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Sweet! Family-Friendly Valentine’s Day Celebrations

From zoo parties to crafts, there's lots of holiday fun to be had.

It’s hard to think of anything not green and emblazoned with the Eagles, but soon our city’s all-green-everything love fest will give way to the pinks and reds of Valentine’s Day (though we won’t judge you for one second if you wear your championship hoodie to dinner).

 

Don’t worry, it’s our job to make sure that whenever you emerge from your victory-fueled haze, you’re not left without a plan for Valentine’s Day festiveness. From family festivals to storytimes galore, there are so many ways to celebrate with your little ones in the City of Brotherly Love and beyond. Luckily, there are lots of drop-off options, too, in case you need some adult time!

Valentine’s Day Craft at Roxborough Library

February 7, 4 pm

6245 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 5-12 can make a craft for the holiday. Materials will be provided.

Valentine’s Craft at Gladwyne Library

February 7, 4 — 4:30 pm

362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Kids ages 3 and up can make Valentines for all their special people, including all their classmates!

Storytime at Wolff’s Apple House

February 8, 10 — 11 am

81 S. Pennell Rpad, Media

 

Join Miss Kim in Wolff’s café area for a Valentine’s Storytime. After stories, make a “heart-healthy” snack.

Family Workshop: Personalized Valentine Cookies

February 10, 1 — 3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Bring your little one and create delicious heart shaped cookies and then personalize them with little words and sayings to celebrate the holiday. Register online.

Family Gardening Workshop: Valentine Flowers to Wear

February 10, 10 — 11 am

Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Work together to create a floral headpiece or boutonniere at this free family workshop. We recommend staying to skate afterwards!

Valentine’s Workshops at Sue’s Art Class

February 10, 1:30 —4 pm, and February 14, 12:30 — 3 pm

2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

On February 10, visit to create Valentine mosaics, pillows, and sachets. Then on Valentine’s Day, come to make “squishee handwarmers.” Both workshops also involve making a tasty Valentine’s Day treat.

Date Night Drop-Off at Philadelphia Zoo (members only)

February 10, 5 — 10 pm

3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia

 

Have a kid-free Valentine’s date while your kids explore the zoo! Kids ages 4-11 will have a fun-filled night including a dinner, thematic crafts, and exclusive tours with keeper staff. There will also be a live animal show and a movie to top off the evening.

Kennett Square’s Chocolate Lover’s Festival

February 11, noon — 3 pm

Kennett High School, 100 E. South St., Kennett Square

 

Hundreds of chocolate treats, including cakes, brownies, candies, cookies and cupcakes, will be available for attendees to taste at this festival benefiting the United Way of Southern Chester County. New this year is a Kiddie Korner with cookie decorating, crafts, and photos with fun characters.

Print Love-In at Fleisher Art Memorial

February 11 at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm

719 Catharine St., Philadelphia

 

Explore Fleisher’s printmaking facilities and crank the presses in one of three family-friendly sessions and you’ll walk away with enough cards for everyone on your list. Includes all print making materials and takeaways. Register online.

Valentine’s Tea at A Taste of Britain

February 11

A Taste of Britain, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

Enjoy a fancy tea with holiday-themed treats like A Taste of Britain’s special red velvet scone. Plus, adults can get a mimosa alongside their tea. What’s not to love?

 

Concert and Valentine’s Make-and-Takes at Trail’s End Café

February 11, 11 am—1 pm

375 Conshohocken State Rd, Bala Cynwyd

 

At 11 am there will be a live concert by Mama Mac and Chana Rothman. Then at noon, make a valentine for someone special with Sky Soup Art Center.

 

Valentines on Ice

February 11, 12–5 pm

Laurel Hill Gardens, 8125 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Explore ice sculptures along Chestnut Hill’s Germantown Avenue (including live ice sculpting from 12–2 pm). The event will also have fire pits so you can warm up with free treats (and adult beverages), and selfie stations! Local restaurants and shops will be running special Valentine’s Day deals.

 

Nest Center City’s Tweet Heart Social

February 11, 10:30 am — 1:30 pm

1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your family for a fun-filled morning benefitting Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). There will be three floors of fun: open play in the downstairs playspace, dance and obstacle course upstairs, food and drinks (including mimosas for adults), a photobooth, crafts, cookie decorating, a photobooth, and more! There will also be cute adoptable dogs from PAWS to play with, and a silent auction benefitting PAWS.

 

Valentine’s Lunch Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia

February 11, 1 — 3 pm (boards at 12:30 pm)

Departs from Penn’s Landing (101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia)

 

Take a two-hour cruise on the Delaware River with beautiful views of the skyline, brunch, and onboard entertainment and dancing. Children are welcome, and kids under 3 are free!

Little Chefs: Chocolate Pretzels

February 14, 10 — 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Learn about the cacao bean and make a special Valentine’s Day chocolate pretzel treat together.

Valentine’s Day Arts & Crafts at PlayArts

February 14, 10 am — 6 pm

1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Get crafty and create projects full of love with your little ones. First, from 10 am — noon,  there will be a Valentine’s Day themed Open Sensory Studio for kids ages 1-4. Then from 4 — 6 pm, there will be ongoing arts and crafts for kids age 4 and up.

 

Valentine’s Day Party at Fishtown Library

February 14, 4pm

1217 East Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by making a craft and eating some sweet treats.

 

Preschool Valentine STEAM

February 14, 1:30 — 2:15 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Storytime and STEAM learning for kids ages 3-5.

Valentine’s Day Fun at Holmesburg Library

February 14, 4 pm

7810 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

Come for a story in the children’s room, then stay to make a fun heart-shaped craft and enjoy goodies in the meeting room.

Nest Chestnut Hill’s Tweetheart Social and Babysitting

February 14, 4:30 — 9 pm (Babysitting starts at 6)

10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

 

First, come for the Tweetheart Social, where all donations will be given to the Children’s Heart Foundation. There will be crafts, playspace activities, and Valentine’s Day refreshments. Then, drop your kids off for the evening and enjoy an adult night out while they keep playing at Nest.

Valentine’s Day Weekend Kids Lock-In at Pinnacle Parkour Academy

February 16, 7 pm — February 17, 8 am

3500 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia

 

Pack your kids some snacks and their sleeping bags and drop them off for an overnight with pizza, games, and lots of parkour fun while you get a late Valentine’s date!

Valentine’s Day Kid’s Night Out at Elmwood Park Zoo

February 17, 5:30 — 9:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Your kids (ages 4-10) will play games, make crafts, explore the zoo at night, and see some special animals up close, while you enjoy a night out. Note: the zoo will provide a snack, but you need to pack dinner.

 

I Heart Modern Art

February 18 and 25, 11 am—3 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Play with color, shape, and line and make a modern Valentine. There will be family friendly tours of the museum in the morning, and the Family Art Cart will be out in the afternoon so you can drop by to play games, sketch, and make art together.

 

Photographs by Laura Swartz.

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