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Events That Celebrate L-O-V-E: Valentines!

February 10, 2012

If you haven’t had a chance yet to create your Valentines or even time to think about how you might celebrate your love this year, we have some fun events for you. My top pick is to head to favorite crafting space/play space in Tribeca- Moomah Cafe. We are so sad that it will be closing on April 1st so I highly recommend a visit (or two or three) there before the closure. How about sharing (or not) an old fashioned egg cream with your loved ones at a real soda fountain? There are lots of ways to celebrate your L-O-V-E all weekend and next. Happy Valentine’s!

All of February
Moomah Crafting
Create some fabulous love- inspired crafts this month for your Valentines. The featured projects will vary and you can choose what you want to do with your sweetheart.  You can design valentine cards, adorn a paper mache heart, fill a bucket of love or make an embroidered heart with chunky buttons. Want to do something very simple with your littlest one? Paint wooden hearts with special messages and slip in the pockets of your sweetest Valentines.  See their page for the finished crafts.
Details: moomah 161 Hudson Street New York NY 10013 212 226 0345

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH

Saturday, February 11 from 3-5 pm
Cookie Tasting
The new Owl & Thistle General Store is making the weekend love-ly with a special Valentine’s cookie tasting on Saturday. They will be tasting Servus Cookies, delicious Austrian cookies made right here in Crown Heights….You might want to pick up an old fashioned valentine perfect for your kids’ teachers and friends. Everything in the store is locally made, fair trade, or sustainable.
Details:
Owl & Thistle General Store 720 Franklin Ave btwn Park and Sterling

Saturday, February 11: all day
Free admission for a friend
The Staten Island Children’s Museum is giving you a Valentine’s Day present: bring a friend for free to the museum. You must print out the photo below and bring it with you. This is one of my favorite children’s museums: it’s worth a trip.
Details: Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday & closed Monday, except most school holidays.


Saturday, February 11th at 11:30am
Steampunk Victorian Valentines at McNally Jackson
With Valentine’s Day next week, this is the weekend of L-O-V-E! At McNally Jackson, kids can combine the cogs and gears of Steampunk sensibility with the lacy legacy of 19th Century valentines to create pop-up and layered Steampunk Victorian Valentines. Sweetness!
Details: 52 Prince Street, New York, NY. FREE for all. Recommended for ages 3-10. Contact Yvonne@mcnallyjackson.com or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th from 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Kids Club 13: Circle of Love at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Oh baby! Monkey around with Curious George at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum! Kids Club THIRTEEN members will enjoy Valentine’s Day themed crafts and activities, an Explore Challenge scavenger hunt through the Secret’s of Circle’s exhibit, and a private Curious George meet-and-greet. Fun!
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue. Ages 3-10. FREE for Kids Club 13 members ($75/yearly membership). Contact JimenezJ@wnet.org or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11: 11am – 6pm
Valentine’s Gift Shop and Soda Fountain

If you love things vintage, then head out to the south street seaport museum thompson warehouse to see handprinted letterpress Valentines’ cards, savor Mexican ground chocolate, fresh macarons and sip at a soda fountain. For two days, you can see like visit the Valentine’s Gift Shop to savor local delicacies all held this year in a spectacular 1868 warehouse space provided by the South Street Seaport Museum. The Gift Shop is open on  Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12: 11am – 6pm. Next door to the Gift Shop, Bowne & Co. will be selling letter-press valentine’s and other seasonal paper goods. The soda fountain, perated by P&H Soda and The Bent Spoon will feature ice cream floats, egg creams, egg shakes, as well as hand-mixed sodas and a variety of ice cream flavors by the cone or pint.
Details: 213-215 Water Street in Lower Manhattan

