Valentine’s ideas, events for kids in DC area

WASHINGTON — Sure, chocolates are delicious and cards are nice, but nothing beats quality time with the ones you love.

This Valentine’s Day, treat your little sweethearts to a special outing. Red Tricycle’s Guiomar Ochoa shares a few ideas with holiday-themed events happening in the D.C. area:  

Sure, chocolates are delicious and cards are nice, but nothing beats quality time with the ones you love. (Thinkstock)
Valentine’s Day baking at Williams Sonoma Kids ages 5 to 13 can get creative in the kitchen at Williams Sonoma’s Bethesda, Maryland, location on Saturday, Feb. 10. There, they’ll learn the ins-and-outs of making — and eating — sweet treats for the holiday. “It’s kind of a nice way for the kids to make something and give it to their parents, or give it to their friends or siblings,” Ochoa said. Bonus: Your kitchen stays clean. More information is available on Williams Sonoma’s website; call the store to register. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Mizina)
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D.C. libraries get crafty D.C.’s public libraries are hosting a number of Valentine-themed classes and workshops for Washingtonians of all ages. Some sessions include making valentines for veterans, crafting cards and even sewing heart-shaped elbow patches onto worn sweaters. There’s a Valentine’s Day story time for little ones and a Valentine’s Day party at the Georgetown Library. Visit the DCPL website for information on times and locations. (Thinkstock)  (Getty Images/iStockphoto/DragonImages)
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Hop on a horse-drawn carriage   Cozy up to the kiddos in a horse-drawn carriage Saturday, Feb. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Reston Town Center. Rides are $5 a person (children under 5 ride free), and proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Reston. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing)
People ice skate at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden in Washington, on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Cold heart? Warm it up — on ice For a fun wintertime activity, check out the National Gallery of Art’s ice skating rink. When it’s time to warm up, an on-site cafe provides provisions — including hot chocolate. Kids can add different flavors into their cocoa, and adults can add a little something, as well. “They even have little spritz of alcohol that the parents can add,” Ochoa said. “So this is a really fun activity. You can do it all winter long, but if you want to do something special for Valentine’s Day, you can head over [there].” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jacquelyn Martin)
If you're looking for hotels with afternoon tea services worth raising a cup to, here are a few recommendations. (Thinkstock)
Pinkies up: Treat the kids to tea For a memorable afternoon outing, treat the kids to tea at Georgetown’s Lady Camellia Pastry and Tea Room. Ochoa said the outpost offers a children’s tea menu — complete with scones, pastries and kid-approved sandwiches (grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and Nutella). “It doesn’t take long and it really makes them feel special. And it’s just a fun thing to do that we usually don’t take time to do,” Ochoa added. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Aiselin82)
Elsa the Snow Queen, left, and Princess Anna attend Frozen celebrity premiere presented by Disney On Ice held at the Staples Center on Thursday, Dec.10, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/A P)
Curtains up! Get dressed up and take the kids to a live performance. Ochoa recommends the Bollywood-inspired adaptation of Mark Twain’s “The Princess and the Pauper” at Imagination Stage. The show starts Feb. 10 and runs through March 18. Also coming to town on Valentine’s Day is Disney’s Frozen on Ice at Capital One Arena. Tickets are still available; the show runs through Feb. 19.    (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/A P) (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Richard Shotwell)
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Sure, chocolates are delicious and cards are nice, but nothing beats quality time with the ones you love. (Thinkstock)
Girl cutting out paper heart, selective focus
Horse looking at camera in harnes.
People ice skate at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden in Washington, on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
If you're looking for hotels with afternoon tea services worth raising a cup to, here are a few recommendations. (Thinkstock)
Elsa the Snow Queen, left, and Princess Anna attend Frozen celebrity premiere presented by Disney On Ice held at the Staples Center on Thursday, Dec.10, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/A P)


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