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!
February 7, 4 pm
6245 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia
Kids ages 5-12 can make a craft for the holiday. Materials will be provided.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
February 11, 11 am—1 pm
375 Conshohocken State Rd, Bala Cynwyd
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
February 14, 4pm
1217 East Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by making a craft and eating some sweet treats.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.