Roses are red, violets are blue, we’ve got a full weekend of fun planned just for you! Skip the generic love day cards and make your very own at this Valentine’s Day card workshop, whip up a tasty gingerbread love shack, shake your groove thang at the annual Central Park Ice Festival or enjoy some puppy love with over 100 pooches at the Westminster’s Meet the Breed event. There’s plenty to love about this weekend, so get out there and enjoy the city!


Photo: Battery Park Valentine’s Day Workshop


Central Park Ice Festival
On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love of Central Park’s sculptures at the sixth annual 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 6,000 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 wear headphones to hear the music) as night falls. Food trucks and treats will be on location to fill hungry tummies with delicious treats. Sat. Event details

Meet and Play with Pooches!
From Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and everything in between, your little dog lovers will have a chance to meet and play with more than 100 different lovable pups. Each pooch has its own booth decorated to help you learn its origin and attributes as a family pet. So if you’re in the market for your next family addition, here’s a great way to check out what type of dog would fit in. And even if getting a family pet is not for you, your kiddos will still love the chance to spend the afternoon playing around with these lovable dogs. And this year, there will be cats too, double the cuteness! Sat. Event details


Star Wars Yoga Jedi Training and Clone Wars Screening
Bring your Jedi or Wookie for a Star Wars Yoga adventure, where they’ll train using their yoga Jedi mind force to get through the obstacle courses on Naboo, balance work over the swamps of Dagobah, out smart the AT-AT’s on Hoth, learn the art of trade from Jawa masters, use the force to locate challenges left by Obi Wan. All leading up to the final test….face off against Darth Vader. Will your Jedi choose the light or dark side of the force? Dress as your favorite Jedi, Wookie, Ewok or character from Star Wars! Fri. Event details

Make a Valentine’s Love Shack
Bring your little Valentine and get creative decorating your very own tasty Love Shack. From pink frosted roofs to heart-shaped window panes, you and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options as you work together to design and decorate your very own gingerbread house masterpiece. While you’re hard at work, enjoy cheerful love tunes while sipping pink hot cocoa. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Make a Towering Valentine’s Day Card
Give your parents or your playground crush a one of a kind card with a homemade skyscraper. The only thing taller than a skyscraper is your love for that super someone! Must RSVP to attend at email or call (212) 945-6324. Sat. Event details

Year of the Rooster Celebration
Ring in the Lunar New Year with a family friendly performance presented in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Your little ones will love watching traditional Chinese dance and music, a martial arts demonstration, theatrical players in full traditional make-up and regalia! While the performance starts at 2 p.m., show up early to catch a Lion Parade led by lion dancers. Sat. Event details

Make a Sweet Valentine
Love is in the air! Instead of buying some generic card at Duane Reade, swing by this workshop to  create one of a kind valentines. Your kiddos can use materials (and their imaginations) to collage, cut and paste, and decorate cards for a special someone. Pre-registration required. Sun. Event details


Abracadabra! A Magical Drop Off Party
Drop your little magicians off for a night filled with tricks and magic. They’ll come up with their own magic names, learn some new tricks to amaze you with over the weekend and more. BYO wands or other magical props. And don’t forget that your kiddos will enjoy a delicious pizza dinner, so make sure to plan a magical dinner of your own. Fri. Event details

FamJam: Art of the T-Shirt
Come as a motley crew, leave as a unified team with a cool product to show for it! You and your kiddies will create expressive T-shirt designs through fabric printing and painting. We promise their will be no arguments over wearing this cool creations. Space is limited and admission is first come, first serve (whether you RSVP or not). Sat. Event details.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Animals
What better place to celebrate the year of the rooster than somewhere that actually has roosters?! Bring your little ones to the zoo to enjoy puppet show performances, a self-guided scavenger hunt, fortune cookies and a calligraphy workshop. And of course, visit with the animals! Sat. & Sun. Event details


Mamas Summer Countdown
It may be cold out but think positive and start planning for summer! Join MAMAS of Queens Mamas, Long Island Mamas, Brooklyn Mamas and the Mamas Expo for Family Fun and Planning for Sun at the New York Hall of Science. It’s a one stop shop to find great classes and camps for your little ones and have a fun family day filled with crafts and games for the kids, delicious food and of course all the great NYSCI exhibits. Sun. Event details.

Creative Spectrum Art Social
Engage in a creative project where families can enjoy making hands-on art projects together. This program, designed for families affected by autism, provides a creative space for children with disabilities, where they can explore a variety of creative outlets of expression. Creating projects with a multi-modal approach helps to build visualization skills, creativity and thinking within a social context. To register for workshops or to request more information, please contact Jacquie Moore at jax@jaxbydesign.comSun. Event details

How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling