Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about champagne, expensive dinners, and romantic relationships. This year, show your kids that Valentine’s Day can be a time for showing all kinds of love, with these fun events and activities for kids and families.
Horse and Carriage Ride
Take the whole family on an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride through the city for Valentine’s Day. Irish Rose Drafts offers year-round carriage rides through downtown Denver, but they also offer special valentine-themed rides the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day through the following weekend, with two route options. The 20-25 minute ride is $150 and the 40-50 minute ride is $190 for families. Reservations can be made online.
Celebrate both Valentine’s Day and the last days of the Downtown Denver Rink’s skating season with a quick skate around the rink on February 14. The rink, located at Skyline Park off 16th and Arapahoe, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ice-skating is free, and skate rentals range from $6-$8.
Sharkey’s Sweetheart Breakfast
On February 10, the Downtown Aquarium holds its annual Sharkey’s Sweetheart Breakfast, with valentine-themed crafts and games for kids, a basket raffle, and a special appearance from the Mystic Mermaids. There are two seatings, 8:30 and 9:45 a.m., and the cost is $19 for adults, $13 for kids age three to 10, and free for kids age two and under. Reservations are required.
Valentine’s Day 4 Mile Fun Run
Kids and parents can celebrate the day of love and break a sweat by participating in a free Valentine’s Day Run and Kids Fun Run on February 11 at Washington Park. Afterward, take part in free photos with Cupid and receive finisher prizes. Parents are encouraged to dress up as their favorite TV, movie, or book couple. Registration and packet pickup starts at 9 a.m., and the kids run starts at 10 a.m.
This family-friendly festival is free to the public and celebrates the heart of Loveland—love, life, and the arts—during Valentine’s Day weekend February 9-11. Loveland’s downtown turns into a weekend winter carnival with laser tag, a trackless train, face painting, carriage rides, and more. Live ice and fire sculpting and family-friendly entertainment also takes place during the festival.
Valentine Class at My Make Studio
There’s no better time to let your sweet tooth run wild than Valentine’s Day. My Make Studio is hosting two valentine-themed classes, a valentine cupcake workshop on February 8 and a valentine heart-shaped cake workshop on February 13. Kids are welcome to come with an adult to the class, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is $60 per person. There’s no cost for adults helping their kids create their treats, only if they want their own set of cupcakes or cake—which we bet you will.
Dinner and a Movie (at Home)
Going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day is overrated, with or without kids. With an expensive prix fixe menu, crowds at every restaurant, and the need for a reservation weeks in advance, a night in is a great option. Make a night of it; set the table with the good silverware and set out a fondue station, which can easily be made in a slow cooker, a heavy bottomed pot, and even a ramekin for individual servings. Kids can dip in everything from meat to bread to vegetables. A chocolate fondue would be irresistible as well. After dinner, watch Lady and the Tramp or Gnomeo and Juliet to round out the night.