Valentine’s Day Activities & Events (& Dining) Around DC that Kids (& You) Will Love


Do you ❤️ celebrating Valentine’s Day with your little (and big) sweeties? If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the occasion and get ready for it, here are some ideas — with something for everyone to love.  XOXO!

Love from the Library
Where: Select DC Public Libraries
When: Through February 14
Admission: Free

Several DC Public Libraries are giving out take-home Valentine-making kits and activity packets. Stop by Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library (Feb 8 only), Takoma Park Library, or Capitol View Neighborhood Library to pick up a set for your kids.

Valentine Maker’s Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: February 10, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Find thoughtful and handmade gifts for all the sweeties in your life at this Valentine Maker’s Market. Shop a variety of options, including small batch chocolates, jewelry, leather goods, pottery, clothing, and much more! You will find vendors offering a wide selection of homemade, handmade, and homegrown products, all made with love. Be sure to tour the grounds, check out the Arts Center inside, and take kids to play in the Fairy Lolly while you’re there — it’s all fantastic. Read more about Annmarie Sculpture garden here and here.

Chocolate & Chicadees
Where: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens | Vienna, VA
When: February 10, 10-11am

Sip on some hot cocoa to stay warm on a winter day on this casual stroll through the garden looking for various winter resident bird species. Learn about the behavior and adaptations of several species of songbirds such as Carolina Chickadees, Northern Cardinals, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Hot cocoa provided. Recommended for ages 7+

Kids Workshop: Chalkboard Message Center
Where: Lowes locations aroud the area
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Bring your mini-DIYer to this special Valentine’s workshop as they build a chalkboard that doubles as a vase — a gift for them or something to give a special someone. It’s the perfect way to say I Love You all year long.

Valentine’s Day Celebration
Where: Capital Clubhouse | Waldorf, MD
When: February 10, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $15/online, $20/at door

This Valentine’s Day event for families will feature workshops, cookie decorating, painting, perler beads, games, moon bounce, video games, and MORE! It is open to everyone, but families with children ages of 1-13 will enjoy it most. Purchase tickets ahead online to save $5/person!

Kids Club: Butterfly Painted Rocks
Where: Michael’s locations around the DC area
When: February 10, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Drop in a Michael’s location to do some Valentines crafting. Ahead of Valentine’s Day, make love-ly painted rocks that look like butterflies. All ages welcome, no reservations needed.

Won’t You Be My Owlentine?
Where: Potomac Overlook Regional Park | Arlington, VA
When: February 10, 1-2pm
Admission: $7

Love is in the air, and literally, for the beautiful birds of prey! Join Potomac Overlook staff as they discuss the mating habits of owls during their breeding season and get a picture with a live bird of prey! Register in advance, as space is limited. And be sure to explore the rest of the park while you’re there — it’s great for kids of all ages. Read more about Potomac Overlook in this KFDC post.

Naked at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt (for adults)
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: $24

No clothes? No problem! For the subjects of art highlighted in this Watson Adventures scavenger hunt at the National Gallery, that is. Your fully dressed team will follow clues through this esteemed museum and answer tricky, humorous questions about what you find. All of the questions involve nudity, whether you’re looking for naughty nymphs, a surfing sea monster, eye-catching codpieces, bathing beauties, the original Adonis, or shark bait named Watson (no relation, we hope).

Unshrink My Heart – Shrinky Dinks Workshop
Where: Gateway Arts Center | Brentwood, MD
When: February 10, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Make handcrafted Valentine keepsakes for your loved ones! Create original cards, jewelry, key chains, and more using shrinkable sheets of polystyrene. Staff will be on hand to assist at this FREE workshop, and each participant will receive two sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks for crafting and creating. Fun for the whole family!

Nature DIY Valentines
Where: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park | Chantilly, VA
When: February 10, 3-4pm
Admission: $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. Materials will be provided for cards that kids can make. Stay for a little while, or the whole time.

Nature Valentines
Where: Maydale Nature Classroom | Colesville, MD
When: February 11, 3-4pm
Admission: $7

Winter is full of celebrations. Join Montgomery County Parks to celebrate Valentine’s Day by making nature valentines. Register for one or all of these family fun activities. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Valentine’s Day Science
Where: Hidden Oaks Nature Center | Annandale, VA
When: February 13, 6-7pm
Admission: $8

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. Recommended for ages 5+.

