For many, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion celebrated with romantic candlelit dinners, long-stemmed roses, and stolen kisses, but for parents with young kids, the day of love can easily shift from a day of passion, to an excuse to order in and implement early bedtimes.
Having kids shouldn’t mean forgoing the Valentine’s Day festivities! Vancouver offers a long list of great Valentine’s Day activities fit for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just 4 of the ways you can celebrate love on February 14th with your kid in tow.
1) Go Ice Skating at Robson Square
Strap on some skates, grab each other’s hands, and go for a spin around the rink at Robson Square. This is your last chance to enjoy a local favourite pastime before the rink is shut down for the year. Valentine’s Day is the last day the ice rink is open to the public – a great excuse to enjoy an evening of family fun.
2) Celebrate Your Love For Chocolate
Don’t just celebrate your love for one another on Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love for chocolate with a visit to Vancouver’s annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Featuring 21 participating restaurants, and 61 unique and sweet-tooth-satisfying flavours, this event will have you swooning for sweet sips while buzzing from a sugar rush. Hurry, because February 14th is the last day to enjoy the festivities. Proceeds support job training programs for the women of the downtown Eastside, so you can feel good supporting a great cause while filling up on copious amounts of cocoa.
3) Catch Odysseo Under The Big Top
Cavalia’s Odysseo is an awe-inspiring live performance featuring equestrian and acrobatic feats and high-tech theatrical effects that will have you gasping in wonder and cheering for more. 65 horses and 48 artists work together to prove that human and horse can work in unison to create crowd-pleasing performances in a safe and ethical way. Odysseo is on until March 5th.
4) Enjoy a 3-Course Dinner At Rocky Mountain Flatbread
In honour of Valentine’s Day, Rocky Mountain Flatbread has partnered up with Koko Monk to create a delicious and affordable 3-course dinner menu fit for pizza lovers and chocoholics. Pairing a unique blend of raw chocolate selections with flatbread favourites, Rocky Mountain Flatbread creates a special dinner menu that will satisfy the tastebuds of both food lovers and picky eaters. The special Valentine’s Day dinner and drinks specials are available at both Main Street and Kitsilano locations. Book in advance to save your spot.