This year you may not have time to go on a Valentine’s date night with your significant other, or may opt to including the kids in the fun. Here are some “kid date” ideas to celebrate the month of love.

Walk The BeltLine

Walk, bike or run the 22-mile trail that connects many Atlanta neighborhoods. Admire murals, search for the Tiny Doors and stop for a treat at Krog Street Market or Ponce City Market along the way.

Hop on an Atlanta Streetcar

You don’t have to visit New Orleans or San Francisco to experience the fun of street cars, take a ride on the loop and visit the playground at Woodruff Park.

See a Show

In February, The Adventures of Mighty Bug brings a science-filled adventure to the Center for Puppetry Arts, and Play the Play with Cat the Cat brings Cat the Cat’s parade of animal friends to The Theatre for the Very Young at Alliance Theatre.

Visit a Garden

Valentine’s Day is traditionally all about flowers so why not visit a garden to see some? Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s newly-remodeled children’s garden or the Woodlands Garden tucked in Decatur.

Visit a Jump Place

Let the kids burn off all of the sweets. Some ideas include: SkyZone, Catch Air and Hippo Hop. Here is our list of Atlanta jump places.

Visit the Zoo

The new panda cubs are a must-see, and your kids will love seeing the panda enclosure with Atlanta’s own giant panda celebrities.

Have a Sweet Treat

Even though your kids will be overloaded with sugar, you may still want to take them for a special treat. Visit the Sprinkles ATM at Lenox Square Mall where they can see cupcakes dispense or visit one of these ice cream shops on our list of favorites.

Attend a Valentine’s Day Dance

Many community centers around Atlanta are hosting special dances. Check with your local parks and recreation for schedules.

Enjoy a Special Meal

Some choices include: Downwind Restaurant at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, The Sun Dial for a view of downtown or Mary Mac’s Tea Room for some Southern comfort. Check out our list of favorite mommy and me lunch spots.

Visit a Museum

These picks are both having Valentine’s Day-themed programs: The Children’s Museum of Atlanta (Feb. 12. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) and The Atlanta History Center (Feb. 6. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Make a Valentine’s Day Craft

Lakeshore Learning in Marietta is hosting a free Valentine’s Day-themed crafting day on Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations for crafting include: Drop-In Art Classes at Treehouse Kid & Craft every Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or Toddler Thursdays at the High Museum of Art from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

– Teresa Farkas

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