A good Valentine’s Day for kids has nothing to do with roses and romance. For them, the day is all about cookies, candy, crafts and a whole mailbox full of cute cards. We found fun events to accomodate those cravings including cooking classes, card-making craft sessions, Valentine-themed concerts and the sweetest of all, a father-daughter date. And lucky for you, if you didn’t manage to snag a sitter, there are even a couple of drop-off Valentine’s Day evening options.
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Valentine’s Day Heart-Filled Mural Workshop
The littlest artists can help create a special “Be My Valentine” mural filled with hearts at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Fri., Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m. Sat., Feb. 14, 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with museum admission. Ages 0-4. Event details.
Central Park Love-Themed Ice Festival
The talented ice sculptors of Okamoto Studio will have their electric chain saws, chisels and picks ready in Central Park to transform more than 3,000 pounds of ice into a replica of the Park’s Romeo and Juliet statue. This Valentine’s Day themed event includes an evening Silent Disco (you where headphones to hear the music) as night falls. Plus there will be an 80’s-themed photo booth and for the fast-on-their-feet, mini-cupcakes from Sprinkles. Sat., Feb. 14, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kidville Drop-Off Pajama Party
Join us for a 3-hour drop off pajama party on Kidville Upper East Side, hosted by Project Playdate. The fun night includes free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time and so much more for the kids, all while you get out for an early Valentine’s Day date. Fri., Feb. 13. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Upper East Side. $60/child, $40/siblings. Ages 2-6. Event details.
Make a NYC-Inspired Valentine
Tour the City Museum to see images of all the things we love about NYC from parks to iconic buildings. Then craft a Valentine inspired by cards in the Museum’s collection sent and received by New Yorkers like you. Fri., Feb. 8 & Sat., Feb. 14. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Upper East Side. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
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Date with Dad and American Girl
Girls can go on a Valentine’s Day date with Dad at the American Girl Store. The evening includes a meal, a few rounds of dice games, a keepsake photo craft to do together (you’ll get your photo taken too!). Fri., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 17. Midtown. $47/person. Ages 8 and older. Event details.
Decorate a Valentine’s Day Gingerbread House
Work with your kiddo to design and decorate a Valentine’s Day themed gingerbread house, or Love Shack. You’ll have unlimited icing and candy to make it great – think pink frosted roofs, heart shaped windows and conversation hearts everywhere you look. Thurs., Feb. 12 – Sat., Feb. 14, various times. Chelsea. $75. Ages 2 and older. Event details.
A Valentine’s Day Crafternoon
Visit Michael’s craft store for a family-friendly drop-in craft session. Decorate a Valentine’s Day mailbox to house all your cards from classmates, crushes and family members. Sat., Feb. 7, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Chelsea. $10. All ages. Event details.
Valentine’s Day Brunch for Kids
Kids will learn to make a home-cooked brunch at this Valentine’s Day event. On the menu? Fresh strawberry breakfast scones, frittatas filled with a rainbow of veggies and rose-scented cupcakes. The class is taught by The Creative Kitchen and Whole Foods. Sat., Feb. 7, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lower East Side. $20. Ages 2-5. Event details.
See a Rocking Valentine’s Day Variety Show
Sounds Sweet Entertainment is spreading the love this Valentine’s Day with the whole family. Join us for our award winning family variety show featuring a performance by Shine and the Moonbeams, balloon twisting, Bubblemania Jr which combines bubble sculptures and soap bubble tricks, Love Stickers and heart glasses for the kiddies, plus Go Go Squeeze treats for the whole family to enjoy. Sun., Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. West Village. $20/adults, $10/kids. Ages 0-7. Event details.
Craft Valentines Inspired by Flowers
Craft a gorgeous garden-inspired Valentine inspired by the roses growing in Battery Park’s garden. You’ll get lace, ribbon, dried flowers and an assortment of papers to create your own DIY card. Sat., Feb. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Battery Park. Free. Ages 4 and older. Event details.
Valentine’s Day Cooking Camp
Spend Valentine’s Day in Freshmade NYC’s kitchen. Kids will do a variety of cooking and crafting projects as they learn to make homemade gifts in this 3-hour class. Sat., Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Greenwich Village. $75. Ages 5 and older. Event details.
Love & Joy Family Concert
Feel the love at this family Valentine’s Day concert celebration featuring Jon Samson and Lucy Kalantari and their live bands. Enjoy hot cocoa, Valentine’s treats and a chance to win an autographed ukulele. Sun., Feb. 15, 11 a.m. Gowanus. $10/advance, $15/door, kids under age 2 free. All ages. Event details.
Hearts & Crafts Valentine’s Day Workshop
Join Amanda Kingloff, author of Project Kid, for a sweet and just-for-girls Valentine’s Day crafts workshop. Your daughter will get 1, 2 or 3 colorful, creative Valentine’s Day crafts to give as gifts! She can pick and choose or make all 3. You’ll also get a goody bag full of crafty treats as a reward for your labors of love! Sat. & Sun., Feb. 7 & 8, 3 p.m-5 p.m. Gowanus. $30. Ages 8-11. Event details.
Valentine’s Day Party for Tots
Join Juguemos A Cantar for a drop-in Valentine’s Day themed party in the playspace. There will be a sing along, holiday arts and crafts, healthy snacks and refreshments, tattoos and plenty of friends and toys to play with. Thurs., Feb. 12. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Park Slope. $10/child, $2/siblings. Ages 6 months-4 years. Event details.
Valentine’s Day Pajama Party
Don’t miss the early Valentine’s Day Celebration at one of the best play spaces in NYC! Join Project Playdate for a 3-hour drop off pajama party, which includes free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time and so much more! Fri., Feb. 13. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Williamsburg. $60/child, $40/siblings. Ages 2-6. Event details.
What is your family doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
— Julie Seguss