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Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day in the New York Area

Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day in the New York Area

Love is in the air–celebrate with your whole family at these fun events!


UPDATED January 2020: Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Here's where you and your little one can celebrate the day of love, whether it be through making handmade valentines, making treats, sharing a special story time, or hanging out with wolves!

 

Valentine's Day Events in Manhattan

Architecture Valentines
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30-11:45am
WHERE: The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: Love for architecture is in the air! Create your custom-made Valentines featuring romantic skyscrapers and intriguing architectural features. You can share them with family, friends or your secret crush. All ages. RSVP to education@skyscraper.org.
WANT TO GO? 212-945-6324. https://www.skyscraper.org/PROGRAMS/upcoming_programs.htm.

Family Day: I Love NYC
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 8, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
WHERE: Center for Architecture, 536 Greenwich Place, Greenwich Village
AGES: 5-13
WHAT: For this Family Day, we will take inspiration from the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. This annual competition invites architecture firms to think about how a Valentine sent from the heart of Times Square could express love for everyone. We will look at the various designs for this public piece of art and then, as a family, you will design and build your own model of a 3D Valentine for NYC!
WANT TO GO? 212-358-6133. www.centerforarchitecture.org/familyday.

FREE Valentine Making Workshop
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 9, 11am
WHERE: 6 River Terrace, Battery Park
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Make personalized, handmade cards for loved ones. Register by emailing registration@bpca.ny.gov.
WANT TO GO? 212-267-9700. bpcparks.org.

FREE Hearts and Crafts: Spinning Valentine's Day Cards!
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 4:30pm
WHERE: New York Public Library–Countee Cullen Branch, 104 W. 136th St., Harlem
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make a unique card that's an optical illusion!
WANT TO GO? 212-491-2070. nypl.org.

The Amazing Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2-5pm; 1:30pm registration
WHERE: Slattery's Midtown Pub, 8 E. 36th St., Midtown
AGES: All
WHAT: A series of clues leads you around the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way.
WANT TO GO? $25 per person. 718-344-8962. pogoevents.com.

My Funny Valentine Family Disco!
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 23, 1-5pm
WHERE: The Venue, 2284 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Harlem
AGES: 9 months to 7
WHAT: Children and their families will party over generational sounds and throwback dance steps.
WANT TO GO? $12 general admission; $40 family of 4; $15 at door. 201-565-2564. kidsdancerevolution.com.

 

Valentine's Day Events in Brooklyn

ShopRite Kidz Cook Valentine's Day
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 3pm and 4pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Savor delicious chocolate treats on this special day.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for members and children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

 

Valentine's Day Events in Queens

FREE Let's Get Crafty: Pop up Valentine's Day Cards
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library, Hunters Point Branch, 47-40 Center Blvd., Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Create pop-up Valentine's day cards.
WANT TO GO? 718-990-4150. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Valentine's Day Pop Up Cards for Kids
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 10, 3-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library, Queensboro Hill Branch, 60-05 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Children will make pop up cards for Valentine's Day.
WANT TO GO? 718-359-8332. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Valentine Craft
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library, Woodhaven Branch, 85-41 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make a craft and show some love!
WANT TO GO? 718-849-1010. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Children's Valentine's Day Craft
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library, St. Albans Branch, 191-05 Linden Blvd., St. Albans
AGES: All
WHAT: Make a lovely gift for the people in your life that you love.
WANT TO GO? 718-528-8196. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Nail Art & Henna Valentine's Designs
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library, South Ozone Park Branch, 128-16 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Get your fingernails and hands painted with Valentine's Day designs.
WANT TO GO? 718-529-1660. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Valentine's Day Crafts
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library, Woodside Branch, 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside
AGES: All
WHAT: Join us as we celebrate Valentine's Day.
WANT TO GO? 718-429-4700. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Valentine's Day Craft
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library, Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join us in making beautiful Valentine's Day cards for friends, teachers, and family!
WANT TO GO? 718-721-2462. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Valentine's Day Card Making
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-7pm
WHERE: Laurelton Library, 134-26 225th St., Laurelton
AGES: All
WHAT: Create a handmade Valentine's Day card for someone special, whether it be your sweet valentine or your special gal-entine!
WANT TO GO? 718-528-2822. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Valentine's Day Crafts for Children
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 3:30-4:15pm
WHERE: Queens Library, Auburndale Branch, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Make a beautiful Valentine craft to give to a friend or family member.
WANT TO GO? 718-352-2027. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Heart Sand Art Pendant Necklace
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library, Langston Hughes Branch, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: Create a heart-shaped sand art pendant necklace for Valentine's Day this year!
WANT TO GO? 718-651-1100. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Valentine's Day Fun
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 3-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library, Hunters Point Branch, 47-40 Center Blvd., Long Island City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Celebrate the day with a fun activity in the Children's Room.
WANT TO GO? 718-990-4150. queenslibrary.org.


