Love is all around! Are you ready to craft, bake and explore with your little love? Enjoy a stroll through the Redwoods, a whimsical tea or a magical ride on a carousel. Read on to find an event near you to celebrate the season of love!
photo: Laura Ockel via unsplash
The Presidio Sock Hop
Lace up your dancing shoes! The Presidio Officer’s Club hosts a free sock hop to celebrate the season of love on February 9. Learn the swing and enjoy the live music with your dancing crew.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Academy-style as we gift our penguins heart-shaped tokens of affection during their daily feedings on three special days. African penguins normally make nests by burrowing and collecting any available material to line their nests—today, that includes felt valentines. They are collected mostly by male birds, then offered to the females or placed in nests to encourage breeding. As novel items, the hearts help reinforce the penguins couples’ bonds.
When: Tue.-Thurs., Feb. 12-14 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: California Academy of Sciences
Cost: Included with admission
photo: tim putala via flickr
Family Sweetheart Dance
Put on your dancing shoes and bring your little someone special to the Family Sweetheart Dance! Music, dancing, refreshments and photo booth fun included, put on by Rec and Park of El Cerrito. Open to all ages. Purchase tickets online or by calling 510-559-7000.
When: Sat., Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m.
Where: El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, CA
Cost: $5/per person; $15/family of four
A Botanical Valentine’s Day Tea
Alices and Mad Hatters alike will delight in this botanical tea party in honor of Valentine’s Day. Explore fragrant edibles, see how they grow and what they are used for, and make fresh tea and herbed finger sandwiches. Kids can also make valentines from pressed botanicals to take home. Advance registration required, so register here for the 10 a.m. class and for the 1 p.m. call 510-664-9841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
When: Sat, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Where: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley, CA
Cost: Includes garden admission. $24/adult, $20/child; $19 for adult members, $15 for child members
Ages: All ages
Valentine’s Day Weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
There will be a little love mixed with the usual magic in the Playland air. Relive the romantic bygone days of carnivals and carousels, penny arcades and pinball classics. Win your Valentine special prizes in the carnival games area! Bonus: they are open all day on Monday as well.
When: Sat., Sun., & Mon., Feb. 10-12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Playland Not-At-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA
Cost: $15/adults; $10/children 14 and under
Ages: All ages
Mini Monday: Be My Valentine
Let their love of exploring lead them to Mini Monday’s with age-appropriate crafts and making Valentines for your favorite animal ambassador. Children ages 2-5 are invited to learn and play. An adult caregiver must accompany the child. Nut-free snacks will be provided.
When: Mon., Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, CA
Cost: $10 for the first child ($20 for non-members), $6 for each additional child ages 2 and up. Children under 2 free with one paid admission.
Ages: All ages
photo: San Jose Library
Valentine Cookie Craze at Cucina Bambini-Los Gatos
Make and decorate sugar cookies with your little sweetheart at this two-hour cookie workshop. Make frosting from scratch and decorate them in a Valentine’s Day theme.
When: Thu., Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Cucina Bambini, 22 South Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA
Cost: $35 per person
Romance in the Redwoods
On this easy two-hour walk, you will learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park’s most fascinating plants and animals. Discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild.
When: Sat., Feb. 10., 11:30 a.m.
Where: Big Basin State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA
Cost: free, $10 parking
Crafts at Michael’s Kid’s Club
Grab your kids and head to the local Michael’s craft store for their kid’s club Valentine’s craft activity. Little makers will have fun making Valentine’s Day Cards. See website for classes available near you. Each class lasts 1.5-2 hours.
Where: Michael’s Craft Store
Cost: $2 per child
photo: kawaii crafter via flickr
Valentine’s Teddy Bear Tea
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a bear hug at the annual Belvedere Tiburon Library Teddy Bear Tea! Children will enjoy savory treats and cocoa while making their own bear!
When: Sat., Feb. 10, various seatings from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Belvedere Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA
Cost: $35 each; Table of 10 for $350
Ages: All ages
What sweetness will you cook up this Valentine’s Day? Let us know below.
—Sabrina Martire, Kate Loweth & Melanie Ulate