Love is in the air and it’s inspiring. If your little cupids have been feeling extra crafty, there are plenty of events and activities taking place throughout Portland that will let them express their adoration through art. Speaking of art, there’s an art festival where you can find that perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the people you love most while your kiddos craft theirs. Read on to find out more about these events and more!

Photo: Ane Marie Tierney via da Vinci Middle School

SW Portland

Join the VDay BDay Celebration
Join The Craft Factory in a VDay BDay celebration and craft your love for those special people in your lives and the great state we live in. Craft a heart or the Oregon state cutout for only $10, make a card for someone special (materials provided) or enjoy a sweet treat to eat. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Make Friendship Beads
Make a special gift to share with a special person! Kids will learn new techniques and work with specialized tools to create clay beads—some to keep and some to share. Staff will apply underglazes for a colorful finish and the beads will be made into necklaces to complete unique, wearable works of art. With exclusive access to the clay studio, don’t miss this special opportunity to play, make, and share at Portland Children’s Museum. Sat. Event Details.

Make Crafty Cards for Valentine’s Day
Sunde White, artist and and specialized crafter, will be hosting a special Valentine’s Day card making event at Finnegan’s for kids of all ages. She’ll be showing you how to make one-of-a-kind cards for classmates, loved ones and friends. You’ll be able to take these keepsakes home and pass them out for Valentine’s Day. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend the First Saturday Concerts in Milwaukie
Jump, dance, hop and groove with your little ones at the First Saturday Concerts. These musical opportunities give you and your little wiggly ones the opportunity to bond over cool tunes in a family friendly setting. Sat. Event Details.

Love your Backyard Birds
February is the perfect month to remember and show love to your backyard birds. Enjoy fun, interactive activities related to birds from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Water Resources Education Center. Please note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Sat. Event Details.

Get Artsy at da Vinci Arts Fair
This Valentine’s Day season, Da Vinci Arts Middle School invites you to explore the meaning of love and to think about art and share art with others as an expression of love at the 12th annual da Vinci Arts Fair. You will have the opportunity to check out arts and crafts by more than 70 juried local artists as well as da Vinci students. This is the perfect place to shop for unique, handcrafted and thoughtful gifts and cards for all those people you love and appreciate. And don’t miss the”Selfie Station” where you can pose for a fun digital Valentine to email your loved ones, and our kids’ crafts table, where we’ll be making handmade Valentines. It’s free to attend, family-friendly, and a great opportunity to celebrate love and art while supporting local artists, a fabulous school and finding thoughtful gifts to spread some love around. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Check Out Films for Families
If you are looking for some fun family flicks to attend with your family, head to Laurelhurst Theater. The weekend is filled with fantastic showings that include Heidi, Half Ticket – Half Ticket, The World of Us and My Life as a Zucchini. Enjoy a tub of popcorn and grab some sodas, because you might even want participate in a cinematic binge. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Get Ready for Math In Color Saturday Workshop
Calling all 4th and 5th grade girls! Join in on  an afternoon making mandala designs and learn more about math concepts such as angles, fractions, and pattern. Great for those who struggle with math, love it, or for those in between! Sat. Event Details.


Attend Wild Gresham: Community Talk on Wildlife
Come learn about all of the wildlife in Johnson Creek! Staff from Johnson Creek Watershed Council, City of Gresham, and local wildlife photographer, Caz Zyvatkauskas will be presenting beautiful photos of wildlife sightings along Johnson Creek. Bring the whole family for a morning of wildlife photographs, interactive activities, and family-friendly fun! Sat. Event Details.


Don’t Miss the Sesame Street Pop-Up Tour!
Kindness is in the air. Sesame Street’s Pop-Up Tour is coming! Featuring a live show, character meet and greets, library corner, and interactive station for kids and parents, this is a must-attend family event. Sat. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite Valentine’s Day Activity?

—Annette Benedetti