By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
Yeah, yeah, we know… Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a romantic holiday, a day for couples, and some people lament that it’s another event being “taken over” by kids. The again, it’s a holiday that’s all about love, and any “excuse” we have to show our family members, including the littlest ones, how much we love them is a great opportunity! Plus, for many decades now, classroom Valentines have been a tradition, so this is a holiday kids also have long celebrated, albeit differently, showing love and fellowship even to their little friends. If you’re looking for fun ways to show your family some love on Valentine’s Day weekend, see our ideas below for local events for Valentine’s Day family fun “dates!” Not all of these are Valentine-specific, but they are fun options for families to do something together. Remember also to see our Valentine’s Pinterest page for fun treats and crafts to make at home! And yes — our list also includes some fun Parents’ Night Out events, too!
Fri., Feb. 12, 2016, 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm
Curiosity Zone Family Fun Night
Spend a fun family evening together using science to make fabulous Valentine’s Day crafts. Activities include a fizzing test tube volcano and fizzing bath bon-bon and cupcakes. Each event is 50 minutes and good for ages 4 and up. Prices are $17 for one adult and one child, $22.50 for one adult with two kids, and $34 for two adults and two kids.
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, all day
Floris Chocolate Festival
Floris UMC, Herndon
The 24th annual Floris Chocolate Festival, hosted by Floris United Methodist Church, features carnival games, large inflatables, face painting, balloon art, a travel and entertainment silent auction table, and of course lots of chocolate. Best of all, proceeds benefit a local charity!
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 1-3:30 pm
GMU Homecoming Block Party
George Mason University, Fairfax
Not a Valentine’s Day event per se, but a great way to show some love for the home team, the annual GMU Homecoming Block Party is a great community celebration. The annual event includes a family-friendly area with interactive games, crafts, and face-painting for kids 13 and under, along with tents by community organizations. The event is free; parking is $15 for a tailgate spot.
Sun., Feb, 14, 2016, 2-4 pm
Valentine’s Day Tea
Cherry Hill Farmhouse, Falls Church
Enjoy a Valentine’s tea at the historic Cherry Hill Farmhouse. A costumed docent will host this holiday themed tea. Guests will enjoy sandwiches, assorted sweets, warm scones, and a bottomless cup of tea in the lovely dining room. The fee is $30 per person and includes a tour of the historic home; reservations are required.
Sun., Feb. 14, 2016, 2:30-4 pm
Valentine Tea and Poetry
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly
Enjoy poetry and an afternoon tea with cookies, while a costumed interpreter shares a mystery love poem and invites you to write your own poetic verse. After enjoying some refreshments, leave with the poem you create framed in childhood Valentine-card style. This event is for everyone in the family from age 4 to adult. The cost is $10 per person.
Feb. 10-15, various times
Disney on Ice Presents Treasure Trove
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Disney fans of all ages will love this ice-skating show featuring moments from 50 years of beloved characters, both traditional and newer ones. The spectacular ice show includes scenes from Peter Pan, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story, and, of course, many princesses.
Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, various times (also the next weekend)
Heritage Presbyterian Church, Alexandria
The teen production by Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre takes patrons on a farcical romp that includes an earthquake, a poltergeist, and some very nervous people. Shows are on the evening of Feb. 13 and afternoon on Feb. 14. Tickets are $12 per person.
Sat., Feb. 13, 10:30 am
the grandsons, jr. show
Jammin’ Java, Vienna
The kids band version of DC-area roots rock superstars, The Grandsons, returns to Jammin’ Java for a fun music show. Tickets are $8 per person or $25 for a family four-pack.
Need a night out for the grown-ups? Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner or just need a little break, adults can make the most of Valentine’s Day weekend on a date while ensuring their children are well-cared for and enjoying a fun night of their own.
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT EVENTS
Fri.-Sun., Feb. 12-14, 2016
Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out at Kid Junction
Kid Junction, Chantilly
Kids ages 4-11 will enjoy a fun-filled evening inside the playground, supervised by Kid Junction staff, while parents enjoy a night out on the town. Activities include games, arts, and crafts. The cost, $30 per child and $25 per sibling, includes and 11 game tokens plus a tasty pizza dinner with a juice and sweet treat! Note: children must be potty-trained and all guests must wear socks at all times.
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 5-8 pm
Kids Night at the Museum
The Children’s Science Center Lab, Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax
Kids Night is back for the “Love of Science” on February 13 at the Children’s Science Center! The Lab will be closing to the general public early for this special event, where kids can experience Valentine’s- themed activities,make a unique gift to take home for someone special, and have complete access to all exhibit areas. This event is geared to children in grades K-6. Experienced, knowledgeable STEM Educators will place your child on a team of explorers while they rotate them through each gallery. The fee is $40 per participant, with a $5 discount for each additional sibling or child registered.
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 6-9 pm
Parent’s Night Out at My Gym Chantilly
My Gym, Chantilly
Parents can drop off their kids for music, games, gymnastics, relays, arts and crafts, and more! The theme for February 13 is “American Ninja Warriors.” A pizza and fruit dinner is provided and kids enjoy interactive fun in a safe gym fully supervised. The cost is $30 per child for members, $35 for non-members; sibling discounts are offered. Children must be potty-trained. My Gym Chantilly offers Parents’ Night Out events every second Saturday.
Be sure to check out our list of Presidents’ Day weekend activities, taking place around the same time, and our suggestions for Lunar New Year and Black History Month celebrations, also going on now! Also see our list of Indoor Fun places!