Best Kids’ Valentine’s Day Activities in Washington, D.C.

February 14, 2014 8:00 AM

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While children may not have enough knowledge to fully grasp the idea behind Valentine’s Day, the romantic side, they do learn that the holiday is filled with hearts and chocolates. In school, kids give out cards and make arts and crafts, providing a joyous outlook. Plan a playful activity for your kids and friends on Valentine’s Day.

Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic
Verizon Center
601 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-3200

Date: Through Feb. 17, 2014

Consider this a special date night with your kids; a night of choreographed skating and extraordinary performances. Disney on Ice is a classic, magical show sure to capture the attention of all. Change up your idea of Valentine’s Day and make it about enjoying a night with your loved ones. The costumes are spectacular and you won’t believe that it all actually takes place on ice – leaving you and your children in a state of amazement.

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Peter and the Starcatcher
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Date: Through Feb. 16, 2014

This theatrical event, held at the Kennedy Center, is a prequel to “Peter Pan,” a favorite character among Disney fans. “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a must see, receiver of five Tony Awards, and runs through February 16, 2014. The play takes place in Neverland, a fictitious small island that creates an imaginative and impressive set for the audience. The play is humorous and innovative, appropriate for all audiences, but best for ages 10 years and up.

U-Street Chocolate Lovers Tour
U Street
Washington, DC 20009
(301) 744-8120

Date: Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

With booming restaurants, nightlife and shopping, U Street is quickly becoming one of DC’s premiere destinations. The U Street Chocolate Loves Tour takes place on Saturday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. and is family-friendly. The tour includes stops to decadent chocolate shops, bakeries and frozen treat stores. While children may not completely appreciate the tour aspect, they do love sweet treats. Be sure to wear your walking shoes because the walk is 1.5 miles. If you think the children would be more suited for a private tour, they are available by request.

Valentine Tea
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 642-5173

Date: Feb. 14, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The delightful Green Spring Gardens, considered an outdoor classroom filled with interesting plants and wildlife, hosts a family event on Valentine’s Day afternoon. A long-standing tradition for Green Spring, admission is affordable at only $15. Activities encompass tea and treat tasting, card making and dancing. Let your kids dance the day away to recognized tunes and get all of their energy out. Take in the scenery by exploring the grounds. Reservations are required so call today.

Woo at the Zoo
National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-3069

Date: Feb. 14, 2014

The National Zoo is always a welcoming, fun place for families and friends to connect. This year’s Woo at the Zoo Valentine’s Day event is held Friday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on the pandas, welcoming the infamous baby panda Bao Bao. Children can decorate cookies with one another in the visitor center. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres are served. There will also be a Valentine fortuneteller for those who may need a good love fortune. Zoo staff tells guests stories about the animals who are flirtatious mates and their loving habits.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at