The holiday of love doesn’t have to just be about you and your significant other. Bring the kids along to these local events to celebrate Valentine’s Day, or drop them off for a parents’ night out.
Feb. 9, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Fairfax), and 1 p.m. (Chantilly)
This hands-on cooking class will focus on making Valentine’s Day goodies and gifts, including cream cheese strawberries and cookies. Decorate the sweet treats, help your kids drizzle chocolate over strawberries and clementines and make Valentine’s Day cards. // Wegmans Fairfax: 11620 Monument Drive, Fairfax and Wegmans Chantilly: 14361 Newbrook Drive, Chantilly; $10 with Shoppers Club
Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m.
Create a Valentine’s Day cake with buttercream, strawberries and chocolate. Appropriate for children ages 11-16, this class will teach participants how to make buttercream and chocolate-dipped strawberries, piping techniques and other cake decorating tips. Each participant will receive an 8-inch heart-shaped cake to decorate. // Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies: 10927 Main St., Fairfax; $75
Feb. 13, 6-8:30 p.m.
The Montessori Children’s House of Loudoun’s PTA and teachers want you to have a stress-free date night. Drop off your kids (must be potty-trained and at least in preschool) for a fun pizza party. Note: registration for the event must be complete by Feb. 11. // Montessori Children’s House of Loudoun: 880 W. Church Road, Sterling; $20
Feb. 14, 4-5 p.m.
Not only will Glencarlyn Branch Library be celebrating Valentine’s Day, but its party will also celebrate Frederick Douglass’ birthday. You and your family can create cards and eat some sweet treats, while learning more about Douglass’ life as a slave and abolitionist. // Glencarlyn Branch Library: 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington; Free
Feb. 14-15, 7-9 p.m.
For two nights in a row, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery will host a family friendly Valentine’s Day party. It is turning its River Run porch into a kids zone, complete with movies, popcorn, pizza, sugar cookies and lemonade. The kids will also have the option of creating a Valentine’s Day card. // Vanish Farmwoods Brewery: 42245 Black Hops Lane, Leesburg; $14
Feb. 15-16, Times vary
This one’s for your angsty teen: Shocktober is hosting My Bloody Valentine, its annual anti-Valentine’s event. The haunted house is a self-guided tour through 32 rooms of love-wrecked horrors at Paxton Manor. The event is rated PG-13. // Paxton Manor: 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg; $28-$60
Feb. 16, 1 p.m.
Hosted at Sur La Table, this class is designed for children and their parents to work together to create heart-shaped pizzas, as well as cereal treats dipped in melted chocolate. You and your kid will learn not only the recipe, but the technique it takes to make the perfect pie. // Sur La Table Pentagon Row: 1101 S. Joyce St., Suite B-20, Arlington and Sur La Table Alexandria: 326 King St., Alexandria; $49
Feb. 16, 5-9 p.m.
Enjoy your night out with your significant other, and drop the kids off at Life Champ Martial Arts. There will be taekwondo, games, movies, pizza and more. // Life Champ Martial Arts of Lorton & Fairfax Station: 8900 Village Shops Drive, Fairfax Station; Free
Feb. 16, 5-11:30 p.m.
Sneak in some time for you and your loved one: Kids ‘R’ Kids of South Riding is hosting a parents’ night out event. Drop the kids off and relish your date night. The kids will enjoy music, dancing, a photo booth, treats, a card exchange, dinner and more. // Kids ‘R’ Kids of South Riding: 25160 Loudoun County Parkway, South Riding; Free
Feb. 23, 6-9 p.m.
The annual father-daughter dance will have the theme of “Under the Sea” this year, with live sea animals, arts and crafts, dinner and a candy bar and, of course, lots of dancing. // A.J. Ferlazzo Building: 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge; Free
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