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Valentine’s Day in Europe With Kids (2017)

7 February 2017 Holiday Treats 0 Comments

Let’s be honest. Having kids is a full time job! And just like any job, even if you truly love it, you need a break. There are many great opportunities during the year to spend quality time as a couple, away from the family life. But there is one special day that, per definition, needs to be spent as a couple: Valentine’s Day!

Spending Valentine’s Day in Paris, London or Rome is a great idea. Picture yourself with your loved one on a great romantic cruise in Paris or sipping a glass of champagne with a view on the iconic Trevi Fountain. But being away from home, getting rid of the kids for a couple of hours is not an easy thing.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to call a certified baby sitter who would take care of your children while you spend a perfect romantic moment? Pure utopia? Not really… In order to get you and your children inspired, here are some fantastic ideas of activities for children that they will love. These are perfect places to leave your kids during your European Valentine’s Day getaway. Just contact us and we’ll take care of the babysitter and the activities while you spend a great day as a couple. Or maybe you’ll want to accompany your kids after seeing this selection of great activities…


Your kids’ Valentine’s Day in Paris

Paris is one the most romantic cities in the world, and therefore one of the best places for a Valentine’s Day getaway.  Nothing beats a romantic walk along the Seine River, enjoying a typical French brasserie or just wondering the streets of charming neighborhoods such as Montmartre, Saint Germain or the Marais. And what about the children? Well, don’t start getting jealous because this is what they could be doing during Valentine’s Day in Paris:


1. Great Gallery of Evolution

Valentine's Day with Kids - Great Gallery of Evolution

The Great Gallery of Evolution (Grande Galerie de l’Evolution) is part of the Natural History Museum of Paris. Here, your children will enjoy watching many fascinating naturalized (taxidermy) animals such as elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos or impressive sea creatures. Set in a beautiful building in the middle of the Jardin des Plantes, the Great Gallery of Evolution will, without a doubt, truly entertain your kids.

  • Address: 36, Rue Geoffrey-Saint-Hilaire 75005
  • Metro: Censier-Daubentin (line 7)
  • 2h visit including special licensed guide + babysitter: €500 per group (max 3 children)
  • Opening time: 10am-6pm


2. Science and Industry Museum

Valentine's Day with Kids - Science Museum Paris

The Science and Industry Museum (Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie) is a real hands-on museum with great interactive activities on all science related themes (mathematics, biology, optics, space exploration etc.). There is even a dedicated area especially designed for children from 5 to 12 years old. There, they will play games, make experiments and discover the wonderful mysteries of science. They will know everything about Pythagoras and give the names of the planets of our solar system in no time! The Science and Industry Museum is a great place for your kids while you enjoy a romantic morning or afternoon on Valentine’s Day.

  • Address: 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris
  • Metro station: Porte de la Villette (line 7)
  • 2h visit including special licensed guide + babysitter: €500 per group (max 3 children)
  • Opening time: 10am-7pm


3. In the Footsteps of the Impressionists

Valentine's Day with Kids - Impressionists

With this activity, your children will dive into the extraordinary and colorful world of the Impressionists. They will first go to the Orangery Museum where a private special art teacher for kids will show them Monet’s famous Water Lillies. This visit is already highly entertaining as it is designed for children, but the best part comes right after the museum: the kids will be taken to an art studio nearby and create their own Water Lillies impressionist painting! It will be their Valentine’s Day gift to you.

  • In the Footsteps of the Impressionists hands-on activity designed by Family Twist.
  • Price of the activity (max 3 children): €545


4. Bouglione Winter Circus

Valentine's Day with Kids - Bouglione Circus

While you are having a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, your children can enjoy the Bouglione Winter Circus show. With acrobatics, animals and juggling performances, your kids will certainly be impressed by everything they will see. A show they will never forget!

  • Address: Bouglione Winter Circus, 110 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
  • Tube station: Filles du Calvaire (line 8); Oberkampf (line 5 and 9)
  • Show (excellent seats) + baby sitter: €250 (max. 3 children)
  • Time of the show: 17:15pm


Your kids’ Valentine’s Day in London

London is a great city. That is a fact. Although it might not have the same romantic reputation as its French counterpart, London is also packed with highly romantic things to do during Valentine’s Day. And here are the things your kids will be enjoying while you are off on a romantic escape.


