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 Tuesday night open for your date night—that is, if you remembered to snag a sitter.
photo: Natalia Dotto Photography
Chocolate Tasting Tour
Indulge your family’s sweet tooth by taking everyone on a pre-Valentine’s Day chocolate tasting tour. Browse through 15 different shops and taste a variety of complimentary chocolates—from fine chocolate truffles to an Oreo cookie tasting bar. Once the sugar-high settles, hop aboard the Iron Horse Railway and take a tour of Country Village. Sat., Feb. 11 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Bothell. Free. All ages. Event details.
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 interactive performance by Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth as well as family game time, $1.50 off WiggleWorks Kids and food and drink specials. Sat., Feb. 11 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (concert starts at 5:30 p.m.). Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
Woo at the Zoo
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the animals at Cougar Mountain Zoo. In addition to the zoo’s awesome exhibits, enjoy Valentine’s Day-themed mini-lectures and fun animal enrichment demonstrations throughout the day. Psst… starting Feb. 1, you can vote for CMZ’s Couple of the Year on the Zoo’s Facebook page. Sat., Feb. 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Issaquah. $9.50-$13.50 (under 2 & members Free). Event details.
photo: Cougar Mountain 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. 11 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $9.95 to $14.95; $2 Senior discount (65 & over); under 2 & members Free. All ages. Event details.
Andre Feriante Annual Valentine’s Day 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. Go on a musical exploration of the many sides of love, from the romantic to the tragic, to the humorous and the seductive. This year’s program will draw from the American song book, classical repertory and original compositions in the Latin and flamenco style. Sat. Feb. 11 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Seattle. $40. 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. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 11-12 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
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. 12 from 10 a.m.-noon. Bellevue. Free. Members only; no registration required. Ages 0-10. 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 free 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 for purchase online, so get one before they’re gone. Sun., Feb. 12 from 8 a.m.-noon. Seattle. $35-$50 (Kids Dash Free for 10 & under). Registration required. All ages. Event details.
photo: Erin Cranston
Mark your calendars for Discovery Playtown’s very first daddy-daughter date night. This special evening will feature play time in Playtown, photos with your little sweetie and a photo gift (made by you!) for mom for Valentine’s Day. Dads and daughters can also enjoy Valentine’s Day-themed mini cupcakes, a chips and salsa bar and drinks. Sun., Feb 12 from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. $25/first child; $15 siblings. Register online. Ages 2-10. Event details.
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 Mad Libs story time and make woven heart valentines. Tues., Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Seattle. $9.50-$10.50 (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!
— Kristina Moy