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25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

Show some love on Valentine's Day 2013 with crafts, cooking workshops, stage shows, dance parties and more.

  • Photograph: Yvonne Brooks

    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Flight of the Steampunk Victorian Valentines

  • 25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Galli's Hansel and Gretel

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    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Perfect Catch: A Throwmantic Comedy

  • 25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Conversations with Anne

  • Jennifer Contini Enderby

    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    "Art to Heart"

  • Photograph: Michael Jurick

    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Club Applause Valentine's Day Hip-Hop Dance party

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    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    "Contemporary Cartographies" at Lehman College Art Gallery

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Brooklyn Children's Museum

    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Circle of Love: Dads and Daughters Ball

  • Photograph: Courtesy of The Craft Studio

    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Valentine's Day at The Craft Studio

  • 25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon at Poets House

  • Photograph: Matthew Pinto for The Skyscraper Museum

    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Valentine's Day Card Creations at the Skyscraper Museum

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Wave Hill

    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Family Art Project: Hearts and Flowers

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Taste Buds

    25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

    Cupcake Kids Valentine Cupcake Classes

Photograph: Yvonne Brooks

25 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2013 with kids

Flight of the Steampunk Victorian Valentines

Kids may not grasp the concept of romance beyond holding hands at the playground, but that doesn't mean they can't go all out for Valentine's Day 2013. This year, we've found 25 ways for families to spread a little love, whether it's by crafting homemade cards at a museum or baking scrumptious desserts at a cooking workshop. Meanwhile, parents can treat the whole crew to a stage show or another special outing—the Staten Island Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden and FIAF all offer specially themed programming for Valentine's Day 2013.

Flight of the Steampunk Victorian Valentines

  • Free

Got some kids in need of Valentine's Day cards? They can make their own at this super-creative workshop, which will impart Victorian themes and layering techniques, and airborne, Steampunk-style imagery. Materials include doilies, hearts, gears, stamps, ribbons, feathers and other fanciful decorations. All ages.

  1. McNally Jackson Books 52 Prince St, between Lafayette and Mulberry Sts
  2. Sat Feb 8
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Galli's Hansel and Gretel

  • Price band: 2/4

As your little ones watch Hansel and Gretel's classic journey of cunning and candy unfold at this interactive show, they'll have to help the siblings outwit the wicked witch and make their escape. On Sunday, February 9, stick around for a Valentine's Day after-party, where kids can dress up in their favorite fairy tale fashions to enjoy dances and games, then compete for the title of "most romantic costume." Use the code VALENTINE to score discounted admission on February 9–10. All ages.

  1. Galli's Fairytale Theater 347 West 36th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sat Feb 2 - Sun Feb 24
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Perfect Catch: A Throwmantic Comedy

  • Price band: 1/4

Follow along with the crazy, magical and hilarious love story of Jen and Michael, two bored office coworkers who share a love of office pranks—and a common secret. Circus, music, dance, juggling and comedy all find their way into the peculiar affair. A special Valentine's Day brunch is available to complete the experience. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Canal Park Playhouse 508 Canal St, between Greenwich and Washington Sts, 10013
  2. Sat Feb 2 - Sun Feb 24
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Conversations with Anne

  • Price band: 1/4

At these monthly family workshops, tweens and teens bring questions they might ask Anne Frank, were she their peer, about such kid-relevant subjects as diary writing, giving to others, and adolescent hopes, dreams and fears. Today's topic is "Love in the Secret Annex," about Anne's relationship with Peter van Pels, whose family lived in hiding with the Franks. In conjunction with Valentine's Day, participants will discuss what it means to fall in love and find answers to tough questions they may face. Reservations are required. Ages 9 and up.

  1. The Anne Frank Center USA 44 Park Pl, at Church St, 10007
  2. Sat Oct 18
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"Art to Heart"

  • Free

Celebrate Valentine's Day (and American Heart Month) by taking your brood to a big-hearted exhibit featuring 14 contemporary artists, all of whom have contributed small works they created to honor little hearts around the world. Sales from the collection will benefit the Children's Heart Foundation. All ages.

