13 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020 Around DC Love-filled events for kids, families and couples

Fun ways to celebrate Valentine's Day 2020 around DC with kids, families and just parents

Love is in the air … and at the zoo, museums and so many other places around D.C. Here are some lovely ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020 right here in the DMV.

Events for Kids

Heart String Art Your little DIYer can work on their sanding, nailing and painting skills while making a Valentine’s Day craft at your local Home Depot. Get a certificate of achievement, a free workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Ages 5-12. Feb.1 at 9 a.m. FREE. Home Depot stores in DC, MD and VA

Valentine’s Day Card Workshop Signed, sealed, delivered! Your kids can express their love by designing handmade cards and mailing them from the museum’s very own SpongeBob SquarePants USPS mailbox. Feb. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE. Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Washington, DC 

Hearts and Hugs Memories with Mom Table for three, please! Enjoy a delicious meal with your child and their American Girl doll and make memories as you spend an evening together. Ticket includes a goodie bag with a craft and doll tote. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Feb. 14 from 5-6 p.m. $28 per person. American Girl Store, Tyson’s Corner Center, Washington, DC 

Cookie Decorating Class Bakers-in-training will learn how to decorate cookies using a variety of techniques and tools in a workshop led by the hotel’s executive pastry chef. Includes a kid-friendly buffet. Recommended for ages 4-12. Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. $45 for one child and up to two parents. The Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, DC

Teddy Bear Tea Party Bring your favorite teddy bear or plush toy for an afternoon of stories, special crafts and treats. Dress to impress your fuzzy friends in your tea-time best. Feb. 15 from 2-4 p.m. $18 for one child and one adult. $10 for each additional child. Registration required. Herndon Community Center, Herndon, VA

Events for Families

Rumpus Room Valentine’s Day Dance Take a spin around the dance floor with your loved ones at this daytime family dance party. There’ll be disco balls, lights and kid-friendly music at a kid-friendly volume. Recommended for ages 8 and under. Feb. 16 from 2-4:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Black Cat, Washington, DC

Valentine’s Day Skate Your child can ice skate to their heart’s delight and then head into the party rooms to make valentines for friends and family. Children under 6 require parent participation while skating and crafting. Feb. 14 at 4:45 p.m. $8 per child includes skate rental, public skate admission and crafts. Cabin John Ice Rink, Rockville, MD 

Valentine’s Day Handi-Hour Pop-Up Craft your heart out at this annual event and skip the store-bought valentines! Paper, scissors, stickers, glue and other supplies will be provided, with drinks and snacks available to purchase. Feb. 14 from 5-7 p.m. FREE. Registration recommended. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Chocolate Truffle Making Classes Prepare tasty truffles under the guidance of the head chocolatiers at SPAGnVOLA, a local chocolate shop. As you handcraft your heavenly dessert, you’ll learn from the experts how cacao grows and a bit of chocolate history. Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. $60. Registration required. The Watergate Hotel, Washington, DC

LGTBQ+ Family Dance & Pizza Party Put on your dancing shoes for this fun-filled inclusive Valentine’s event, hosted by Rainbow Families. Recommended for children ages 2-9. Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. $8 for children 3 and older, $11+ for adults. Chevy Chase UMC, Chevy Chase, MD

Events for Parents

Valentine’s Day Dinner Experience an intimate three-course dinner at härth that includes house-made gnocchi with lamb ragu, twice baked lobster with goat cheese souffle and churros with warm chili-infused chocolate and cinnamon cream. Our advice? Come hungry! Reservations can be made on Open Table or by calling 703-761-1531. Feb. 14 from 5-10 p.m. $75/person. Hilton McLean, Tysons Corner, VA

Story District’s “Sucker for Love” Eight performers share true stories about the pleasures and perils of romance, from break-ups and make-ups to dating and marriage — and everything in between. Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. $30-$40. Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC

Woo at the Zoo Let’s talk about sex … in the animal kingdom! Learn all about animal mating and dating in a hilariously raunchy hour-long presentation, then hit the dance floor at the zoo’s throwback ’80s prom. Ticket includes one drink and complimentary desserts. Feb. 14 from 7-10 p.m. $50 for FONZ members, $60 for non-members. Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington, DC

For more family-friendly activities this month, check out our events calendar.

About PJ Feinstein

PJ Feinstein is the editor of Washington FAMILY and the mother of two elementary school-age boys.

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