A Trip To The Spa
Kiddies spas are popping up everywhere these days. What better way to treat your little Valentine than to take them out for a day of pampering galore? Of course, you can join in on the fun too. If you have more than one treasure to spoil on the day of love, think about bringing along grannies, aunties or friends. This will ensure that everyone is well cared for. Here are our top picks for a family spa day:
Revive Wellness Spa
Revive Wellness Spa is situated in Highlands North, bordering Sandton. This four-storey health and wellness haven offers kiddies and adult treatment packages. The spa for kids includes mani and pedi rooms, facials, baby massage packages, heated pools and a milkshake bar! Parents can also treat themselves to a range of beauty treatments. We recommend the spa's signature body polish and seaweed body wrap package.
Details: Athol St & Randjeslaagte Rd, Highlands North | 087 353 2500 | [email protected]
Life Day Spa Kids
Life Day Spa Kids opened its doors in June 2016. They offer everything from mini facials to kids 'sparty' birthday events. If you are a mommy looking to spoil your little darling, Life Day Spa is the perfect place. Book their 'Mommy and Me' treatment package, which includes a welcome drink (kiddies bubbly) and a glass of sparkling wine for you, DIY products, full body Massage and a specialised pedicure with free popcorn! Alternatively, treat your daughters to a 'Sisterly Love' spa package. The spa caters to children aged 4 - 14. Boys are welcome at the salon, too.
Details: 2 Design Quarter District, Leslie Ave East, Fourways | 011 465 7777 | [email protected]
To The Movies
What kid doesn't love going to the movies? Seeing as most movie-lovers will head out to watch sappy romantic comedies with their sweethearts, pop into a child-friendly flick to treat your tiny Valentine. If your kids are older, let them pick the movie they would like to watch.
IMAX and 4-D Cinema
Go big this Valentine's Day by taking your kids to see a movie in super high definition. You could opt for the more conventional IMAX 3-D Theatre experience at select Ster Kinekor theatres. These theatres feature a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen, with full surround sound. Otherwise, haul the kids along to Gold Reef City's 4-D Theatre. This fully immersive cinema experience is likely to impress them. But, be aware that there may be a few bumps along the way - the cinema features hydraulic seats, vapours and a range of smells and scents. Click here to see which shows are currently being screened at Gold Reef City.
Movies At Home
There is nothing better than curling up on the couch to watch a movie with the people that you love. Make a day of it by giving all family members their pick of love-themed movies to watch. Showmax SA have a great selection of family movies to stream or download. Still can't find something to please everyone? Check out our list of top alternative animated films for kids.
Give the day a Valentine's twist by inviting everyone to wear their favourite red or pink outfit (pajamas are totally acceptable). Toss a few red Smarties or Rascals into a bucket of salty popcorn for added fun.
Out For Lunch
Bambanani in Melville is the ultimate family-friendly eatery. They take kids entertainment to new levels of fun here. Their supervised play centre features a four-storey covered jungle gym, dress-up area and sand art station. There is also a media room complete with PlayStation, Wii, Xbox and a continuous reel of kids’ movies. For more reserved kids, there is a library fully stocked with loads of interactive books. Parents can enjoy a tasty meal and glass of wine at the restaurant. All in all, everyone should have a wonderful time and leave feeling a little more loved.
Details: 85, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg | 011 482 2900 | [email protected]
Garden Tea Party
If you are a low on funds (as most parents are), take the DIY approach and host a garden picnic for yourself and the kids. Go shopping for snacks with them beforehand and let everyone pick out one special treat. If your budget allows, buy each other small gifts to celebrate the day. Or, make a sincere card to express your love.
However you choose to share Valentine's Day with your kids, remember that its the little things that count in the long run. It may be as simple as spending extra time with them, reading their favourite story book or cooking something together. Ask them if they have any special requests for the day. They might just surprise you with their answers.