Affordable Twin Cities Family Valentine’s Day Events 2024

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family in the Twin Cities without breaking the bank! Check out these upcoming events happening in 2024. Here are some activity and event recommendations to get you started, including a super simple cookie recipe and inspiration for crafty gifts, family adventures, kid-friendly parties and Valentine-making events around the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis Valentine crafting events & celebrations 

February 11, 2024: Slöjd Studio: Block Printed Valentines

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Kids will learn to use block printing to create Valentine cards. This is part of ASI’s monthly Slöjd Studio, where children learn handcraft arts. This is a drop-off program for kids in grades 3-5. 1-3pm. $25/pp. 

February 16-17, 2024: Kids at the Castle – Love Monsters

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
ASI’s monthly family program will be a Valentine’s Day Celebration with a love theme in February. Best for pre-K through early grade school. 9-10am. Register for Friday or Saturday: $15/family.. 

Minneapolis Recreation Centers

These rec centers offer opportunities for kids to make handmade valentines and celebrate with kids in the community. You can sign up for free or inexpensive programs at the following spots:

February 7, 2024: Valentine Card Making

Linden Hills Park, 3100 43rd St West, Minneapolis, MN 55410. Register here.
Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55414
. Register here.
With a couple events to choose between, let your imagination loose and craft a delightful card for someone special at one of these parks. Ages 6+. 6-8pm. $10-$15/pp. 

February 9, 2024: Valentine Heart Scavenger Hunt

Kenny Park, 1328 West 58th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Go on a hunt for candy, plastic and paper hearts hidden around the park. Then stop in the Rec Center to warm up with hot chocolate. All Ages. 6-7pm. Free, limited openings.

February 12, 2024: Community Connect Valentine’s Day

East Phillips Park, 2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
A favorite Valentine’s Day Event, snowshoe a heart design in the park, make Valentine art and scarf pizza. Ages 6-17. 4-7pm. FREE.

February 13, 2024: Valentines for Veterans

Hiawatha School Park, 4305 42nd Street East, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Craft Valentines, including some for residents of Minnesota Veterans Home-Minneapolis. All ages. 4-7pm. FREE. Limited Openings.

February 14, 2024: Toddler Valentine’s Day Party

Webber Park, 4401 N Bryant Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Games, music and more valentine fun for kids under age 6 with caregiver. 10-11:30am. FREE, but limited openings.

February 17, 2024: Nature Art: Valentines for the Earth

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Park guests can create natural Valentines making plant-able paper, nature-stamped cards, and heartfelt messages. All ages. 1:30-2:30pm. FREE. Limited openings. Register here.

Examples of Valentine's Art that Family Fun Twin Cities did at ARTrageous Adventures in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Valentine’s Art that Family Fun Twin Cities created at ARTrageous Adventures

Saint Paul Valentine events 

February 3, 2024: Embroider a Heart-shaped Candy Pouch

ArtScraps Store, 1459 St. Clair Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105
Participants will learn easy embroidery stitches and embellish their heart-shaped pouch with buttons, felt and ribbon. Make reservations here
. 10 am-noon. $49/pp.

February 10 & 17, 2024: Minnesota Transportation Museum Love Train

193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul, MN 55130

Jump on the “Love Train” for a real train ride plus family valentine crafts, live music, treats, a scavenger hunt and a family photo booth. All included in museum admission. $9-$18/pp or $60/family.

St Paul Recreation Centers

Saint Paul Parks get in on the crafting act, too. Note that some of these events are drop-off and some are filling quickly.

February 6, 2024: Valentine’s Day Craft Party with Kidcreate

Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130
A Valentine’s Day gift-making party, make a Valentine with a jumbo-sized candy bar. Best for kids up to age 7. Register Here.

February 12, 2024: Valentine Cookies and Crafts

Duluth & Case Recreation Center, 1020 Duluth Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Drop off event for kids ages 7-15 to make cookies and valentines crafts. Register here. 6-7:30pm. FREE.

February 14, 2024: Valentine Affirmation Craft

Merriam Park Recreation Center, 2000 St. Anthony, Saint Paul, MN 55104
McDonough Recreation Center, 1544 Timberlake Rd, Saint Paul, MN, 55117

Kids ages 6-17 can create valentines for their loved ones. Register here for Merriam. Limited openings. Register here for McDonough. 5:30-6:30pm. FREE.

February 14, 2024: Valentine Parent’s Night Out

El Rio Vista, 179 Robie St E, Saint Paul, MN 55107
Parents can drop off the kids to play in the gym while they get in a short date night. 5:45-8:45pm. $8-$12/child. Register Here.


Northwest Metro – Twin Cities Valentine’s Day ideas

February 10, 2024: Family Valentine Adventure Trail

Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
The hour-long program includes valentine-themed stations along a trail, valentine-making, a bonfire and treats. Ages 3+. Register for spots between 10am & 2pm. $6/pp. Register for Event #1ENC3201.

February 10, 2024: Valentines & Friendship Bracelets at Arbor Lakes

The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, 12459 Elm Creek Blvd N Maple Grove, MN 55369
Valentine crafts, selfies and friendship bracelet-making for kids ages 5-12 while supplies last. Located in the empty space next to GoodThings. 1-2pm. FREE.

February 12, 2024: My Preschooler & Me: Valentine’s Day Puppet Party

Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Watch a Valentine’s puppet show, make a seasonal craft and decorate a treat before hunting for hearts in the woods. Ages: 2-6 plus adult. Register for Event #1ENC3020.

Northeast Metro – Twin Cities Valentine’s Day ideas

February 3, 2024: Victorian Collage Valentines at Gibbs Farm

2097 W Larpenteur Ave, Falcon Heights, MN 55113
Get going on your hand-crafted Valentines – Victorian-style crafting supplies included. February 3, 2024. Register for a time between 10am-1:30pm. $5/pp, under 5 free.

