13 Kid-Friendly Things To Do For Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is almost here, so why not make it a week filled with sweet treats, crafts, and memorable things to do with the family? Snap selfies and listen to music in the Victorian-inspired Valentine’s Day Garden of Love at American Dream in Rutherford, ride on a sleigh and make cards at an Old Fashioned Valentine’s Day in Hopewell or make a Valentine for resident animals at the Valentine’s Day Weekend at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Rescue in Medford.  And if you’re lucky enough to carve out some alone time, be sure to check out our guide to romantic things for the two of you to do at home or out. Scroll down to make this Valentine’s Day week and weekend fun for the whole family. 

Featured Photo Credit: American Dream 

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Here are 13 kid-friendly ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day


Kid-Friendly Valentine's Day American Dream New Jersey

Lose yourself in the enchanting Garden of Love at American Dream Mall and make sure to tag @American Dream on Instagram for a chance to be featured. Photo Credit: American Dream 

Valentine’s Day at American Dream
February 10-14
Head to American Dream for a memorable Valentine’s Day for the whole family. Lace up your skates and glide into Valentine’s Day with the Date Skate event from Feb 11-14 at The Rink, with sweet tunes spinning all weekend. Everyone can fuel up on treats at the Valentine’s Day Cutest Candy Chute on Court C on February 11, 12, and 14. After, snap photos for the ‘gram in American Dream’s Garden of Love decorated with fragrant mini rose bushes, beautiful arching trees, and feathered plumes, complemented by live music from Kyle Hill and Ian Howells on February 11 from 5 PM-8 PM and February 13 from 12 PM-3 PM;  Kyle Hill and Adam Shaber on February 12 from 2 PM-5 PM; and Adam Shaber on February 14 from 4 PM-7 PM. You can also prep your Valentine’s Day beauty look at Afternoons at The Avenue, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, where there will be makeup touchups from Chanel Beauty and American Dream giveaways on February 10.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(833) 263-7326

Valentine Lego Workshop with Snapology of Monmouth County
February 5 at 10 AM
Build a flower made of LEGO® bricks to take home for a loved one. Kids will also design holiday-inspired projects like 3D heart designs and play Valentine-themed games.
Cost: $32, This event is for ages 6-12.
Snapology Discovery Center, 980 Shrewsbury Avenue (Tinton Falls Plaza), Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
(732) 965-7627

My Little Man & Me: Valentine’s Day Party
February 5 at 1 PM
A Valentine’s Day party that celebrates sons, grandsons, and nephews. Enjoy games, crafts, snacks, punch, and a photo booth area while making special memories.
Cost: $5-$30; recommended for ages 4-8.
Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
(908) 527-0400

Valentine’s Chocolate Workshop
February 5 at 12:30 PM, and there are additional sessions
Children can create personalized chocolate treats to take home. The workshop is limited to six children per session, and each session is 15-20 minutes long.
Cost: $10 and up
Kilwins Morristown, 64 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 998-5628

Asbury Fresh Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Market at Porta
February 6, 12 PM – 4 PM
Pick up treats, sweets, and trinkets for your special someone at this lively market. Explore the 25 curated vendor shops that feature artisans, makers, and more.
Cost: Free
Porta – 911 Kingsley Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 776-7661

Asbury Fresh Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Market at Bell Works
February 9 from 11 AM – 4 PM and February 12 from 2 PM – 7 PM
Spend an afternoon shopping with your fam. Explore the 70 vendor shops that feature artisans, makers, and more for Valentine’s Day.
Cost: Free
Bell Works –
101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 226-8818

Valentine’s Date Night In (a Box!) Fundraiser to Support Community Medical Center’s Maternity Services
February 11 from 12 PM – 4:00 PM (Order deadline February 9)
Stuck at home this Valentine’s Day? The Community Medical Center Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Council has partnered with multiple local businesses to benefit the First Moments Maternity Unit at Community Medical Center with a box the whole family can enjoy. Inside there’s a bottle of cheer, a pizza-making kit, and a paint kit with a Valentine’s Day theme—all for a cozy family night in.  
Cost: Date Night Box: $50 Extra Paint Kits: $20, Order deadline February 9. Call if you need to arrange a different pick up time.
CMC Foundation Office at 77 Route 37 West, Toms River 08755
(732) 557-8131

Old-Fashioned Valentine’s Day at Howell Living History Farm
February 12 at 10 AM
Cozy up for Valentine’s Day ride on a two-seater sleigh, carriage, bobsled, or hayride. There will be soup on the stove, and a children’s craft is available for a small fee between 11 AM and 3 PM.
Cost: Free
70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530

(609) 737-3299

Valentine’s Weekend: Free Child Admission with Valentine at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
February 12 at 10 AM through February 14
Show your love with a Valentine’s Day card—kids receive free admission with a handmade valentine for one of their resident animals. They will display all cards in the Nature Center.
Cost: Kids under 12 free with Valentine, adults $10
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ 08055
(856) 983-3329

6th Annual Asbury Park Valentine’s Bazaar 2022
February 12 at 12 PM
Shop local and regional vendors selling goods and gifts handmade with love at both The Asbury Hotel and Grand Arcade of Convention Hall. There will be handcrafted jewelry, art, home goods, and chocolates for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart.
Cost: Free
The Asbury Hotel – 210 5th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Grand Arcade of Convention Hall – 1300 N. Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Valentine’s at Historic Walnford
February 12-13 at 12 PM
Make your own valentine and get inspired by the historic 19th century Valentine’s on display at Historic Walnford.
Cost: Free
62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501

(609) 259-6275

Vintage Valentines plus Story Time and Craft
February 13 at 2 PM
Head to the Miller-Cory House Museum where you can see a display of vintage Valentines dating all the way back to the 1800s. There will also be a children’s craft and storytime.
Cost: $5 for adults and children 13 and older, $3 for children ages 3-12. Free for 3 and under
614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090
(908) 232-1776

Valentine’s Day at Pier Village
February 14
There is so much to do in Pier Village for Valentine’s Day with the fam. Plan a dinner, go shopping, skate on the ice skating rink, or take Horse and Carriage rides (on Valentine’s Day only) while listening to singers in the village. Don’t miss the Love Package at the Wave Resort if you want to stay and play even longer.
Cost: Prices vary per activity
1 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-0100

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