Valentine’s Day always seems to arrive way too quickly. So, if you want yours to be fun and memorable, you need to start planning early. But that – as you and I both know – can be overwhelming, especially if you have no idea where to start.
In that breathe; here are 20 fun things to do on Valentine’s Day.
A list of fun things to do on Valentine’s Day
Weekend gateways are pretty common and are on most couple’s Valentine’s Day to-do list. You can join the many couples who plan to enjoy their special day at some fancy resort or destination. For instance, if you are in Kenya, you can book a trip to Mombasa or Diani for a fun-packed weekend. You can also visit the Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Mt. Longonot, etc.
Dinner for two
There will be lots of dinner for two offers around this time. Check around to see what captures your interest as well as budgetary preferences. Dinner for two is classical and romantic. Candle lights, soft songs, and just the two of you – talk about the best thing to do on Valentine’s Day. Oh, and it can be even better if it comes as a surprise.
Play tourist in your town
One of the easiest and fun-filled ways to enjoy your Valentine is playing tourist in your town. You will be amazed by how much your local town has to offer. From mountains and valleys to reserves and museums – you’re sure to find something you love. Just don’t forget to bring your selfie stick with you to capture those great moments.
Create a scrapbook of your relationship
Valentine’s Day is all about love. And what better way to mark the day than with a recollection of beautiful moments all pinned into one place? Creating a scrapbook of your relationship is something worth doing on Valentine’s Day. Besides, it is fun and memorable. And you can even make it part of your yearly culture – to collect photos of your relationship, meaningful tickets, and receipts and include them in your scrapbook.
Surprise you love with breakfast in bed
Sometimes, it is the simple things that count. Start your day with a nice and romantic gesture of serving breakfast in bed. You’ve probably seen it in the movies when your favorite lovebirds serve couple goals with breakfast in bed. You can pull this off too – it is classical but sends good vibes to your significant other. It’s even better when you add some beautiful flowers (or a nice note) on the breakfast tray.
Go on a road trip
Road trips are just as thrilling as they are fun – especially when you are doing it with someone you love. And the best thing about road trips is that you don’t have to have a destination in mind. Just fill your tank, hit the road, and seek the adventure. One of the most unexpected elements of heading on a Valentine’s Day road trip is discovering unexpected treasures.
Watch Valentine’s Day movies
There is simply no limit to romantic movies to watch this Valentine’s Day. And thanks to platforms like Netflix and Showmax, you are sure to be spoilt for choice. If you don’t feel like heading out, then a movie marathon is worth it. Try to skip the classic Romeo and Juliet or Titanic and go for the latest movies like Moonstruck or While you were Sleeping etc.
Hang out with your kids
With busy work schedules and school programs. it is easy not to spend enough time with your children. If you haven’t been seeing your kids often or spending quality time with them, it might be a good idea to make this Valentine’s Day all about them. Take them to fun parks or hangout joints and be there for them. It will go a long way.
Cook dinner together
Many couples enjoy going out to a nice restaurant and having dinner while there. But you can choose to deviate from the ordinary with a nice homemade dinner. The special thing about this dinner is that you get to prepare it with your significant other. When you cook dinner together, you spend quality time with each other. You can go ahead and set the dinner table with candle lights to create the mood.
Take an online mixology class
The best thing about this year’s Valentine’s Day is that it comes on a weekend. Make it special and memorable by taking that mixology class that you’ve been postponing for months. Mixology lessons are short and readily available on YouTube channels. At least you’ll have one more skill to show off in your next gathering with friends or family.
Have a game night
A game night is one of the best things to do on Valentine’s Day. In addition to being fun, it also provides room for bonding and creating memories. And there are plenty of games to choose from. Depending on your (and your partner’s) preferences, you can go with board games, puzzles, and card games. Guess the sound, treasure hunt, hide and seek are also good examples of fun games to play at home.
Take a relaxing bath
Nothing relaxes your mind and body than a nice bath. But it is even better when you do it together with your partner. Valentine’s Day is all about love and sharing, and bonding. A relaxing bath will make your day – especially when you throw in some essential oils. But don’t forget to light the candles and play some nice music in the background.
Have an indoor picnic
If you are like most people, you probably assume that picnics are all about going out in nature. But that’s not always the case. You could hang out right in the middle of your living room and still have as much fun as you would if you’d gone out. So, why not try that this Valentine’s Day. Who knows, that could be all you need to have an intimate connection with your significant other.
Watch the stars together
There’s something magical about watching the sky at night. All those bright dots – some are planets, some stars, and others, suns like our own. Then there’s the moon that seems so near, yet it’s pretty far away. Stargazing never disappoints. Besides, studies from the University of California-Irvin suggest that stargazing can make you a better person. But this mainly because of the awe that comes with the activity.
Recreate your favorite date
Let’s face it. Every couple has that one favorite date that they can’t get over. It could be the first date, or proposal date, or a date in a faraway country. If you have had such a date, then you may want to commemorate by recreating it this Valentine’s Day. It might take a little effort to pull the entire thing off, but the effort is usually well worth it.
Wine and chocolate tasting party
A wine and chocolate tasting party is a unique and fun Valentine’s Day idea for you and your loved one – or even with friends. If you think about it, what better way to celebrate than with wine and chocolate? But there are a few basic rules to keep in mind before getting started. For starters, then you need good quality wine and chocolate. Also, the wine should be as sweet as or sweeter than the chocolate.
Try these perfect pairings:
- Moscato with white chocolate
- Shiraz or Merlot with dark chocolate
- Champagne with milk chocolate
- Riesling or Pinot Noir with milk chocolate
- Tawny Port with dark chocolate
- Dessert wine with fruit-filled milk chocolates
- White Zinfandel with white chocolate
Send a gift
With everything that’s happening all around us – the pandemic and all – it might be impossible to physically meet your loved one. But that shouldn’t be a problem. Not when you can send a lovely and thoughtful gift to them. Go for a personalized jigsaw puzzle, an engraved lighter, or a “what I love about you” journal, a bracelet, sweatshirt, or watch.
In addition to sending a gift, it might also be a good idea to hang out with your loved one, albeit virtually. Technology has made the world a global village. And with apps like Facetime, Skype, Zoom, and Google Meetings, you can see each other’s faces. Save some time this Valentine’s Day to be with your loved one. A gift alone might not cut it if you aren’t available for them.
Have some “me” time
Being alone is an integral part of self-development. It gives you time to focus on your interest and to get to know yourself better. When you are with other people, you may have to push your passions and ideas to the side to please their needs and wants. But when you are alone, you have a chance to make creative choices and focus your attention without worrying about what others think.
Give yourself some TLC
You deserve some tender, loving, and care. Sometimes, you might wait forever for someone to spoil your rotten. Unless you are willing to wait that long, it’s time to do something good for yourself. Something you’ll thank yourself for. It could be the massage that you’ve always wanted or the restaurant you’ve been eyeing for a while. Whatever it is, go out there and treat yourself.