A good Valentine’s Day for kids has nothing to do with roses and romance. For them, it’s a day all about candy, cookies, crafts and cards. Whether you’ve got creative valentines, sweet valentines or active valentines, we’ve rounded up 11 Cupid-inspired activities for everyone in your crew. And the best part? Most of these events take place in the days leading up to February 14, leaving Saturday night open for your date night—that is, if you remembered to snag a sitter and dinner reservation.

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photo: Rose George 

Father Daughter Snow Ball 
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 to an enchanted (Frozen) land where you’ll find plenty of music, dancing, crafts and refreshments. Fri., Feb. 6, 2015. 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Redmond. $35 to $42. Registration required. Ages 3 to 12. Event details.

Chocolate Tasting Tour
Indulge your sweet tooth by taking the fam on a pre-Valentine’s Day chocolate tasting tour. Browse through more than 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. 7, 2015. 2 p.m.-4 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. 8, 2015. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bellevue. Free. No registration required. Ages 0 to 12. Event details.

photo: KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Retro 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. 13, 2015. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Seattle. $3/person. All ages. 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 super sweet Valentine’s Day cards and learn some rhythm and rhyming along the way. Plus, enjoy a sweet story time and Sweetheart Bingo. Sat., Feb. 14, 2015. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. $7.25 to $8.25 (members and kids under 1 free). Ages 10 months to 10. 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 run/walk and Kids Dash. The Cupid-inspired Kids Dash will take place just before the main Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Dash. And each Little Heart Beet Run 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. 14, 2015. 8 a.m.-noon. Seattle. $40 to $80 (Kids Dash Free for 10 & under). All ages. Event details.

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photo: Erin Cranston

Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue
Take the whole fam on a Valentine’s Day date to Crossroad Bellevue. At this month’s Family Night enjoy a sweet performance by Alex Zerbe (master of physical comedy, juggling and magic) as well as family game time, Valentine’s Day crafts, free popcorn and $1.50 off WiggleWorks Kids. Sat., Feb. 14, 2015. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. Free. 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 and jaguars to snow leopards and gorillas 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. 14, 2015. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $9.75 to $13.75 (under 2 and members free). All ages. Event details

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photo: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo

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. Sat., Feb. 14, 2015. 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Seattle. $14.95 to $21.95 (3 & under and members free). All ages. Event Details.

Love at the Zoo
Take your tykes to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to watch the zoo animals enjoy heart-shaped treats and enrichments for Valentine’s Day. After you’re done exploring the zoo, hit one (or more) of these Tacoma hot spots for lots of family fun. Sat.-Sun, Feb. 14 & 15, 2015. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tacoma. $8.75 to $17 (2 & under and members free). All ages. Event details

photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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-along aboard the historic steam ferry Virginia V at Lake Union Park. Fri., Feb. 13, 2015. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little ones? Let us know in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy