique Valentine’s out of cut paper, collage items, and image transfers. ($10, please pre-register.) Or for some totally free crafty, heart-filled fun, check out one of the Valentine’s craft parties at your local library.