35+ Valentine’s Day Events for Kids & Families in 2024

Valentine’s Day events are abundant all around the DC area.  From horse-drawn carriage rides to crafts to service projects to cooking classes and drop-off options we rounded up the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids.

No need to wait until February 14th to show your favorite little ones how much you love them.  Valentine’s events are happening starting now!

Valentine's Day events in dc, maryland & Virginia

National Chocolate Month

Dorothy I. Height Neighborhood Library | Washington DC | Wed in Feb

Enjoy a chocolate treat during the month of February! Learn more

Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt

Leesylvania State Park | Woodbridge, VA | Feb 1

Trek around the park while collecting hearts with your significant other or family. Follow the clues given at the Visitor Center. Once you have found all the hearts return to the visitor center for a special Valentine’s Prize. Learn more

Galentine’s Teatime

American Girl Store | Tysons, VA | Feb 2 & 4

We loved our visit to American Girl Bistro Tea so we’re always excited to see their Valentine’s Day events! Go enjoy a special teatime at American Girl celebrating Galentine’s Day! Learn more

Chocolate Lovers Festival

City of Fairfax, VA | Feb 2 – 4

The Chocolate Lovers Festival, an annual three-day festival held on the first full weekend of February, features activities for all to enjoy.

Animal Valentine’s Craft

Arlington Mill Community Center | Arlington, VA | Feb 3

Share the love by making Valentine cards and boxes!  We’ll provide the supplies and you’ll bring your creativity! Learn more

Valentine’s Themed Story Time

Walkersville Branch | Mt Airy, MD | Feb 4

Join in for a special Valentine’s Day themed story time. After the story time, kids can participate in hands on activities provided by Southern States. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more

Valentine’s Pull Apart Cupcake Cake Decorating

American Girl Store | Tysons, VA | Feb 9

Your girl will enjoy this sweet, Valentine’s inspired, pull-art cupcake cake class. Create your own masterpiece home to admire. Learn more

Beginner Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies | Fairfax, VA | Feb 10

Join us for this Beginner Cookie Decorating class where you will learn to use royal icing to decorate cute sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. Learn more

Valentine’s Doll Hair & Manicure Day

American Girl Store | Tysons, VA | Feb 11

A special Valentine’s-inspired hairstyling and manicure session in the Dolled Up Salon! Learn more

Valentine’s Basket

Home Depot | Varies | Feb 3

Take the kids to Home Depot to make their own cute Valentine’s basket for free. Learn more

Valentine’s Day- X’s & O’s Workshop

Kid Create Studio | Ashburn, VA | Feb 8

Join us for a Valentine’s Day gift-making party. Let your young artist show their favorite Valentine how much they love them with hugs and kisses. This adorable art project is filled with love and lots of X’s and O’s. Learn more.

Won’t You Be My Owlentine?

Pohick Bay Regional Park | Lorton, VA | Feb 10

Love is in the air…and literally, for these beautiful birds of prey! Join us as we discuss the mating habits of these animals during their breeding season and get a picture with a live bird of prey! Learn more

St. Valentine Craft-Tea with Mrs. B

Tea with Mrs. B | Falls Church, VA | Feb 10

During this special St. Valentine themed card and craft-tea, children will learn from Lady Lia, our designer extraordinaire, how to train their eye to bring life and a personal touch to any creation while learning the best manners with Mrs.B for fancy table time and tea.

Kids’ Night Out – We Heart STEM

Children’s Science Center | Fairfax, VA | Feb 10

Celebrate Valentine’s Day STEM style! This kids-only event includes special heart-themed activities. Learn more

Nature DIY Valentine’s

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park | Centreville, VA | Feb 10

Nothing says “I love you” more than a homemade card. Use natural materials to create your own card just in time for the holiday.  Learn more

Sweetheart Day – Parents’ Night Out

Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums | Frederick, MD | Feb 10

Kids explore history of the holiday, celebrate friendship, and create a Valentine’s inspired project while parents enjoy a few hours out. Children will spend time learning history, crafting and playing in Museum spaces. Learn more

Valentine’s Day Family Fair

Capital Clubhouse | Waldorf, MD | Feb 10

A nice way to spend some family time on Valentines day. Come paint, play games, make keychains and jump on a moonbounce. We’ll have fun! Learn more

Bear My Heart

Pinot’s Palette | Herndon, VA | Feb 11

Come paint a cute polar bear. Very customizable. Change the background color, the sweater color, etc. Learn more

Family Valentine’s Themed Cookie Crafting

Boxwood | Alexandria, VA | Feb 11

Looking for a fun – and delicious – way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family? Come decorate cookies. Learn more

