A good Valentine’s Day for kids has nothing to do with roses and romance. It’s all about glitter and glue and heart-shaped everything. Whether your little Cupids are creative valentines or active valentines, we’ve rounded up 10 sweet activities that will appeal to the everyone. The best part? Most of these events take place in the days leading up to February 14, leaving Wednesday night open for your date night—that is, if you remembered to snag a sitter. Scroll down for the deets!
photo: Natalia Dotto Photography
1. Chocolate Tasting Tour
Indulge your family’s sweet tooth by taking everyone on a pre-Valentine’s Day chocolate tasting tour. Browse through 16 different shops and taste a variety of complimentary chocolates—from fine chocolate truffles to a Oreo cookie tasting bar. Once the sugar-high settles, browse through the 45 locally owned shops and enjoy everything Country Village has to offer. Sat., Feb. 10, 2018 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Bothell. Free. All ages. Event details.
2. 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, silly and super-interactive performance by Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth as well as family game time, $1.50 off WiggleWorks Kids and food and drink specials. Sat., Feb. 10, 2018 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (concert starts at 5:30 p.m.). Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
photo: Woodland Park Zoo
3. Valentine’s Day Treats for the 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 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. 10, 2018 from 10 a.m.–2:15 p.m. Seattle. $9.95 to $14.95; $2 Senior discount (65 & over); under 2 & members Free. All ages. Event details.
4. Andre Feriante “Day of Love” Concert
For more than 20 years, award-winning guitarist, poet and composer Andre Feriante has presented his “Day of Love” concert to an enthusiastic crowd of Seattle families. And this year, he’s at it again. This year’s program, “In the House of Beauty” is a world music concert, blending flamenco, classical, Brazilian, Mediterranean and middle eastern elements. Drawing from his recent TEDx talk on the healing power of music, the show will offer healing and meditative musical journeys, classic romantic songs and mystical poetry over music. style. Sat. Feb. 10 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Seattle. $41.50. All ages. Event details.
5. 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 and enjoy close encounters with a few “surprise” animals and chat with the zookeepers. After you’re done exploring the zoo, hit one (or more) of these Tacoma hot spots. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 10-11, 2018 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tacoma. $7.95 to $15.95 (2 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details.
6. Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards
In honor of the sweetest day of the year, Clover Toys is hosting a free card-making event for kids of all ages. Round up your kid crew and head to Clover Toys to make cool cards for your loved ones and to enjoy pink lemonade and candy. Sat., Feb. 10, 2018 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (while supplies last). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
7. Members-Only Valentine’s Day Party
Calling all KidsQuest Children’s Museum members! The staff at KidsQuest want to show their love for you by inviting you to join their exclusive members-only Valentine’s Day party. Come and enjoy everything the new museum has to offer, plus play games, make crafts and participate in special activities. Sun., Feb. 11, 2018 from 9 a.m.-noon. Bellevue. Free. Members only; pre-registration required. Ages 0-12. Event details.
photo: Erin Cranston
8. 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 10k run/walk and Kids Dash. The free 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. Stick around for the Post-Race Celebration and enjoy free food and drink, vendor booths, costume contest and more. Sun., Feb. 11, 2018 from 8 a.m.-noon. Seattle. $40-$45 (Kids Dash Free for 10 & under with early registration). All ages. Event details.
9. Valentine’s Day at the Seattle Aquarium
Take your little sweeties to the Seattle Aquarium to learn about the unique courtship and mating behaviors employed by many of the Aquarium’s local marine species. Who does special “dances”? Who mates for life? Get the answers to these questions and more—plus, see the special Valentine’s Day treats the Seattle Aquarium gives to the animals! Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.
10. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum wants you to be their valentine this year. Stop by the Museum on February 14 to make homemade valentines, enjoy a Valentine’s Day-themed story time and make woven heart valentines. Wed., Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Seattle. $10.50-$11.50 (members and kids under 12 months Free). Ages 10 mos-10. Event details.
What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little Cupids? Tell us in the comments below!