  1. Agora Gallery 530 West 25th St, between 10th and 11th Aves
  2. Thu Feb 7 - Wed Feb 27
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Club Applause Valentine's Day Hip-Hop Dance Party (canceled)

  • Price band: 3/4

Forget card making and cutesy hearts: Tweens and teens looking to celebrate the holiday in a more grown-up fashion can head to the heart of the Meatpacking District for their very own hip-hop dance party. DJ Cassidy (whose elite clientele includes President Obama and Beyoncé) will preside over the kids-only affair, alongside his ten-year-old protégé, DJ Fulano. Together, they'll be spinning clean versions of tracks by Jay-Z, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, while Applause New York hip-hop teachers lead the whole crew in some dance floor activities. Soft drinks, Baked by Melissa cupcakes and Insomnia cookies will be served. Ages 10 to 15.

  1. Tenjune 26 Little West 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St, 10014
  2. Until Sat Apr 13
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Home Grown Valentines

  • Free

Families turn salvaged paper, dried flowers, lace and ribbon into heirloom valentines. For a personal touch, bring your own scraps (think ticket stubs, photographs and used stamps) that your brood can incorporate into their masterpieces. The workshop takes place at 6 River Terrace. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Nelson A. Rockefeller Park Battery Park City, enter at River Terr and Warren St
  2. Until Sat Feb 9
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Family Focus

  • Free

Explore the Lehman College Art Gallery through a guided tour of the current exhibit, "Contemporary Cartographies," showcasing artists who use the language and imagery of maps in their work. After the tour, tots can get creative in hands-on workshops in which they'll make cartography-themed Valentine's Day cards. All ages.

  1. Lehman College Art Gallery 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, between Goulden and Paul Aves
  2. Sat Feb 15
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Saturday Story Time: Tad Hills presents Goose Needs a Hug

  • Free

Local author and illustrator Tad Hills will share his book Goose Needs a Hug, about Goose and Duck's adventures on Valentine's Day. After the reading, Hills holds a drawing and painting demonstration for young artists. Ages 3 to 8.

  1. Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton St, at South Portland Ave
  2. Until Sat Feb 9
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Circle of Love: Dads and Daughters Ball

  • Price band: 2/4

If your little girl ever dreamed of a debutante ball—fancy dresses, ballroom music, glamorous photographs—this event is the next best thing! This Valentine’s Day, be your fair lady’s special date (it’s okay; moms can come too) to a memorable night with a live DJ, a dance instructor, corsages, keepsake photos and Valentine’s cards. Reservations required. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Sat Feb 9
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Valentine's Day at the Craft Studio

  • Price band: 1/4

Stop by the craft hub on the Friday through V-Day to concoct a lollipop using chocolate "glue," candy and edible glitter (reservations required). The next day, all you need is love—and some doilies, sequins, glitter glue and construction paper—to create traditional paper cards to give to all your special someones. All ages.

  1. The Craft Studio 1657 Third Ave, between 92nd and 93rd Sts
  2. Fri Feb 8 - Thu Feb 14
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Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon

  • Price band: 1/4

Just 34 minutes long, the classic 1956 French film charts the adventures of a young boy and a red balloon as the two wander the streets of Paris. After the screening, children will make their own poetic floating valentines: holiday-themed mobiles inspired by both the flick and the Alexander Calder artwork in the Poets House lobby. All ages.

  1. Poets House 10 River Terr, at Murray St
  2. Until Fri Feb 14
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FIAF Family Saturdays

  • Price band: 1/4

This installation of the Alliance Française series is chockful of ways to introduce your kids to French culture. Kicking things off is the film Four Seasons in the Life of Ludovic, about a teddy bear with a larger-than-life imagination (2pm; ages 2 and up). Little ones are then invited to a storytime in the Haskell Library (3–4:30pm; ages 3 to 6), or they can join a bilingual Valentine's cooking workshop with pastry chef Sylvie Berger (3:30pm; ages 5 and up). The nouveau cirque production Leo, a one-man show featuring French acrobat William Bonnet, wraps up the day. Tickets ($7–$30) are required for all but the storytime, which is free. Ages 2 to 10.

  1. French Institute Alliance Française 22 E 60th St, between Madison and Park Aves
  2. Sat Oct 26
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Valentine’s Day Card Creations

  • Price band: 1/4

Youngsters can show friends and family that their love is sky-high with a note shaped like a skyscraper. All ages.

