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:

Shop for one-of-a-kind cards, books, boxes, pottery and small prints, all created by the Studio Binders, Studio Potters and artists of Creative Arts Workshop.

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.

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.

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:

For your children instead of candies to school parties, consider mini-boxes of raisins, mini-bags of pretzels, pencils or stickers as tokens of their friendly
affection.  For the family here are heart-heathly tips from the American Heart Association during American Heart Month: https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@global/documents/downloadable/ucm_322671.pdf.

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

Stew Leonard’s hosts Culinary Classes for Kids throughout the year – Toddler Class both Friday and Saturday; kids ages 4-12 Saturday.

Events:

Valentines Day Kids Night at New Britain Youth Museum At Hungerford Park

Make Your Own Valentines in Wilton

Kid’s Valentine’s Day Class at Alyssa’s Cakery

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.

We found event that support tweens and teens during this challenging holiday time… Anti Valentine’s Party at Danbury Library.

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.