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:
Throughout February: Drop in anytime during the month and craft a homemade Valentine gift at Heartfelt (Linden Hills, Minneapolis), 10am-5pm. Projects are for a range of ages, including adults, and cost between $5-$30 each.
Select dates in February: Twin Cities Michael’s locations offer inexpensive Valentine crafts for kids.
2/3/18: Kids Workshop: Valentine Bean Bag Toss | TC Home Depot locations, 9am-12pm, FREE
2/8/18: Holiday Fun Hour: Valentine’s Session | Maplewood Community Center, 6:15-7:15pm, Music, snacks and crafts. Pre-Register by phone 651-249-2120 or online $7/child.
2/10/18: Chocolate Tasting & Gift Fair | Mississippi Market locations | 11am-2pm | FREE
2/10/18: Free Studio Art Day: Valentine Cards | Articulture, Minneapolis | 1-3pm | FREE
2/10/18: Valentine’s Family Fun | The Landing, Shakopee | 10-3pm | $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.
2/10/18: Love Local: MCBA Open House | Minnesota Center for Book Arts at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis| 10-2pm | FREE | Artist-led Valentines-themed activities: letterpress printed postcards, handmade heart-shaped paper, pop-up cards, and more.
2/14/18: For the Love of Trains | Jackson Street Roundhouse, St Paul | 10am-4pm | $11/adult, $9/child or family rates available | Bring your train-loving sweethearts for a special morning at the roundhouse with train rides, storytime, crafts and tours.
2/14/18: Valentine’s Movie Night Out | Battle Creek Rec Center, St Paul | $5/pp ages 6-12 | Come for crafts, cookie decorating and a movie while the adults go out.
2/16/18-2/17/18: Kids at the Castle: Love Monsters | 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.
2/16/18: Cake Pops: Hearts | Kids Cooking School, Lino Lakes | 6-8pm | $25 | Learn to make this lovely treat.
2/17/18: 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.
Minneapolis Parks Valentine’s Day events – type “valentine” into the search box. Some require pre-registration.
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
- 5 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day a Family Affair