Valentine’s Carriage Rides

Reston Town Center | Reston, VA | Feb 12

Enjoy a journey along the magical, twinkling streets of Reston Town Center, and benefit local charities. Departures are in front of the Pavilion Ice Rink on Market Street. Learn more

Valentine’s Day Story Time

Be With Me Children’s Playseum | Columbia Mall, MD | Feb 12-16

Love is in the Air… Will you be my Valentine? Come in this week and read a story about being a loving friend, neighbor or sibling through the various classic Valentine stories. Learn more

Valentine Baby Goat Bottle Feed & Farm Animal Interaction

Little Goat | Nokesville, VA | Feb 13

Come feed and interact with the baby goats and other farm animals for Valentine’s Day. Learn more

Pre Valentine’s Day Celebration

Monkey Joes | Dulles, VA | Feb 13

Come join us for a Pre Valentine’s Day Celebration! This will be on Tuesday, February 13th from 10 AM to 8 PM. We will have crafts, cards for mom and dad, and candy! Limited while supplies last. Learn more

Valentine’s Cookie Decorating

Burke Lake Park | Fairfax Station, VA | Feb 13

Pick up an icing bag and join a naturalist in decorating your very own sugar cookies. Give the decorated cookies as gifts to friends and family members along with a personalized note. Learn more

Preschool Valentine’s Day Royal Ball

Deale Library | Deale, MD | Feb 13

You are cordially invited to the Valentine’s Day Royal Ball. During this extravagant event you and your preschooler(s) will get the opportunity to celebrate love, happiness, and togetherness while listening to stories, singing, dancing, and creating Valentine’s Day themed crafts.  Learn more

Valentine’s Day Science

Hidden Oaks Nature Center | Annandale, VA | Feb 13

Does Valentine’s Day make you think of electricity, chemistry, magnetism, candy? This year share the love with your family while we explore those topics and more with hands-on Valentine’s day science. Learn more

Crafternoon: Happy Valentine’s Day

Spauldings | District Heights, MD | Feb 13

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day edition of Crafternoon. Make and take home a Valentine’s Day Card and enjoy a showing of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. Learn more

Valentines Day – Parents Night Out

Super, Awesome & Amazing | Springfield, VA | Feb 14

Drop off the kids for date night! Learn more

Valentine’s Party

My Gym | Burke, VA | Feb 14

Celebrate Valentine’s with your little loves at our My Gym Valentine’s Party! There will be Valentine’s themed games, music, a balloon drop, and cupcake decorating! Come enjoy the day with your littlest valentines! Learn more

IKEA Family Valentines Day Dinner

IKEA | Woodbridge, VA | Feb 14

Join us on Valentines Day, Wednesday, February 14th from 5:00 – 7:00pm in the Swedish restaurant. Learn more

After School Hangout – Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Crofton Library | Crofton, MD | Feb 14

Celebrate Bad Romance with a little help from your friends with a dance party and activities. Learn more

Valentine’s Fun

Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library | Washington, DC | Feb 14

Come make a Valentine’s Day fuzzy little “love bug” in the children’s room to share with family and friends and get a sweet treat. Learn more

Anti Valentine’s Day for Tweens / Teens

Petworth Neighborhood Library | Washington DC | Feb 14

Joins us for an afternoon of crafts for Valentine’s/Anti Valentine’s Day! Learn more

Reader’s Theatre Presents The Valentine’s Bears

West End Neighborhood Library | Washington DC | Feb 14

Participants will read and act out The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting. In this story, Mrs. Bear plans a surprise Valentine’s Day celebration for Mr. Bear despite their usual hibernating habits at that time of year. Learn more

Valentine’s Day Craft

Benning Neighborhood Library | Washington DC | Feb 14

Roses are red and Violets are blue. Come and create a Valentines for your special someone! Learn more

How to Say ‘Be Mine’ in the Animal World

Burke Lake Park | Fairfax Station, VA | Feb 17

Animals communicate in many ways. Learn how to express your affection in chimpanzee, toad, and wolf on this outdoors Valentine’s Day walk and talk.  Learn more

Cupid Festival

Shipgarten | McLean, VA | Feb 17

Join the event with live music, food, beer, a dog park, giant yard games and more fun. Learn more

Mommy & Me Chocolate Sculpture Class: Valentines Day Edition!

La Prensa Tacos & Tapas | Sterling, VA | Feb 19

Learn how to make a seasonally themed chocolate sculpture, class is instructed by our award winning Mastermind Chocolatiers. Learn more

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