Valentine’s Day looks a little different when you become a parent. It’s usually a little louder and less intimate than when it was just the “two of you”. Valentine’s Day with kids can however give your family a great excuse to show each other how much you care. Here are some suggestions on local family-friendly events and DIY ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with kids.

Dinner at Dusk, Bicton

Source: Dinner at Dusk

Where: 5 Honour Avenue, Point Walter Reserve, Bicton

When: 4.30 – 8.30pm

Website: Dinner at Dusk

Spend time with your loved ones at Dinner at Dusk Point Walter! Enjoy a night under the stars with the best range of food trucks, live music and an ambience you will love. Bring a blanket and set up with family and friends on the grass, or take up a seat at one of the complimentary tables and chairs.

Summer Screens, Bicton

Source: Hawaiian

Snuggle up with your loved ones and watch a family movie under the stars this Valentine’s weekend. Hawaiian’s Melville is hosting a FREE Summer Screens series so pack a rug, cushions and picnic dinner, or treat yourself to a delicious dinner from one of the delicious food retailers, and enjoy the show!

This is a free event but please register to attend – details can be found on the website.

Where: 380 Canning Highway, Bicton

When: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Website: Hawaiian’s Melville

Melville Summer Music, Melville

Source: City of Melville

The City of Melville’s free Summer Music series will feature performances from some of the best artists in WA across four stunning outdoor spaces in Melville. The concerts will run from Saturday, 13 November 2021 through to Saturday, 26 March 2022.

The family-friendly concerts celebrate the best of summer – outdoor picnics, food trucks and live music, all against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset.

Where: Yagan Mia Wireless Hill Park, Kadidjiny Park, Limestone Amphitheatre and Piney Lakes Reserve

When: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Website: Melville Summer Music

South Perth StrEats, South Perth

Source: City of South Perth

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day! There will be live music by Jacob Pihema Music and a host of delicious vendors including:

Oishii Modern Japanese Street Food
Peter’s Cà Phê
Merlion Seafood Street
Hot Jam Doughnuts
Juice Station

So, if you’re celebrating Valentine’s, or just want a great vibe with delicious food, head to South Perth with family and friends, relax by the river with views of the gorgeous city skyline.

Where: Sir James Mitchell Park, Coode Street, South Perth

When: Wednesdays to Sundays 5.00pm – 8.30pm

Website: South Perth StrEats

Remember to download the SafeWA App and be Covid safe.

  • Before leaving home, check the WA Gov Covid website for any updated requirements
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Observe good hand hygiene and use the hand sanitiser where provided
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Check-in upon arrival, using the SafeWA app – look out for the QR codes around event or use manual check-in if available

DIY Valentine’s Day Celebrations

If an organized family outing isn’t feasible, we have listed some ideas to help make your Valentine’s Day celebrations with your kids just as special as they are.

Talk about Love

  • Take the opportunity to tell your child how much you love them and what love means to you. You can also ask them questions to get them thinking about family, friendship, and love. What do they love? How do they show their family that they love them? 
  • Write love notes filled with what you love about your kids and tape them to their bedroom door for them to wake up to
  • Give each other 10 compliments throughout the day
  • Read stories about love

Bake with Love

  • Make pink heart shaped pancakes for breakfast
  • Put a bit more pink or red in your little ones lunch boxes
  • Bake heart shaped cookies or a Valentine’s Day cake with the whole family
  • Create a love themed mocktail to enjoy together – use cranberry juice to make it red

Make “Lovely” craft

  • Make Valentine’s Day cards together
  • Each paint a picture of someone you love
  • Give out vouchers for a one on one date with Mum or Dad
  • Paint love hearts on rocks
  • Make these cute Fingerprint Heart Poem Keepsakes from Simply Today Life
  • Design a Valentine’s Picture Frame – take inspiration from Design Improved

Spend time together

  • Go for a picnic
  • Enjoy a special meal at home – dress everyone in their best clothes and use the good plates
  • Go for a walk as a family – head to the beach, King’s Park or find a new bush walk to try
  • Take a trip to the Swan Valley and enjoy some time in a family-friendly winery
  • Book a staycation for the whole family & relax

However you choose to spend Valentine’s Day, we hope it’s filled with lots of love, hugs and kisses xx

For more local events, head to our What’s On page.

Melville Mums
Author: Melville Mums