3 Fun Valentines Day Ideas for Family at Home

valentines day ideas for family

Last updated on December 31st, 2023 at 11:00 am

Valentines Day Ideas for Family at HOme

Valentines day ideas for family are just as important as Valentines for couples.  One of the best ideas for families at Valentines Day is to cook together. 

Cooking fun valentine treats is a family fun activity that can be a yearly tradition to celebrate valentine.

Just after Christmas and ringing in the new year, we move toward the next celebration of our loved ones and our little ones. These ideas will have the whole family looking forward to the big day to show family love.

Unique Valentines Day Ideas for Family

A fun and unique activity for valentines for the whole family is to create valentines day cards for each other.  

Since we are celebrating in the kitchen, why not make a valentines recipe card? What a cute DIY valentine idea that not only is fun but a great arts and crafts activity before dinner.  

Homemade valentines are the perfect simple gift ideas to show love and family togetherness.

Valentines Day Ideas for Family at Home

Cooking together can be a fun way to have a party in the kitchen while learning about kitchen skills.  Mixing and whisking is always a great idea for a task to keep little hands busy.  Not only will they be busy, but they will also learn to be helpful in the kitchen. 

These valentines ideas are perfect for families because there is something for everyone.  There can also be a choice of treats and also substitutions can easily be made.

These are the treats that we have listed below:


Fun Family Valentines Ideas: Making Valentine Family Treats

Making Valentine’s Day Treats for a birthday or cooking activity with a group is a great way to spend the weekend or holiday.

Baking from scratch is a great learning experience for a child! Just think about the time that they get to spend learning in the kitchen.  Kids get to learn kitchen science while making Valentines.

Cooking with kids is one of the best valentines ideas for family.  They get see first hand the science behind rising agents like yeast, baking soda, baking powder. In addition, the math and measuring can help teach how to go from teaspoons to tablespoons!

Here are some easy cooking activities that are perfect for cooking with kids for Valentines Day.  These are a mixture of both measuring and convenience, perfect for any cooking party mom!

Simple Valentines Day Ideas for Family

Make Classic Cake Pops

Valentines Day treats are a great way to celebrate love and affection by making them together.

Whether you’re planning a romantic evening with your significant other or a fun-filled day with the kids, these Valentines Day treats are sure to impress.

One of the most popular Valentines Day treats are classic cake pops. These cute and colorful treats are easy to make and can be customized to fit any theme. All you need is cake mix or leftover cupcakes, icing, candy melts, popsicle sticks, vegetable oil, and small sprinkles.

With a little bit of creativity, you can create cake pops in the shape of hearts or in your loved one’s favorite colors.

Look for step by step directions on how to make cake pops out of leftover cake.

Family Ideas for Valetines Day: Make Heart-Shaped Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

For a more elegant option, try making white chocolate cherry shortbread. These pink-colored cookies are shaped into hearts and drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkles. The recipe is easy to follow and the kids will love helping to make them.

We used the recipe from Midwest Living, and this is the one that I would recommend to use because it is really delicious and the kids loved it!  

Note: The only thing I would change just because I like to simplify things is step 5.  Instead of dipping the cooking in the white chocolate, we drizzled it over the top and then added the sprinkles.

Finally, the kids shaped the cookies into hearts. Additionally, the child can color pictures while they wait for the cookies to bake.

No matter which treat you choose to make, these Valentines Day ideas for family cooking are the perfect way to bond with your loved ones and create memories in the kitchen.  So, gather your family and friends and get baking!

Family Valentine’s Day Ideas: Bake Pastries Together

Strawberry Stuffed Copycat Pop Tarts

These homemade tarts are made with a simple dough of flour, salt, unsalted butter, and cold water. The filling is made with strawberry preserves, but you can also make your own if you prefer. Tarts are perfect for breakfast or as a sweet treat for your loved ones.

The beauty of cooking at home is you can make it like you like, and do what works for you. Keep scrolling to recipe below.

These homemade pop tarts look delicious after they are baked.

Homemade pop tart drizzled with icing.

Valentine Ideas for Baking with Kids

When I had my cooking school, one of the most popular classes that we had was a family Valentines baking class.  Parent and child showed their valentines care for each other by helping one another in the kitchen.  The teamwork making each item is a gift in a memory created together. 

Family time is so important as children get older and each Valentines day seems to come more quickly each year.  I am sure all parents can agree with that one!

Last but certainly not least, kids also learn the value of cleaning up after cooking.  When everyone in the family pitches in, the clean up is a breeze.  Moreover, be prepared for a mess after cooking with kids.  However, don’t stress, it is part of the fun and enjoy the process. That can be one of their valentines gifts to you, helping mom clean up!

What are some of your own best valentines day treats? Share them with us below!

Strawberry Stuffed "Pop" Tarts

A fun way to make a familiar treat! 4 Ingredient dough! Great for making Valentine's Day Treats.
Prep Time1 hour 30 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Author: Cooking Party Mom


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • a pinch salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, chunked
  • 1/2 cup cold water plus more if needed
  • 1 jar strawberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup milk or beaten egg for brushing on the edges of the tarts
  • icing/sprinkles of your choice for decorating


  • For the Dough:
    Combine flour, salt, and butter in a large bowl. With your fingers pinch the butter into the flour until butter is pea-sized and the mixture looks coarse. Slowly add water, folding into the flour until dough comes together. On a lightly floured surface, form dough into a disc and wrap in plastic to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a circle that is about 1/8 inch thick. Then roll it up onto the rolling pin and gently lay it out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cut rectangles out of the dough approximately 2 inches x 3 inches. You will need 2 rectangles per tart.
    In the center of the 1 side rectangle dough, add strawberry preserves, approximately 2 tablespoons each. Cover with the other rectangle. Using a fork, gently press the fork into the dough to form a crinkle all around the sides of the dough. Brush the edges of the dough with milk or egg wash.
  • Bake for approximately 30- 45 minutes, or until the crust looks golden brown.
    Cool slightly before serving.
  • Once the tart is done, it's time to decorate. Choose the icing and sprinkle of your choice!

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