Valentine’s Day might focus on hearts and love for couples, but you and your child can still join in on the fun! Consider taking your kid out for a one-on-one date with just one parent, for some extra special time together. Make it feel real by dressing up and asking first date questions (like favorite foods/hobbies/vacations). Your kids will revel in the super special attention and love! Try our four date ideas below for a great time.

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photo: Kevin Tao via Flickr

The All-About-Kids Date: Candy Store Hop

Go on a tour of Portland’s best candy stores. But pace yourself– there’s a whole lot! Fill up on gorgeous handmade sweets like the colorful Dreams Come Chew at Quin and chocolate bon bon at Alma, or fill a whole bag of gummy goodies at Rocket Fizz. Check out the whole list here. Afterwards, work off the sugar rush with ice skating at Lloyd Center Ice Rink (recently reopened after 2016 renovations).

Lloyd Center Ice Rink
953 Lloyd Ctr., Portland
503-288-6073
Online: lloydcenterice.com/

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photo:Justin W via Yelp

The Casual Date: Pizza and a Movie

Take your kids out for a gourmet slice at a local pie-slinger like Life of Pie Pizzeria on N. Williams. With a wood-fired oven baking pies with house-made mozzarella, and a full menu of other hits like spaghetti, the date’s sure to be a hit. And if you catch their happy hour (it’s seven hours long, so it should be a cinch) you and your little date can both get the $5 Margherita pizza, and save some money for popcorn at the movies at Regal Lloyd Center!

Life of Pie Pizzeria
3632 N Williams Ave., Portland
503-719-7321
Online: lifeofpiepizza.com/

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Regal Lloyd Center
1510 N.E. Multnomah St., Portland 
844-462-7342
Online: fandango.com/regallloydcenter1026imax_aaapp/theaterpage

The Fancy Date: Dress up for High Tea

Splurge on a very special date, complete with fancy clothes and sweet treats. Your kids will be rewarded with a display of England and Portland’s best, like little sandwiches with the crusts cut off (vidalia onion, cucumber and dill, or the tomato twiddle are delicious!), scones with clotted cream, and an array of daily cakes and pastries. Tea cocktails are available for the adults: fake English accent not required, but welcomed.

Thurs.-Sun. at 3 p.m.
$35 for adults, $18 for kids 12 and under.
Reservations only, required two days ahead.
Hotel DeLuxe
729 SW 15th Ave., Portland
503-219-2094
Online: hoteldeluxeportland.com/afternoon-tea/

 

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Photo: Mt Hood Territory via Flickr

The Outdoorsy Date: Hike and Hot Chocolate at Timberline Lodge

Snow and hot chocolate are always romantic (and kid-friendly!), and they’re in full supply at Timberline Lodge. A beautiful 1930’s-era building perched on Mt. Hood, it’s the gateway to hitting the slopes on skis. But even the shortest hike around the lodge warrants hot chocolate by the fire! Keep an eye out for Heidi or Bruno, two of Timberline’s resident St. Bernard dogs, trained for alpine rescue and also for cuddles.

27500 E Timberline Rd.
Timberline Lodge, OR
Online: timberlinelodge.com

What’s your favorite date place with your children? Tell us in the comments below!

—Katrina Emery