Feeling like an extra from the Ice Age movie? Warm things up with these family-fun Valentine’s Day primers. There’s a heart-racing ice slide at St. Elizabeth’s, superhero play dates in Chevy Chase, a 5K fun run on a heart-shaped course in Merrifield, and a card making workshop at the National Postal Museum that will melt your heart. Love is in the air!



Slip and (Ice) Slide
A random outdoor ice slide at St. Elizabeths East Gateway? Why not! Through mid-February, your little thrill seeker can enjoy inner tube rides down an ice slide set up at the gateway pavilion.  It’s not too big or scary, so tiny tots can hop on your lap for a ride down. Bigger kids can ride alone as many times as they want (the slide is free for kids under 18). To warm up in between rides, families can hang inside the pavilion, which is stocked with games, snacks, and heat. Fri.-Sun., 12 pm-5 pm. Congress Heights. Free/kids under 18; $5/adults. All. Event details.

Superhero Play Date
Dust off those Superman ensembles! Barstons Child’s Play, a family-owned toy store, is hosting some of your favorite superheroes for one day only. The Superheroes of Southern Maryland, who are just about as close-to-the-real-thing as you’re going to get, will guide attendees through a “Superhero Training Course” (think: how to throw web and enter a room undetected) and then they’ll be available for photos. Charge those cameras! Sat., 10:30 am-11:30 am. Chevy Chase. Free. All. Event details.

Seal it With a Kiss Valentine’s Day Card Workshop
Let out-of-towners know you’re thinking of them by sending them a handmade Valentine’s Day Card crafted at our Smithsonian-fave, the National Postal Museum. They’ll have tons of pretty paper, valentine-themed stamps, and stunning stickers that the whole family can use  to decorate cards. After your DIY note is done visit the museum’s stamp store and send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark. Sat., 12 pm-4 pm. Capitol Hill. Free. All. Event details.

Spin Circles at Cartoon Skate
Ice skating for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience for little ones. A host of cartoon characters will be skating around to make the whole thing super fun and silly. To ease anxiety, nervous little ones can take a spin around the ice rink with their favorite cartoon character. Sat., 10 am-12pm. Georgetown. $8/kids; $10/adults; $5/skate rental. All. Event details.


Uno, Dos, Tres Con Andres
Immerse kiddo in another culture with this interactive dance and music-filled bilingual show. Armed with a doctorate in music, Andres Salguero (who is an expert guitar/clarinet/saxophone player) is dedicated to sharing Spanish language and culture through performance. The best part? The show is serious, serious fun for the whole family. Sat., 10:30 am-11:30 pm. Kensington. $6. 8 and under. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Run for Love
Warm up for Valentine’s Day with this 5K fun run through the Mosaic District along a heart-shaped course. And bring all of your cutie pies—the run/walk is open to all age groups and features a pre-race yoga warm-up, live DJ, post-race hot chocolate, and free massages. Sat., 9 am. Merrifield. $35. AllEvent details.

How do you plan to stay warm this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Mt. Hood Territory via Creative Commons