The Southwest Ice Rink at Skyline Park (credit: CBS)
Planning a romantic night out for Valentine’s Day? Well, don’t forget to plan something special to show your kids a little love too. You can have the evening of Valentine’s Day to spend with your honey but why not use the other time that weekend to find something fun to do with the children? There are lots of fun ways to spend some quality time together as a family this Valentine’s Day weekend. From fun runs to carnivals and lots of other great ideas, here are some perfect activities for your kids this Valentine’s Day.
Hearts of All Ages 2014
Wings Over the Rockies Museum
7711 E. Academy Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230
Date: Feb. 14, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Hearts of All Ages Carnival is back for a sixth year at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum. You’ll find a huge carnival with all of the trimmings. Snack on cotton candy, get your face painted, enjoy plenty of dancing and check out the huge silent auction. The University of Colorado Hospital Foundation brings this family Valentine’s Day event together and all proceeds benefit the hospital’s Orthopedics department. So while you are having a great time checking out all the fun under the big top, you’ll also be helping out a great cause.
Parker Tennis Fun Days
18700 E. Plaza Drive
Parker, CO 80138
Date: Feb. 14, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Why not use Valentine’s Day as a chance to get out and try something new? This annual event is the perfect way to introduce your child to the world of tennis, using the USTA QuickStart format. This format uses specific foam balls, smaller racquets and shorter nets, allowing the instructors to customize the instruction for even the smallest players. The plan even includes games, challenges and contests to create the perfect fun environment so that your kids will love learning the game of tennis. You can bring your own racquets or one will be provided.
Go Ice Skating at Skyline Park
16th St. and Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202
One of the best ice-skating rinks in town is open through Sunday, February 16. You can use these last few days of the season as the perfect chance to whirl around the beautiful rink with your kids. If you visit on Saturday, you can even take a class on how to skate and it is free. Bundle up the kids, grab the skates and head to downtown Denver. You’ll love this rink, surrounded by the beauty of downtown, while you spend some quality time together navigating the ice and having a perfectly fun Valentine’s Day with the whole family.
Parker Parks and Rec Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day 5k/10k
Parker Recreation Center
17301 E. Lincoln Ave.
Parker, CO 80134
Date: Feb. 15, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Keep your healthy lifestyle going for Valentine’s Day and bring out the whole family for the Parker Parks and Recreation Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day 5k/10k and more. You can register to run in either race and stick around because there is a free kids’ dash following the race for children eight and under. Plus, once you have worked up that appetite from running, all participants get to enjoy an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast. If you have younger kids, strollers are allowed as well, so there is no excuse to miss this great Valentine’s Day event in Parker.
Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
Date: Feb. 17, 2014
The gardens bloom even in the winter and the Monday after Valentine’s Day is a free day at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It is the best time to head down to the York Street gardens with the kids to check out all of the amazing plants and flowers. You can stroll the outside and inside gardens and learn a little bit about what grows in the difficult Colorado climate. Plus, you’ll also be able to check out the special Orchid Showcase, on display only through February 24. You’ll see hundreds of orchid blooms as you are transported to a floral wonderland.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.