1. The Chocolate Lovers Festival
Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Feb. 7, 12-4 p.m. (Pancake Breakfast starts at 8 a.m.)
Old Town Fairfax, VA
Experience a two-day chocolate-filled weekend at the annual Chocolate Lovers Festival sponsored by the City of Fairfax! Activities include Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Challenge, the ever-popular Kiwanis Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast and much more. Enjoy open houses at old town historic buildings as well!
2. Daddy-Daughter Valentine Dance
Feb. 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
730 Marshall Rd. SW, Vienna, VA
Come out for a magical evening at Marshall Road Elementary for the Daddy-Daughter Valentine Dance! Girls (ages 3-6th grade) and dads, granddads, big brothers and/or godfathers get ready to dress to impress. There will be a special fairytale guest, tons of dancing, prizes and good food! Proceeds from this fundraising event will fund Vienna-area elementary school library donations and college scholarships for Vienna-area high school students.
3. Mommy & Me Valentine’s Day Brunch
Feb. 14, 12-2 p.m.
Maggiano’s Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Join Maggiano’s Chevy Chase for their first annual Mommy & Me Brunch to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little sweetheart! Bring your appetites and creativity (and yes, you can bring Daddy too!). There will be a Brunch Buffet, cookie decorating and craft stations.
4. Sweet Valentine’s Treats at Sur La Table
Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sur La Table, 326 King St., Alexandria, VA
Bring your little one to Sur La Table in Alexandria, VA for a family afternoon filled with baking, laughter and plenty of tasty Valentine’s Day treats. Mom, dad, grandparent or special adult along with their kids will have a wonderfully sweet time creating yummy cookies, whoopie pies and chocolate-dipped hearts. Plus, the instructor will share decorating tips and teach attendees how to make delicious cream cheese frosting!
5. Valentine’s Day Card Workshop
Feb.13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Postal Museum, 1st Floor Atrium, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Love is in the details at the annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. Come out with the family and create heart-felt handmade cards and visit the museum’s stamp store to send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark!
6. Sweet Valentine: Tour and Workshop for Children
Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW
Celebrate sweet Valentine’s Day traditions at Tudor Place! Children get to tour the historic mansion, learning how food was made and enjoyed at Tudor Place over the last 200 years. Then, they decorate two decadent chocolate valentines to give to special family members or friends.
7. Open Studio: Love in Every Language
Feb. 13, 12-4 p.m.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.
Enjoy the best of art and love at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Watch a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art, create Valentine’s Day cards using woodblock prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages and fold heart-shaped origami. All ages welcome with adult companions.
8. Valentine’s Day Campfire
Feb. 14, 12-1:30 p.m.
Black Hill Nature Programs, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds, MD
Black Hill loves chocolate, campfires and all things nature-y and you will too! Join them at the Visitor Center for a cozy fire, activities, delicious hot cocoa and nature crafts to make and give to a loved one.
9. Valentine’s Day Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Reston Town Center, Reston, VA (Departing in front of Talbots on Market Street)
Head on over to Reston Town Center for a Valentine’s Day Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride with the whole family — rain or shine! All proceeds benefit Leadership Fairfax. And of course, don’t forget to make your Valentine’s Day reservations at Reston Town Center’s family-friendly restaurants!
10. Unshrink My Heart
Feb. 14, 2 p.m.
Brentwood Arts Exchange, Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood, MD
The DIY arts and crafts icon from the ‘80s is back! And nothing says “love” like a hand-made pre-shrunk valentine. Families are invited to create beautiful jewelry, key chains and other Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones. Children will receive their first two sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks free.
11. 25th Anniversary Floris UMC Chocolate Festival
Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Rd., Herndon, VA
Floris’ UMC Chocolate Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the biggest event yet! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a day of great food and fun. There will be tons of carnival games, large inflatables, face painting, balloon art, a travel & entertainment silent auction and of course, lots of chocolate!
12. Valentine Friday Fun
Feb. 12, 2:45-5 p.m.
Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg, VA
Children ages 6-12 can enjoy Valentine’s and Friday Fun! Attendees get to create a “lovely” treat, make valentines and yummy treats and play games.
13. Animal Valentines
Feb. 12, 9:45 a.m.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale, VA
If your child loves animals, then he or she will love celebrating at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Kids get to play musical valentines and critter sweetheart games as they learn how animals find a mate. Other activities include meeting live animals and making animal valentine crafts.
14. Family Day – Chocolate and the USMC in Triangle
Feb. 13, 12-3 p.m.
National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Triangle, VA
Learn how the Tootsie Roll came to the rescue of Marines during the Korean War and other uses of chocolate by U.S. Marines. The event includes wonderful performances as well!