The weekend is shaping up to be one of the sweetest that 2014 has offered up yet. On Friday celebrate Valentine’s Day by splitting a cupcake (or two) with your mini-cupid at a mommy and me meet-up, relax at an adorable afternoon tea/kiddie dance party, or snap a family selfie on a sun-down horse drawn carriage ride. Then, bask in the added bonus of a shorter work week courtesy of Presidents’ Day (a must-see on your day off is the George Washington Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria). Read on to learn about the other happenings that will leave you craving more.



Mommy and Me Cupcake Date
Posh Mom and the City invites socializing-loving mamas and their little sweethearts to take over Sprinkles Cupcakes for some mingling and sugary munchies during their family Valentine’s Day event. Appetizers, wine (sparkling grape Juice for nursing mothers), arts and crafts, and cupcakes—what more could you need? Sat., 1 pm-3 pm. Georgetown. $25. 2-8. Event details.

Yoga Night for Mama’s Boy
Show your little man some love at this adorable yoga date night filled with stretching and dancing (plus, trucks, planes, and trains). You and your sweetie don’t have to be super-yogis to participate; you just have to have the desire to spend some quality time with your favorite guy. Bonus: Dinner is included! Sat., 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Tenleytown.  $40/per mom and son pair; $20 for each additional kid. 3-6. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Valentine’s Day Tea for Two
Bring your littlest sweet tarts to this family friendly tea party and dance. Try out some exotic sips and luscious sweets, and then jump on the dance floor to boogie-woogie until nap time. Fri., 1:30 pm-3 pm. Alexandria. $15. All. Event details.

Ferris Wheel of Love
The city of Leesburg turns into “the city of love.” Take a ride in the sky with your little sweetie pie on a festive light-up Ferris Wheel. This Valentine’s Festival also features horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling musicians and cupid characters. Fri.-Sat., 12 pm-9 pm. Leesburg. Free. All. Event details.

Giddy Up! Family-Friendly Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Close out your day dedicated to love with a joy ride by horse drawn carriage  through the ever-evolving Reston Town Center. It’s the perfect cap to a family date night, and you’ll be sharing the love with your ride— all proceeds go to benefit Volunteer Fairfax. Fri., 5:30 pm-9:30 pm. Reston. $5. All. Event details.


Explore Shipwrecks, Fish Sanctuaries, and Hurricanes
Calling all beach lovers! At the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s open house you’ll meet and talk with scientists, weather forecasters, hurricane hunter pilots, and others who work to understand the environment and protect natural resources. Sat., 9 am-4 pm. Silver Spring. Free. 5 and up. Event details.

What’s on your docket for the long weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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