Valentine’s Day Events

HeartsCan it really be Valentine’s Day already?! It’s hard to believe, but here it is. Valentine’s cards, heart-shaped chocolate boxes, and pink stuffed teddy bears are lining the shelves of our local stores. In anticipation of this special day filled with hugs and kisses, a number of fun events have been planned for Bay area kids and their parents to enjoy. We’ll be adding more as we find them, so be sure to check back!

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Kids Workshop at Home Depot
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012
Location: Home Depot Stores
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
If it’s your child’s first time at a Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, they will receive a FREE orange Home Depot apron to wear, keep and bring back each time they attend. Upon completing the project, they will receive an achievement pin to add to their apron and a certificate of completion. (NOTE: Home Depot crafts are unfinished when you complete them at the store, so they will not look like the picture until you add your own paint. Some Home Depot stores are offering paint at the location to paint your project on the spot. Paint is optional.)

— Saturday, February 4: Keepsake Box – Kids can build a special keepsake box and personalize it to hold private treasures or to give it as a gift for Valentine’s Day.

Address:
Locate a Home Depot store near you.

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Homemade Valentine Cards
Time:
1-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012
Location: Regency Park Library (Meeting Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 861-3049; Website

What’s Doing?
Bring your Tween (grades 4-7) to make a Valentine card for their favorite person.

Address:
Regency Park Library
9701 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654

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Michaels Kid-Friendly Crafts
Time: See schedule below
Date: February 5, 2012; February 11, 2012 & February 12, 2012
Location: Michaels Stores
Cost: Some are FREE, while others require the purchase of an item
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
— Sunday, February 5, 2012: Valentine’s Day Foam Mailbox (1-2 p.m.; With purchase of foam or white craft mailbox, while supplies last; Ages 3 and up)
— Sunday, February 5, 2012: Kid’s Valentine’s Day Card (2-3 p.m.; FREE, while supplies last; Ages 3 and up)
— Saturday, February 11, 2012: Valentine’s Day Memory Book (10 a.m.-12 p.m.; With purchase of paper sack, while supplies last; Ages 3 and up)
— Sunday, February 12, 2012: Valentine’s Day Gift Workshop (1-3 p.m.; With purchase of Wood Curly-Q letter or frame, while supplies last; Ages 3 and up)

Address:
Locate a Michael’s store near you.

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Sunday Family Stories
Time: 2 p.m.
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2012
Location: Dunedin Public Library (Storytime Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 298-3080; Website

What’s Doing?
Children and their families are invited to enjoy an afternoon of stories and songs. This month’s theme is “Candy Hearts.”

Address:
Dunedin Public Library
223 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Valentine’s Crafts & Gifts
Time:
3-4 p.m.
Date: Monday, February 6, 2012
Location: SouthShore Regional Library (Community Room)
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: Call (813) 273-3652 or stop by the Information Desk; Website

What’s Doing?
Join SouthShore Regional Library’s children’s librarian to create Valentine-themed crafts and gifts. (This program is for children age 5-12.)

Address:
SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573

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Valentine's Chocolate Bar Making Party at City Street SweetsValentine’s Chocolate Bar Making Party
Time: 12-8 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Location: City Street Sweets
Cost: FREE to attend and FREE scoop of ice cream for everyone; $10.95/chocolate bar
Info: (813) 251-6764; Website

What’s Doing?
Each month City Street Sweets offers a new opportunity to visit their shop and make a custom chocolate bar. What a great way to say “I Love You” or “You’re Super Sweet” to someone special on Valentine’s Day!

Young children will need assistance from a parent or caregiver, but all ages can have fun building their own custom creation. Choose milk, dark or white chocolate for your bar, and then select items to add in. Children can fill the mold with the items they choose, and then tap the mold to spread distribute the chocolate. There will even be special toppings to choose from for Valentine’s Day.

Even Better! City Street Sweets is giving everyone a FREE scoop of ice cream. YUM!

Address:
City Street Sweets
Hyde Park Village
1605 Snow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

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Children’s Craft: Love Bugs
Time:
3:30-4 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Location: Safety Harbor Library – Youth Services
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 724-1525 x 118; Website

What’s Doing?
Make some cute Valentine’s Day love bugs!

Address:
Safety Harbor Library
Youth Services
101 Second Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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Valentine’s Day Craft
Time:
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Location: Clearwater Public Libraries — Countryside Library (Meeting Room A/B)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 562-4970; Website

What’s Doing?
Join the amazing Miss Jill for a fun filled Valentine’s Day event.

Address:
Clearwater Public Libraries — Countryside Library
2741 State Road 580
Clearwater, FL 33761

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GattiTown PizzaValentine’s Day Weekend at GattiTown
Time: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Date: Friday, February 10, 2012 & Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: GattiTown
Cost: $0.99 Kid’s Meals (age 12 and younger); Click here for additional pricing
Info: (727) 753-9982; Website; Facebook Event Page

What’s Doing?
Visit GattiTown Valentine’s Day weekend. They’re celebrating with a special Kid’s Meal deal and kid’s activities. Check it out:
— Meals for kids age 12 and under are only 99 cents
— FREE balloons
— FREE face painting

Address:
GattiTown
1560 North McMullen Booth
Clearwater, FL 33759

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Lowe’s Build and Grow
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: All Lowe’s Stores
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
If it’s your child’s first time at a Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop, they will receive a FREE Lowe’s apron and goggles to wear, keep and bring back for each time they attend. Upon completing the project, the child participating will receive a certificate and embroidered patch to add to their apron.