1. The London Transport Museum

Valentine's Day with Kids - Transport Museum London

The London transport museum hosts a large number of buses, cars, trains and old, fancy horse-drawn carriages from 1800 until the present day. Not only is transportation a very attractive subject for children, the museum is entirely designed to have them enjoy it to the max! There is even a special play area for the younger children… They won’t be missing you while you spend a nice time for Valentine’s Day.

  • Address: Covent Garden Piazza London WC2E7BB
  • Tube station: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
  • 2h visit including special licensed guide + babysitter: £420 (max 3 children)
  • Opening time: 10am-6pm


2. Childhood museum

Valentine's Day with Kids - Childhood Museum London

The Childhood museum is part of the larger Albert and Victoria Museum. This section displays a wide variety of toys, dolls, games and many other objects that are linked to childhood. Just like so many other children, your kids will have the time of their lives discovering these toys, some even dating back to 1870!

  • Address: Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA
  • Tube station: Bethnal green (Central line)
  • 2h visit including special licensed guide + babysitter: £400 (max 3 children)
  • Opening time: 10am-5:45pm


3. Street art workshop

Valentine's Day with Kids - Street Art Extravaganza

Now this is one hand-on activity your children will never forget! The first part of the Street Art Extravaganza activity is dedicated to the discovery of the different street art styles around London’s East End in the company of a real street artist. Then your children will become the artists. They will spray paint away on a large canvas, which can be easily brought back home as a Valentine’s Day souvenir…

  • Street Art Extravaganza is a hands-on activity designed by Family Twist
  • Price of the activity (max 3 children): £495


4. Matilda, the musical

Valentine's Day with Kids - Matilda

For your Valentine’s Day getaway, how about sending your children off to a musical? London is well known for hosting some of the best musicals in the world. The Matilda show, performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, is one of the most popular ones for kids. It tells the story of the young Matilda who discovers that she has magical powers. She then decides to use those powers to set things right at home and at school.

  • Address: Cambridge theatre, Earlham St, London WC2H 9HU
  • Tube station: Leicester square (Northern and Piccadilly)
  • Show (excellent seats) + baby sitter: €280 (max. 3 children)
  • Time of the show: 15pm



Your kids’ Valentine’s Day in Rome

Narrow charming cobblestone streets, the beautiful Trevi Fountain, the majestic Colosseum, the iconic Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps)… There you are at last. A dream come true. Rome and its highlights are there for your family holiday. But on February 14th, you will probably want to have that romantic side of the city for just you and your partner. The kids are into fun, not into romance. Here is what we recommend they do during Valentine’s Day with our babysitter:


1. Villa Borghese Gallery

Valentine's Day with Kids - Villa Borghese

Even if your kids are not in love with art, they will always enjoy the curiosities of the Villa Borghese Gallery. Especially when our specially trained guides will be telling them the thrilling stories of Roman and Green mythology through the various sculptures and paintings of the museum. They’ll be begging for more Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael! To top it off, they’ll be taken for a walk in the Villa Borghese Gardens where they will enjoy the zoo.

  • Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5, 00197
  • Bus station: Princia- Museo Borghese
  • 2h visit including special licensed guide + babysitter: €500 per group (max 3 children)
  • Opening time: 8: 30am-7: 30pm


2. Castel Sant’Angelo

Valentine's Day with Kids - Castel Sant'Angelo

The Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the most massive buildings of Rome. It was first built as the tomb for Emperor Hadrian. It later became a military outpost, the Pope’s residence as well as a state prison, therefore leading to many structural changes. It is now a fascinating museum which retraces the History of Rome, which the kids always enjoy.

  • Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193
  • Bus station: Borgo Sant’ Angelo
  • 2h visit including special licensed guide + babysitter: €480 per group (max 3 children)
  • Opening time: 8am-7: 30pm


3. Ice cream making class

Valentine's Day with Kids - Ice Cream in Rome

There’s no leaving Rome before tasting a delicious ice-cream. And what better way to do that then by making ice-cream yourself! In a typical gelateria (ice-cream shop) dating back from the 1960s, your children will learn everything there is to know about this Italian specialty. During one hour your children will create their own ice cream with the help of our professional teacher. And the best part comes last: eating it!


  • Ice-cream making class is a hands-on activity designed by Family Twist
  • Price of the activity (for 6 persons): € 280


Be it for Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year, Family Twist’s sole purpose is to make your family holiday an experience you will never forget. Don’t hesitate to contact us to know more about our European destinations and family bonding activities!

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