Spend some time with your favorite sweethearts taking advantage of the local Valentine’s Day ideas in the Twin Cities starting the last weekend of January. Here are some ideas to get you started, including (if you stick with us ’til the end) a super simple cookie recipe and inspiration for crafty gifts.
January 30, 2021 - Virtual
Presented by Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Learn three different card-making techniques with Teaching Artist Madeline Garcia. A box of card-making supplies can be shipped to you for $10, but you can also use the supplies you have at home. Cards include: Flower Bouquet Card, Accordian Card, & Nesting V Card. 1-2pm, FREE. Register here.
February 3, 2021 - Virtual
Presented by American Swedish Institute. Register quick, these fill up fast! Learn four different heart-making techniques with origami instructor Kathleen Sheridan. Kits are included with registration fee. Available for pick up Jan 28-Feb 1, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm. $40-$45. Register here.
February 12, 2021
Heart Hunt | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria
Go on a self-guided hike and use clues to find hidden hearts along the trails. Dress to be entirely outdoors. Feb 12-14, drop in between 9am-4pm. FREE.
Valentine’s Day Virtual Dance Party | Dakota County Library
Sign up to get your link; dress up encouraged to dance with the librarians of Dakota County. 10-11am, FREE.
Valentine’s Day Parking Lot BINGO | Zanewood Rec Center, Brooklyn Park
Come play free BINGO! Cards will be distributed at the parking lot, bring your own marker, dauber or pen, and turn on your FM dialer. Please register in advance. Feb 12, 4-5pm. FREE.
February 13, 2021
Valentine’s Saturday Market | St. Paul Farmer’s Market
People seeking ideas for a romantic dinner for two will find much to love at the Valentine’s Saturday Market. Many vendors will offer free recipes for making a memorable Valentine’s dinner at home using local foods. Feb 13, 9am-1pm.
Valentine Bestie Bash | Maplewood Mall & Northtown Mall
Come claim your free Valentine’s Day grab bag, stocked with a craft, activity sheets and something sweet for kids ages 12 & under. See website for times.
Wood Round Valentines | Westwood Nature Center, St Louis Park
Design a “tree cookie” creation for your valentine using natural materials along with art and craft supplies. Must pre-register. Feb 13, 3-4:30pm, $6-$9/pp.
You Melt My Heart | Silverwood Park, St Anthony
Walk luminary-lit trails, try kicksledding, warm up at campfires, reserve a kicksled and a kit with treats. Learn more and sign up here. Feb 13, 6-8:30pm, FREE.
February 14, 2021
Virtual Family Day | Minneapolis Institute of Art
On the second Sunday of February MIA will host a free monthly event for families, kids, and the young at heart. Any time during the weekend, you can pick up a tote with your supplies at the Third Ave. entrance. The supplies add to the fun, but are not essential to enjoy the day with includes virtual hands-on art activities, music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, and more. Feb 14, 2021.
Valentine Craft Ideas
Homemade Valentine Crafts | Heartfelt
Stop into this sweet Linden Hills craft shop to make a homemade gift. Choose from crafts such as felted hearts, rolled candles and Valentine card kits. Call to make an appointment first! Open 10am-12pm, Mon-Sat.
Kits are mailed to your home with everything included: supplies and instructions
Order a 3 month subscription for $42 and receive
- February’s Love is Love
- March’s Fairy-tale Adventures
- April’s Wonderful Weather
Follow the link for free Valentine project ideas (option to order the supplies), tutorials, and printable Valentine BINGO cards.
Order your DIY Valentine kit from the Re-use shop (or any of 15 other themed creativity kits!) to beat boredom and send joy to family and friends. $10-$40 per kit.
Virtual Valentine's Entertainment
‘Til Death, A Marriage Musical: The Livestream | by Bucket Brigade
’Til Death, the hit Valentine’s musical, returns! A live-streamed theatrical concert of the entire laugh-inducing, tear-provoking, cuddles-inspiring show! All the dialogue & music you love with added narration from Michael Pearce Donley!
Live streaming February 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm, February 12 & 13 at 7:30 pm, and February 14 at 3 pm. $25/adult couple (sharing a screen), $15/adult single, $13/students & seniors.
Mountain Goat Mountain | Children’s Theatre Company
CTC presents this family show through their all access pass. $50/family pass includes all shows streaming from now-June.
Come together for an immersive, off-screen theatrical adventure with Mountain Goat Mountain, from Australia’s Threshold theatre. This delightful, audio-led theatre experience for families to share in their home together features guided activities that help families create their characters, setting, props, and costumes before stepping into their own imaginative world. Mountain Goat Mountain will take you on a journey that bumps you out of the ordinary and into a world where you work together to uncover its secrets—exploring the forest and rivers of Mountain Goat Mountain and the depths of a mysterious cave.
Special In-Person Valentine's Concert
Fools and Friends Fall in Love Again by Sidekick Theatre| Ives Auditorium, Bloomington | Saturday, February 13 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 14 2 pm | $35-$38/ticket |
This musical journey through the decades features some of the best Twin Cities vocalist performing such classic love songs as “My Girl”, “To Love Somebody”, “Stand By Me”, “Pretty Woman” and “Hooked on a Feeling”!
There will be extensive COVID-19 safety protocol to ensure audience safety, including regular sanitization, social distancing and mask-wearing requirements.
MORE VALENTINE'S DAY IDEAS
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
- 5 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day a Family Affair
- Doing Good Together offers a Valentines 28-days of Kindness Challenge. It’s never too late to start.
- Twin Cities Michael’s locations offer inexpensive Valentine craft kits for kids.