February 9, 2024: Fridley Valentine Party

Hayes Elementary, 615 Mississippi St NE, Fridley, MN 55432
It’s a kid-friendly Valentine dance party complete with DJ, games with prizes, crafts and a treat. This is an all-ages event parents can attend with their kiddos. 6-7:30pm, $14/pp.

February 10, 2024: Northtown Mall Family Valentine’s Day

398 Northtown Dr, Blaine, MN 55434
All things valentine: crafts for kids, face painting and balloon animals, a fashion show and giveaways. 1-3pm. FREE.

February 10, 2024: Mounds View Valentine’s BINGO

Mounds View Community Center, 5394 Edgewood Dr, Mounds View, MN 55112
BINGO cards are just a buck each – all ages can enjoy a few games of Valentine BINGO. 2-4pm, FREE admission.

Southwest Metro – Twin Cities Valentine’s Day ideas

January 20, 2024: Pre-K Creative Play: Celebrate Love

Eden Prairie Senior Center, 8950 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Make Valentine decorations or gifts using clay, paper or other medium. Part of a twice-monthly, parent/child preschool arts program, classes explore outdoors when weather permits and explores different ways to be creative together.  Ages 3-6 with parent. 10am-11:30am. $15/parent-child pair. Registration required.

Sundays in February: Sunday Funday Valentine Kids Craft at Ullsperger

2314 Louisiana Avenue South, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Each Sunday in February features a free valentine craft to keep kids busy. 11am-8pm.

February 10, 2024: Valentine’s Parent’s Night Out & Pizza Party

IGM Gymnastics, 12117 Riverwood Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337
Parents can take time together while the kids have a pizza party at IGM Gymnastics.  6:30-9:30pm. $40 first sibling. $35  for additional siblings or members. Pre-Registration Required.

February 13, 2024: Preschool Valentine’s Day Party

IGM Gymnastics, 12117 Riverwood Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337
Kids can participate in Valentine-themed activities. Ages 3-6. 9:30-11:30am. $20. Pre-Registration Required.

February 13, 2024: Toddler Tuesday: Be My Valentine Playdate

Rotunda, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
February’s theme is love and friendship with games and  activities geared toward tots and preschoolers.  10am-Noon.

Learn more about Toddler Tuesdays.

Southeast Metro – Twin Cities Valentine’s Day ideas

February 9, 2024: Sweetheart Skate

Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Road Eagan, MN 55122
Bring your favorite Valentines to Eagan’s Sweetheart Skate with lights, music and glow sticks. $4/adults; $3/children. 7-8:30pm.

February 10, 2024: Color Me Mine Daddy Daughter Valentine Date

3324 Promenade Ave #100, Eagan, MN 55121
Paint a ceramic keepsake and enjoy a cup of cocoa with donuts. Studio fee is $12/pp plus price of ceramic. 9-10:30am.

Intergenerational Valentine’s Day Events & Ideas

Foster learning and laughter across generations! Choose from these amazing events perfect for grandparents and grandchildren of all ages to have a Valentine’s day date.

February 4, 2024: Intergenerational Felted Heart Garland

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Created felted wool hearts to string into a garland. $50/pair. This event is sold out, but there is still room on the wait list.

February 10, 2024: Valentines Day Stuff & Fluff Party

Shakopee Community Center, 1255 Fuller St S, Shakopee, MN 55379
Help your child or grandchild stuff a new furry toy, make a craft and decorate a cookie together. $20/pair. Register here for this adult-child activity.

February 10, 2024: Intergenerational Valentines Treats

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Make FIKE-inspired, home-made Valentine treats together. $90/pair. This event is sold out, but there is still room on the wait list.

DIY Family Valentine Fun, Crafts and Activities

Red and white Unicorn Valentines made from paper plates by Non-Toy Gifts
Find all the directions plus plenty more Valentine crafts on Non-Toy Gifts

Paper Plate Valentine Crafts

Local craft blog Non-Toy Gifts has published The Ultimate List of 45 Valentine Paper Plate Crafts. Not into paper plate crafts? Search keyword “Valentine” Steph has gathered an impressive collection of Valentine craft ideas.

DIY Valentines Ideas for Kids: Cute Ideas from Local Artists

We’ve gathered some of our favorite Valentine ideas from local resources in the Twin Cities for DIY valentine cards, gifts and treats.

ArtScraps Creativity Kit

ArtStart ArtScraps, 1459 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Order your DIY Valentine kit from the Re-use shop (or any other themed creativity kits!) to beat boredom and send joy to family and friends. Pick up your kit in Saint Paul to avoid shipping fees. $40 per kit.

Make Cookies Together

Try our recipe for easy sugar cookies, strike out on your own with your favorite go-to cookie recipe, or try these sweet and blessedly simple recipe for Red Velvet Cookies from local food blog Dining with Alice.

Crafty Project: Valentine Love Journal

Joy’s family had fun making love journals for grandparents a few years ago. These would make a heartfelt gift for any family member.

Make Valentines Day An Opportunity to Spread Kindness

Doing Good Together offers a month-long Valentines 28-days of Kindness Challenge. Even if you come across this in mid-February it is never too late to start. These ideas are universal.

Try These ARTrageous Valentines Crafts

A few years ago, we have asked art expert, owner of ARTrageous Adventures, and Twin Cities mom, Amanda Vallone, for some ideas to celebrate with your family. She shared these 5 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day a Family Affair.

DIY Rolled Paper Roses Valentine

Gianna shares directions for these colorful roses in her February section of Arts and Crafts for Kids Throughout the Year.

Leave us a message if you know of some Twin Cities family Valentine fun that we missed. We’ll share your ideas with the community.

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