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Family-Friendly Valentine’s Day Happenings in Philly

Get crafty, eat heart-shaped pizza, party with Elsa, and much more!

What time is it? It’s Valen-times! From family festivals to storytimes galore, there are so many ways to celebrate with your little ones in the City of Brotherly Love. Here’s what’s in store to celebrate a sweet family Valentine’s Day!


Our Stories, Valentine’s Edition: Pop-Up Valentine’s Day Books

February 7, 4—6 pm

Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.


Dedicated for families and children of all ages, this activity is designed to encourage participants to reflect on the relationships in their lives and express gratitude. Participants will be guided through the process of making pop-up books by Fleisher Art Memorial teaching artists and all supplies are provided free of charge.

Valentine Cookie Decorating Workshops

February 9 and 10, 2—4:30 pm

Ella Vanilla, 7922 Germantown Avenue


Beginner adults and kids ages 11 and up can learn techniques for decorating festive cookies with Noelle DeSantis, owner of Ella Vanilla. You’ll leave with 6 extra-large sugar cookies fully decorated, a cookie recipe, and instructions to take home for future reference. Purchase class by emailing Noelle@EllaVanilla.com or calling (215) 909-9392.

Nest’s Tweetheart Social

February 10, 10 am — 1 pm

1301 Locust St.


Bring your family for a fun-filled morning with three floors of fun, benefiting the Intensive Care Nursery at Pennsylvania Hospital. There will be a photobooth, crafts, donut decorating, slime station, live performances, face painting, and more! There will also be cute adoptable dogs from PAWS to play with, and a visit from Queen Elsa! Call to register: 215-545-6378.

Print Love-In at Fleisher Art Memorial

February 10 at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm

719 Catharine St.


Explore Fleisher’s printmaking facilities and crank the presses in one of three family-friendly sessions and you’ll walk away with enough cards for everyone on your list. Includes all print making materials and takeaways. Register online.

Puppy Love Valentines Pawty

February 10, 2—3 pm

Pet Friendly Dog Bakery, 4324 Main St.


Pet Friendly Dog Bakery is planning an afternoon full of puppy love with treat samples and tons of toys out in their Indoor Doggie Lounge for the ultimate Valentine’s doggy playdate.

Valentine’s Party at Roxborough Library

February 12, 10:30 am

6245 Ridge Avenue


Have fun with crafts, stories, music, and snacks.  For preschool age children along with an adult.

Valentine’s Party at South Philadelphia Library

February 12, 4 pm

1700 S. Broad St.


Kids and their families can come celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts and activities, and make their own Valentine’s snacks.

Family-Friendly Drag Queen Quizzo

February 13, 6:30 pm

Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.


Join Drag Queen Quiz Mistress Brittany Lynn for a family-friendly quizzo on all things “Love.” Lots of love, fun and prizes!

We Heart Art: Be Our Valentine

February 13, 5—7:30 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Bring your little loved one to the Art Museum after hours to spy Cupid in the galleries and make art as a family. Free after pay-what-you-wish admission.

Pajama Party Storytime

February 13, 6:30 pm

Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Avenue


Wear your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed toy for a Valentine’s themed storytime.  For children ages 2 to 5 with an accompanying caregiver.

Photograph courtesy of SliCE.

Heart-Shaped Pizza-Grams from SliCE

February 14

Call 215-463-0868 for citywide delivery


If getting the family out for a Valentine’s dinner sounds like more trouble than it’s worth, you can still get festive with a specially delivered heart-shaped pizza-gram! They’re the same price as regular pizzas, and you can customize them with whatever toppings you want (or pick a signature combination from the menu), and to sweeten the deal, one lucky pizza-gram delivery recipient will win a locally-made silver LOVE statue necklace from Sermania Jewelry on East Passyunk Avenue. You can also get the heart pizzas in their Fishtown and Italian Market locations, but the necklace giveaway is only for delivery orders.

Valentine’s Day Activities and Sensory Play

February 14, 10 am—noon

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front Street


Festive Valentine’s Day themed sensory and craft activities for ages 1-4. Charming décor and lovely treats will make this day a special one. Regular drop-in rates apply for playspace; $5 extra for crafts activities.

Steve Powers Pop-Up at Suburban Station

February 14, 11 am—3 pm

Suburban Station Concourse, 16th and JFK


The muralist behind the Love Letter series will be at Suburban Station for a special free printing event for a very unique Valentine’s gift. Bring a garment to get printed for free while you wait, or buy an already-printed garment! Limit two prints per person.

Valentine’s Day at Richmond Library

February 14, 4 pm

2987 Almond St.


Valentine’s Day stories, crafts, and fun for children and families.

Cupid’s Arrow Archery

February 14, 4—6 pm

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.


Families are welcome (with kids ages 8 and up) to stop by the free pop-up archery range to learn how to shoot—no experience, equipment, or registration required.

Date Night Drop-Off at Philadelphia Zoo (members only)

February 15, 5 — 10 pm (can pick up earlier)

3400 W Girard Ave.


Have a kid-free Valentine’s date while your kids explore the zoo! Kids ages 4-12 will have a fun-filled night including a dinner, thematic crafts, and exclusive tours with keeper staff. There will also be a live animal show and a movie to top off the evening. Pre-register online.

Kids Night Out: Valentine’s Day Edition at InMovement

February 15, 6–9 pm

Mini InMovement Bella Vista, 610 S. Percy St.


Kids in grades K-5 will enjoy open play, pizza, sweet treats, and more while you enjoy an adult night out. This event is capped at 15 kids, so be sure to reserve your spot online in advance.

Butterfly Love Fest

February 16, 10 am—5 pm

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavillion, 8046 Frankford Ave.


The Insectarium will be transformed into a Valentine’s themed carnival for kids. There will be games and prizes, arts and crafts, live music, face painting, and much more! Tickets available online or at the door. Each admission comes with twenty tickets to play the carnival games; additional tickets will be available for purchase at the museum.

Share the Love on the Wheel

February 16, 10 am—noon

The Clay Studio, 137 N. Second St.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family learning the basics of working on the pottery wheel, and decorate your creations with Valentine’s Day themes. For kids ages 4-12 and a caregiver. Register online.


Lead photograph by Laura Swartz.



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