  1. The Skyscraper Museum 39 Battery Pl, at 1st Pl
  2. Until Sat Feb 9
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Family Art Project: Hearts and Flowers

  • Price band: 1/4

Love is in the air at Wave Hill, where colorful greenhouse blooms serve as inspiration for this Valentine's Day card–making workshop. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave
  2. Sun Feb 16
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Baby Loves Disco

  • Price band: 2/4

Boogie alongside diaper-clad munchkins at the popular dance party for tykes. A DJ spins family-friendly tracks from the ’70s and ’80s, while you teach your little ones moves from the era. Face painting, temporary tattoos, crafting, snacks and more round out the afternoon; today's show also boasts Valentine's Day card making, chocolate treats, and slow dances with Mom and Dad. Ages 6 months to 7 years.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sun Feb 16
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Literally Alive Children's Theatre: Beauty and the Beast

  • Price band: 2/4

This adaptation of the classic children's story features live music, dancing, and unique sets and costumes. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Players Theatre 115 MacDougal St, at Minetta Ln
  2. Until Sat May 4
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A Valentine's Day Chocolate Tasting!

  • Free

In conjunction with the Save the Planet Brigade workshop series, the Bank Street Bookstore is hosting a tasting of shade-grown organic chocolate from the rain forests of Belize. Kids can nibble on the sweet stuff while learning about where it comes from, and how to protect the planet. All ages.

  1. Bank Street Bookstore 610 W 112th St, at Broadway
  2. Until Sun Feb 10
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Valentine's Day at Taste Buds

  • Price band: 2/4

Bake and decorate sweetheart cookies (Feb 14) or pink-and-red Valentine's cupcakes (Feb 9, Feb 16) with your little ones at these Mommy & Me classes. Ages 2 to 10.

  1. Taste Buds Classes 109 W 27th St, at Sixth Ave, tenth Floor
  2. Sat Feb 9 - Sat Feb 16
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Sweetheart Day

  • Price band: 1/4

Take your family to spend Valentine's Day with the cuddly critters at the Staten Island Zoo. Though tots may not be interested in animal courtship rituals, they can work on themed crafts and activities to keep them busy while you bask in the love. All ages.

  1. Staten Island Zoo 614 Broadway, between Clove Rd and Forest Ave
  2. Until Sun Feb 10
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Be My Valentine

  • Price band: 2/4

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun-filled hour of sweet activities. Kids can adorn festive place mats and decorations, craft their own extra-special Valentines and have tons of fun at this Upper East Side establishment. Drop-off only. Preregistration required. Ages 3 and up.

  1. 74th Street Magic 510 E 74th St, between York Ave and FDR Dr
  2. Mon Feb 11
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Valentine's Day at CMA

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids can don their most festive heart-covered duds and head to the museum for hands-on Valentine's Day fun. Your brood can explore the meaning of love through stop-motion animation and collaborate on giant, papier-mâché hearts. Meanwhile, in the sound booth, children can pen silly love songs that express their love for good ol' mom and dad. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 10014
  2. Until Thu Feb 14
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Valentine's Day Kids' Event at Coco Le Vu

  • Price band: 1/4

Stop by the candy shop after school to make a Valentine's Day card, design some festive jewelry and decorate a mini cupcake. To sweeten the deal, each child receives a heart-shaped cookie and hot cocoa; activities are free with a $5 purchase on the day of the event. All ages.

  1. Coco Le Vu 202 E 110th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Until Fri Feb 14
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Family Workshop: Will You Be My Valentine?

  • Price band: 1/4

Tots craft Valentine's Day mailboxes to ensure the easy delivery of heartfelt messages. Ages 6 and under.

  1. Sony Wonder Technology Lab 550 Madison Ave, Sony Plaza, at 56th St
  2. Sat Feb 8
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NYC Compost Project in Queens: I Heart Worms

  • Price band: 1/4

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Queens Botanical Garden, which puts its own spin on the heart-filled holiday with festive compost-cookie making for you and your little naturalists. Be sure to stick around for the compost tutorials—and, of course, the worms (hey, they have five pairs of hearts). Registration is required. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Tue Feb 18
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