10 Sweet Valentine’s Day Activities

To most kids, Valentine’s Day is all about the four C’s—candy, cookies, crafts, and cards. Throw in a heart-shaped breakfast and it’s no wonder kids rank this sweet holiday right up there with Christmas and Halloween. Whether you’ve got creative valentines, sweet valentines or active valentines, we’ve rounded up some fun Cupid-themed activities for everyone in your brood. And the best part? Most of these events take place in the days leading up to February 14, leaving Friday night open for your date night—that is, if you remembered to snag a sitter and dinner reservation.

Daddy-Daughter Dance 
Make some father-daughter memories (think dancing on your daddy’s shoes) at this annual ball always held around Valentine’s Day. Don your fanciest party clothes and travel over the rainbow and into a magical land of unicorns where you’ll find plenty of music, dancing, crafts and refreshments. Fri., Feb. 7, 2014. 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Redmond. $30 to $36. Registration required. Ages 3 to 12. Event details.

Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day Dash
Put on your red and pink duds, grab your jogging stroller, and join other families for this sweet 5K and Kids Dash. The Cupid-inspired Kids Dash will take place just before the main Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day 5K. Each lil’ Heart Beet participant will receive a free runner’s bib and a ribbon at the finish line. Insider Tip: A limited supply of kiddie t-shirts are available to purchase online. Sat., Feb. 8, 2014. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Seattle. $40-$45 (Kids Dash free for 10 and under). All ages. Event details.

A Valentine’s Day Celebration with the Zoo Animals
Who says wild hearts can’t be broken? Some wild hearts at the Woodland Park Zoo would be just that if it weren’t for this treat-filled Valentine’s Day celebration. Zoo classics from lions to jaguars to elephants will be celebrating Cupid’s holiday with delicacies of their own. Watch as the animals receive treats like juice pops, strawberries, herbal bouquets and heart-shaped steaks! Sat., Feb. 8, 2014. 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details

Woodland Park Zoo-Valentine's-Day

Chocolate Tasting Tour
Indulge your sweet tooth by taking the fam on a pre-Valentine’s Day chocolate tasting tour. Browse through 15+ shops and taste a variety of complimentary chocolates at each stop. Once the sugar-high settles, hop aboard the Iron Horse Railway and take a tour of Country Village. Sat., Feb. 8, 2014. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Bothell. Free. All ages. Event details.

Members-Only Valentine’s Day Party
Calling all KidsQuest members! The staff at KidsQuest Museum want to show their love for you by inviting you to join their members-only Valentine’s Day party. As always, there will be fun games, crafts and special activities. Sun., Feb. 9, 2014. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bellevue. Free. No registration required. Ages 0 to 12. Event details.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum wants you to be their valentine this year. Stop by the Museum to create some Valentine’s Day cards and learn some rhythm and rhyming along the way. Plus, enjoy a sweet story time and valentine themed Mad Libs. Fri., Feb. 14, 2014. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. $7.25 to $8.25 (members and kids under 1 free). Ages 6 months to 10. Event details.

Octopus Blind Date at Seattle Aquarium
Hearts, roses, music to set the mood, and a pair of giant Pacific octopuses? Little seafarers can watch the duo with a combined 16 arms and six hearts meet on Valentine’s Day at the Seattle Aquarium. A preview of the aquarium’s Octopus Week, the special event starts at noon and is free with admission. Fri., Feb. 14, 2014. 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event Details.

A Retro Prom Sweetheart Soiree
Pull out your old prom dress (do you still have it?), grab your little ones, and boogie on over to Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center for an evening of retro fun. Dance to tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s and enjoy a yummy chocolate fountain. Fri., Feb. 14, 2014. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Seattle. $3/person. All ages. Event details.

Show your family a whole lotta love by bringing them to a special kid-friendly Valentine’s Day party with games, crafts and special activities for KidsQuest members only!

Valentine’s Day Chantey Sing
Sing your sweetie a sea chantey at this special Valentine’s Day edition of the Chantey Sing. You and the kiddos can join folkie Dan Roberts as he leads this fun sing-a-long aboard the historic steam ferry Virginia V at Lake Union Park. Fri., Feb. 14, 2014. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Musical Safari Valentine Adventure
This month’s Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda will have a wild and wonderful Valentine’s Day theme (think lions and orangutans and drums–oh my!). The Tiny Tots 35-minute interactive program will feature musical games, stories and songs plus pre-concert activities 30 minutes before the concert. Fri., 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Seattle. $12/person (including babes in arms). Ages 0 to 4. Event details.

What are some of your fave ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little one? Let us know in a comment below.

– Kristina Moy

Photo credits: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo, Natalia Dotto Photography & KidsQuest Children’s Museum