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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 in-person or online vents!


UPDATED February 2021: 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 in-person or online. Don't forget to check out our virtual valentine ideas for kids who are remote learning! If you're looking to plan at-home Valentine's Day date night, read this article.

 

Valentine's Day Events in Manhattan

 

FREE. ONLINE Little New-Yorkers @ Home: The Power of Her Pen
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 12, 3:30pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society, Online
AGES: 3-6
WHAT: Celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day! Read The Power of Her Pen—written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by John Parra—and learn about Ethel L. Payne, a journalist who had an ear for stories. Find out how Ethel looked for stories of truth, justice, and equality. Afterwards, create a newspaper Valentine’s Day card that tells a story of love.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

ONLINE Chocolate Pizza & Poses
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:15-6pm
WHERE: Karma Kids Yoga, Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Get sweet and silly with The Creative Kitchen and Karma Kids Yoga to celebrate Valentine's Day! Join Shari for delicious yoga poses that will come to life as you make pizza with bodies! Then young chefs will cook with Cricket and make Chocolate "Pizza"!
WANT TO GO? $15. Advanced registration required.

ONLINE San Valentino Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 11, 11am-12pm and Friday, Feb. 12, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Speakitaly NYC, Online
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make hearts and spread love with some glitter and red color for the people we love.
WANT TO GO? $25. Advanced registration required.

IN PERSON Superpowered Creators: Valentine's Day
WHEN: Feb. 13-14, Saturday-Sunday, 9:45am-4pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Create artwork inspired by Alma Woodsey Thomas' paintings, by tearing colored papers to create a rainbow paper collage.
WANT TO GO? $12-$15. Make reservations in advance.

IN PERSON Valentine's Princess Play
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Let's Dress Up, 345 East 85th Street, Upper East Side
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Love, hearts and headbands are in the air for this traditional Valentine themed Princess Play. Of course there will be dress up and a tea party with the addition of a Valentine headband craft.
WANT TO GO? $35. Advanced registration required.

FREE. IN PERSON Con Edison Family Day: Victorian Valentine To-Go Activity Kit
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, Harlem
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Valentine's Day with a collage-art activity kit that contains everything you need to make your own Valentine’s Day greeting card! Each kit will contain a blank card, lace, ribbon, flower images, and other materials, along with a guide to the secret meanings behind Victorian symbols and the hidden language of flowers (known as floriography). Let your own personal expression shine through when making your own custom card creation.
WANT TO GO? You may reserve a maximum number of three kits per household.

FREE. ONLINE Virtual Valentine's Day Tea Party
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 3pm
WHERE: The BenAnna Band, Online
AGES: 2-7
WHAT: Join the BenAnna Band in a fun musical Valentine's Day Tea Party on Zoom. This 30 minute experience will include some music time to get out your wiggles and giggles, partner dance time with a loved one or a stuffed animal and a snack and tea party with a book to complete the perfect Valentine's Day event.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE We Love Skyscrapers!
WHEN:
February 13, 11am-12pm
WHERE: The Skyscraper Museum, Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Create Valentine's Day cards and a sun-catcher for your favorite skyscraper or architect! The museum will post a guide with examples of crafts and encourage you to send photos of your work! During our live zoom session, kids can try a new craft, begin their cards, and join a show-and-tell.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

IN PERSON Winter Weekend Camp: Be My Valentine
WHEN: February 13, 1-4pm
WHERE: Jodi's Gym244 East 84th St, 2nd Fl, New York
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Your child will run, jump, tumble, balance, stretch, sing, create, move and groove all under the supervision and care of well trained and certified staff. It's a mix that your child is sure to love.
WANT TO GO? $130 per day. Advanced registration required. Child must be toilet trained.

IN PERSON San Valentino Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 3:45-4:45pm
WHERE: Speakitaly NYC, 49 West 28th street, FL 3, Chelsea
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make hearts and spread love with some glitter and red color for the people we love.
WANT TO GO? $35. Advanced registration required.

ONLINE Virtual Valentine's with Supergirl
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 10:30-11:15am
WHERE: Let’s Dress Up, Online
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Join Let's Dress Up for a Super Valentine's Day Sing (and Dance) along. There will be a craft, story and songs with the heroic Supergirl.
WANT TO GO? $25. Advanced registration required.

IN PERSON Valentines Day Ceramic Paint Night
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 5pm
WHERE: PersonallyME Art Studio, 189 Avenue B, East Village
AGES: All
WHAT: Join PersonallyME Art Studio for a fun Valentine's Day Event where you will paint ceramic love birds!
WANT TO GO? $12. Space is limited. Advanced registration required.

