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

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Valentine’s Day is coming this weekend, and like all things COVID-19 this year, we’re spending lots of quality time with the fam. So why not make it a week filled with sweet treats, crafts, and playful things to do? Get on your feet for a virtual Valentine’s dance party, ride on a sleigh and make cards at an Old Fashioned Valentine’s Day in Hopewell or jump it out at a family Valentine’s Day Party at Pump It Up in Piscataway. 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. 

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Here are 8 kid-friendly ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Kids Can Cook Valentine’s Treats
February 10, 4PM-5:30PM
Kids will love cooking up these unique Valentine’s Day treats to eat and share. They can attend the in-person class (masks required), or you can pick up the ingredients ahead of time and follow along at home.
Virtual or in-person
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Cost: $35 per person for non-members, $25 per person for members

Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Market
February 10, 12PM-6PM
Spend an afternoon shopping with your fam. Explore the 40 vendor shops that feature artisans, makers, and food purveyors, grab a bite to eat at the food stalls and enjoy the live music.
Bell Works
101 Crawfords Corner Road
Holmdel, NJ
Cost: Free

Virtual Valentine’s Day Dance
February 12, 10AM-11AM
Join Cape May County Library and Mr. Jon and Carrie for a morning of singing about love, kindness, and happiness—and plenty of dancing. Keep an eye out for a special guest appearance by George The Monkey.
Cost: Free

Valentine’s Day for Kids – All About Feelings
February 12, 5PM-7PM
Dress your kids in festive red, and then get crafty at Rustic Square. Kids can paint, make a heart-themed craft, and work with ceramic clay modeling—and all projects are inspired by famous paintings about feelings. Fruit and drinks will be provided.
Rustic Square
679 Van Houten Avenue
Clifton, NJ
Cost: $35 for one child, $30 for any participating siblings. $30 for Rustic Square students

Old-Fashioned Valentine’s Day
February 13, 10AM-4PM
Spend Valentine’s Day the old fashioned way by taking a horse-drawn bobsled or hay wagon ride in the snow. Afterward, warm up in the farmhouse with some soup while your littles make Valentine’s Day cards.
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Cost: Free

Valentine’s Day Workshop
February 13, 10AM-11AM
Have you seen the iconic “LOVE” sculpture in NYC? In this virtual Zoom workshop, kids will stretch their imagination and recreate it in 3D form for display on your Valentine’s table. Make sure you have Legos, paper, and a pencil ready to go before class starts.
Cost: $10

Valentine’s Day Party
February 14, 1:30PM-3:30PM
Littles and bigs can bounce to their heart’s content for an hour and a half, then follow that up with pizza, a drink, and a treat—and there’ll be bubbles and other fun surprises. Make sure they wear red socks for a free tattoo. Advance reservations, as well as masks and socks, are required.
Pump It Up Piscataway
145 Ethel Road W
Piscataway, NJ
Cost: $20.00 per child; parents join for free

iPlay America’s Valentine’s Day Specials
February 14, 11AM-9PM
Grab your masks and head to this indoor amusement park where kids can go on rides, play games, and even get a couple of treats from Broadway Sweet’s Candy Bar. If you’re planning on grabbing lunch there, you can add on pizza and soda for an additional fee. There are also outdoor igloos and firepits for dining outside. 
iPlay America
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, NJ
Cost: $45.99 for two ride passes, a game card, and two treats; $55.99 to add a large pizza and pitcher of soda.
$22.99 for each additional person (ride passes and treats included)

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Caroline is a writer from central Jersey who loves checking out new boardwalks and beach towns (current faves include Long Branch and Ocean Grove), admiring the foliage and walking around downtown Princeton, and singing along to music—often with her younger sister. One of her favorite jobs was being a camp counselor and helping out at local, family-friendly events. She can regularly be found ordering a pie to go from Romeo's in Plainsboro, her favorite pizzeria.

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