When you’re single, Valentine’s Day seems like doomsday! You meet your soulmate and you do a little happy dance because you figure you’ll never spend another Valentine’s Day alone. You have kids and you realize you really never will be alone on the imposed amorous day because your tribe is stuck to you like a cheap heart shaped lollipop! Go ahead, make that dinner reservation for you and your honey but revel in the activities below with the rest of your clan.

Photo: Williams Sonoma

Valentine’s Day Baking
Want to impress your family in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day? Head over to Williams Sonoma on February 10th and learn how to make yummy V-Day treats to share with your peeps! Whip up some sweet heart-shaped creations and enjoy them in class as well as home. Ideal for kids ages 5-13.

Williams Sonoma Bethesda
4824 Bethesda Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
Online: williams-sonoma.com

Love at the Library
Starting February 7th, join various D.C. public libraries for free Valentine’s themed story times, craft sessions, workshops and even service projects. Need to mend a broken sweater? Learn how to sew on a heart shaped elbow patch! The activities are fun and varied.

Various D.C. Public Libraries
Online: dclibrary.org

The Princess and the Pauper
Go see a show! Imagination Stage is presenting a Bollywood-inspired adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Princess and the Pauper from February 10 to March 18. The play is sure to be vibrant and fun for the whole family. Tickets are $12-$30.

Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Ave., (Bethesda, Md)
Online: patrons.imaginationstage.org

Photo: NCinDC via flickr

Skating and Hot Chocolate  
There’s nothing they’ll enjoy more on the day we celebrate love, than ice skating at the National Gallery of Art’s rink. And when everyone is cold (or tired of falling!), head to the Sculpture Garden Pavilion Cafe for a sweet cup of hot cocoa. They even have fun flavors you can add like peppermint, caramel, and gingerbread. And best part for adults is that you can add peppermint schnapps or Bailey’s for an extra little pick me up.

4th & Constitution Ave., NW (National Mall)
Online: nga.gov

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Head on over to Reston Town Center for a pre-Valentine’s Day horse-drawn carriage ride with the whole family! (February 10, 3 p.m.–7 p.m., $5 per person. Kids under 5 ride free.) Who doesn’t love a carriage ride?!

11900 Market St. (Reston, Va)
Onlinerestontowncenter.com

Photo: Guiomar Ochoa

Afternoon Tea At Lady Camellia
Give those pinkies a workout with afternoon tea on Valentine’s Day! Smack in the middle of Georgetown, Lady Caellia’s is the perfect option for a relaxed afternoon in the city. Lady Camellia’s is a pastry and tea room where family and friends can gather to relax, reconnect, and take a break from their busy lives. They have a lovely children’s tea with options such as Nutella and PB& J sandwiches. It’s truly a special place to celebrate life with tea and nibbles.

3261 Prospect St., NW (Georgetown)
Online: ladycamellia.com

Disney’s Frozen On Ice
From February 14-18, head over to Capital One Arena and spend some time with Elsa, Anna and their friends. Stunning ice skating, special effects and cherished music will enchantingly transport you to wintry Arendelle. I think we can all sympathize with Anna as we navigate through this eternal winter! Join Olaf, Kristoff and Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will love it and don’t be surprised if you see some of your friends from Toy Story as well!, This is a show that will melt their hearts

601 F St., NW (Chinatown)
Online: disneyonice.com

 

How do you plan on loving on your family this Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments section below. 

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–Guiomar Ochoa
 
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