Experience the Love – Valentine’s Day Events for the Family

I always love finding holiday events we can experience as a family! Here are a couple of Valentine’s Day themed events I found happening around SoCal. Anything else happening around your city? Let me know! What are your holiday plans for the next two weeks?

1. Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, Irvine – On February 11th, join Hello Kitty at the Bow Room and decorate a valentines card. The fee is $15 per person and is limited to children 3-10, and fill up quickly so make your RSVP early.

2. El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood– Annually, El Capitan Theatre releases Lady and the Tramp for a special Valentine’s Day screening. Showing will take place, Feb 14-16th. Get tickets to see the film and starting 30 minutes before the 4:00pm & 7:00pm screenings enjoy vocalist Josephine Beavers & the Ed Vodicka Orchestra.

Lady and the Tramp

3. Pretend City Children’s Museum (Irvine) Here are some activities happening on Friday, Feb. 14th from 11am-3:30pm. Smart Art (in the Art Studio): Heart Lacing – This art project will having you stringing along. All little “big kids” should know how to tie their shoes, so let’s have some fun practicing this fine motor skill with some heart lacing. Engaging Engineering (11:30 am): Heart Towers – This STEM activity will challenge your child to problem-solve while building a structure using some sweet treats as building materials. Sensational Story Time (3:00 pm): If You’ll Be My Valentine – What kind of Valentine would you send? Get inspired to spread the love. After the storytime, they will be creating special valentines for your child to share with a loved one.

4. GIGIL, Indoor playground, Long Beach – Celebrate love and friendship by attending their  Red Hearts Valentine’s Day Pizza Party. There will be Valentine’s Day Games, Valentine’s Day inspired arts + crafts, sensory play and pizza. Bailey Yettaw Photography will be on site taking Valentine’s Day photos for all the littles! As part of your admission you’ll be receiving 1 edited digital image! One ticket required per child. Adults do not need tickets to the event. All activities and food are included in the ticket price. Each child’s admission includes a free return voucher for open play!

5. Barnes and Noble, your nearest one!Saturday, February 8th, 11am, Storytime and Activities Featuring Always More Love! Discover a heartwarming story in this interactive book that shows us how love grows for our dearest friends and family. This special Storytime features fun activities following our reading!

Always More Love

6. Kids Club, Fig&7th, Saturday, February 8th – FREE Arts & Crafts Workshop from 2pm-4pm, TASTE Level (Lower Level, M1), Valentine’s Day Craft: Metal Embossing! Create colorful, textured, heart-shaped art using metal foil.

7. Kidspace, Pasadena, February 15thFrom paint to paper craft, experiment, practice, and participate in a variety of art! Fill your heart with different art at stations scattered throughout the museum – each station feature a different medium or technique to try. 

8. Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, San Marino – Valentine Making, Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Drop in to the Huntington Art Gallery Loggia to make your own valentines for friends and family, inspired by tokens of affection from centuries past. Plus, enjoy special treats at the Red Car Coffee Shop such as ice cream flavors like red velvet cake, chocolate-covered strawberry, and champagne sorbet, pastries, and other love-themed treats. Available Feb. 3–16.

9. Los Angeles Public Library, all branches – Check your local branch for a Valentine’s Day story time or craft session! For example, the Arroyo Secco Regional Branch is having Valentine’s Day bookmarks crafts, Westwood Branch is making crafts, and Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library are making picture frames!

3D Valentine's Day cards

10. Children’s Museum of La Habra, Saturday February 8th, Paint and Sip Valentine Tea Party, 11am-12:30pm. Enjoy tea, cookies and paint a beautiful canvas for that special someone! Call (562)383-4236 for reservations. $20 per person, $15 CMLH Members. Museum admission included.

valentine tea party

SIDE NOTE: I love that Pretend City added a parenting tip, check this out! Grown-up Tip: It’s never too early to help children express love and friendship in ways that transcend materialism. Encourage your child to participate in an activity that their friend or family member enjoys, even though it may not be their favorite. This selflessness will teach your child that “I love you” means so much more than three words inscribed on a candy heart.

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