Valentine's Day isn't a holiday that limited to just couples. It's a day to celebrate everyone you love! (And let's face it, if you have little ones at home, it can be hard to get out for a date night anyway!) Here are some kid-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday of love:
Home Depot Kids Workshop: Heart String Art
When: Saturday, February 1 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Local Home Depot stores, check site
Home Depot is hosting free Kids Workshops where kiddos will create and bring home heart string art. They will get to sand, nail, apply stickers and more. Then, they'll receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop apron, and a commemorative pin. RSVP by visiting the Home Depot website and finding the store nearest to you.
Valentine's Day DUPLO Party at The Little Gym of Doylestown
When: Friday, February 7 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (plus more activities after)
Where: 1661 Easton Road, Warrington
The Little Gym of Doylestown is hosting a special open gym that is open to the public. There will be a half hour of free play followed by a Valentine's Day Duplo activity, snack and a story. This event is free for Members and $8 for Non-Members.
Kids Valentine’s Day Party at Neshaminy Mall
When: Friday, February 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 707 Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem
Family Fun Friday at Neshaminy Mall will have a Valentine’s Day theme in February. Children can make a craft from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., watch a performance by Drummers with Attitude from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and decorate cookies from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Plus, there will me moonbounces, balloon art, face painting, and costume characters.
Valentine Family Breakfast at Chick-fil-A Oxford Valley
When: Saturday, February 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: 2424 E. Lincoln Highway, Langhorne
With each dine-in purchase, receive a free heart-shaped buttered biscuit. There will also be a hot chocolate/coffee bar with yummy toppings and a Valentine's Day activities for kids.
Saturday Storytime featuring “Always More Love”
When: Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, 210 Commerce Boulevard, Fairless Hills
Discover a heartwarming story in this interactive book that shows us how love grows for our dearest friends and family. This special Storytime features fun activities following our reading!
2nd Saturday Yardley
When: Saturday, February 8
Where: Downtown Yardley
Bring the family downtown to stroll and enjoy all that Yardley has to offer! February’s themes are #LoveYardley and #ChocolateCrawl with lots of Valentine’s Day themed specials, events and activities. Follow 2nd Saturday Yardley on Facebook for more info as it becomes available.
Children’s Valentine’s Day Party at Morrisville Library
When: Saturday, February 8 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 300 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with refreshments, card-making, crafts and cookie decorating! Call 215-945-4850 to make a reservation.
Make and Bake: Chocolate for Valentine’s Day
When: Sunday, February 9 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown
Moms and their Little Chefs (Dads are welcome, too!) are invited to make and take home scrumptious bite-size truffles and read a Valentine’s Day story. Bring a container to take your treats home! This event is designed for ages 4 through 8 and costs $18 for Newtown residents, $22 for non-residents.
Card Marking in the Children's Cove at Quakertown Library
When: Friday, February 14, all day
Where: 401 W. Mill Street, Quakertown
Drop by anytime to make a fun card! There will be a variety of supplies set out, you provide the imagination!
Love Storytime at Southampton Library
When: Friday, February 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Where: 947 Street Road, Southampton
Read books, sing songs and make Valentine's Day cards. Best for children 5 and under.
Valentine's Day Storytime at the Bensalem Library
When: Friday, February 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: 3700 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem
Stories, songs, and special activities to celebrate the holiday.
Pop-Up Valentine's Day Storytime at Oxford Valley Mall
When: Friday, February 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Where: 2300 E. Lincoln Highway, Langhorne (lower level, near Build-A-Bear)
The Bucks County Free Library is hosting a special storytime at the mall with stories, parachute play, and a craft.
Family Date Night at Color Me Mine
When: Friday, February 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 E. Lincoln Highway, Langhorne
Spend quality time together creating art! $10 studio fee covers a family of up to 6 painters, just pay for what you paint. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make a reservation.
Butterfly Love Fest
When: Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, 8046 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia
While not in Bucks County, the Insectariumin NE Philly is worth the drive! For their 2nd annual Valentine’s Day Festival, there will be games and prizes, arts and crafts, live music, face painting and more. You can also purchase food and drinks by Sweet Rainforest Café. Purchase tickets here.
For Older Kids/Tweens
So your kids are a little too old for the usual craft and music themed events, but not quite old enough that they're going out with friends or dates for the holiday? Try a family date to celebrate Valentine's Day! Let the kids pick the restaurant and go out to dinner. Go out for ice cream. Go out to the movies. Or try one of these 2019 Happening List Winners & Finalists: Doylestown Escape Room, Sky Zone, Bristol Pike Lanes.
Celebrating at Home
If taking the kids out is daunting, celebrate at home! You don't need to go do anything fancy to make it fun for your kids! Here are a few ideas to make the day feel special.
Make a Special Breakfast
This can vary depending on your morning routine. (Or you could always hold off and make a big to-do on Saturday morning if that's when you have more time!) Some ideas include making heart-shaped pancakes, drinking pink strawberry milk instead of regular, or using a cookie cutter to make heart-shaped toast.
Have a Hot Chocolate Date
Hot chocolate is always a winter favorite. Make a point to sit down with your kids and sip a mug in honor of Valentine's Day. For a festive touch, get pink marshmallows or add some sprinkles. Looking for something different? Try this iced hot chocolate by one of our favorites on Social Media, Souffle Bombay:
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Plan a Movie Night
When you think of Valentine's Day movies, you probably think of rom-coms that kids might not appreciate. But there are actually lots of cute movies that carry the theme of love but are still family-friendly. Consider Lady in the Tramp, Shrek, Beauty & the Beast, Gnomeo & Juliet, or Enchanted. Mix some Valentine's-Day colored M&Ms in your bowl of popcorn for a sweet and salty snack that's perfect for the occasion.
Bake a Special Treat Together
A lot of kids love to help in the kitchen! Instead of just giving your kids candy, make a special treat together. They'll love knowing that they helped make the dessert the family will enjoy that night.
Valentine's Day Mani-Pedis
Sure, you can take your little one out for a pro paint job, but it can be just as fun to do them at home! Let her pick out the color (the sparkly the better) and give her a little pampering.
Make Cards or Another Craft
This might be better to do BEFORE the holiday, but is there really any expiration date on when people like to receive cards?! While they might be handing out boxed Valentine cards to classmates, this is the time to really get creative because you're only making a few! Help your kids make cards for grandparents, teachers, or anyone else special in their life.
Eat a Special Dinner
There are plenty of options for this! Let the kids pick their favorite foods. Make dinner together, and have them think of foods that are red to go with the theme. Or, use heart-shaped cookie cutters whenever possible! Pick up (or make) pizza dough and shape it into a heart. Or, let the pros do it and see if your favorite local spot offers heart pizzas for Valentine's Day. (Angelo's in Doylestown and Southampton, Faraco's in Quakertown, Guissepe's in Richboro, Nico's in New Britain, Parma John's in Souderton, and Vincenzo's in Bensalem are just a few that have done it in the past.)
Have a Dance Party
Make a special playlist of silly songs about love and let loose!