3 Last Minute Family Date Night Ideas to Try This Valentine’s Day

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Still looking for something special to do on Valentine’s Day with your sweeties? In order to help you celebrate the loves of your life, we’ve put together a few super awesome family date ideas that are a cinch to plan. Chocolate hearts are totally optional.

dad daughter lowes build and growPhoto: Lowe’s Build and Grow

For the crafty family…
Have your little ones grown used to binge sessions of HGTV, and trips the hardware store? Then set off on Saturday for a special project just for Prince and Princess. Lowe’s Home Improvement stores will let love fill their warehouses while your mini Bob Villas create stunning picture frames perfect for their school day pictures or a selfie of the two, err three, of you. Bonus? Each picture frame maker gets a free apron, goggles, a Lowe’s patch, and a certificate of merit for completing the frame. Sweet.

Don’t want the date to end? Scope out one of these photographer-vetted locations to snap your next great fam photo.

Various Lowe’s around the DMV
Cost: Free
When: Feb. 13, 10 am
Online: lowesbuildandgrow.com 

boy cookingPhoto: ben.timney via flickr

For the family that cooks together…
Little bakers will love (pardon the pun) taking a cooking class with their extra special chef. Strolling into a big kid’s kitchen, future Buddy Valastros get to make and bake tasty cookies, whip up scrumptious whoopee pies, and create lovey dovey chocolate valentines. Nothing is sweeter than spending an afternoon creating sweet treats with your favorite Valentine’s day present ever…except maybe eating said treats.

Don’t want the date to end? Head to one of these playgrounds to run off some of the sugar you ingested while sneaking tastes at your baking class.

Sur la Table
1101 S. Joyce St. (Arlington, Va)
326 King St. (Alexandria, Va)
Cost: $49 per person
Day: Feb. 13-14
Online: surlatable.com 

unnamedPhoto: Hilary Riedemann

For the competitive family…
Where does one go for a cool, yet cheap date with the whole family? Bowling of course! And we’re talking about old school, no fancy shoes, all out fun bowling. There’s tons of different alleys depending on where you live (Bowl America, Lucky Strike, Bowlmor). But, if you happen to be one of America’s finest, and have a military ID, you can try out the bowling alleys on Joint Base Anacostia Bolling or Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Whether your kiddos are pros who don’t need bumpers or your pint-sized bowler loves to use the metal assist, we promise an awesome time for the whole gang. All places offer shoe rentals, and most joints even have snacks, pizza, wings, beer and wine so you can make an afternoon–or evening–out of it.

Don’t want the date to end? What goes best with bowling? The movies, of course! Make a bee line for the Angelika Theater–in the Mosaic District or Union Market–where they’re always showing at least one family-friendly flick.

What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments section below.

–Hilary Riedemann