Roses and chocolates, oh my! Valentine’s Day is a day for families to show each other how much they care. One way to do this is by getting out of the house and doing something fun as a family. Check out our guide for things to do as well as gift ideas on Long Island to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Candy Land Creations
Instead of picking up a generic heart shaped box of chocolates, head over to Candy Land Creations and fill a bag with some yummy sweets for your sweetheart. The kids (and you) will love picking from a huge array of chocolates and candies.
Where: 197 Main St, East Setauket, NY
Contact info: 631-675-2450
Enjoy a special Valentines treat at the Cupcake Corner. This establishment offers a huge selection of delicious cupcakes. Also offered are scones, muffins, quiche, waffles, finger sandwiches, bagels, croissants, cheesecake, pies, mousse, pastries, Lavazza coffee and espresso, Harney & Sons fine teas, homemade hot cocoa and gourmet ice cream.
Where: 61 New Hyde Park Road, Garden City, NY
Contact info: 516-328-2253
Visit your local library. Find and read as many books as you can about Valentines Day. If you are really ambitious and your kids are a little older, create a scavenger hunt ahead of time. Go onto the library’s website and list some Valentine-related books. You can also include children’s books about love and science books about the heart. Kids will then have to check off all the ones they can find.
Long Island Children’s Museum
If you go at the right time of year, you may be able to participate in their Love Rocks and Happy Hearts craft activities. Even if you can’t go at that time you will love all the displays and science fun.
Where: 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
Contact info: 516-224-5800
Long Island Science Center
Try to go for their Valentines day heart exhibit, which is featuring all kinds of information on how the heart works or go on you own and take your time learning all about the heart.
Where: 11 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY
Contact info: 631-208-8000
Head down to Plaster Kraze to create a fun Valentines craft. Pick a ceramic piece such a a heart or a MOM plaque, or choose a larger piece to work on as a family.
Where: 1310 Middle Country Rd Ste 9, Selden, NY
Contact info: 631-689-5231
Every February Uncle Giuseppe’s brings out the heart shaped ravioli, lobster ravioli and champagne sauce. Pick up the ingredients and spend some time as a family cooking a perfect Valentines meal for the family. Visit the website for store locations on Long Island. www.uncleg.com
Valentine Gift Ideas and Stores to Shop
Need a gift? Visit one of these local stores to browse for ideas.
Breathe Gift Shop
Where: 116 E Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY
Contact info: 631-642-2377
Jewelry Box & Gift Shoppe
Where: 5720 Route 25a Ste 1, Wading River, NY
Contact info: 631-929-9400
Contact info: 631-821-0808
lastingtreasures.homestead.com Lion in the Sun
Pick up a unique gift or some gorgeous stationary at this local gift shop.
Where: 314 Main St,, Huntington, NY
Contact info: 631-423-5757
Nook and Cranny
Where: 469 Main Street, Islip, NY
Contact info: 631- 277-7600
Surprise your loved one with a customizable necklace from Origami Owl. With endless combinations these make the perfect gift for everyone special in your life. Orders take about a week to arrive. This company has an interesting background as it was founded by 14 year old “Bella” (now 16 years old). She founded Origami Owl with the $350 earned through babysitting. Check out the website to search for a consultant near you or to place an order.
Where: 46 Hillside Ave Williston Park, NY
Contact info: 516-742-1331
The Gift Corner
Where: 157 North Country Road, Mount Sinai, NY
Contact info: 631-928-9012
The Gift Corner Facebook Page
Happy Valentine’s Day!
By Tara Arichabala
Images (first three): Freedigitalphotos.net. Last image: Origami Pw;