For a lot of parents, Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without spending time with the kids. If you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kiddos, we’ve rounded up 13 perfect Valentine’s date ideas for you and your kid in Calgary.
Some of these date ideas take place on days outside of February 14th, because, hey – doesn’t love deserve to be celebrated every day of the year?
Enjoy High Tea
If you’d like to celebrate Valentine’s Day like royalty, why not take your little date for high tea? With cute finger sandwiches, yummy desserts and, of course, a delicious pot of tea, an afternoon tea date couldn’t be more perfect for Valentine’s Day. Visit the websites below for reservation information (keep in mind that most establishments do require reservations 24-48 hours in advance and most only offer tea service during specific times and days of the week.)
Reservations available Saturdays and Sundays between 2:15-3:00 pm.
Reservations available Saturdays and Sundays between 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Reservations available daily from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Reservation 48 hours in advance required.
Reservations available Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Go For a Mani/Pedi
Take your kiddo for an afternoon of pampering at your local nail salon! Grab a treat on the way and enjoy spending some time chatting and having your hands and feet taken care of. Many salons, like Soma Hammam & Spa offer “mini” services perfect for younger guests.
Go Skating Outside
If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor date to keep you active, lace up your skates and visit one of Calgary’s outdoor skating rinks! Big Marlborough Park, Carburn Park, Prairie Winds Park, Thomson Family Park, Bowness Park and Olympic Plaza downtown all have outdoor rinks that are maintained by the City of Calgary. Both Bowness Park Lagoon and Olympic Plaza also have rentals available.
Enjoy a Sip or Two During YYC Hot Chocolate Fest
If you and your Valentine’s date love hot chocolate (and let’s be honest – who doesn’t?) why not cast your vote for the best cup of cocoa in the city? Visit participating coffee shops, restaurants and lounges to try out their signature hot chocolate and then vote for your favourite online. Proceeds from each drink help to support Calgary Meals on Wheels.
Check Out the Sweetheart Valentine’s Party for Babies and Toddlers
Acadia Recreation Complex – 240 90 Avenue SE
February 7 at 9:00 am
For teeny Valentine’s Day dates, the Acadia Recreation Complex will be hosting tons of cute and fun activities for babies and toddlers to celebrate the day of love (one week early!). Bring your little to enjoy dancing, crafts, sensory tables, soft-sided play areas, cookie decorating and don’t forget to get a professional keepsake photo and grab some chocolate on your way out! If you purchase your tickets prior to January 30th, you’ll also receive two free tickets to the ‘From Bump to Baby & Beyond’ show.
Decorate Valentine’s Cookies
Cibo 17th – 1012 17 Avenue SW
February 13 between 4:00 – 5:30 pm or 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Get your decorating on at this fun event hosted at Cibo on 17th Ave! There are two decorating slots available, both of which coincide with happy hour pricing, which means that you can enjoy $5 pizzas and cheap drinks along with your tasty cookies! $12 gets you a bundle of 6 pre-baked cookies ready to decorate with candy and icing. Extra cookie bundles are also available for purchase, but tickets to the event must be pre-purchased.
Try to Escape The Locked Library
Central Library – 800 3 Street SE
February 14 from 7:00 – 9:30 pm
The Central Library will be hosting a Valentine’s Day activity perfect for a whole family of puzzle-lovers and riddle-solvers. Although the difficulty of the puzzles is geared more towards adults, the event is family-friendly and recommended for groups of four or larger. Together, you’ll have 2 hours to discover clues and solve puzzles in order to escape the enchanted Central Library. Best of all, Village Ice Cream will be on-site to give out cups of ice cream to the first 700 players. Talk about a sweet date! Visit the link to secure your spot!
Take in The Lights at GLOW Downtown Winter Festival
February 14- 16
The magical GLOW Winter Festival is lighting up downtown Calgary again this year! Celebrate the beautiful outdoors with food, drinks and activities as you wander through the lights and sights. Ice carvers, an ice slide and live entertainment are sure to make your Valentine’s date one to remember. Check the website for updated information as February 14 gets closer.
Visit Telus Spark
220 St. George’s Drive NE
Enjoy Valentine’s Day with your little scientist at Telus Spark. It just so happens that Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, which means that kids 17 and under can enjoy admission to this family-favourite destination for only $5 between 4 and 9 pm! There’s even a family-style dinner menu for $15/Adult and $10/child which means you’ve got your entire date taken care of!
Decorate a Delicious Dessert
CAKEify Studio – 607 Meredith Road NE
February 14 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
If yummy treats speak to your Valentine’s heart, this drop-in cake decorating class is the perfect spot. Purchase your decorating kit in advance (online) by choosing your project. Each project is $25. Choices for your project include either a 4-pack of regular size cupcakes, a 4” round mini buttercream cake, a carved heart-shaped brownie or 4 fancy sugar cookies. Drop in any time between 10:00 and 4:00.
Bow Habitat Station FISHtival
1440 – 17A Street SE
February 15 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bow Habitat Station is hosting its annual family fishing weekend celebration on February 15th – perfect for a Valentine’s weekend celebration! Play outside at this free outdoor event and enjoy marshmallow roasting, snowshoeing, and casting. Head inside to check out the Bow Habitat Station for $5.
Paint Pottery and Eat Chocolate
Colour Me Mine Kensington – 334 14 St NW
February 15 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bring the whole family to paint pottery or glass fusion and enjoy dipping treats into a delicious chocolate fountain! Tickets are just $14 for this relaxing and fun event and can be paid the day of, although pre-registration is encouraged.
65 Roses Princess Ball
February 16 at 1 pm
There’s probably no more magical way to celebrate the Valentine’s Day weekend than by attending the 7th Annual 65 Roses Princess Ball. This year, little Knights are also encouraged to join in the fun. This event, which features a buffet lunch, dancing, face painting, crafts, live shows, dessert decorating and, of course, real-live princesses and special characters, helps to raise funds to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
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