My family loves Chick-fil-A. When you have young kids, you tend to stick to places you know they like. It’s even easier for me to take them there because it’s one of my all-time favorites. It goes back to my childhood when I got to eat there on special occasions. Twenty something years ago, there was only one in our town and we didn’t get to eat out very often.

We like the food, the staff is always very helpful, and the place is always clean. On top of that, they do special events like kids’ nights, Cow Appreciation Day and other themed nights throughout the year.

A week ago, we found out on Facebook that a Chick-fil-A near us was taking reservations for Valentine’s Day night. It sounded like something different for us to try. Let’s be honest. If you have small kids, you’re not eating at a nice restaurant. At least, we weren’t going to.

We went online, booked the reservation for a 1-hour slot, and then they sent us a confirmation email.

Last night, we showed up at our slotted time and were promptly seated at a table. It was a little crowded and hectic but it wasn’t out of the ordinary for us. We have three kids. We’re used to it.

They even printed a personalized table card for our family.

After a few minutes, An employee came to the table and took our order.

While we were waiting for the food, another employee brought my wife a rose.

About 15 minutes later, the food arrived.

Once we finished eating dinner, the kids went up and ordered milk shakes with the “free dessert” cards they gave us when we sat down. It was part of the Valentine’s Day promotion. We didn’t have to use the cards that night either.

You could use the card to get a frozen lemonade, cookie, ice cream cone or milk shake.

It was definitely a special treat for the kids to get milk shakes. It’s not something we typically do on our visits to Chick-fil-A.

They were also handing out free “CowzVR” sets. The basic idea is that you go to a website on your phone and put it inside the virtual reality sets to see a whole virtual reality experience from a cow’s perspective. My kids are always talking about the virtual reality headsets and this was a chance for them to interact with them firsthand.

Here, the kids are checking out the virtual reality sets. We had some issues getting them to work properly but the novelty of them was enough for the kids.

The Chick-fil-A cow walked around the restaurant and interacted with the kids (and their families).

Not that I need another reason to be a huge fan of Chick-fil-A but the whole Valentine’s Day experience was pretty cool. There’s a reason why I prefer to take my kids to Chick-fil-A over any other fast food chains. They get families. They’ve got this family.

Hopefully, we’ll get to do it again next year. In the meantime, I’ll be looking forward to other visits throughout the year.

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