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2019 Valentine's Day

Things to Do

Valentine's Day Card Workshop at Petworth Library
February 6; 4:30 p.m. Why buy Valentine's Day cards when you can make them for free at the library? We will also be collecting handmade cards to donate to the Children's National Medical Center. All supplies will be provided. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Petworth Library: 4 Petworth Library: 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20111; 202-243-1188.

Annual Heart-to-Heart Family Valentines Dance
Twinbrook Community Recreation Center and Annex
February 8; 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy a red-hot night! Families and friends spend time together making Valentine crafts and dancing as a DJ spins favorite tunes. Refreshments sold by Twinbrook ES. PTA. Twinbrook Community Recreation Center and Annex: 12920 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville, M Twinbrook Community Recreation Center and Annex: 12920 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville, MD 20851. 240-314-8830. $4 per person at the door.

Parents' Night Out at My Gym Potomac
February 8 - Valentine's Day Party; 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Drop off your kids ages 3 to 9 for 3 hours of non-stop action at My Gym including fitness games, active play, pizza and Valentine's Day party fun! Potty independent please. Preregistration online. $$ My Gym Potomac: 11325 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, MD 208 Preregistration online. $$ My Gym Potomac: 11325 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, MD 20854. 301-983-5300.

Huckleberry Finn's Big River at Adventure Theatre
February 8 - March 10 Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Touching and timeless, this tale of friendship against all odds is recreated fo Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

Chocolate Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian
February 9 and 10; 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Do you love chocolate? Don't miss the Museum's popular event dedicated to the history of chocolate. Enjoy activities while listening to songs played on a traditional wooden harp. The National Mall: Fourth St. & Independence Ave., Washington, DC 20560. 20 The National Mall: Fourth St. & Independence Ave., Washington, DC 20560. 202-633-1000. FREE

Sound Health: Second Saturdays at The Kennedy Center Happy Theater
February 9; 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Welcome to Amazonia! Using our imaginations, music and movement we'll explore the rainforest and Amazon river, meet Amazonian shaman and create a Museum of Amazonia with amazing animals and plants we meet along the way. We will learn about the importance (Ages 0-5) The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: 2700 F St., NW Washington, DC 20566. 202-467-4600. FREE

I Heart Art! at the National Museum of the Marine Corps
February 9; 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tour the Combat Art Gallery on the 2d deck and participate in a variety of craft activities and special programs for Family Day. Each activity makes a great gift for your special someone this Valentine's Day! All programs and activities relate to the Com All programs and activities relate to the Combat Art Gallery's exhibit on World War I artwork and posters: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle, VA 22172. 877-653-1775. FREE

Valentine's Day Storytime and Craft at Shirlington Branch Library
February 9; 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Enjoy Valentine's Day Stories and make a Valentine's Day surprise for someone special! No registration required. Attendance is first-come, first-served until seating capacity is reached. Shirlington Branch Library: 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Virginia Shirlington Branch Library: 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Virginia 22206. 703-228-

Valentine's Day Late Night at Thomas Farm Community Center
February 9; 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy a night out while the kids enjoy an evening of their own at Thomas Farm Community Center. Participants will create a Valentine's Day themed art project, make a Valentine snack and participate in games and other activities. Concessions will be sold. Thomas Farm Community Center: 700 Fallsgrove Dr., Rockville, MD 20850. 240-314-8840. $8 residents/$10 non-residents.

Unshrink My Heart Valentine's Workshop at the Brentwood Arts Exchange
February 9; 2:00 to 4:00 p.m Hosted by the Gateway Arts Center is a Valentine's workshop with an 80's twist! Create handmade Valentine keepsakes for your loved ones using Shrinky Dinks amazing, shrinkable sheets. Craft your own jewelry, key chains and any other Valentine's Day gift Brentwood Arts Exchange: 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD 20722.

Tiny Tots - Snow Show at The Puppet Co.
February 9 and February 17; 10:00 a.m. Enjoy a snow bunny on skis, snowmen (and women), a performing penguin and other friends in a salute to snow! The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812. 301-634-5380. $6 Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.

#ShowLove Fest at Arts Barn
February 10; 7:00 p.m. Arts on the Green invites you to an inspirational evening of compassion hosted by super hero "President" Austin Perine and sports broadcaster Grant Paulsen. Arrive early at 6 p.m. for a special Valentine's & pet gift sale featuring local artists. Arts Barn: 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878. 301-258-6394. $12

Make Valentines for Homeless Women at St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church
February 10; 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Join your sisters from around the Archdiocese for a warm afternoon of fellowship, snacks, and service to our homeless sisters at the Harriet Tubman Shelter in DC. Pre-cut paper, stickers, colorful pens, ink stampers and scripture quotes are all provided. Ages 16 and over, men and women, Catholic and non-Catholic are welcome. St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church:11600 Kemp Mill Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20902. $5

