All About Love: A Valentine’s Day Guide for Bucks County Families
Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re ready for Valentine’s Day, how about you?
You get a Valentine! You get a Valentine! Everybody gets a Valentine! From gal-pals to fur-babies, and everyone in between, Valentine’s Day has become a celebration of love in all its forms. And you know what? We’re not mad about it. Happily married? Great! Bucks County has date-nights and romantic rendezvous galore. Celebrating with kids? Awesome! We’ve got you covered there too! Ladies night? Galentines? Or maybe a fur-baby love fest? Yes! Yes! And Yes! Our Valentine’s Day guide has got everything you need to make this Valentine’s day extra fun and fabulous.
For the Ladies
For as long as there have been mothers, wives, girlfriends, and friends, there has existed a somewhat natural tendency to put ourselves last. We do the crafts, we get the snacks, we plan the dates, and we usually schedule. All. The. Things. And while we know that it all comes from a place of love, we also know that we could all do with a little down time . So before you organize another playdate for your kids, grab one of your best gal-pals for a playdate of your own at one of these awesome Galentine’s Day events. You’ll be so glad you did.
February 9, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
123 N Main Street, Dublin
With wine, flatbreads, a flower bar, DIY crafts, raffle baskets, a photo booth and more, this is one, girl-centric Valentine’s Day event you don’t want to miss!
February 9, 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
308 N Main Street, Chalfont
Grab those friends and sign up for the Craft Boutique’s Valentine’s Day Wreath Workshop where fresh flowers in reds, pinks, and white join together to create a happy heart wreath for you to use.
February 12, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
38 East Street, Doylestown
Join Allora Gifts and Home Decor at Makers and Main for a super fun Galentine’s Day event. Each participant will get to paint and take home their own custom welcome mat, with assistance from Tracy of “Lettering by Tracy”. Choose your family name, a welcome message, a holiday themed mat, or any other text you can imagine! One glass of complimentary champagne will be included in your ticket place and participants can feel free to BYOB/BYO snacks.
February 12, 2:45-6:00 pm
17 N State Street, Newtown
At this one-of-a-kind, Valentine’s Day themed workshop, simply select a wood project from their gallery and Board & Brush will provide all the materials needed for you to create your masterpiece. All you have to do is show up with a friend, a few snacks, and maybe a bottle of bubbly to make the day complete!
February 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
201 Station Road, Quakertown
Head to the Quakertown Farmer’s Market for a fun evening of painting and wine! Participants will paint an original piece of Valentine’s art designed by Small Media Large Popart Gallery Dept. #210A (either a Valentine’s Tree with hearts or an Anti-Valentine’s Day painting!) and enjoy two glasses of wine from Mountain Lake Winery.
For the Kids
We love our kids, there’s no denying that. As a matter of fact, sometimes we love our kids SO much that we want to give them (and their classmates) everything their little hearts desire—including 5 million, heart-holding teddy bears and all the plastic tchotchkes (we’re looking at you pop-its and squishies). And while these trinkets are fun and definitely budget-friendly, their luster tends to wear off quickly. After a few days, the stickers have been stuck, the pencil toppers have been lost, and the squishes get all hairy. So we’ve gathered some simple, fun, new, ideas to help you shake things up in the classroom this year.
First off, how cute are these Candy Necklace Printables by Five Marigolds? If you have a printer, some scissors and crayons, it won’t get any easier than this. For an extra-personal touch, consider having your child “accessorize” the cards so that they more closely resemble the friends that they’re giving them to. Or better yet, if you have the time, buy some card stock and make them from scratch! Then your little ones can get really creative! (A tip for our non-necklace-wearing friends..the candy necklace can easily be made to look like a tie or scarf. Just change the placement of the slits on the paper. But honestly, boys wear necklaces too, so you could totally just roll with it.)
Looking to skip the candy altogether? Check out these fun, diy Valentine’s Day Bird Feeders by Simple Joy, or these adorable Seed Packet Valentines by Arts & Crackers. Both of these options are great because they provide your kids with a fun afternoon activity as well as an eco-friendlier gift for their friends!
And as for your kiddos, how about the gift of a shared experience? There’s no shortage of exciting, kid-friendly Valentine’s Day activities in Bucks County, so get out there and have some Valentine’s Day, family fun—together!
February 11, 9:00 – 10 am
450 E Butler Avenue, New Britain
In this class, children ages 4 through 7 will be creating Teddy Bear Cookies made from Oreos along with Homemade Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate. Each children will be responsible for creating five Teddy Bear Cookies each and having a hand in making a batch of Homemade Hot Cocoa as a group.
February 11, 10 am
2100 Lower State Road, Doylestown
This Valentine’s Day get out there and RUN! Featuring a comfortable distance for every runner (5k, 10k, 2 mile cupid shuffle, and 1/4 mile lil’ cupid fun-run), free Valentine’s Day cookies and hot chocolate, a costume contest, and various awards and swag, this is one family-friendly event you don’t want to miss!
February 11, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
21 N Main Street, Doylestown
Celebrate Valentines Day with the favorite kid in your life! Enjoy ice cream and cookie bars along with a craft for the child. Moms/Dads/Grandparent/etc. can celebrate with the special child in their life. Ticket includes a reservation for seating for a couple (one adult/one child) in their upstairs party room, choice of simple craft for the child, two ice cream or milkshake treats, and choice of two Valentine cookie bars. Each seating is 30 minutes. A party hostess will be available to snap photos with your phone to capture this special moment!
