Valentine’s Day – there are a LOT of stories about how this holiday got its start, but no matter how it began, we’ll take any excuse to show the people we love just how much they mean to us! Celebrated each year across the globe on February 14th, this celebration is marked by gift giving, diverse cultural traditions, heart shaped decorations, and romantic acts big and small.
Keep scrolling for fun activities and crafts, a brand new PBS Kids Family Night Special, and some extra inspiration on how to celebrate with the ones we love this year!
PBS Kids Family Night
Pinkalicious & Peterrific: Cupid Calls It Quits
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 2/12 – 2/14 at 7PM
It’s time again to gather the gang for a PBS KidsFamily Night, a weekly family viewing event featuring movie specials and fun themed programming!
This week, catch an all-new special, Pinkalicious and Peterrific: Cupid Calls It Quits, on the PBS Kids 24/7 channel, PBS Kids and the PBS Kids Video App!
It’s Valentine’s Day in Pinkville, and Pinkalicious can’t wait to make valentines for her class party. But, when Pinkalicious and Peter befriend the Cupid, he offers them a trade: he’ll become a real kid and join Pinkalicious’s class, while Pinkalicious becomes Cupid for the day and delivers valentines to everyone (with Peter as her trusted assistant)! Things seem pinkatastic until Pinkalicious and Peter run out of Cupid’s “Love-Is-In-The-Air” spray. How will they be able to spread love across Pinkville?
Activities, Snacks & Crafts
DIY Cardboard Heart Stamps
Grades PreK-3 Make your own Valentine’s Day artwork this year with a cardboard tube! Perfect for some messy, yet inexpensive fun.
PBS KIDS Valentine’s Day Cards
Grades PreK-5 Tell your friends that they are Pinkatastic, Out of this World or totally ODD-some with these printable Valentine cards from your favorite PBS Kids characters.
Heart Apple Chips
Grades PreK-5 This Valentine’s Day treat is yummy, crunchy and won’t send your kids to the dentist’s office! Put them in a pretty package, and they’ll also make a lovely gift for someone special.
Egg Carton Hearts
Grades K-5 Help your child make a Valentine’s Day gift for a special friend or relative – all you need are old egg cartons and a few materials!
Hanger Heart Wreaths
Grades K-5 The making of these colorful hearts took nothing more than wire hangers (the kind you get from the dry cleaner), colored paper napkins, some beads and yarn!
For the Love of Learning
I Love My Hair | Sesame Street
Grades PreK-1 Part of loving others is loving ourselves. Join Segi from Sesame Street as she sings this catchy tune about loving your natural hair! Segi learns to embrace the hair she’s got – whether it’s in a clip or nothing at all, she loves her hair as it is.
Amazing Heart Facts
Grades 6-8 Valentine’s Day is all about the heart! But how much do you really know about how your heart works? This NOVA virtual lesson highlights some of the heart’s most important features and functions.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Love Potion | Shakespeare Uncovered
Grades 6-9 In this media gallery, learn about one of the greatest love stories of the Elizabethan age, and examine how and why the love potion is used in William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Venus | Crash Course
Grades 9-12 Venus was the Roman goddess of love, but it’s also the second planet from the sun! Give your students a Valentine’s Day Crash Course on this beautiful but inhospitable world.
Sweaty T-shirts and Human Mate Choice
Grades 9-12 Evolutionary psychologists study the human brain and human behaviors—why we do the things we do—in the context of evolution. This video from Evolution: Why Sex?examines the “sweaty T-shirt” experiment, which demonstrated that the sense of smell may have more to do with mate choice than scientists previously thought.