Valentine’s Cookie Decorating
Where: Burke Lake Park | Burke, VA
When: February 13, 6-7pm
Admission: $7

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. Recommended for ages 2-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Storytime: Color of Love
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: February 14, 10am
Admission: Free

Bring little ones to dive into the world of Simone Leigh’s art. Join the Hirshhorn to explore Overburdened with Significance by Simone Leigh, read The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López, and make your own one-of-a-kind artwork inspired by the things that make you special.

Window Shops
Where: Storefronts around Adams Morgan, DC
When: Through February 14
Admission: Free

Take a walk around Adams Morgan to see all storefront decorated especially for Valentine’s Day! The Adams Morgan Partnership BID is sponsoring a window decorating contest for all businesses facing the street. Enjoy a family outing to the neighborhood to walk around and see them all, then grab at bite at one of the many eateries there. You can also vote on your favorites through an online poll on their website from Friday, February 9, through Tuesday, February 13!

Ice Skate Date
Where: Ice rinks around the DC area
When: Through February 14
Admission: Varies by rink

If you just want to do something fun, active, and sweet with your kids, plan an ice skating date. Go to the Sculpture Garden, then enjoy photo ops by the AMOR sculpture. Glide along the Figure 8 path at Canal Park, then get a bite to eat at one of the many eateries nearby. Skate by the Potomac River at Washington Harbour, or over the Potomac at The Wharf — and both have even more to do beyond skating at their waterfront locations. Get details for all of the DC rinks, plus more in Maryland and Virginia in this post about ice skating around the DC Area.

DIY Valentines
Where: At Home
When: Whenever you have time
Admission: Just the cost of supplies

So, this is just my suggestion. One of my favorite annual programs was always the National Postal Museum’s Valentine’s Day Card Workshop, and we used to go every year. The museum would provide all kinds of supplies — pretty papers, stamps, washi tape, stickers, markers, and more — for guests to create Valentines. Everyone from families with young children to teens hanging out together to groups of adults attend, and there’s always a great sense of community as you share tables with others there to celebrate love. It’s not back again this year, but the make-your-own tradition can still continue. So, grab some artsy supplies and get creative at home — and make your loved ones’ Valentine’s Day with a personalized, creative card! And for more about the wonderful yet often overlooked Postal Museum, see this KFDC post.


Dining & Treats
The restaurant suggestions are mostly for a grown-up evening out, but the treats are for everyone.

The Bazaar
Where: 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Downtown DC
When: February 14
Admission: $165/person

Jose Andres’ The Bazaar is offering a Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu, which includes some of their favorite Bazaar bites and seasonal specials. Plus, elevated accents, like caviar, truffles and wagyu steak, perfect for celebrating with your special someone. And located in the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Hotel, it really can’t be beat for a romantic setting.

The Dabney
Where: 122 Blagden Alley NW | Mount Vernon Square Area, DC
When: February 14
Admission: See below
Enjoy a romantic evening of fireside dinner by Chef Jermiah Langhorne at DC’s MICHELIN-starred restaurant, The Dabney. Select from a specialty nine-course ($235/ person) or three course ($105/person) tasting menu featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers, watermen, and purveyors. Dining Room reservations available here. Bar Area reservations here.

Iron Gate
Where: 1734 N St NW | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Now through February 18
Admission: Cost of your cocktails & meal

Easily one of the most romantic restaurants in DC, Iron Gate has brought back its Tunnel of Love pop-up for Valentine’s Day through the weekend beyond the holiday. There is a special menu with new cocktails and the carriageway bar area is adorned extra special decor. You can also opt for a table on the dining room and enjoy a fouir-course prix fixe on Valentine’s Day ($99 + $70 for wine pairings). Reservations here.

St. Anselm
Where: 1250 5th Street NE | Union Market, DC
When: February 14, 5-10
Admission: Cost of your meal

St. Anselm, which has been names one of the 8 best steakhouses in DC, has a Valentine’s Day Dinner with a few specials for the evening. Een if you don’t go for them, the food and ambience is a great place for a date night or nice family meal out anytime. They’ll deliver a meal, too.

Where: 1120 Maine Avenue | The Wharf, DC
When: February 13-14, 5-9pm
Admission: See menu

Whether celebrating friendship or your loved one, join Oficina for an unforgettable dinner featuring lobster bisque, dry-aged Roseda steak with king oyster mushroom and glazed chocolate mousse dessert. Enjoy the special 3-course dinner with a Lambrusco toast with dessert. The special menu available a la carte on the 13th and 14th.

Clyde’s Restaurant Group Locations
Where: Around DC
When: February 14
Admission: Varies by place
Valentine’s Day events and specials being are being offered by many of the establishments within Clyde’s Restaurant Group. Enjoy a Three-Course Valentine’s Day Menu at 1789. All locations of Clyde’s, Old Ebbit Grill, and The Hamilton will have special menus. The Hamilton Live has two shows celebrating love: Love Songs: TheBeatles on February 10 and Tony Sands as Frank Sinatra on February 14.

Del Mar
Where: 791 Wharf Street SW |The Wharf, DC
When: February 14
Admission: See the menu

Del Mar, Fabio Trabocchi’s celebration of Spanish seafood cuisine, will have a special Valentine’s Day dinner that includes caviar, lobster stew, and paella. The a la carte mennu will also be available.

Fiola Mare
Where: 3100 K Street NW | Georgetown, DC
When: February 14-16
Admission: See the menu

Fabio Trabocchi’s Michelin-starred Georgetown restaurant also has a special menu for the occasion that includes lobster terrine, pasta, and beef cheek.

Where: 974 Palmer Alley NW | CityCenter DC
When: February 14
Admission: $185/person (+$80 win pairings)

Enjoy a special five-course Valentine’es Day tasting menu and option wine pairing by six-time James Beard nominee Chef Amy Brandwein. Menu highlights include Monkfish Flashed In Pink Peppercorn; Tortelloni, Oyster Cream, Crunchy Oyster, Bottarga; Black Cod & Chocolate Mole; Roasted Duck, Root Vegetable Crespelle, Pomegranate, and Raspberry Tiramisu, Mascarpone Cream, Lady Fingers, Fresh Raspberries.

Immigrant Food
Where: 1701 Pennsylvania NW & Planet Word | Downtown DC
When: February 14

Immigrant Food is celebrating Valentine’s Day with some delicious, pre-fixe offerings at both their White House and Planet Word locations! At the Planet Word location, select from a global menu of aphrodisiac bites, wordplay ingredients, and love-colored dishes with their four-course meal + bites. This menu features options like “Sweet Jesus Oysters”, “Chips, Dip & Caviar,” “Tuna Poke” with candied citrus and hearts on fire greens, and a “Death Do Us Part” Tiramisu. At the White House location, opt for a different pre-fixe menu with highlights like “Chips, Dip, & Caviar” and “Tamarind BBQ Ribs.”

Valentine’s Cupcake Boutique
Where: Sprinkles | Georgetown, DC
When: Through February 14
Cost: Depends on your order

Sprinkle love to people you adore with Sprinkles Cupcakes’ special boxes just for Valentine’s Day. Options include Valentine samplers, red velevrt cookies and cupcakes, limited time raspberry chocolate ship cupcakes and cakes, and more sweet yumminess. Pre-order in advance as pick-up and delivery times will fill up fast! See or visit locations for further details. Note that you can also have these shipped to faraway Valentines.

XO, Milk Bar
Where: Milk Bar | Logan Circle, DC
When: Through February 14
Cost: Depends on order

Milk Bar, the bakery that makes my favorite Birthday Cake, has special products for the holiday. Mini cakes, pies, sampler boxes, and truffles are perfect desserts for an at-home date night or family celebration. Available for pick-up or delivery.

Make-Your-Own Sweet Treats
Where: Take home from Ice Cream Jubilee | DC & VA
When: Pre-order for pick up or local delivery
Cost: $14

Craft some sweeties with your sweetie! Ice Cream Jubilee is offering a Valentine’s Day Sundae Kit especially for the holiday. It comes with two delectable pints of local ice cream in the flavors of your choosing; two delicious, fudgy brownies; and rich caramel and fudge sauce. Perfect for celebrating with your little loves, your big love, or just enjoying by yourself.


Valentine Gift Ideas
* This T-shirt.
* Kids PJ’s and more cute stuff.
* How sweet is this Valentine S’mores Kit?
* Board books that babes will love.
* An activity book especially for the special day.
* All ages will adore this LEGO set.
* Some super fly classmate Valentines.
* Spread the love with a friendship bracelet making set.
* For teens, these XO earrings or cutout hearts
* You can never go wrong with a Starbucks gift card.
* Something Comfy.
* If the way to their heart is through their stomach


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