February 11, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
3401 State Road, Bensalem
Every February, this national race series celebrates Community Options’ founding in 1989. Volunteers raise funds and awareness to support housing and employment for people with disabilities. They welcome all runners, joggers, walkers, and sponsors to join Neshaminy State Park on February 11, 2023.
February 11, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
91 Rogers Road, Furlong
Bond with your child (ages 7+) over a double painting! Work together to create a painting on two separate canvases inspired by Gustav Klimt, designed to hang on your wall together! Supplies and instruction included. Light refreshments will be served.
For the Animal Lovers
While we’re spreading the love, let’s not forget our furry friends and owners that love them.
Did you know that research has shown that simply petting a dog (and probably any animal you’re fond of) lowers the stress hormone cortisol while INCREASING the levels of the feel-good hormone oxytocin? It’s true! So, this Valentine’s Day, don’t think twice about spending a little extra, one-on-one time with your favorite, furry, friend. Heavens knows we could all do with a little oxytocin boost these days. Here are a few fun ideas to get you started.
February 11, 11 am – 2 pm
4024 Bethlehem Pike, Telford
Bring your fur baby out to Pet Supplies Plus in Telford for Valentine photos in their adorable Kissing Booth! Pictures will be taken by Kerrie Lynn Photography. You will receive high-resolution file(s) by email within 24-36 hours. This event asks for a $10 donation benefiting Salfid Rescue so it’s a win-win for everyone!
February 12, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
1314 Limekiln Pike, Dresher
Spend the morning loving on some rescued baby goats, bunnies, and piglets at Rose Bridge Farm! Then, head up to their studio where you’ll be making organic soy candles, bath salts and scrubs, and planting a succulent to take home. Event is rain or shine as the barn and studio are heated.
February 14, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington
Children 5 years old and under are welcome to show the goats some love from 10- 11 am at the Highlands Mansion on Valentine’s Day! Snuggle them, feed them snacks and make a simple decoration for their barn! All children must be accompanied by an adult and waivers signed upon arrival. $10 per child, paid through Venmo in advance or upon arrival.
For the Love Birds
Of course, our Valentine’s Day Guide wouldn’t be complete without a few special events for mom and dad. Thankfully, Bucks County has plenty of fun, romantic things to do with your sweetheart. So, get out there and have some grown-up fun at one of our favorites below.
February 11th-14th, All Day
100 Peddlers Village, New Hope
Can’t make it out on Tuesday the 14th? Don’t worry! Peddler’s Village has got you covered with a whole weekend of culinary highlights, entertainment and shop discounts. From February 11 through February 14, enjoy food and indoor/outdoor beverage specials at Buttonwood Grill, Earl’s New American, Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant, and other Valentine’s-themed treats throughout the Village!
February 14, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
91 Rogers Road, Furlong
Looking for something other than dinner? Try a fun day out learning how to build and enjoy a beautiful Valentine’s themed charcuterie plate. Ticket includes all supplies and a drink. You’ll learn all about the art of charcuterie boards, the difference in cheese and how to cut and arrange the vegetables on display and bringing home a beautiful cheese and charcuterie of your own to enjoy! All supplies needed to create the boards will be provided, so no need to bring anything! BYOB
February 5, 1:00 pm
755 River Rd, Erwinna
Cupid is coming early! (As he will be watching the Super Bowl the following weekend) Enjoy delicious courses by Red Cedar Grille paired with five Sand Castle estate grown wines all while listening to live music.
February 11-12, 12:00 – 6:00 pm
18453 Wrightstown road, Newtown
Come to Crossing Vineyards on the most romantic weekend of the year! Enjoy specials on chocolate cocktails, sweet wine flights and more from their bar.
February 10, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
30 W Oakland Avenue, Doylestown
The historic Newtown Theatre, Relic on State, and the Eric Mintel Quartet are teaming up for a special pre-Valentine’s Day event that includes dinner at Relic followed by a jazz concert at the theatre on Friday, February 10.
February 14, 5:00 – 9:30 pm
Make it a Valentine’s Day to remember. Enjoy smoked salmon mousse with asparagus-citrus salad and crostini or short rib grilled cheese with provolone, gruyere and onion relish before enjoying a performance by Griffin House in the Event Center.
For the Love of Others
While it’s only natural to want to gush over our own families and friends at Valentine’s Day, it’s also important to remember that the love doesn’t have to end with our immediate circle. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to remind children of some of the ways that they can extend kindness and love to everyone around them. After all, kids are natural-born givers. So, this Valentine’s Day, why not foster that love of giving with one of these compassionate opportunities.
Did you know that Bucks County has over 25 local food pantries? Check out the list here and consider volunteering or making a donation. Doing so during the cold, winter months, is especially helpful as their stocks tend to run quite low this time of year, especially in the categories of fresh fruit and veg.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital makes it easy to spread a little love with hospital-bound patients with their custom, e-card creator. Featuring artwork by some of the patients themselves, these cards serve the dual purpose of fostering creativity and spreading good cheer. If you’re able to do so, consider making a donation afterwards. (Please note that while we’re sure this is appreciated, it is certainly not required to send the card.)
Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to senior citizens, our troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. They have put smiles on millions of faces and you can too! Simply visit their website, follow the directions to print, color, and mail and you’re done! Spreading kindness doesn’t get any easier than that.
We hope this guide makes planning your Valentine’s Day just a little bit easier this year. Remember, if you decide to visit any of the events listed above or find a new business that you LOVE and just HAVE to share, please consider nominating them for a LOVE award so that we can help spread that love to the rest of our Bucks County Community.
Lead photo courtesy of Desiree Hoelzle Photography