Because Valentine’s falls on a Thurs., it’s not always easy to find a way to celebrate the day-of (story time sessions excluded) but we did the research and found a glorious list of fun events and treats to eat to help celebrate the heartfelt day. Scroll through for all the fun ideas that will say “I love you” all week long.
Sweets and Treats
Nothing says Valentine's Day like chocolate. Here are some great spots to eat your chocolate-covered hearts out, all the way through the holiday:
Buy a box of chocolates from desserts are crafted by hand and packed in colorful, one-of-a-kind wrapping. Our pick? The bittersweet chocolate bar with crushed rose petals and dehydrated raspberries for $10.LA’s longstanding Echo Park confectioner and author of the James Beard nominated cookbook . All of Valerie’s
Buy cute cartons ($21) filled with everything you need to make drool-worthy hot chocolate from Culver City-based ChocoVivo. And you can feel good about giving your kids this chocolate since it's low in sugar, doesn't have any artificial ingredients or fillers and is 100% pure chocolate from bean-to-bar—just how mother nature intended it.
Through the end of Jan. (just in time to get stocked up for Valentine's Day) stop in any Verve Coffee (Melrose, Spring and W. 3rd St.) and grab the "Perfect Pair" which is a 12oz. bag of its new Wilder Blend for you and a Ritual Chocolate’s Mid Mountain Blend bar for the kids ($25). And if you can't make it into the cafe, Verve is offering free shipping on all products and gear until Feb. 5.
Baked Goods and More
For the cookie monsters in your life, a must-visit is Cookie Good, in Santa Monica—and is totally worth driving from the Eastside to score a box (or two) of cookies for your little loves. Score one of their new flavors like the California Brittle (based on a See's Candy favorite), and the Ferrero Rocher cookie (made with hazelnut, praline, Nutella and chocolate) or go more classic with their Cupid (cake batter dough with white chocolate chips, Valentine's Day sprinkles and conversation hearts). Or honestly, get them all. You won't be disappointed. If you can't make it there in person, they hand-deliver within 25 miles and can ship too.
LA’s quintessential diner, Du-par’s at The Original Farmers Market, is open 24 hours for round the clock romance. Enjoy a slice of Love Pie or better yet, order ahead and pick one up to finish off any home-cooked meal with the family.
Are donuts more your speed? Located on W. 6th St.,is offering a Valentine’s Day Mini Dozen Box featuring four uniquely flavored 3” doughnuts including Raspberry Red Velvet, Mango Passion Fruit, Chocolate Birthday Cake, and Moon Pie. The Mini Dozen Box is available for delivery and in-store pick up and costs $23 per box (but go online to order).
Found yourself without a reservation for dinner? Head to Westfield Century City or Pasadena for some fast-casual gourmet fried chicken at The Crack Shack. Both locations have a children’s play area filled with mini-golf, cornhole, and more so Valentine's Day will be a love-filled family affair.
If you do find yourself at the Century City location, don't forget to stop at one of our favorite chocolate spots, Compartes for some frozen hot chocolate.
A Valentine Fairy Tea Party
Cost: $40 per person
Go visit one of the most extensive collections of rabbits (the current count is 35,721 bunny-based artifacts) available while you celebrate the Bunny Museum's Bunny Lover's Party. Because nothing says honey bunny like tons and tons of bunnies.
Good to Know: This outing is better suited for older kids—or kids that can resist touching as this space is a museum and not a petting zoo or filled with interactive exhibits.
When: Feb. 14; 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $18 per person
2605 Lake Ave.
Nothing says "I love you" like a good story session and this year, these book stores hit the mark with cupid's arrow.
The Los Angeles Public Library has options for toddlers and preschoolers so you can get your snuggle on and hear a cute story or two.
LACMA has an all-ages story time where you can cozy up with a few books before taking in some of the art for a perfect Valentine's day date.
The Beverly Hill Public Library has their early words story time for the very little, allowing for a fun day trip that's still wrapped up in time for nap schedules.
On Feb. 13, Vroman's Bookstore will be celebrating Valentine's Day by creating some fun goodies for your valentine following story time.
Lady and The Tramp at El Capitan
Take in Valentine's Day as it was intended, with a classic love story and a special dinner from Miceli's Restaurant (Feb. 11-13; Feb. 14th is already sold out).
Once you've carbo-loaded, get ready to watch Lady and the Tramp at El Capitan and fall in love over their epic plate of pasta. Call 1800-DISNEY6 to book.
When: Feb. 11-18; various times
Cost: $10 for movie plus $40 for the meal (includes shuttle to Miceli's, salad, pasta, dessert, gratuity, tips and shuttle back)
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Grand Park's Lovers Rock
On Feb. 14, Grand Park’s Lovers Rock returns as an easy and affordable way for couples and families alike to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Featuring various Dub Club DJs spinning laid-back Reggae tracks, Angelenos looking to celebrate with their loved ones under the stars can “get together and feel alright.”
Enjoy the park’s romantic ambience throughout Olive Court which will be illuminated with the glow of string lights. Visitors can dine, eat desserts and treats for purchase from various food trucks. There will also be a complimentary photo booth, and a family-friendly Valentine craft activity for a small fee.
When: Feb. 14, 6-11 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend, food and crafts for purchase
200 N. Grand Ave.
Join Pretend City on Valentine's Day as they teach us and children express love and friendship in ways that transcend materialism. Learn how “I love you” means so much more than three words inscribed on a candy heart.
Ready for some activities? There will be Smart Art (in the Art Studio): Heart Lacing, Engaging Engineering: Heart Towers – and a Sensational Story Time: If You’ll Be My Valentine.
When: Feb. 14; 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Cost: Special activities included with price of admission $13.75
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— Meghan Rose, Christina Fiedler, Jamie Ramirez & Andie Huber