— Saturday, February 11: Valentine Card Creator

Address:
Locate a Lowe’s store near you.

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Valentine’s Day Saturday Craft
Time:
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Tarpon Springs Library
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 943-4922; Website

What’s Doing?
All ages are invited to stop by and make a Valentine bookmark.

Address:
Tarpon Springs Library
138 East Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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TeaTarpon Avenue 8th Annual Valentine Tea
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012 & Sunday, February 12, 2012
Location: Tarpon Springs Downtown
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 937-6109; Website

What’s Doing?
During the 7th Annual Valentine Tea, the merchants in the Tarpon Springs Historic Downtown area invite visitors to enjoy tea, wine and assorted goodies at stores along Tarpon Avenue. Look for balloons at participating stores. Even better! On Sunday, you can also browse the Fresh Market at the corner of South Pinellas and Tarpon Avenue.

Address:
Downtown Tarpon Springs
Tarpon Avenue Between South Pinellas (Alt. 19) and Ring Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Tea illustration: Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Kelly's Tales logoValentine Story Time with Kelly’s Tales
Time: 10:30-11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Book Swap of New Tampa
Cost: FREE
Info:

What’s Doing?
Join Kelly’s Tales for a fun morning with storytelling and story-related crafts. Guests can enjoy refreshments during the event, as well. At this story time children will listen to the story No Kisses, Please by Hans Wilhelm and enjoy a Valentine-themed activity and refreshments. (This event is for children age 4-9)

Address:
Book Swap of New Tampa
1946 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL 33618

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Valentine Event at Disney StoreLove Valentine Craft Event
Time:
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Disney Stores
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Kids are invited to create a unique Valentine’s Day card at the Disney Store.

NOTE: Children must be at least 3 years old to participate. While supplies last. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Call store for more information.

Address:
Locate a Disney Store near you.

International Plaza
2223 NW Shore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-0467

Brandon Town Center Mall
550 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 661-2004

Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 791-8876

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Plant a Kiss book coverPlant A Kiss Story Time
Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Barnes & Noble at the Shops at Wiregrass
Cost: FREE
Info: Barnes & Noble (Shops at Wiregrass) Website; Barnes & Noble (Dale Mabry) Website

What’s Doing?
Join Barnes & Noble staff for a special story time featuring the book Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Address:
Barnes & Noble
Shops at Wiregrass
28152 Paseo Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
(813) 907-7739

Barnes & Noble
213 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 871-2228

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Lakeshore Learning Center In-Store Craft
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 207-0468; Website

What’s Doing?
Every Saturday, Lakeshore Learning Store has FREE crafts for kids to make that go along with the month or season. On February 11, children can make a special Valentine’s Day craft — a “Be Mine! Valentine Mailbox.”

Address:
Lakeshore Learning Store
4501 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609

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Saturday Afternoon at the Movies
Time:
2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Dunedin Public Library (Storytime Room)
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: (727) 298-3080; Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to the Library for a special showing of A Charlie Brown Valentine. (For ages 5-12)

Address:
Dunedin Public Library
223 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Will You Be My Valentine?
Time:
2-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Centennial Park Library (Meeting Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 834-3204; Website

What’s Doing?
Decorate cookies to share with someone you love. (This event is intended for Elementary school-aged children)

Address:
Centennial Park Library
5740 Moog Road
Holiday, FL 34690

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Kids Valentine’s Day Crafts
Time:
2-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Land O’ Lakes Library (Children’s Public Floor)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 929-1214; Website

What’s Doing?
Join Library staff to make crafts for your special Valentine.

Address:
Land O’Lakes Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

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Teen Valentine’s Day Celebration
Time:
2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Clearwater Public Libraries — East Library (Meeting Room A/B)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 562-4970; Website

What’s Doing?
Teens are invited to the Library for a Valentine’s Day celebration with crafts and poetry.

Address:
Clearwater Public Libraries — East Library
2251 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765

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Valentine’s Day Crafts with Miss Connie
Time:
2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Clearwater Public Libraries — Main Library (Children’s Program Room)
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: (727) 562-4970, option 3; Website

What’s Doing?
Children in Kindergarten and up are invited to the Library to create Valentine’s Day crafts.

Address:
Clearwater Public Libraries — Main Library
100 North Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755

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Valentine’s Day Doll Story Time
Time: 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Pottery Barn Kids
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: (813) 253-0964; Website

What’s Doing?
Bring your little one dressed up with their favorite doll or teddy bear to Pottery Barn Kids for a fun afternoon! There will be refreshments, stories and crafts for them and their “special friend” to enjoy.

