We love our kids. We really do. We love the sticky kisses, the paper hearts, and the toddler cuddles.
But nothing puts a damper on a romantic evening more than celebrating Valentine’s Day with children in tow.
That’s why we’re presenting you with some options, hopefully in time to be proactive and form your Valentine’s Day plans now! Huntsville has a some great things happening to help you have a great night out with your BabyMamma, BabyDaddy, or Significant Other.
Parent’s Night Out
Lucky YOU! Several great places are hosting Parent’s Night Out on February 14th – kids have fun, you have fun – it’s a Win-Win situation! Our only advice would be to call NOW because they fill up fast.
Sci-Quest Hands On Science Center – Ages 4-15 years | Register Online
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Cost: $23 per child, $18 for each additional child. Sci-Quest Members receive a 10 percent discount
Ages 4-6: Chocolate Covered Science Mad scientists will turn in their lab coats for aprons as we hit the kitchen for some food based science with our favorite food – chocolate! Experiment with chocolate, learn about its chemical properties and of course, make some chocolate treats to take home!
Ages 7-10: Heart to Heart Children will get their hearts pumping as they explore the circulatory system. Children will discover the major components of blood, learn how blood typing works, and even observe a real dissected sheep heart.
Ages 11+: I “Heart” Metal Art Children will learn about the physical and chemical properties of metals and get creative as they use this knowledge to make unique Valentine’s Day gifts for their friends and family.
Pump It Up, Huntsville – Ages Potty-Trained – 12 years | View Website
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Cost: $20 per child, $15 per sibling
A special night out for parents who’d like a candlelit dinner for two! The kids will bounce & play, eat pizza, and have loads of fun. There will be a movie available to watch for kids that get tired from all that jumping. Older kids will love the GLOW jump later in the evening.
The Little Gym, Huntsville – Ages Potty-Trained – 12 years | View Website
Date: Friday, Feb. 13
Time: 6:30 – 10:30 PM
Cost: $20/$25 per child (member/non-member)
Parents call it a break from the kids. Kids call it a break from their parents. That sounds like a win-win situation to us. The Little Gym of Huntsville Parentsʼ Survival Nights let you enjoy some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or enjoy a meal without—ahem—your pint-sized food critics in tow. Meanwhile, your children get some quality “kid time” in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games, and fun LEGO® DUPLO® and LEGO® Juniors building activities.
Kid’s Night Out at the Southeast YMCA – Ages 4-12 | Register Online
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Cost: $10 per child
Kids can get out of the house and have fun with friends at Kids Night Out. A night just for them with swimming, Wii, games, pizza, drinks, dancing, prizes and a lot more! No parents allowed!
Pour Your Heart Out
OK, so your kids are at Parent’s Night Out or with a sitter. Now what?
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is joining with Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark out of Birmingham on February 14th for a Valentine’s Day evening of science and art. Couples get to carve their own design into a 4-inch-square sand and resin mold. The Sloss metal sculptors fill the molds with molten iron from a 75-pound coke-fired furnace. HOW COOL IS THAT? The bad Juice will also be playing, there will be a cash bar, and you can see the “101 Inventions That Changed the World” with your Valentine.
Date & Time: Saturday, February 14 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Cost: $75 per couple (museum members $70)
Includes admission for two, a drink ticket each for beer or wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music by the band Juice and two cast iron tiles as well as a cash bar.
Celebrate Mardi Gras With Your Sweetie
For couples who enjoy a night on the town with friends, laissez les bons temps rouler in downtown Huntsville at the Mardi Gras Parade! Kick off Date Night with the Parade in the Huntsville Arts & Entertainment District where the roads will be blocked off for pedestrians. Afterward, grab dinner at one of the many restaurants downtown or head to the Krewe Party at the Lumberyard for some post-parade shenanigans.
Date & Time: Saturday, February 14 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Cost: Parade is FREE, Krewe Party $40
See A Show
Another option while you’re sans-kids is to catch a local show after dinner.
The Odd Couple by Lyrique Music Productions
Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Independent Musical Productions
The Hobbit by Grissom Theatre
Make a Night of It
For those lucky enough to have overnight arrangements for the kids, you might want to go whole hog! Homewood Suites in Providence is offering a SweetHeart Package that includes an overnight stay, a Grille 29 gift certificate, chocolates, and a late checkout!
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