ONLINE Valentine’s Day Party Family Concert With Laurie Berkner
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14, 12pm and 5pm
WHERE: Laurie Berkner, Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Laurie Berkner for an 80+ min LIVE interactive, solo, virtual performance for the whole family! Sing, dance, & play games through your device with Laurie as she performs favorite songs, interacts with you through the screen, & brings in a few surprises - from her house to yours!
WANT TO GO? $10-$20. Tickets give access to both performances.

IN PERSON The Amazing Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14, 2-4pm
WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue, Chelsea
AGES: All
WHAT: POGO Events presents The Amazing Valentines Day Scavenger Hunt. A series of clues leads you around Chelsea Market, The Highline and Hudson Yards performing physical and mental challenges along the way. This version of the hunt is all about celebrating Valentine's Day in New York! One member of the team should have a smartphone (either Android or iPhone. The hunt is run through an app called ScanQuest. Please download that before you come to the event.
WANT TO GO? $25. Arrive at 1:30pm to register. One member of the team should have a smartphone (either Android or iPhone. The hunt is run through an app called ScanQuest. Please download that before you come to the event.

IN PERSON Sing-Along With Olivia-Valentine's Day!
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14, 11am
WHERE: Gertrude Ederle Playground, 232 W 60th St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: This is an extra special "Sing Along With Olivia" music class. There will be lots of love songs mixed into the setlist, Valentine Card Crafting, Candy & A Pro Photographer Juan Patino capturing portraits in front of a stunning colorful painting. It will be 45 minutes of fun and you'll go home with your candy hearts, cards & beautiful images!
WANT TO GO? $35. Make reservations online.

 

 

Valentine's Day Events in Brooklyn

 

FREE. ONLINE McKinley Park Branch Preschool Book Adventures: Llama Llama be my Valentine!
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 8, 11-11:30am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Online
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: Join McKinley Park Branch virtually on zoom with a read out loud of Llama Llama be my Valentine! and craft.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE Kids Create: Origami Hearts
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 11, 4-4:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Online
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Create your own origami hearts and fill your home with love. Interested participants can pick up a grab and go bag with craft supplies for the program starting Monday, Feb. 8, while supplies last!
WANT TO GO? View on the Brighton Beach Library Facebook page.

IN PERSON: Beauty and the Beast
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14, 6:15pm
WHERE: Skyline Drive-In NYC, 1 Oak Street, Greenpoint
AGES: All
WHAT: See the animated love story, “Beauty and the Beast,” this Valentine’s Day.
WANT TO GO? $55 per vehicle up to 7 passengers. Purchase tickets in advance.

 
 

 

Valentine's Day Events in Queens

IN PERSON Happy Valentine's Day to APEC's Animals
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 6, 10-11am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 2-3 with one adult
WHAT: Celebrate your child’s love for animals at APEC! Toddlers will enjoy listening to an animal story and observing 3 animal guests close-up! They will also make a heart-shaped bird treat to take home and hang outside for birds in your neighborhood.
WANT TO GO? $18. Advanced registration required.

IN PERSON Young Chefs Celebrate Valentine's Day
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 12, 3-4:30pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 8-12
WHAT: This Valentine’s Day whip up some yummy, fun treats! Heart Shaped Breadsticks, White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse & Chocolate Covered Strawberries are sure to delight every Young Chef.
WANT TO GO? $26. Advanced registration required.

IN PERSON Valentine Card Design
WHEN: February 13, 11:30am-1:30pm
WHERE: PLAYDAY Long Island City, 537 51st Ave, Long Island City
AGES: 6 and older
WHAT: Make fun and creative Valentines themed crafts and projects with one of PLAYDAY's dynamic art instructors! 
WANT TO GO? $60. Advanced registration required. 

FREE. IN PERSON Feb. KIDS ZONE EVENT
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst
AGES: 2-12
WHAT: Kids can stop by to pick up a Decorate Your “Heart” Out craft kit to take home, and Mom & Dad receive a special 1 day coupon offer.
WANT TO GO? While supplies last.

FREE. ONLINE Valentine's Day Concert: World's Favorite Songs With Rami Hlay And Yaacov Mayman Orchestra
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 12-12:45pm
WHERE: Queens Public Library, Online
AGES: All
WHAT: During this Valentine's Day concert you will listen to the songs from all over the world performed by Israeli-American singer, composer, and music arranger Rami Hlay in different languages with Grammy Award nominee, saxophonist, music producer Yaacov Mayman and his orchestra.
WANT TO GO? Watch live on Facebook.


Valentines' Day Events on Long Island

IN PERSON VALENTINE WATERCOLOR & WAX PAINTING
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
AGES: All
WHAT: Make a unique & beautiful valentine using crayons and watercolors with a cool natural twig frame!
WANT TO GO? Included with admission: $5; $3 children 5-12 yrs. Sign up for a half hour time slot.

