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Valentine's Day Ideas to Celebrate with the Whole Family

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
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Don't let the kids stop the romance
Ettalong beach Central Coast
Explore the beautiful coastline this Valentine's Day


St Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, and just because you've got the kids in tow, doesn't mean romance is off the table. After all, it's romance that got the kids here in the first place! So ditch the babysitter and make a day of it!

1. Lunch somewhere special.
Pilu at Akuna Bay has water views in the National Park, plus food from the team from two hatted Pilu at Freshwater. Their sharing feast on Sundays is designed to be a family affair. Indulge in a leisurely lunch, perfect for your Valentine entourage. Book now while places are still available.

West Head Beach
Escape the crowds on West Head Beach


2. Picnic in a stunning location.
Sydney has a myriad of parklands on the water, all with stunning views or beaches to laze on. Pack a picnic and pass the time outdoors in this beautiful city of ours. West Head Beach, Bundeena or Fagan Park are perfect for those with little ones. Woolwich Docklands or getting a boat to Ettalong for something different.

The Rift, Bowral
The Luxury of The Rift


3. Take the whole family on a Hot Air Balloon ride.
Red Balloon has plenty of options available, and some are currently discounted! Put a tick on the whole families bucket list.


4. Make a weekend of it.
Have a weekend away, and hope the kids let you sleep in Sunday morning! For ultimate romance, head to the luxury of The Rift in Bowral, or plan an easy beach weekend in the Treehouse in Culburra. The MGallery Fairmont Resort has lots of activities to keep the kids occupied, and the bonus of an indoor and outdoor pool means you can tire them out swimming, regardless of the weather.

5. Go to High Tea in a luxury hotel.
The kids will love the tiered settings and you can sip a glass of champagne while they gobble down cakes.

6. Splash out on a show.
There are still tickets available on the 14th to Matilda the Musical and The Sound of Music or treat yourself to a tour and tasting plate at the Opera House.



7. Have some fun.
Hit Wet'n'Wild, iFly or Luna Park. There's something special about sharing the adrenaline inducing experiences. You'll find yourself sharing laughter and talking excitedly as you wait in the lines.

Grand Pacific Drive
The Grand Pacific Drive


8. Get out of town.
Go exploring for the day, somewhere none of you have visited before. Share the moment of discovery. Grand Pacific Drive, small towns like Minmi or Maitland, or the picturesque Berry are easy and fun daytrips. There's plenty to choose from less than 2 hours away, so why not see what's out there?

HunterValley
The glorious Hunter Valley


9. Create a LUX night at home.
Grab a romantic movie, make some choc tops and popcorn and snuggle on the lounge. Better still if you whip up some dinner and light a few candles...

10. Chocolates.
Of course, you can't go wrong with chocolates, but why not make them extra special with some handmade delicacies from Belle Fleur?

This Valentine's day, make a day of it, and share the love with the kids. A happy family is the greatest gift of all.
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When: Sunday 14th February
Where: NSW
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