I mean, COME ON! Can't we have one holiday that isn't driven by commercialism? Can't we celebrate love with Whitman's or Russel Stover? Do we have to eat 2,500 calories of corn syrup-laden "chocolate" in one sitting because we want to show love to another person? No, definitely not. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate the day of love than eating sweets.
Enjoy your friends and family on the national day of love with a solid hike and a picnic. Choose a hike that the kids can manage, but still affords effort on your part.
Pack Subway sandwiches and call it good. Shoot, if you hike far enough, you've totally earned yourself a brownie at the end!
Here in Missoula, we have this place called Tastebuds that offers family, adult, and couple cooking classes. Taking a cooking class on a dish that you don't know anything about is a great way to bond and enjoy delicious food. We recently took a sushi class and it was such a great experience as it builds teamwork and our home cooking repertoire.
Don't have a cooking school or venue nearby? You could stream a class at home with Skillshare or Udemy.
Babysitters are expensive and so are the theaters. Instead of going out with your significant other, you could team up with other families and host a movie night. In one room, the kids could watch a movie and in another room, the parents to could watch a movie. Heck, if you all don't mind, you could all watch the SAME movie...Storks, perhaps? Or Lady and the Tramp?
Consider serving popcorn, fresh fruit, vegetable sticks with hummus, wine, beer, and maybe a chocolate-covered strawberry.