Spend some time with your favorite sweethearts taking advantage of all the Valentine’s Day activities in the Twin Cities – many of them FREE or low-cost. Here are 10 ideas to get you started, including (if you stick with us til the end) a super simple cookie recipe and inspiration for crafty gifts:
2/4: Kids Workshop: Valentine’s Mailboxes | TC Home Depot locations, 9am-12pm • Build a wooden Valentine photo box, then personalize the project with paint. FREE.
2/11: Valentine’s Family Fun | The Landing, Shakopee, 12-3pm • $8/pp, 2 & under free • Create Victorian-era Valentines, ride a kicksled, or try snowshoeing. Tour Eagle Creek Village and build kid-sized log cabins. Reservations required by Feb 6.
2/11: Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour | Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, 12-5pm • See the website for details on pouring your own iron sculpture. Free admission, fee if creating and purchasing a sculpture.
2/14: Valentine’s Day Soiree | Wishing Tree Play Cafe, White Bear Lake, 10am-12pm, $5-$7 per child • A performance by the Teddy Bear Band is included with open play admission.
2/14: Kids Valentine’s Fun Art Night | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka • 6-8pm • $5/child • Drop them off and sneak in a date night!
2/14: Institute of Hearts | Minneapolis Institute of Art • 10am-5pm
2/17-18: Kids at the Castle: Hearts and Hugs | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, 9-10am • $8/family • Before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, and movement inspired by ASI’s exhibits that will encourage creative young minds. Recommended for ages 2-5.
2/26: WOW! Family Sundays: Valentines Then, Valentines Now | Minnesota History Center, 12-3pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & members free • Connect old times to new through games, activities, and hands-on art projects. Aimed at ages 4+.
2/28: Valentine’s Day Kids Kraft | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 10:30-11:15am • Better late than never! Stories and a valentine yarn craft. Free; registration required.
Minneapolis Parks Valentine’s Day events – type “valentine” into the search box
Or, if you’d prefer cuddling up with your little valentines at home, we love these family fun ideas:
- Local food blog Dining with Alice shares her sweet and blessedly simple recipe for Red Velvet Cookies.
- Crafty Project: Valentine Love Journal would make a heartfelt gift for a family member.
- Non-Toy Gifts has published The Ultimate List of 45 Valentine Paper Plate Crafts