Teen Valentine's Day Craft at Shirlington Branch Library
February 12; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6 - 12 are invited to decorate gift bags in celebration of Valentine's Day. Then enjoy a sweet snack and a hot beverage! All supplies and snacks provided. No registration required. Shirlington Branch Library: 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Virginia 22206. 703-228-

Wednesday Wonders Valentine's Day Special
Potomac Overlook National Park
February 13; 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. Valentine's Day isn't just a day for people . our animals need love too! Join us for a special Wednesday Wonders offering as we celebrate our animals at the nature center, write them Valentine's Day cards, make crafts and more! Potomac Overlook Regional Park: 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington, VA 22207. 703-528-5406. Meet at the Nature Center. Appropriate for parents with children 2-5 years old. $15

Create Handmade Art Inspired by History at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
February 14; 10:00 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. This Valentine's Day, gather friends and family together at the park to create art inspired by history. Projects are designed for artists age 6 to adult. 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly, VA. 703-631-0013. $8

National Gallery of Art's Ice Skating Rink
Take the family ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden located on the National Mall at 7th St. and Constitution Ave., NW. The rink's design allows skaters to enjoy the park-like setting with views of the large-scale sculptures by renowned artists such as Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and others, as well as the grand architecture of surrounding museums and monuments. For more details call 202-289-3360 or visit $$

Street Scenes Concert Series at Hill Center DC
February 14; 7:00 p.m. Hill Center is proud to welcome Samuel Prather on Valentine's Day. Samuel Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer and vocalist born and raised in Washington, DC. He won a student downbeat award in 2012. Howard University Jazz Ensemble and currently leads his own critically acclaimed ensemble "Groove Orchestra." Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital: 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Washington, DC 20003. 202-549-4172. $20, $18 in advance.

Once Upon a Moon at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian
February 14 & 15; 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. From the beginnings of time, we have gazed into the night sky with wonder and curiosity at the moon shining down on us - and wished that we could journey there. In this enchanting new show for the youngest audience members (ages 3-7). National Air and Space Museum: Independence Ave. at 6th St., SW Washington, D.C. 202-633-2214. No cost for tickets. Reservations are required.

Disney on Ice at Capital One Arena
February 14 - 18 Experience the magic of Disney on Ice. From "Dare to Dream" to "Worlds of Enchantment" to "Frozen" and beyond, your family will love seeing their favorite Disney characters skating. $$

Valentines Masquerade Gala at the Silver Spring Civic Center
February 14; 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Dig out your best dress or suit and come along and enjoy a glamorous evening at The 2nd Annual Valentines Masquerade Ball, a wonderful opportunity to support Silver Spring local charities and kick off 2019 in style! Silver Spring Civic Building: 1 Veterans Place; Silver Spring, MD 20910. 240-560-8382. $25

Big Apple Circus at the National Harbor
February 14 - March 24 Children will love the wildly creative acts of strength at this year's show, featuring performers (literally) bouncing off the walls in trampoline acts; double wide trapeze acts with seven high-flying performers and two catchers and much more! National Harbor: 165 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745. 877-628-5427. $15-$25

Valentine Cupcake - Little Chef at Once Upon a Dream
February 14; 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Spark your little chef's love of culinary arts through interactive cupcake design! Your little ones will love piping colored icing and choosing from different toppings to decorate their own cupcake! Once Upon A Dream: 527 Maple Ave. E #200; Vienna, VA 22180. Additional $5 per child with open play admission. $10 per child for only cupcake decorating.

Ties & Tiaras Father-Daughter Dance
Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center
February 15; 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Join us for our annual Father-Daughter dance! This year is inspired by the movie Tangled. Come dressed in your finest and enjoy a night of dancing and crafts. Drinks and snacks provided. Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center: 46105 Loudoun Park Ln., Sterling, VA 20164. 571-258-3600. $16 (First Pair) $8 (Additional Child or Adult)

Make Heart-Shaped Pizza & Cupcakes With Your Family
Cookology at Dulles Town Center
February 16; 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Join us for a fun and interactive Valentine's Day class for the entire family. We welcome kiddos from 4-10 years old with mom, dad or caregiver. You'll learn how to make pizza dough, roll pizza dough and make gourmet topped pizzas. Cookology at Dulles Town Center (Next to Macy's): 21100 Dulles Town Cir., Sterling, VA 20166. $55 per person.

Cartoon Skate at the Rink at Reston Town Center
February 16; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Share the ice with Scooby-Doo, Cat in the Hat and more. For information, rates and schedules call 703.709.6300 or visit

Chocolate Mania! A Valentine Family Class
Cookology at Dulles Town Center
February 16; 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Hey Moms, Dads & Kids! Do you love Chocolate? Learn to make three delicious chocolate confections from scratch, together, in this hands-on class. During the session our pro chef will teach you how to create three classic chocolate dessert dishes. (AGES 9+) Cookology at Dulles Town Center (Next to Macy's): 21100 Dulles Town Cir., Sterling, VA 20166. $60 per person.