Love is in the air — and at places all around DC over the next couple of weeks! Events and activities that celebrate Valentine’s Day range from arts & crafts to Lego fun to horse drawn carriage rides to cooking classes to dance parties to a chocolate festival, all of them sure to be especially sweet. Here are details on where you and the kids can feel the love.
Sweet Valentine: Tour and Workshop
Where: Tudor House
When: February 6, 1:30-2:30pm
Admission: $15/members, $25/non-members ($5/adult)
Celebrate sweet Valentine’s Day traditions! Children ages 6 and up will tour the historic mansion, learning about how food was made and enjoyed at Tudor Place over the last 200 years. Then, they’ll decorate two decadent chocolate Valentines to give special family members or friends. Parents/caregivers remain with children.
Where: Home Depot
When: February 6, 9am – 12pm
Join this hands-on workshop and build a wooden Valentines mailbox to hold all your valentine cards from your favorite friends. After the mailbox is built, kids can personalize it with paint. Along with their craft, all partcipants receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Register here.
Valentine Maker’s Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: February 6, 9am – 2pm
Shop a Valentine’s Maker’s Market and enjoy Annmarie’s amazing art offerings for free. This special market kicks off the season of supporting local artists and vendors — a variety of wonderful handmade, homemade, and homegrown items will be for sale, including jewelry, drawings, paintings, fiber products, and glasswork. Be sure to stroll the gorgeous grounds, stop in the artLAB to get creative, and play in the lovely Fairy Lolly, too. Read more about Annmarie here.
Where: DC Public Libraries
When: Various dates
Join story times , craft sessions, even a dance party at some of the city’s libraries. Valentine’ themed activities are taking places on several dates over the next couple of weeks. Find one that your child will love here.
Chocolate Lovers Festival
Where: City of Fairfax
When: February 6 & 7
Admission: Depends on activities
Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand-in-hand, so certainly the timing of this sweet event is not a coincidence. The City of Fairfax presents its annual festival centered around one of the most wonderful things in the world: chocolate. There will be all kinds of activities for all ages throughout the weekend, both chocolate and non-chocolate themed — tastings, story time, puppet shows, face painting, chocolate challenges, a chocolate caper mock trial, and much more. The events list on the website has details.
Tween Valentine Card Making
Where: The Paper Source
When: February 6
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to make Valentines for friends, family, and classmates at this fun workshop. Get creative with stamps, washi tape, ombré ink, glitter and more. Everyone will make 4-6 cards and get a heart maze as a favor! A 10% off coupon will be provided with the class. Buy two seats at the same time and save 10% off each seat.
When: February 6 & 13
Admission: Varies by session
Head to a Michael’s location for some creative Valentine’s fun. The arts & crafts supply store is hosting drop-in workshops over the next couple of weekends for children to make cards and decor — all with a love theme. Search the website to find a store near you.
Where: Gymboree DC
When: February 12, 4-6pm
Admission: $5/non-member, FREE for members
Join Gymboree DC at their Annual Sweetheart Party, where guests will love music & dancing, sweet play activities, heartfelt arts & crafts, and sweet treats. Suitable for children up to 5 years old. SPace is limited, so register soon: email@example.com or 202-627-2450.
Valentines in the Village
Where: Village at Leesburg
When: February 12-14 5-9pm
Add something special to your Valentine’s Day weekend at Village at Leesburg, where they’ll be offering FREE evening horse drawn carriage rides down the illuminated Village Market Boulevard. Plan to go after a day out with the kids or a parents’ date night.
Valentine Lego Love
Where: Room & Board
When: February 13, 10am – 12pm
Spread the love at a fun-filled morning with the kids… and Lego Man! Room & Board will be hosting a morning of modern design inspiration, featuring a life-sized creation using Legos from Brixalot. Kids of all ages can build their own designs from thousands of Legos, and create their own Valentine’s Day paper crafts. Attendees can also learn how to create an imaginative space for children using furnishings by Room & Board while spending the day with the family. RSVP here.
Valentine Build & Grow
Where: Area Lowe’s Locations
When: February 13, 10am
The home improvement store hosts free bimonthly workshops for kids, and this session will bring some Valentine’s Day spirit as guests construct a Valentine’s Day Picture Frame. Bring the kids into any Lowe’s store to make the free wooden project (with parent help). Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Go here to register.
Where: National Postal Museum
When: February 13, 10am – 4pm
Love is in the details at the Postal Museum’s annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop. We’ve attended this event several times, so I can tell you firsthand it’s love-ly. They’ll have pretty papers and neat valentine-themed stamps, all you need to bring is your creativity to decorate your card. Visit the museum’s stamp store and send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark. And for more about the museum, see this KFDC post.
Family Valentine’s Dance Party
Where: Port Discovery
When: February 13, 6-9pm
Don your best “play” attire and enjoy an evening of dancing, playing, exploring, and making great family memories at Port Discovery’s Valentine’s Dance Party! Along with boogeying the evening away, there will be other fun activities, including light up valentine’s, cookie decroating, open play and museum exploration, and pizza!
Love in Every Language
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: February 13 & 14
All ages are welcome to enjoy a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art. Use that as inspiration to create Valentine’s Day cards with woodblock prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages and fold heart-shaped origami.
Family Fun: Sweet Valentine Treats
Where: Sur la table locations
When: February 13 & 14
Bring your little one and join a family afternoon filled with baking, laughter, and plenty of tasty Valentine’s Day treats. Mom, grandparent, or special adult along with their kids will have a wonderfully sweet time creating yummy cookies, whoopie pies and chocolate-dipped hearts. Plus, the instructor will walk you through the steps for making delicious cream cheese frosting and share some fun decorating tips. This year, make Valentine’s Day extra special for your little loved ones by making delicious desserts—and precious memories—together.
Pretty in Pink
Where: Select movie theaters
When: February 14
Admission: Varies by theater
See a classic you loved back in the John Hughes inspired days. Paramount Pictures and Fathom Events is bringing Pretty in Pink to select cinemas to celebrate the film’s 30th Anniversary and Valentine’s Day. Molly Ringwald is a high school girl from the wrong side of town. Andrew McCarthy is the wealthy heart-throb who asks her to the prom. As fast as their romance builds, it’s threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure. Relive the glory days when the story returns to the big screen.