Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about romance. It can be a great opportunity to deepen the love connection with the whole family! Get dressed up and see a performance at a Portland’s Children’s Theater or spend the afternoon at a local spa for a nourishing mom and daughter facial. Adventurous families may enjoy creating love filled costumes and wearing them on a family bike ride or perhaps it’s time for a mini photo session for the whole crew! Cherish each other with one of these 6 thoughtfully selected family oriented Valentine’s Day ideas. Read on to find out more

photo: Anna Caitlin Photography

Anna Caitlin Photography

A Love shoot might be exactly what you and your little lovelies are in need of! On Feb 11th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. local photographer Anna Caitlin is offering 20 minute mini sessions for couples and families! For $175 you get 20 edited full resolution images, an online gallery for personal download, personal print release, and a Polaroid to take home with you at the end of the shoot! Anna is delightful and her images are creative and ethereal. Spots go fast!

Online: annacaitlinphotography.com

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Struck Chocolate

Drool over delicious gourmet chocolate this Valentine’s Day. Brave the rain and cold and make your way to a magical emporium of cocoa delights! Treat the family to a round of hot silky chocolate milk and specialty chocolates or macaroons! Find one of their locations and plan your love filled day around chocolate!

Online: Moonstruckchocolate.com

Love Hive Yoga


Love Hive Yoga wants to celebrate the sentiment of "Be My Valentine" by asking everyone to come to yoga and be loved. They’ll have two Valentine Day Celebration classes at both the Burnside and Woodstock locations. Expect an extra-long and extra yum restorative yin yoga class with long holds, lots of support, sweet adjustments, essential oil head rubs, and candlelit mood lighting. Bring a partner, a friend, your teenagers, or come solo to soak in the ambiance of self-love.

Valentine’s Day Class will be held on Wednesday Feb 14th at 7:15p.m. – 8:45p.m. at the Burnside Location and 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Woodstock Location.

Curious about Love Hive’s kid policy? Check it out here. Keep your eyes open for a teen yoga offering coming soon to the studio!

1847 E Burnside St. Suite 100
5975 SE 52nd

503-568-1506

Online: lovehiveyoga.com

Northwest Children’s Theater

Lights, Camera, Action! Get dressed up and take the family to an afternoon showing of Chitra! NWCT is once again thrilled to partner with Anita Menon, who co-directed 2015’s smash hit, Indian-dance infused adaptation of "The Jungle Book". She’s back and better than ever telling the story of Chitra, a warrior princess who struggles to stay true to herself while balancing the responsibility to her people and her own call of love. Expect epic martial arts sequences and a wide range of creative dance styles that will have the whole family on the edge of their seats!

1819 NW Everett St
Information 503-222-2190
Box Office 503-222-4480
Online: nwcts.org

 

Worst Day of the Year Bike Ride

Calling all of our Portland Family Adventurers! We have found you a perfect way to spend one of the notoriously coldest and wettest days of the year. It's the Worst Day of the Year Bike Ride! Sounds like fun?! This all age, family friendly 4 mile ride starts at Lucky Lab Brewery on Hawthorne St and boasts participation of 3000 brave souls! Sign the whole family up for half price and remember that all kids under 12 ride for free. Dress the whole family in costumes and you may win some exciting prizes! ALL prize winners receive a free pass to the 2019 Worst Day of the Year Ride. Plan ahead and map out this year's family friendly bike route.

Online: worstdayride.com

Portland Healing Space

There’s simply not enough time and space to explain how delightfully extraordinary Neva Osterloh from Portland Healing Special is, but we’ll try. Neva cultivates a peaceful healing sanctuary where you can truly relax, receive, and be nourished to the core. Her approach is gentle, compassionate, and deeply present. If your beloved teenager is in need of some super special nourishing care, dial up, and book a Teen Self Care Session. This treatment is all about easing stress and establishing positive self-care habits that will last a lifetime. Between the ages of 11 and 17 our bodies begin shifting in ways that can be difficult to anticipate. Possibly the most challenging are the changes we notice in our skin and hair growth. Encouraging the young to be gentle with themselves and their skin, and to be consistent with simple daily hygiene during this time is essential for their emotional well-being and well as the health of their skin. Neva’s hope is to give teens a confidence boost, encourage their awareness of self, and to bring comfort and tools to cope with adolescent stressors. Teens will experience a gentle, relaxing and educational first facial treatment followed by a chat about home care for themselves and their skin. A teen skin care zine will be included to take home to remind both the client and their parents of what was covered in the session.

45 Minute Facial + 15 Minute Self Care Session, $85
Sliding scale pricing available.
1830 NE Grand Ave
503-894-9437
Online: PortlandHealingSpace.com

What’s your favorite way to spend Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments!

—Elissa Cirignotta

featured image: Natalia Dotto Photography

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