Address:
Pottery Barn Kids
Hyde Park Village
804 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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Teen “Stupid Cupid” Valentine’s Day Dance
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
The Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library is inviting teens to enjoy dancing, food, karaoke, games and more the weekend before Valentine’s Day. Singles are most welcome to have fun with other singles and just enjoy themselves. Couples are going to be exiled to the other side of the room for being “stupid” in love on Valentine’s Day. What a great way to just hang out with friends.

Address:
Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
2902 West Bearss Avenue
Tampa, FL 33618

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Make a Special Valentine
Time:
2-3 p.m.
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2012
Location: New Tampa Regional Library
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
New Tampa Regional Library’s Teen Advisory Board will be on hand to help children make the best Valentine of all — one they make themselves!

Address:
New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

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UnValentine’s Day: Make A Zombie!
Time: 2-4:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Location: 78th Street Community Library
Cost: FREE, but you must sign up in advance at the Information Desk (This event is limit to 20 participants)
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Valentine’s Day is coming, but who needs hearts when you can have braaaaaaaaains? 78th Street Community Library is hosting an Unvalentine’s Day event for kids age 12-18: create your own feltie zombie keychain that’s so creepy it’s cute! No experience needed.

Address:
78th Street Community Library
7625 Palm River Road
Tampa, FL 33619

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Valentine’s Fun
Time:
4 p.m.
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Location: Austin Davis Public Library (Community Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with stories and fun activities.

Address:
Austin Davis Public Library
17808 Wayne Road
Odessa, FL 33556

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Valentine’s Day Vengeance: A Mystery
Time:
5-7 p.m.
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Location: Largo Public Library (Teen Room)
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: Julia Gosner at jgonser@ largo.com; Website

What’s Doing?
Teens will hunt for clues to solve the mystery of who poisoned the skinny double shot mocha.

Address:
Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

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Valentine Story Time
Time: 11-11:30 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Location: Pottery Barn Kids
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 253-0964; Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids for a special Valentine’s Day-themed story time with fun stories and activities.

Even Better! Pottery Barn Kids offers a FREE story time every Tuesday morning from 11-11:30 a.m. Kids of all ages are invited to attend this weekly event.

Address:
Pottery Barn Kids
Hyde Park Village
804 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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FREE Chick-fil-a, Westshore Plaza Valentine’s Day Ice Dream Giveaway
Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza FREE Valentine's Day Ice Dream EventTime: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Location: Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
Cost: FREE Small Ice Dream Cup or Cone
Info: (813) 286-0534; Facebook Event Page

What’s the Freebie?
Bring your little Valentines for a special Valentine’s Day treat! Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza is giving a FREE Small Ice Dream Cup or Cone on Valentine’s Day. Even Better! You can make it a sundae with FREE sprinkles and hot fudge!

Address:
Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
241 West Shore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609

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A Very Valentine Celebration
Time:
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Location: Largo Public Library (Children’s Program Room)
Cost: FREE, but you need to register at the Children’s Desk
Info: Jennifer Shaffer at jshaffer @largo.com; Website

What’s Doing?
Children and their families will enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day with stories, a puppet show, and a craft.

Address:
Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

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HeartsFamily Valentine’s Dinner!
Time: 5 p.m., 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 (Valentine’s Day!)
Location: Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
Cost: FREE craft and take-home goodies for the kids; FREE kids Icedream or brownie with the purchase of a Kids Meal; Purchase food
Info: Make your reservation by calling (727) 398-0777 or e-mail; This information came from Chelsea Larson, Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza

What’s Doing?
Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids this year? Bring the whole family to Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza for a fun and special Family Valentine’s Dinner!

Your family will be treated with table service and a fun atmosphere will be provided, including a craft and take-home goodies for the kids. You will also receive a FREE Kids Icedream or brownie with the purchase of a Kids Meal. The only cost is whatever your family choose to enjoy for dinner — the staff at Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza is taking care of the rest!

This is a great alternative for parents who want to make this Valentine’s Day family-oriented, or give the kids a special memory with Grandma and Grandpa while you are on a date!

Address:
Chick-fil-A of Seminole Plaza
10790 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL 33772

Thanks for sending us the details, Chelsea!

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Sunday Fun Day
Time:
1-4:30 p.m.
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Location: Dunedin Public Library (Storytime Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 298-3080; Website

What’s Doing?
All ages are invited to stop by the Youth Department between 1-4:30 p.m. for a special make-and-take craft. This month’s theme is “Love You.”

Address:
Dunedin Public Library
223 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Valentine’s Day Party
Time:
2-3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2012
Location: Clearwater Public Libraries — Main Library (Meeting Room A/B)
Cost: FREE, but registration is required
Info: (727) 562-4970, option 3; Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family to make Valentines together, create a Sidewalk Chalk Valentine, and enjoy Valentine’s Day treats.

Address:
Clearwater Public Libraries — Main Library
100 North Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755

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Candy Heart Bingo
Time:
11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Location: Dunedin Public Library (Community Rooms A & B)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 298-3080; Website

What’s Doing?
Bring family and friends for a fun game of BINGO!

Address:
Dunedin Public Library
223 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

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