Family-Friendly Valentine’s Day Happenings in Philly
Celebrate love in the City of Brotherly Love.
What time is it? It’s Valen-times! The pandemic has certainly made things different, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate with your little ones in the City of Brotherly Love (and at home). Here’s what’s in store to celebrate a sweet family Valentine’s Day– check back as we add more events as they are announced.
Virtual Free Valentine Make-in
January 31, 10 am
Join teaching artist Mindy Flexer and Weaver’s Way Co-Op to make valentines! All ages are welcome. Younger children should have an adult companion. Free; pre-register online. A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event.
Order by February 12 for shipping; pickup available on February 13 at Bok
Celebrate love, family and friendship with some Valentine’s Day crafting. These kits by artist Steph Kimmel include materials and directions to make chunky-knit necklaces and watercolor pins together. You can also add on Mighty Bread’s Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Kit! Order by February 12 for delivery, or plan to pick up at Bok Building on February 13.
February 13, 10 am
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Pick up a free nature exploration kit at the Visitor Center and then hit the trails with your family to complete the Valentine’s-themed activities inside. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10 am and noon. All ages welcome. No registration or fee required. Masks are required when picking up your kit.
February 13, 10:30 am
In this 90-minute Zoom session with Kitchen Wizards, kids ages 8-12 will be guided step-by-step through two recipes in a fun, interactive, and educational class. Pre-register online.
February 13, 11 am and 1 pm
1069 Germantown Ave.
If you loved the Snow Queen brunches in the Igloos at this former 21+ swim club, or if you just love Disney princesses, don’t miss this sweet Valentine’s brunch with Aurora! This socially distanced magical dining experience includes 90 minutes in a private heated igloo or a completely covered outdoor table for you and your immediate family members. Get ready to enjoy meet-and-greet photo opportunities with Sleeping Beauty, songs, and more magic. Brunch is pay-as-you-go. Reservations are required.
February 13, noon
Broad and Spruce streets
Arthaus is bringing back its popular free concerts from last fall for a special Valentine’s Day treat. Stand on the corner of Broad and Spruce as University of the Arts faculty and students perform from the seventh floor of the Arthaus Condominium construction site.
February 13, 2 pm
Join a chef instructor over Zoom to make oat thumbprint jam cookies and a cinnamon lemon yogurt dip for fruit or chips. Free; pre-register online to reserve your spot.
February 14, 10:30 am
Celebrate Valentine’s Day together and spread love by creating artistic pop-up cards filled with lovely and heartfelt messages to a favorite person, friends, and family. Free; pre-register online for the link. Supplies listed in event link.
February 14, 11 am
Join Miss Lilly from Mister John’s Music for a love-filled virtual concert, along with a curated love box from Kith + Kin (delivery to Philly addresses only). Pre-registration required in advance to ensure delivery in time!
February 14, noon
The Magic Gardens are making heart-shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day, but they mean the body part! Follow along with their instructional video to make construct heart-shaped box worthy of love, then join them for a virtual look at just a few of the many body parts incorporated into the art at PMG!
February 14, 2 pm
Join Princess Tiana, Rapunzel, and Belle for an afternoon full of virtual magic. The event will include games, conversation, and a digital photo download for each child. Tickets available online.
Food and Treats
Call 215-463-0868 for citywide delivery
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 24k gold dipped rose from Steven Singer Jewelers. The winner will be drawn at random based on delivery orders on February 14. The heart-shaped pizzas are also available for pickup, but the jewelry contest is valid on delivery only.
Order by February 5
The perfect sweet family activity! You will get 12 themed cookies, icings, sprinkles, a paintbrush, and instructional video to guide you along. Order online by February 5 for delivery. Pickup is also available in Manayunk on February 11-13.
Choose a date night pack for two people or a family fun pack for four, and make healthy treats together! Kits contain prepared chocolate ganache ready to be turned into beautiful truffles, plus toppings, instructions, and more.
Pick-up Only at 116 Market Street
Choose from red velvet or strawberry-rose, and pre-order for pickup starting on February 5. These gorgeous cakes are six inches across, three inches deep, and serve three to four people.
This dark chocolate heart is beautifully painted (pink or red) and filled with raspberry marshmallows and mixed berry truffles. Use the provided hammer to break it open for a delicious dessert. Preorder online for delivery, or pick up in the Queen Village shop, where they also have many more Valentine’s chocolate creations.
Pick up on February 13 or 14
If flowers just won’t do it this year, go for a hand-picked FedNuts bouquet! Each features a baker’s dozen assortment of special Valentine’s Day flavors. Be sure to pre-order because these go fast!
Taking inspiration from the classic Valentine’s Day candies, Weckerly’s created these festive confections from heart-shaped vanilla ice cream atop a cake base and capped with a hand-decorated shortbread cookie. Get them in the shop, or preorder via Joy Box.
Pick up on February 12, 13, or 14; Delivery also available
If you’re looking for a plant-based Valentine dessert, P.S. & Co. has special cakes, brownies, handpies, and cookies that are all organic, vegan, gluten free, and delicious. They also have a special pre-order menu for dinner, including a vegan cheese board! Available for pickup or delivery.
Pick up on February 12, 13, or 14
Have a fun afternoon with a cookie decorating kit that comes with seven cookies, three icings, and sprinkle cups to make your tasty creations! Or, go for the Hot Chocolate Grazing Box that comes with fun hot chocolate bombs, marshmallows, and assorted cookies. Pre-order online for pickup.
Lead photograph by Laura Swartz.