Saturday, February 11th at 3:00pm
Clifford’s HEART-Y Party at The Scholastic Store SoHo
Calling all Clifford lovers! Head to the Scholastic Store in SoHo to listen to Clifford’s favorite Valentine’s Day books and then join Clifford for a pre-Valentine’s Day card-making-extravaganza. Participants will also have the opportunity to take a picture with the Big Red Dog himself!
Details: 557 Broadway, New York, NY.FREE for all. Ages 3 and up. Call 212.343.6166 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th at 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Perfect Catch: A Throwmanic Comedy at Canal Park Playhouse
What do you get when you put two co-workers together who appear to have nothing in common but the love of office pranks? A perfect catch! Jen and Michael are two cubicle-dwelling New Yorkers who share a secret that throws them (and other things) together. This common spark ignites a love affair filled with circus, dance, music, juggling and physical comedy. Office romances have never been so magical! A special Valentine’s Day Classic Brunch Matinee is available for an additional $15 and includes a decadent dark chocolate waffle with your choice of a Mimosa, a Strawberry Champagne Cocktail, wine or beer. The regular brunch menu, which includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and of course Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) is also available for an additional $10.
Details: 508 Canal Street, New York, NY. All ages are welcomed. Tickets: $20. Call 866.811.4111 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th from 5:30pm — 7:30pm
“Circle of Love” Dad’s and Daughter’s Ball at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
This is the first ever “Circle of Love” Dad’s & Daughters Ball and you don’t want to miss it! Children can be a debutante for the day on their date with Dad (or Mom)! All participants can enjoy a memorable evening of dance- led by a children’s dance instructor, light refreshments by Dunkin’ Donuts, and live celebrity DJ from WBLS 107.5 FM radio!  As a special treat, each young belle of the ball will receive her own corsage, Valentine’s card, and pose for a keepsake photo with her special date. How cute! And puh-lease, don’t be shy, dress to impress! Check out our full write-up of this event HERE.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. All are welcomed. $25/couple, $10/additional child. For tickets, call 718.735.4400 or visit the website for more information or to reserve your tickets online.

Saturday February, 11th ; 2:00-3:15pm
Valentine’s Workshop at Pomme

Bring your kids age 4-8yrs for Fun with Food: Anna Harrington will guide the kids in making Shortbread Hearts. While your pastry bakes, you will create heart-shaped crudité for a heart healthy snack! The kids will bring their baked creations home. Class will begin promptly at 2:15, please arrive at 2 to wash hands and settle in *This is a drop-off event*
Details: Pomme is located at 81 Washington Street, dumbo . RSVP to annahconsulting@me.com. fee for the class is $25 per child

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH

Sunday, February 12th from 4:00pm — 7:00pm
Valentine’s Day Fundraiser at The Co-Op School
Get your dancing shoes ready and your dance moves too! This Valentine’s Day kid/adult dance fundraiser will have food, baked goods, drinks, and lots of fun activities available for purchase to raise money for the Co-Op School.
Details: 87 Irving Place, Brooklyn, NY. All ages welcomed. FREE for all.

Sunday, February 12: 11am – 6pm
Valentine’s Gift Shop and Soda Fountain

If you love things vintage, then head out to the south street seaport museum thompson warehouse to see handprinted letterpress Valentines’ cards, savor Mexican ground chocolate, fresh macarons and sip at a soda fountain. For two days, you can see like visit the Valentine’s Gift Shop to savor local delicacies all held this year in a spectacular 1868 warehouse space provided by the South Street Seaport Museum. The Gift Shop is open on  Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12: 11am – 6pm. Next door to the Gift Shop, Bowne & Co. will be selling letter-press valentine’s and other seasonal paper goods. The soda fountain, perated by P&H Soda and The Bent Spoon will feature ice cream floats, egg creams, egg shakes, as well as hand-mixed sodas and a variety of ice cream flavors by the cone or pint.
Details: 213-215 Water Street in Lower Manhattan

Sunday February 12th: 1- 2 pm
I LOVE YOU workshop!

Hosted by Art Shack and KinderDesignFactory- make a special valentine! There will be ribbons, glitter, beads, beautiful papers… They promise to have lots of inspiration for you (including your favorite love songs as background music) and help you make a really unique and beautiful Valentine.  Any age is welcome!
Details: $35 per child+grown up RSVP to dany@kinderdesignfactory.com

Sunday February 12: Class 1: 12 – 2PM Ages 5 – 9  Class 2: 2:30 – 4:30PM Ages 10 – 14
Dough Re Me Kids

Students will make heart-shaped sweets to bring home to share with their loved ones.  Cost: $60

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14

Tuesday, February 14: 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 pm and 7:30- to 8:30 p.m.
Bike Valentine
How do biking and Valentine’s Day go together? Well, Bike Valentine with The City Bike Coach of course! If you want to learn how to ride a bike, this winter cycling opportunity might be a great way to get your spokes in shape.  Learning how to ride never seemed so sweet- take a break with some chocolate treats to really get in the spirit.  Participants who successfully learn how to ride a bicycle will receive a certificate of accomplishment.  Everyone must wear a properly fitted helmet, and use a bicycle in good working condition. Children and adults must be able to sit on their bikes with their feet flat on the ground to learn how ride a bicycle using The City Bike Coach’s method. The event will benefit I Challenge Myself, an organization focused on teaching young people to lead healthier and more productive lives through endurance fitness challenges and leadership development. I Challenge Myself also conducts a cycling program in NYC public high schools.
Details:
The cost is $35.  6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Learn to Ride Session 1  7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Learn to Ride Session 2   Plymouth Church  75 Hicks St. Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201 Register or donate now!