Valentine's Day events are not just for grownups—there's plenty for kids to do on Valentine's Day too! Check out sweet local craft workshops, exhibitions and more to keep 'em entertained...you might even get to help them make some valentines to give to their classmates at school (or a secret crush).
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Valentine's Day events for kids
Love Fujifilm? Don't miss this free Valentine's-themed INSTAX photo craft workshop! Join expert paper-craft designer Kelly Purkey in making shaker Valentines, bookmarks and gift tags for the upcoming holiday with your children. All necessary supplies will be available, so no need to bring your own camera/film! Space is limited and registration is required (register here, please). Ages 5–14 with accompanying cargivers.
Want to make lasting impression this Valentine's Day? Kids will love grossing their friends out with a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach named in their honor. Each cockroachey gift comes along with a certificate announcing that the critter has been named after them. P.S. Parents will have just as much fun getting in on the action—especially if it means getting to name one after your mother in law.
Use this cool craft workshop at Brooklyn Children's Museum to create fun Valentine's Day gifts for family and friends while reusing everyday materials. Kids will learn how to make 3-D shapes using paper, and will take home their very own heart mobiles at the end of the day. Ages 3 and up.
Your kids may never tire of watching Frozen, but they'll be exposed to plenty of family-friendly classics as well, thanks to this weekly film series. On Sundays, the downtown theater hosts a matinee screening of a bona fide family favorites. This season kicks off with a viewing of An American Tail, a musical about a Jewish immigrant mouse Fievel (Dec 18), Gene Kelly’s classic Singing’ in the Rain (Dec 25) shown in 4K restoration, and silent comedy masterpiece Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Jan 1). Other top-notch picks include Jailhouse Rock (Jan 8), Cover Girl (Jan 15), The Invisible Man (Jan 22), Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man (Jan 29), Time Bandits (Feb 5), It Happened One Night (Feb 12), Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (Feb 19), Lassie Come Home (Feb 26), Planet of the Apes (Mar 5), Lili (Mar 12), and The Witches (Mar 19). All ages.
The weekend before Valentine's Day, families can visit Central Park to check out the sixth-annual Ice Festival! You'll see professional ice carvers using chisels, chainsaws and picks to create replicas of the park's most famous statues. Live ice-carving takes place from 3-5pm, plus there's a silent disco from 5–7pm. Please RSVP in advance! All ages.
Starting on weekend days in February, children will be able to participate in hands-on Wilderness Skills Workshops as part of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Wilderness Camp exhibit. Learn all about tying things together as a “camp ranger” shows attendees how to tie five different kinds of knots (February 4 and 5); a tie-dying workshop shows children how to play with natural dyes made from foods and plants (February 11 and 12); artist Tattfoo Tan offers up a taste of dehydrated treats from the museum’s new mobile kitchen Charlie Cart (February 18 and 19); and you’ll never lose your way again after checking out the DIY compass workshop (February 25 and 26). Workshops are open-ended and no registration is required. At the end of each workshop, a Brooklyn Children’s Museum educator will guide attendees through a tour of Wilderness Camp. All ages.