A good Valentine’s Day for kids has nothing to do with roses and romance. To them, it means glitter and glue, heart-shaped everything and the excuse to wear pink and red for days on end. Whether your little Cupids are creative valentines or active valentines, we’ve rounded up 10 sweet activities that will appeal to everyone. The best part? Most of these events take place in the days leading up to February 14, leaving Sunday night open for your date night—that is, if you remembered to snag a sitter and dinner reservation.
photo: Meg and Jeremy Fincher via Flickr
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—from fine chocolate truffles to an Oreo cookie tasting bar for kids. Once the sugar-high settles, hop aboard the Iron Horse Railway and take a tour of Country Village. Sat., Feb. 6, 2016 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Bothell. Free. All ages. Event details.
Weekend Family Workshop: Long Distance Valentine
Head to The Museum of Flight for a sweet family activity. Take a look at the early days of airmail and then send your loved ones over the moon with a sweet valentine made by you! Before or after, check out the Museum’s awesome galleries and stop by the Wings Cafe for a bite to eat. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2016 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.
photo: Natalia Dotto Photography
Daddy Daughter Dance
Make some father-daughter memories (think dancing on your daddy’s shoes) at this annual dance always held around Valentine’s Day. Don your fanciest party clothes and find plenty of music, dancing, crafts and refreshments at this ball filled with sugar, spice and everything nice. Fri., Feb. 12, 2016 from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Redmond. $40 to $48. Registration required. Ages 3 to 12. Event details.
Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue
Take the whole fam on an early Valentine’s Day date to Crossroad Bellevue. At this month’s Family Night enjoy a sweet performance by The Harmonica Pocket as well as family game time, free popcorn and $1.50 off WiggleWorks Kids. Sat., Feb. 13, 2016 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (concert starts at 5:30 p.m.). Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
photo: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo
Valentine’s Day Enrichment at Woodland Park Zoo
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 grizzly bears will be celebrating Cupid’s holiday with delicacies of their own. Watch as the animals receive treats like heart-shaped juice pops made of fruit juice, honey, strawberries and cranberries, herbal bouquets and heart-shaped steaks! Sat., Feb. 13, 2016 from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Seattle. $9.25 to $13.75 (under 2 and members Free). All ages. Event details.
Members-Only Valentine’s Day Party
Calling all KidsQuest Museum members! The staff at KidsQuest want to show their love for you by inviting you to join their members-only Valentine’s Day party. As always, there will be games, crafts and special activities. Sun., Feb. 14, 2016 from 10 a.m.-noon. Bellevue. Free. Members only; no registration required. Ages 0 to 12. Event details.
photo: KidsQuest Children’s Museum
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 enjoy a sweet story time, play a round of sweetheart bingo, listen to stories about chocolate hearts and move to the beat during a special music and dance session. Sun., Feb. 14, 2016 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. $7.25 to $8.25 (members and kids under 12 months 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. 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, so get one before they’re gone. Sun., Feb. 14, 2016. 8 a.m.-noon. Seattle. $40 to $45 (Kids Dash Free for 10 & under). Registration required. All ages. Event details.
photo: Erin Cranston
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. Sun., Feb. 14, 2016 from noon-1 p.m. Seattle. $15.95 to $22.95 (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. 13-14 2016 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tacoma. $9.95 to $17.95 (2 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details.
photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweeties? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy