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Valentine’s Day Events Your Kids Will Love

Thursday, February 06, 2014 by Jeannine C
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Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is here, what are you planning to do? If you’re looking to share it with the little sweethearts in your life, then we have a few ideas for you! Check out our roundup of upcoming kid-friendly Valentine’s Day events around NYC.
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American Girl Place
February 14 – Long before your little girl finds herself in the throes of her first crush, she’ll be consumed by a different kind of first love: with her American Girl dolls. American Girl is more than just a type of doll, it’s practically a childhood rite of passage for young girls on the brink of tweenhood.

Date With My Dad – Dads, breathe a sigh of relief that you’re still the only guy in your daughter’s heart. Spend some quality time together at American Girl Place on Valentine’s Day this year, where dads can bring their daughters on a special date that includes a meal, a paper craft, and a special “father-daughter promise” to have fun together. Participants will take home a keepsake photo frame and an American Girl book. Girls ages 8 and up are welcome, and reservations must be made in advance.

Valentine Card Craft – Girls can create and take home a handmade card and envelope for that special someone (mom or dad, hopefully?). The event is free and open to girls ages 8 and up.
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Victorian Valentine Workshop
February 8, 1 pm - 3 pm – This fun family workshop is more than just a craft session on making a handmade valentine. Learn about the history of the valentine itself, the printing “scrap” process that was used centuries ago, and then create the perfect Victorian era-inspired card with your whole family. The Valentine Workshop is $10 per person, $8 for students, and registration is required.

February 14, 7 pm
Next week, the mansion will be hosting an elegant, hour-long classical musical concert – not quite a fit for the kiddies, but a lovely precursor to your date night, should you be blessed with a Valentine’s day babysitter! The Valentine's Day Concert is $20 per person.
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Babysitting Services
Valentine’s Day and date night go hand in hand – but when you have kids, date night feels more like a distant memory than a viable option. However, you can still do the romantic dinner-for-two thing while the kids party it up, minus Mom and Dad. Here are a few places offering special Valentine’s Day babysitting services where the kids keep busy while you enjoy a night out.
Bag of Tricks Babysitting – Three hours of babysitting includes dinner, dessert, a craft, and a movie. $15 per child.
Project Play Date – Kids can attend this Valentine’s Day pajama party at two different locations: Citibabes Soho from 6pm to 9pm and Kidville Upper East from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
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Cooking Classes
Kids know that the best way to mom and dad’s heart is through their stomachs, so Valentine’s Day is good time for youngsters to strut their stuff in the kitchen. Sign them up at one of these awesome V-Day-themed cooking classes:
Taste Buds Valentine’s Love Shack Workshop – February 13, 14, 15, 16, at various times –Parents and children will work together to create their own Valentine’s Day gingerbread house using vibrant decorations and colors. $75 each parent/child pair; classes available 2/13-2/16. See here for registration info.

Chef Toni’s Valentine’s Day Cook and Play Saturday, February 15, 2-5 pm. – Part of the Cook and Play Saturday program, kids will make (and feast on) heart-shaped spinach, mushroom ravioli, and salad with Chef Toni. $75 per child, register here.

French Institute Alliance Francaise Valentine Cooking Workshop with Sylvie Berger Saturday February 8, 3:15 pm – Introduce your kids to the art of French baking at FIAF’s family Saturday for Valentine’s Day. Make heart-shaped cookies with master pastry chef Sylvie Berger, then indulge in your own creations. The workshop is for kids ages 5 and up. $10 per adult, $5 per child. See here for registration info.
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NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden: I Heart Worms for Families
February 18, 3-4:30 pm – When you think of hearts on Valentine’s Day, you probably don’t think of worms. But at this educational and fascinating hands-on workshop, kids will learn all about red wiggler, indoor composting worms, who actually have five pairs of hearts! They’ll also learn about the important role that composting plays in caring for the environment as well as get to make fun heart-shaped compost cookies for plants. The workshop is for kids 5 and up. $5 per person.
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Baby Loves Disco Lemonade Tour
February 9, 12-3 pm – Get your dancing shoes on, it’s time to boogie down! Baby Loves Disco is hosting its eighth annual Valentine’s Day dance party at Le Poisson Rouge. The kiddies will shake, rattle, and roll all afternoon long to classic, upbeat dance tunes of the 70’s and 80’s. The dance party is open to all kids under 7. Admission is $20 per person, $60 for a family four pack. Non-walking babies get in free.
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Valentine’s Day at The Eloise Shop
Does your little girl want to spend her Valentine’s Day like a true lady? The Eloise Shop at the Plaza Hotel is the perfect setting for a dainty but fun way to celebrate with your princess.
Decorate, Decorate, Decorate Wednesday February 12, 4-5 pm – Girls will decorate heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cookies with their “mostly companions” and create fancy Valentine’s Day cards to take home. $45 per child, $40 each additional child. Reservations are required.

Be My Valentine Rawther Fancy Tea Friday, February 14, 4-5 pm – Little girls will enjoy a Fancy Friday Valentine’s Day Tea Party with pink lemonade, heart-shaped treats, story time, and a special gift to take home. $100 per child, $50 each additional child. Reservations are required.
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I Heart Ice Sculpture
Thursday February 13 5-8 pm & Friday February 14 8am  - 6 pm – A real treat for the eyes, the talented artists of Okamoto Studio have turned ordinary blocks of ice into beautiful Valentine’s Day themed sculptures at this Brookfield Place exhibition. Arrive from 5-7p.m. on  Feb 13 or 12-1 p.m. on Feb 14 and you can observe the fascinating live sculpting in person.
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Celebrate Valentine's Day
February 7-February 14 – Pottery Barn Kids is hosting two weeks of Valentine’s Day fun with a special in-store craft station where kids can create their own handmade Valentine. On Saturday, February 8 at 11 am, swing by and let the kiddies decorate some sweet V-Day cookies. And while the kids are busy crafting and decorating, go check out their awesome selection of house decorations and party gear. RSVP is required for cookie decorating.
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Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon
February 8 at 11 am & February 14 at 11 am – This poet’s paradise of a library is hosting its annual screening of the childhood classic short film by Albert Lamorisse, The Red Balloon, in honor of Valentine’s Day. After the film, kids get to create their own cool floating valentines in the form of hot-air balloon mobiles. $5 per child, free for kids under 4.
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Hip Tot Music Fest with Audra Rox
February 9 at 11 am & 1pm – Hip Tot’s parties are always a blast! Rock out with them this Valentine’s Day at one of their two special concerts at Shapeshifter Lab, starring the wildly popular “kindie” singer Audra Rox. There will be story time, dancing, refreshments and plenty of energy and excitement to go around! Tickets are $10 each if purchased in advance and $15 at the door.
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Valentine's Day Party at New York Kids Club
Friday, February 14 & Sunday, February 16 – This wonderful children’s play center is hosting Valentine’s Day parties at all ten of its NYC locations throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. The two-hour extravaganza includes open play in the gym, special entertainment, pizza, and design-your-own magnetic picture frames to take home. Beer, wine, and hors-d’oeuvres will be served to adults, so you can kick back and relax while the kiddies take part in the fun. Prices and times vary by location; see here for details for the Gramercy Park location.
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