Valentine’s Day with little ones can be oh-so-sweet, especially when they are at that age of professing their love to you through bear hugs and sticky kisses. For Valentine’s gifts that will last longer than a candy-heart-induced sugar high, tap into your creative juices and bring your littlest loves along for some heart-shaped crafting. Read on for the scoop on some events around town

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Crafty Cards at Finnegan’s
There will be a new reason to love Finnegan’s Toys come February. Sunde White, artist and and specialized crafter, will be hosting a free Valentine’s Day card-making event at Finnegan’s for kids of all ages. She will show guests how to make their own unique cards to give to classmates, family members and beyond. After making your cards, take advantage of the trip to Finnegan’s to explore one of our favorite toy stores and support this local gem!

Feb. 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
820 SW Washington St.


Make a Valentine Mailbox
Those treasured school Valentines are deserving of more than just a paper bag. Home Depot’s free workshop teaches kids of all ages to build, paint and personalize their own adorable Valentine mailbox this year. Participants also get a certificate of achievement, an apron and a commemorative pin. Moms and Dads will be inspired to sign up for one of the many free adult workshops (and maybe pick up that extra gallon of paint you’ve been meaning to get). Free, but register in advance.

Feb. 4, 9 a.m. – noon
10120 SE Washington St.

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Spread the Love at the Library
A love of learning goes beyond books as Multnomah County Libraries get into the Valentine’s Day spirit! On February 10th, it’s homemade cards and crafts at the Belmont Library. On the 11th, stop by Central Library to make a Valentine for a loved one and contribute items of need for low-income seniors through Northwest Pilot Project. Also on the 11th, you can make adorable needle-felted treats at the Rockwood location. Swing down to the Midland Library on Feb. 12th for make-your-own Valentine’s Day cards and support SnowCap Community Charities while you’re there. Events are free but first-come, first-served so plan to arrive early. While you wait, fill your library bag with some new books to take home.

Belmont Library
Feb. 10, 3-5 p.m.
1038 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Central Library
Feb. 11, 2-3:30 p.m.
801 SW 10th Ave.

Rockwood Library
Feb. 11, 3-5 p.m.
17917 SE Stark St.

Midland Library
Feb. 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
805 SE 122nd Ave.

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Family Cooking Class at Sur la Table
Sur La Table’s exciting family cooking classes can make even the most casual cooks feel like gourmet chefs. Led by professionals in their gorgeous kitchen teaching space, families learn new recipes and cooking techniques while having fun side by side. The Valentine’s Day class includes Strawberry Jam Sweetheart Tarts, Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge and Valentine Chocolate Kiss Cookies. Make a day of being downtown, and round out the afternoon with a visit to Powell’s and a heartwarming Mighty Bowl or Littlest Dragon Bowl for dinner at nearby Prasad. Ages 6 and up.

Feb. 11 and 12, 1-3 p.m.
1102 NW Couch St.

Make Your Own Terrarium at Birds and Bees Nursery
Japanese Marimo moss balls symbolize love and happiness, which make them the perfect Valentine’s Day craft. At this charming Southeast neighborhood nursery, your budding gardeners can craft the perfect Marimo terrarium to spread the love. With your delightful creations in hand, head to lunch at the Woodstock Laughing Planet a few minutes away to enjoy quesadillas, smoothies and the friendliest toy dinosaurs in Portland.

Feb. 11, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
$10 & up
3709 SE Gladstone St.

What crafty ideas do you have in mind for Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

—Marianne Walters and Anna Doogan