IN PERSON Falling In Love With Wildlife - Valentine's Day
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14, 1-3pm
WHERE: Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet some of Sweetbriar’s cute and loveable animals, play an animal matching game in honor of Valentine’s Day, and create a craft to remember the day. There will be many photo opportunities.
WANT TO GO? $10 child; $5 adults. Purchase tickets in advance.

IN PERSON Hearts for Art
WHEN: February 11-14, 12-5pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art2 Prime Ave., Huntington
AGES: All
WHAT: Spread the love with Hearts for Art this Valentine’s Day Weekend! Fall in love with a work of art and post your pick on social media with #heartsforart. All visitors will receive a Hearts for Art Kit upon check-in. 
WANT TO GO? Kits are free with admission. Reserve museum timed tickets in advance. 



IN PERSON Craft Day! - Valentine's Day
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Get crafty this Valentine’s Day at the Hatchery or take your kit home to complete.
WANT TO GO? $7; $6 seniors 65 and older; $5 ages 3-12

IN PERSON Valentine's Day Pizza Party
WHEN: February 14, 7:30-9:30pm 
WHERE: United Skates of America, Inc., 1276 Hicksville Rd, Seaford
AGES: All
WHAT: This Valentine's Day skating event features unlimited cheese pizza and drinks!
WANT TO GO? $19; $10 non-skating adult. Purchase tickets in advance. 

 

ONLINE Virtual Valentine's Day Paint Event
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Key to My Art, Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Paint some love birds to celebrate Valentine's Day! Supplies Needed: Red, white, black and yellow paint A few paint brushes Canvas 8"x10" or 11"x14" or 12"x16" Paper plate or palate paper towel or rag Cup of water.
WANT TO GO? $20 per device. Advanced registration required.

ONLINE Make it Monday, Activities You Can Do at Home: Victorian Valentine
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 22, 4pm
WHERE: East Hampton Historical Society, Online
AGES: 7-13
WHAT: In this session of Make it Monday, Activities You Can Do at Home, Director of Experience, you will learn how to make your own Victorian Valentine with some common household items. Registration for this session includes a kit containing lace, cardstock, and Victorian Valentine designs. From home you will need glue, scissors, a pen or pencil, and any other decorating supplies you would like to use!
WANT TO GO? $25. Registration is required by Feb. 12th. Pick up your kits on Friday, Feb. 19.

 

WHEN: February 13, 11am-12pm

WHERE: East End Arts Gallery, 133 E Main St , Riverhead

AGES: 6-12

WHAT: Students are introduced to artist Jim Dine's beautiful abstract hearts and and then create their own Valentine's Day Masterpiece. Students work in the medium of their choice or pay for supplies and choose what is available at EEA. A 12 x 12 canvas is recommended with acrylic paint. Students are able to take artworks home or donate your work to be delivered to Peconic Landing residents! Spread the love! Show everyone what the heart really represents! 

WANT TO GO? $10; free for members. Bring your own supplies or purchase from from the studio for $5. Advanced registration required.

FREE. IN PERSON 'Looking for Love' Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: February 13, 11am
WHERE: Southampton Inn at 91 Hill St & Main Street in Southampton Village, Southampton
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Scavenger hunt, by “looking for love” in Southampton! All throughout Main Street in Southampton Village there will be red hearts that need to be sought out. Grab a friend or a partner and embark on a journey of love! First prize and a gift for those who return a completed list. 
WANT TO GO? Call to RSVP. While this event is free, a donation to the Southampton History Museum encouraged. 

FREE. IN PERSON Valentine’s Day Hike in Southampton
WHEN: February 14, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Emma Rose Elliston Park, 40 Millstone Brook Rd , Southampton
AGES: 12 and olde
WHAT: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Southampton Trails Preservation Society. Meet at Elliston Park off Millstone Brook Road in Southampton. Enjoy a moderately paced 3 mile hike with views of Big Fresh Pond and Wolf Swamp. Visit the historic cemetery which is part of this park and hear the story of Emma Rose Elliston who was born on a whaling ship off Hawaii. 
WANT TO GO? RSVP by February 13 at 12pm. While this event is free, donations to the Southampton Trails Preservation Society are encouraged.

Valentine's Day Events in Westchester County

 

FREE. IN PERSON Feb. Grab and Go Valentine’s Day Bear Craft Pickup
WHEN: Feb. 8-17, daily, during library hours
WHERE: Port Chester-Rye Brook Library, One Haseco Avenue, Port Chester
AGES: 2-12
WHAT: Children can pick up a Grab and Go Valentine's Day Bear craft with everything they need to make a Valentine's Day craft.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE All Things HEARTS!
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Pelham Art Center, Online
AGES: 4 and older
WHAT: Celebrate Valentine’s Day and spread love by creating heart themed valentines! Participants will learn the art of doodling and explore different art making techniques using mixed media.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

IN PERSON Valentine's Day Workshop: Laser Cutting with Glowforge!
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 11, 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! All supplies included.
WANT TO GO? $25; discount for members. Space is limited. Registration required.