Valentines' Day Events on Long Island

Nassau County

FREE Heart String Art
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Home Depot, 600 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: As you help your child piece together the symbol of Valentine's Day, they will develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting, and more. Register online.
WANT TO GO? 516-488-8500. homedepot.com.

FREE Valentine's Mugs
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 6, 7-8pm
WHERE: Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Transform plain white mugs into thoughtful art pieces with paint and an inspirational quote. The mugs will be donated to a local charity.
WANT TO GO? 516-676-2130. glencovelibrary.org.

Valentine's Day Donuts for Tweens
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 7, 6-7pm
WHERE: Freeport Public Library, 144 W. Merrick Road, Freeport
AGES: 10-12
WHAT: Make icing at the library to glaze some doughnuts and decorate them to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $1. 516-379-3274. freeportlibrary.info.

FREE Teen Cuisine–Valentine's Day Dessert Glass Treat–Donation Event
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 7, 4-5pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Make delicious Valentine's dessert glasses. Donate one dessert for those in need, and keep one for you to munch on. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Valentine's Day Party
WHEN: Feb. 8-9: preschoolers, Saturday, 10am-12:30pm; toddlers, Sunday, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Wood Kingdom West, 120 Milbar Blvd., Farmingdale
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: Find the treasure chest of love with goodies and clues. Sit for mini bagels and juice.
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-845-3804. woodkingdomwest.com.



Valentine's Party with Mickey & Minnie
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 9, 12:30-2:30pm
WHERE: M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym of Syosset, 171 Eileen Way, Syosset
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Bring a friend for a Valentine's party with Mickey and Minnie! Play in the amazing gyms and enjoy making a themed craft! Call to reserve your spot.
WANT TO GO? $28; $22 siblings. 516-496-7765. matsskidsgym.com.

Cupid Cupcakes
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 10, 7-8pm
WHERE: Freeport Public Library, 144 W. Merrick Road, Freeport
AGES: 6-9
WHAT: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with some delicious cupid cupcakes that you get to decorate yourself. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $1. 516-379-3274. freeportlibrary.info.

Heart Cookies on a Stick
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 10, 5:30-6:30pm
WHERE: Freeport Public Library, 144 W. Merrick Road, Freeport
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with some heart-shaped cookies on a stick. Parents must stay with the student. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $1. 516-379-3274. freeportlibrary.info.

FREE Valentine's Day Donuts for Teens
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4-5pm
WHERE: Freeport Public Library, 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Make icing at the library to glaze some doughnuts and decorate them to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-379-3274. freeportlibrary.info.

Valentine Chocolate Workshop with Susan of Chocolicious
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5-6pm
WHERE: Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove
AGES: 6-10
WHAT: Mold and decorate chocolate pops, create a chocolate masterpiece, and play chocolate trivia.
WANT TO GO? 516-676-2130. glencovelibrary.org.

FREE Red Rose Red Velvet Cupcakes
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7-8pm
WHERE: Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin
AGES: 12-17
WHAT: Make a tasty cupcake for Valentine’s Day! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-223-6228. baldwinpl.org.

FREE Anti-Valentine's Day Party for Teens
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7-8pm
WHERE: Syosset Public Library, 225 S. Oyster Bay Road, Syosset
AGES: 12-17
WHAT: Valentine’s Schmalentines! Join the library for an “Anti-Valentine’s Day” celebration. No bae, no problem! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-921-7161. syossetlibrary.org.

Valentines Day Party
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 5-6:30pm
WHERE: What's Cooking?, 30 E. Main St., Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Make heart-shaped meatballs with spaghetti, love potion smoothies, flower and heart chocolate lollipops, and chocolate-dipped strawberries!
WANT TO GO? $49. 516-922-2665. whatscookingny.com.

FREE Valentine's Cookie and Brownie Decorating
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2pm
WHERE: Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Each family will work together to decorate 12 cookies/brownies and take them home in a bakery box. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-223-6228. baldwinpl.org.

