Parents need time to get away from wiping runny noses, changing diapers and helping with homework to simply gaze into each other’s eyes and celebrate love. Valentine’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to do just that. You won’t find a more fitting place to show your sweetheart you care than in Philadelphia – the City of Brotherly Love. February 14, 2015 falls on a Saturday, so book early for these top Valentine’s Day date ideas for parents.

Brookview Manor Inn
4534 Route 447
Canadensis, PA 18325
(570) 595-2451
www.brookviewmanor.com

Pack up the kids for a weekend stay at grandma’s house and take a scenic drive to the Poconos. Brookview Manor Inn in Canadensis has a Valentine’s Day deal that is sure to rekindle your fire. The picture-postcard-perfect Victorian inn’s package includes overnight accommodations with an in-room snack basket, a romantic dinner at the inn’s restaurant (My Daughter’s Place) and a delicious gourmet breakfast prepared by award-winning Chef Marty. Spend the day hiking, skiing, browsing in antique stores, gazing out the inn’s windows overlooking Brodhead Creek or simply relaxing. Rates start at $300 for two, per night.

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Darling’s Cafe
2100 Spring St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 496-9611
www.darlingscafe.com

If you’re paying a high-priced babysitter by the hour and can only sneak out for a short date, take your darling for a quick bite at Darling’s Cafe. This well-known Philly eatery serves breakfast all day as well as delicious lunch fare, including salads, soup and hot and cold sandwiches. It’s the extraordinary homemade desserts and exceptional coffee, however, that are the main attraction here. Darling’s makes killer cheesecakes that are lighter and creamier than traditional New York cheesecakes. Try the bananas Foster or Belgium chocolate ganache for a real Valentine’s Day treat.

Philadelphia Orchestra Valentine’s Concert
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Verizon Hall
300 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 670-2300
www.kimmelcenter.org

Leave “Sesame Street” songs and Mario Kart music at home, and get your cultural game on by attending a Philadelphia Orchestra Valentine’s Concert at the Kimmel Center. Stephane Deneve conducts as the concert salutes Cupid’s day with a little help from William Shakespeare and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater. Selections from “Romeo and Juliet,” and tributes to lovers Benedick and Beatrice from “Much Ado About Nothing,” are just a couple of the pieces that are guaranteed to help orchestrate a romantic mood. The show starts at 8 p.m., and seats run from $41 to $165.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Circus Xtreme
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 336-3600
www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

For those parents who’d prefer to have the kids tag along on a Valentine’s Day date, head to the Wells Fargo Center for a great family event. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present Circus Xtreme at 11 a.m. on February 14, 2015. The Greatest Show on Earth will feature never-seen-before spectacles, exotic animals and extreme circus acts that are sure to dazzle the whole fam. Tickets range from $15 to $135.

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Valentine’s Day Cruises
Spirit Cruises
123 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(866) 455-3866
www.spiritcruises.com

Make some romantic memories with one of two Valentine’s Day cruises aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. The two-hour lunch cruise sets sail at 11:30 a.m., and the three-hour dinner tour leaves the dock at 8:30 p.m. There’s no better way to enjoy Philly’s skyline than sailing along the Delaware River to the tunes of DJ entertainment, dancing, great food and cocktails. Lunch tours cost $44.90 per person, and dinner tickets cost $99.90 per person.

Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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