IN PERSON Cupid's Color Lab
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Westchester Children's Museum, 100 Playland Parkway, Rye
AGES: 4-8
WHAT: In this half chemistry, half art, all sensory-play workshop, you'll mix a bunch of colors and ingredients together… and be WOWED by the results! Have fizzy, foamy, fun with floating colors and chemical reactions. You'll even come away with some fabulous and completely unique Valentine cards as you explore the technique of paper marbling! If you’d like, come in your best Valentine’s Day outfit!
WANT TO GO? $10; $9 for members. Space is limited. Advanced registration required.

IN PERSON Valentine's Day Pop Up Cards Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 10am-12pm
WHERE: The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye
AGES: 10 and older
WHAT: Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day better than handmade, custom, Valentine's Day cards. Bring a picture of a special person or animal you love. The Rye Arts Center will make a copy of the picture and provide all the materials you need to make three special Valentine's cards!
WANT TO GO? $25 (members receive discount). Advanced registration required.

FREE. IN PERSON Lewisboro Land Trust Valentine's Day Hike
WHEN: February 14, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Old Field Preserve, Mead Street, Waccabuc
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate your love of the outdoors with your family this Valentine’s Day with a guided hike at Old Field Preserve in Waccabuc! This short, moderate-level hike will follow the Educational Nature Trail that winds through five different habitats and seven reclaimed fields, illustrating the vast ecological diversity of Old Field Preserve. LLT board member Shantala DuGay-Iyengar and her son will be your guides. Sturdy shoes are recommended, and traction cleats may be helpful for icy conditions. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome. Steady rain or snow cancels.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required. 

Valentine's Day Events in Rockland County

IN PERSON My Little Man & Me: Valentine's Day Party!
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 6, 1-3pm
WHERE: Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Avenue, Union
AGES: 4-8 with an adult
WHAT: Get ready for Valentine’s Day with your little man! Moms, grandmas, and aunts: grab your sons, grandsons, and nephews and have some fun! Enjoy games, crafts, snacks, punch, and a photo booth area while making special memories.
WANT TO GO? $30 per 1 child and 1 adult; $25 members; Purchase tickets in advance.

FREE. ONLINE The Valentine's Day Music, Bubble and Comedy Show!
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 6, 11am
WHERE: Glen Ridge Public Library, Online
AGES: 0-5
WHAT: “All You Need Is Love!” The Valentine’s Day Music, Bubble and Comedy Show is a charming “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through songs about love, movement activities, big giant bubbles, children’s stories, and interactive music technology! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers! Each song in the 40-minute show is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

FREE. ONLINE Valentine's Day Origami
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 11, 4pm
WHERE: Fair Lawn Public Library, Online
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Join Ilene Kahn, Origami expert, and instructor, as she walks you through a Valentines Day project, step by step. You will need several pieces of origami paper (6" x 6" or larger) or plain copy paper cut into 8.5" x 8.5" squares.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

 

IN PERSON Dotty For Your Love: Abstract Heart Painting
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 9-9:45am or 10:15-11 am
WHERE: Peace in Piermont, 458 Piermont Ave., Piermont
AGES: 4 and older
WHAT: Children will use pointillism, which is a painting technique that uses tiny dots, in the negative space around a heart to create an abstract modern masterpiece on canvas- just in time for Valentine’s Day!
WANT TO GO? $20. Advanced registration required.

FREE. IN PERSON Great Backyard Bird Count Kid's Craft and Bird Walk
WHEN: February 14, 10-11am
WHERE: Teaneck Creek Conservancy, 76 Fycke Lane , Teaneck, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the Teaneck Creek Conservancy Kid’s Craft and Bird Walk event featuring Bergen County Audubon Society. Enjoy a short guided nature walk through the forested wetland habitat of Teaneck Creek Conservancy while searching for bird species including Dark-eyed Juncos, Northern Cardinals, and Downy Woodpeckers. Afterwards send a Valentine to the birds with a kid-friendly bird seed craft. Wear your mask and bring along a pen and paper to keep your bird count. 
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required. 

FREE. ONLINE Virtual Valentine's Dance with Bach to Rock Music School
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 15, 6:45-7:30pm
WHERE: Bach to Rock Nanuet, Online
AGES: 17 and younger
WHAT: Love is in the air at Bach to Rock Nanuet! Celebrate with friends and family at this virtual Valentine's Dance! This fun and engaging virtual dances feature a live DJ, musical games, dance challenges, and more. Come dressed in your favorite Valentine's outfit and get ready to show off your cupid shuffle!
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

 

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