Walking into stores this time of year, hearts and cupids are aplenty, and red and pink are splashed all over ads. Yup, Valentine’s Day is almost here. Valentine’s Day is often synonymous with conversation hearts, candlelight, flowers, and boxes of chocolates. In the past, it was a holiday I could’ve done without. Now that I’m a mother, I’m experiencing holidays in an entirely new and exciting way — through the eyes of my kids. My little guys are at magical ages now, and they love all the holidays. So we’re all getting excited for February 14 in my house. If you (like me), are looking for ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your littlest valentines in tow, here are a few ideas in and around Boston.
For an elegant activity
Valentine’s Day Gala With Your Little Loves
February 10 :: 4–8 p.m.
The Atrium at Residence Inn, 370 Congress St., Boston
Looking for a night of Valentine’s Day entertainment with your kids? This gala for your little loves will feature music, dancing, raffles, and games, along with a variety of food. How fun to get a bit fancy and head into the city with the loves of your life! Tickets are $35 and include admission for two kids; additional children are $10 at the door.
For a sweet and adventurous activity
Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival
Whoever said Salem was just a Halloween town? This special North Shore spot celebrates Valentine’s Day in a big way! Hop on the Salem Trolley to view 15 large ice sculptures throughout the town during the first half of February, or walk along main street and taste some mouth-watering chocolate. The ice sculptures, which have included the Queen of Hearts and Cinderella’s carriage in the recent past, will be displayed starting on Saturday, February 10. And on February 10 and 11, many downtown Salem businesses will be offering chocolate samples to shoppers, too.
For an activity combining creativity with energy
Valentine’s Day Party with Paw Patrol’s Marshall
February 11, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Jam Time, 251 West Central St., Natick
Time to run around indoors, get creative with some Valentine’s Day arts and crafts, and enjoy a visit from Paw Patrol’s famous dalmatian Marshall. That’s what’s on offer at Jam Time’s upcoming Valentine’s Day party, which could be a perfect match for your kids! This event is free with normal playground admission of $12 per child.
For a crafty activity
Michaels Kids Club Valentine’s Day Crafts
Various Michaels locations in the greater Boston area
Visit Michaels stores on the first two Saturdays in February to make love bugs Valentine’s Day cards and other crafts with your kids. Or, better yet, leave them to craft while you shop!
For some outdoor fun
Lace up the skates, grab your mittens, and bring your favorite valentines to one of the most picturesque spots in Boston for a few twirls around Frog Pond. If this is an activity on your winter bucket list, what better time than the middle of winter, right around Valentine’s Day, to check this out? And since the Frog Pond is open for nearly 10 hours every day throughout the week, there’s plenty of time to schedule an outing around nap times for some fresh air and family fun. Admission is $6 if you’re 58 inches or over (and free if under). Skate rentals are $12 for adults and $6 for kids.
And after skating, treat your little valentines to some cozy hot cocoa and sweet treats!
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family?