Valentine’s Day isn’t just for adults – in our family we spread the love and take the opportunity to hugs our kids even more!  Let’s share some ideas among one another of how to make this holiday kid-friendly to celebrate love for Valentine’s Day in CT …

Cards:

Give Twice with Friendly’s Cones for Kids – donate $1 to Easter Seals Camps – buy through Saturday, 2/13!

Buy Handmade at the Creative Art Works Gallery in New Haven Valentine's Day in CTwill feature XOXO: A Sale of Special Valentines. The sale is concurrent with the annual Student Art Show and offers handmade artwork and objects by the Studio Binders, Studio Potters and Printmakers of Creative Arts Workshop. All proceeds benefit CAW. The Sale will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Open your heart and donate to the American Heart Association in honor of someone you love – they’ll send her a Valentine’s eCard with your personal message — plus a yummy, chocolatey recipe for Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Almond Mocha Topping. It’s a delicious way to share your heart and admiration for a courageous or special woman in your life.

Give cards that not only express your love but also gives love back to the people who made them. Send cards handmade on recycled paper by young women in the Love146 survivor care program in the Philippines. Learn about how you can help protect and empower girls who can’t do it themselves.

Many museums host craft events to make your own.  Libraries, too near you are a great (and free) place to find ideas to Make Your Own Valentines:  Prosser Public Library, Bloomfield Saturday, 2/13.

DIY with Art Bar Blog, a very creative studio in CT.

Gifts:

Send a singing Valentine to your family – Sound of New England Chorus, an award-winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will send quartets on the road throughout Greater Hartford and surrounding towns to deliver “singing valentines” – a cappella musical messages of love and friendship. They will travel to private residences, schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, restaurants and hospitals, singing to spouses, parents, friends, children. Pricing starts at $40 for two songs, a personalized card, and chocolates. Or, send one song by phone anywhere in the U.S. for $20. Order by Feb. 9 by calling 1-877-LUV-2-SING ext. 5, or email Valentines@SoundofNewEngland.org. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity in the Greater Hartford area. Visit www.SoundofNewEngland.org for more information.

Food:

Make (decorate) Teens decorate cupcakes Tuesday, 2/9 at Wethersfield Library after school. Stew Leonard’s of Newington hosts Culinary Classes for Kids throughout the year – Toddler Class both Friday and Saturday; kids ages 4-12 Saturday.

Bake with your kids special treats and press a surprise inside.  

Events:

Mystic Aquarium is the family destination this Valentine’s Day in CT starting with breakfast early Sunday morning Pancakes with Penguins!  Then later in the evening your crew sleep overnight next to your family sea critter at the Valentine’s Day Family Overnight 7 p.m. to Monday morning on Presidents Day.  It’s a cool yet quick special get-away weekend within our very own state borders.

Attend a Valentine’s Tea this year!  American Girl Valentine’s Tea this Saturday, February 13 hosted by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.

We found events that support tweens and teens during this challenging holiday time… Pro Access Teen Center in Bethel hosts a party Thursday, 2/11 with cookie decorating, dancing and games where you’ll have a blast with all your friends! Card making at Old Lyme Library Monday, 2/9 @ 3:30.

Barnes & Nobles stores will feature the holiday of love towards all – find a storytime and activity near you!

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport offer 15% discount on admission to anyone wearing red on 2/14 (yes, it’s open in winter) so show your honey some love. Visit Putnam for the Fire & Ice Valentine’s Festival for family-friendly activities include carriage rides (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), fun photo boards, ice carving throughout the Main Street area.

A lot of effort is made to give you accurate information but it’s always best to “be safe than sorry” by calling the organizations ahead of  your visit!

Presidents Day Weekend events for CT kids are featured in our weekend post.  Remember events added daily so check the Kidtivity Events Calendar for more weekend happenings and fun things to do with kids in CT every day of the year.