Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spend a little bit extra quality time with the people you love the most. While there is still plenty of room for chocolate and romance, the holiday can also be about making memories! Show the whole family how important they are this Valentine’s Day by celebrating together at one of the following Portland-local businesses and events. Read on for details.

Craft a Valentine at the Library

Multnomah County Library offers several Valentine’s Day events that are perfect for the family to enjoy. Choose from any of the below events at your local library this February.

Craft a Valentine and Help Someone in Need

Drop in to Midland Library on Sunday, February 11th from 3 p.m. to craft a valentine with someone you love, for someone you love! While there you will have the opportunity to make donations to organizations helping people in need. Donations are optional. All crafting supplies are provided.

Sunday, February 11, 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Midland Library
805 SE 122nd Avenue
Portland, OR
Online: multcolib.org/events

Craft Heart ‘Felt’ Valentines

Up your Valentine’s game by crafting a felt valentine with LeBrie Rich of PenFelt at the Troutdale Library. This is a great opportunity for the family to craft together while allowing young kids the opportunity to practice cutting and simple sewing skills.

Friday, February 9,  3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Troutdale Library
2451 SW Cherry Park Rd.
Troutdale, OR
Online: multcolib.org/events/

Valentine Fun

Both the Belmont Library and the Central Library invite the family out to enjoy a “love-ly time creating heart-felt cards and crafts.”

Saturday, February 10, 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
Belmont Library
1038 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Portland, OR
US Bank Room in Central Library
801 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR
Online: multcolib.org/events

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V-Day, B-Day Celebration!

Oregon celebrates two holidays every February 14th, Valentine’s Day and the date that Oregon became a state! Stop by the Craft Factory the Friday and Saturday before Valentine’s Day to craft a heart or the Oregon state cut out, make a card for someone special, and enjoy a sweet treat.

Drop in on Friday, February 9,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday, February 10,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $10 7832 SW Capitol Highway, Suite B Portland, OR 97219 (upstairs, not wheelchair accessible) Online:craftfactorypdx.com/

Bottle and Bottega Art Uncorked Family Painting Party

Enjoy a Family Painting Party! Bottle and Bottega have a lot of options throughout the month of February that are perfect for a ladies night out or date night. However, if you want to celebrate the holiday with your kiddos, you’ll want to visit during one of their Sunday Family Painting Parties scheduled on February 11th and 18th.

Grab the whole family and visit the studio as you paint a piece by a local artist!  Recommended for children over the age of 6. Designed specifically--but not exclusively--for pairs, this event allows each person to paint one side of a diptych (a painting on two panels) on their own 10x10 canvas.

Ticket price includes all paint supplies, instruction, aprons and an 10X10 take-home canvas! 

Sunday, February 11th and Sunday, February 18th at 10:30 AM
Cost: $20.00
Bottle & Bottega Studio
1406 SW Broadway
Portland, OR
Online: bottleandbottega.com/

The Merry Kitchen Valentine’s Day Treats

Enjoy seeing your children light up as they learn kitchen skills all while creating delicious Valentine’s Day treats. The Merry Kitchen has four classes set aside especially for the holiday based on age group with classes spanning from ages 3 through 14. The class will cover treats such as chocolate covered cherries, heart-shaped pizzas, pretzel wands, and more.

Saturday February 10 & Sunday, February 11th, ranging times
Cost: Ranging from $30-$40
5202 NE 72nd Ave.
Portland, OR
Online: themerrykitchen.com/

Skate Date at Oak’s Park

Go back in time and introduce your Valentine’s Days from the past to your children. Visit Oaks Park for Open Skate for a memorable family date night. Evening open skate sessions feature a live DJ. While there is no formal Valentine’s Day event, skate with the family is sure to be a fun way to spend the holiday.

Dates and times vary, Open Skate Sessions at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14 Cost: $7 for admission, $2 for basic skate rental, speciality skate rental $2-$5 7805 SE Oaks Park Way Portland, OR Online: oakspark.com/roller-skating.html

What is your favorite thing to do with the family on Valentine’s Day? Comment below!

(Featured image: Meg and Jeremy Fincher via flickr )
—Jenni Bost

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