I have never been a fan of Valentine’s day…well, I did always look forward to those little red hot Valetine’s heart candies. The ones that make your tongue tingle and scream “CINAMMON” in your mouth. Then there was the year abroad in college in the UK when I discovered they had candy hearts with mean sayings on them. I had fun taping them to my friends’ doors. All in love and with the true British sarcastic spirit.
So here we are and Valentine’s day is approaching somewhere between shuttling the children to and from classes and school, and working on projects, I guess I should consider what our plan is. Do I buy/make cards from the children for family members? just my husband? no one? I think I’ll do whatever I have time to do and whatever we feel like between now and then. That’s got to be good enough. Then, if it strikes our fancy, everyone is healthy, we have it in our budget (money or time), perhaps we’ll do something around town.
For places to go and eat with the kids in tow at either breakfast, lunch, or dinner here are a few suggestions. If it is chocolate that you’re after, either for your loved ones or for yourself, then here’s a full but not absolute list of where you can find everything from Cadbury chocolate to some exquisite hand-made chocolates.
Our slightly less local than it was toy store, Henry Bear’s Park, is having a chocolate lollipop workshop at each of their locations. I am not sure how hands on the workshop will be, but it is free and when you call to reserve your spot you can get all the details. Arlington’s workshop is on Saturday February 6th from 11:00 -1:00, Brookline’s is on Wednesday February 3rd from 3:30 to 5:30 and Cambridge’s is Friday February 5th from 4:30 to 6:30. The recommended age from the Candy Factory Kit is ages 10 and up, but for the workshop (or using the kit with help) younger children will be fascinated as well.
You can’t eat it, but you can definitely cook in it and eat from it, if you made it at Made By Me. Made By Me has some of the nicest options for pottery pieces to paint. It turns out, on Monday February 1st you can eat it. Made By Me is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary with cake and goodies. There will be surprise specials for all painters (make something for the grandparents for Valentine’s day or plan way ahead for Mother’s day.) If you can’t make it on Monday, then throughout the month of February, Monday through Friday will be Ten Dollar Days when some of the special, more expensive items will be offered for $10 while supplies last for any given item. Items will vary throughout the month.
On Valentine’s Day proper, Sunday, February 14, paint with someone you love. You each buy your item but the painting time will be two for the price of one. Made by Me will provide the music, ambience, flowers, and even chocolates. You are on your own for the creativity and affection. We do enjoy eating our cereal or ice cream out of the hand-painted dishes the children have made at Made by Me. I expect when they’re in college we’ll appreciate them even more.