Suffolk County

FREE Pop-Up Valentine Cards
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 6, 5-6pm
WHERE: Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library, 1 S. Country Road, Brightwaters
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make a pop-up Valentine card for someone special. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-665-4350. bsbwlibrary.org.

FREE Valentine Surprise
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: This fun and fast-paced preschool readiness program. Children will make and take home a special Valentine’s Day craft for someone they love. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

FREE Family Fun Night: Valentine’s Potluck and Crafts!
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 6-9pm
WHERE: KiDS NEED MoRE, 600 Albany Ave. #14, Amityville
AGES: All
WHAT: Fun crafts for the kids, connections for parents, and a delicious potluck dinner for all! Please bring a dish to share.
WANT TO GO? 607-272-0034. affcny.org.

FREE Kissing Booth Photos
WHEN: Feb. 9-14, Sunday, 4-6pm; Monday-Thursday, 11am-5pm; Friday, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Einstein's Attic, 79 Main St., Northport
AGES: All
WHAT: Stop in and snap a pic or two in the new and improved kissing booth and backdrop.
WANT TO GO? 631-261-7564. eventbrite.com/e/kissing-booth-photos-tickets-88248705253.
 

Valentine's Day Events in Westchester County

Valentine Crafts
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 4pm
WHERE: Keeler Library, 276 Titicus Road, North Salem
AGES: All
WHAT: Valentine Crafts With the Recreation Department for children of all ages. For questions, call or email the library at keelerlibrary@wlsmail.org.
WANT TO GO? 914-669-5161. https://www.ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org/.

Valentine's Day Pop Up Cards Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 10am-12pm
WHERE: The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye
AGES: 8-12
WHAT: The Rye Arts Center will make a copy of a picture that you bring of someone special and provide all the materials you need to make three Valentine's cards!
WANT TO GO? $25; discount for members. 914-967-0700. ryeartscenter.org.

Valentine’s Family Play Date
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 9, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT
AGES: 1-6
WHAT: Bring your loved ones to Audubon for a fun-filled Valentine's Day Family Play Date! Enjoy meeting live animals, nature-themed Valentine crafts, stories, live music, and more! Pre-registration RSVP is requested. For more information and to RSVP, call or e-mail Caroline Bailey at Caroline.Bailey@audubon.org.
WANT TO GO? $10l; free for children 2 and younger. 203-900-3349. greenwich.audubon.org.

Valentine's Day Workshop: Laser Cutting with GlowForge!
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 4:30-6pm
WHERE: The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Using CAD design students will create a Valentine's themed pendant or pin that will then be laser cut and engraved on the new machine! All supplies included.
WANT TO GO? $25; discount for members. 914-967-0700. ryeartscenter.org.

Caregiver and Me Pop-In: Valentine's Day
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 10-11am
WHERE: Muscoot Farm, 51 Route 100, Katonah
AGES: 3-5, adult
WHAT: Kids can enjoy a special Valentine's Day treat. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $5. 914-864-7282. muscootfarm.org.

Lobo Love: Valentine’s Day Party with Wolves
WHEN: Feb. 9-15, Sunday and Saturday, 11am-12:30pm and 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, North Salem
AGES: All
WHAT: Show the wolves how much you love them by attending a Valentine’s Day-themed program! Visitors will learn about mythology surrounding wolves, the important role of wolves in the natural world, and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America, while also assembling “wolfy” valentines for Ambassador Wolves! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai, and Zephyr as well as potentially behold some of the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Guests will also enjoy hot beverages in a woodstove-heated classroom. Please dress for cold weather. Preregistration is required.
WANT TO GO? $15; $12 children younger than 12. 914-763-2373. nywolf.org.

 

Valentine's Day Events in Rockland County

FREE Jr. Chefs­­–Stories & Cooking: Valentine's Kisses
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 8, 1:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Make a sweet Valentine's Day treat using candy kisses. Register online or in person at the Children's Desk.
WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. albertwisnerlibrary.org.

FREE Valentine's Craft
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-7pm
WHERE: New City Library, 220 N. Main St., New City
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Make a Valentine and enjoy some stories. Adult caregivers must attend with child.
WANT TO GO? 845-634-4997. newcitylibrary.org.
 

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Main image: The winning installation for the 2018 Times Square Valentine Heart Design was called Window to the Heart and was on display all February long last year. 

Main Image: Courtesy Times Square Arts 

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