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7 Boston-area Valentine's Day activities for kids

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  February 4, 2014 08:10 AM

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Love is in the air! Celebrate Valentine's Day by taking the kids to meet Curious George, make valentines, listen to stories, and more. Here are seven ways kids can celebrate the holiday of love (one even involves a date night for parents!).

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"Make Valentine's With Love Stamps," Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, 235 Wellesley St. at Regis College, Weston. Sat., Feb. 8, noon - 3 p.m. Adults, $8; children, $3. Free stationery and Valentine-themed U.S. stamps from previous years will be available and staff members will help with creating all sorts of cards and envelopes. The museum will also provide free postage for people wishing to send their cards from the museum. Children can decorate mugs and pencil cups with love stamps. Free Valentine cookies and cupcakes. www.spellman.org

"Valentine Card Making Extravaganza," ArtBeat, 212A Mass. Ave., Arlington. Sat., Feb. 8 & Sun., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $12 flat fee to make as many cards as you want. Choose from colorful cards, lace doilies, paper hearts, ribbon, confetti, and more to create the perfect card for that special someone. www.artbeatonline.com

"Drop-in Craft: Valentine's Cards," Watertown Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown. Fri., Feb.14, 10:15 a.m. Free. Ages 2-5. Swing by the library to make a card for someone special in your life. www.watertownlib.org

"Valentine's Day Storytime and Curious George Visit," The Curious George Store, 1 JFK St., Cambridge. Fri., Feb. 14. Four 1-hour segments, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. RSVP required. Free. Join Curious George in one of three time slots to hear stories about love and friendship including "Guess How Much I Love You," "Bear in Love," and more. After storytime, make a Valentine to exchange with Curious George himself. www.thecuriousgeorgestore.com

"Valentine's Day Activities," Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Thurs., Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. With museum admission, $11.50. Drop-in. Make Valentine's Day cards for moms or other special woman at 10 a.m. Listen to Valentine's Day tales at 11 a.m. Starting at 2 p.m., use simple engineering and your creativity to make one of a kind valentines to share with family and friends. www.discoverymuseums.org

"Valentine's Day Celebration," Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Fri., Feb. 14, 10 a.m. With museum admission: adult, $8; children, $6. Using the museum’s antique valentines for inspiration, create some valentine cards to bring to the special people in your life. www.wenhammuseum.org

"Kids' Valentine's Night In," Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, NH. Fri., Feb. 14, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. $30 per child/$25 each additional child in same family. Limit 30 children. No walk-ins. Drop the kids at the museum, where they can play and make Valentine's Day crafts while you and your significant other get a night out. Pizza dinner included. www.childrens-museum.org

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DIY Valentine's Day cards
Want to make homemade cards this year? We show you how to make Valentine's Day cards by raiding your recycling bin, thanks to Artbeat in Arlington.



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Planning a date night and need a sitter?
Hoping to head out with your honey for Valentine's Day but don't have a sitter? Find out about places around Boston that offer a Parents' Night Out. Just be aware that you will probably need to reserve a spot in advance.

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