Valentine’s Day is sometimes referred to as “Single-Awareness Day.” But it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are married, divorced, dating, or single, there are many ways you can still have fun while celebrating this day of love. Depending on your stage of life, we have found different ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day this year!

For the Family

On Saturday, February 16, from 7:00-10:00 a.m., In-Sync Exotics in Wylie, TX, will be hosting a Valentine’s Pancake Breakfast. It is all-you-can-eat and is followed by a self-guided tour of their facility. You will see exotic cats such as panthers and pumas. This is perfect for the entire family.

If you are unable to make it for panthers, pumas, and pancakes, then plan a fun night at home. Cook a gourmet dinner (or one of the family’s favorites), bake (or buy) a decadent dessert, and rent a movie from Redbox for the whole family to watch. Or if your family loves some competition, have a few board games and card games for the family to play together.

For the Children

This year, there are events to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a unique way. Rather than reading love stories or making Valentine’s crafts, there are parties for children and teens who are looking for something different to do on Valentine’s Day. If your children and teens are over the hearts and “I love you” teddy bears, then we have the perfect parties for them!

On Monday, February 11, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., the Allen Public Library will host their Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. At this party, your children will make slime, smash hearts, and more!

If your teen is looking for something to do, the Smith Public Library in Wylie, TX, is hosting their Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day Party on Thursday, February 14, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Students in Grades 6-12 are invited to a party where there will be chocolate tasting, music videos and clips, crafts, and Mad Libs. No registration is required for this event. Just show up and get ready to have fun!

For the Couple

Need a night out away from work or the children? There are plenty of ways to spend Valentine’s Day as a couple that will help you reconnect and relax from our fast-paced lives.

One way is to spend an evening on the waters of Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall, TX. Harbor Lights will take you and your loved one on a romantic dinner cruise on the waters of this beautiful lake. You can stay cozy in the heated main deck, or you can snuggle with your loved one on the upper deck and enjoy the stars. For Valentine’s Day, a special dinner will be served.

You and your significant other can also enjoy a View for Two at Painting with a Twist in Wylie, TX. From 7:30-9:30 p.m., enjoy painting a masterpiece side-by-side with your loved one.

For Single Parents

Need a break from being super mom or super dad? Want to party with a purpose? Come to the Single Parents Valentine’s Event on Thursday, February 14, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Chase Oaks Church Legacy Campus in Plano, TX. It will be a night of fun and fellowship! Live entertainment will be provided by Singer/Songwriter Paul Collins. There will also be an opportunity to give back to the community.

Free childcare is provided. And don’t worry about cooking dinner for your children. We will provide dinner in childcare. For more information, contact Tracy Parlin at .

For the Fitness Enthusiasts

Whether you are single, dating, or married, you can always participate in the Run 4 Love (a virtual 5K/10K walk/run). It is a virtual race, meaning you can complete your run/walk anytime from Thursday, February 14-Thursday, February 28. You simply run/walk on your own time and at your own location.

All you have to do is time your run/walk and send your finishing time to Run 4 Love. Once you finish your race, you will receive a medal set (one key-shaped medal and one heart-shaped medal). You can keep both medals or give one to someone you love.

Tickets are on sale for $25 (includes a custom medal set and two bibs). 15% of each entry fee will be donated to Heart to Heart International, an organization that provides crisis relief worldwide and access to high-quality healthcare for local communities as well as communities around the world.

For the Animal Lovers

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, send love to a shelter pet. Simply visit Petco Foundation and submit your valentine photo or video message by Wednesday, February 13, and on Valentine’s Day, they will deliver your message to over 4,000 animal welfare organizations across the country.

You can also make a difference by sharing your virtual valentine on your favorite adoption organization’s social media, using #ShelterValentine. The organization with the most submitted photos will win a $10,000 grant and 1,000 pounds of dog or cat food.

This is a great way to include your pets in your Valentine’s Day celebration.

No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, remember to show love to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and pets!