Though your sweet tooth may object, there’s more to love about this Valentine’s Day weekend than chocolate roses. Just check out some of the awesome family-friendly events happening—from castle-themed LEGO exhibits and cute card making workshops to kid-tastic musicals and play dates. Be still, beating hearts!



The Museum Exhibit LEGO Enthusiasts Will Love
Builders of all ages will want to make the day trip up to Baltimore to check out Port Discovery’s newest traveling exhibit, LEGO Castle Adventure. Visitors will be able to explore a giant castle filled with LEGO decor, sit in a king and queen’s thrones, aim a catapult, and joust. Oh, and it goes without saying that there are multiple opportunities to construct your own LEGO castles. Sat.-Sun. Baltimore. All ages. Event Details.


Learn the Universal Language of Love
Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day card-making experience? Check this one out. You’ll start the afternoon by enjoying a slideshow that features images of love in Asian art. Next, you’ll use prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages to create a Valentine’s Day card to take home. For the adventurous: learn how to fold heart-shaped origami, too. Sat.-Sun., 12 pm-4 pm. Smithsonian. All ages. Event Details.


B2R Annual Date Night: They Take the Kids, You Take the Night
Bach to Rock in Herndon is giving parents the night off! Drop your kids with for some rock music, awesome games and fun crafts while you head out for a dinner for two or to catch a grown-up movie. Reservations are required, so act fast. Fri., 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. Herndon. $25. 7 and up. Event Details.


Think Pink at ‘Pinkalicious,’ a Musical
Little ones will be tickled pink by this production based on the beloved book about a girl who can’t stop eating cupcakes. Enjoy the adventures of Pinkalicious—who turns pink from her indulgence—in this musical comprised of pro theater actors. Sat., 2 pm-3 pm. McLean. $15-$20. All ages. Event Details.

Chevy Chase

Weekend Family Matinee: The Great Zucchini with Charlie and Checkers
It’s time for The Great Zucchini to take over The Avalon once again, and this time he’s bringing in fellow magicians New York’s Charlie and Checkers for their first D.C. appearance. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry (but mostly you’ll laugh). Sat., 10 am-11 am. Chevy Chase. $9. 2-6. Event Details.


You’ll Love This! SteveSongs to Perform On Valentine’s Day
On Valentines Day, SteveSongs—known by millions of families throughout the country as the co-host of the national broadcast of the PBS KIDS Preschool Destination—will bring his signature brand of seriously good (and seriously fun) music to Vienna, Va. With his smart, catchy lyrics, don’t be surprised if your minis rush the stage to get their dance on. Sat., 2:30 pm-5 pm. Vienna. $12-$15. All Ages. Event Details.

What have you cooked up for the weekend? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo: Port Discovery Children’s Museum