Find fun and low-cost things to do with your kids for Valentine's Day in NYC, including craft programs, cooking events, story time, family shows, and more in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.
Valentine's Day may not be an official holiday, but Feb. 14 is all about love, which makes it a day worth celebrating with your little ones. Got a date night planned with your partner? No problem -- many of the kid-friendly Valentine's Day events in NYC take place before the actual holiday. Check out our roundup of 14 family V-Day events below, all of which are either free or low-cost!
Victorian Valentine Workshop
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Learn about the history of valentines and the use of printed "scraps" used to make them in the 19th century while you craft your own memorable valentine. A fun workshop for the whole family. Registration required.
Family Art Project: Hearts and Flowers
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center
Breathe in the fragrance of greenhouse flowers and enjoy their colorful blooms. Use them as inspiration to make lovely, lacy, feathery, and flowery Valentine’s Day cards for loved ones. FREE on Feb. 9!
Who Loves Ya?
Brooklyn Public Library, Dyker branch, Dyker Heights
Kids can make Valentine’s Day arts and crafts after school. FREE!
FIAF Family Saturdays
French Institute Alliance Francaise, Upper East Side
Let your kids feel French for a day with a charming film screening, an open house and story time, a Valentine’s Day-themed cooking class, and a wordless circus show.
Baby Loves Disco Valentine’s Day Party
Le Poisson Rouge, West Village
Put on those baby boogie shoes and dance the day away with the original discotheque for babies and their families. There will be dance lessons, contests, arts and crafts, unlimited juice boxes, snacks, and a cash bar for non-driving parents. For Valentine’s Day you'll have chocolate treats, make-your-own Valentine’s cards, mommy-daddy slow dances and much more.
A Valentine’s Day Chocolate Tasting Party
Bank Street Bookstore, Morningside Heights
Try shade-grown organic cacao products from Belize, including bars of white, milk, dark, and extra-dark chocolate at this Valentine's Day Chocolate Tasting Party, the culminating event of the Bank Street Bookstore "Save the Planet Brigade!" workshop series. FREE!
Be My Valentine Workshop
74th St. Magic, Upper East Side
At this sweetheart of a workshop, kids can celebrate Valentine’s Day as they craft cards, decorations, and placemats.
‘Kiss Me Again’ Valentine’s Day Book Signing with Rachel Vail
Bank Street Bookstore, Morningside Heights
Teens can met Vail as she signs copies and reads from her new YA book "Kiss Me Again." Enjoy a love-packed event with Valentine's treats, a "Kissy Face" word game, and prizes. The follow-up to "If We Kiss," Rachel Vail's addictive story of first kisses and heartbreak, "Kiss Me Again" answers the question of what happens when a crush so off-limits it has to be a fantasy suddenly becomes something very real. FREE!
Whitestone Library, Whitestone
Feb. 1, 8
Enjoy making a craft for that special someone in the family. Participants will make 3-D Valentine cards, finger puppet hearts, and more. FREE!
Valentine Jewelry Design for Tweens
Langston Hughes Library, Corona
Tweens ages 8-13 will learn how to make jewelry for themselves or as a Valentine’s Day gift for someone they love. FREE!
Hands-On History: I Love Rufus & Mary
King Manor Museum, Jamaica
Celebrate love this month and learn about the King family and how much they loved their family and friends. Mary King gave her friend Sarah a very special piece of jewelry to go in her hair. Children can make their own hair clip and valentines for the people they love. FREE!
Young Chefs: Valentine Munchies
Alley Pond Environmental Center, Douglaston
Enjoy making mouthwatering chocolate-covered strawberries and yummy rice crispy treats. All materials included. Space is limited. Registered is required.
Valentine’s Day Craft
Queens Village Library, Queens Village
Kids can get ready for Valentine’s Day by making a cool craft related to the holiday. FREE!
Picture Book Time for Valentine’s Day
Auburndale Library, Flushing
Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can celebrate Valentine’s Day with stories, songs, and fingerplays with Marianne G. FREE!
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