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Be My Valentine: Valentine’s Day Activities for Seattle Kids

Long gone are the days when Valentines Day meant a romantic, intimate dinner with your partner over a bottle of wine and candlelight. These days Valentines Day means fun arts and crafts with the kiddos, lots of sweets (and sugar-crazed little ones), and if you’re lucky, some flowers and a dinner out with your hubby. This year while you drop some not so subtle hints about that much-needed date night, we suggest including the whole family in your V-Day plans (after all, the kids are always down for a celebration, especially one that involves treats). We’ve got plenty of Valentines Day activities from cultural events to calorie burning that will spread the love (and the cupcake frosting) this year.

Cupcake Royale’s Annual Valentine’s Day Sprinkle Party
Bring your little sweeties to Cupcake Royale’s Capitol Hill location February 7 for a frosting and decorating party, complete with a photo booth to remember the occasion.

Eastside kids with a sweet tooth, get ready: guest froster and Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall will be at the bakery’s Bellevue location, sharing favorite flavors and baking tips at a sprinkle party February 9. Red Tricycle’s going to be there too, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

Cupcake Royale Capitol Hill
February 7, 2012
3:00 pm–5:00 pm

1111 E Pike Street
Seattle, Wa 98122
206-883-7656
Online: cupcakeroyale.com

Cupcake Royale Bellevue
February 9, 2012

3:00 pm–5:00 pm
21 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, Wa 98004
206-883-7656
Online: cupcakeroyale.com

Two-for-One Admission to Bellevue Arts Museum
Budding artists can decorate hearts and construct homemade flowers at the Bellevue Arts Museum on Valentine’s Day. Kiddos will enjoy viewing the bold, colorful, shape-centric displayed work of famed American Modernist designer George Nelson to boot. Even better, the whole family can spend V-Day at the museum on a dime with two for one admission on the 14th.

February 14, 2012
11:00 am–5:00 pm

510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-519-0770
Online: bellevuearts.org 

Valentine’s Day Kid’s Dash
Parents of early risers with energy to burn should plan on heading to Greenlake on the morning of February 14. More than 3,000 runners will take off for the annual Valentine’s Day Dash, featuring a free kid’s dash for wee ones 10 and under. Every kiddo that crosses the finish line scores a ribbon and bib that says #1!

February 11, 2012
9:10 am

5900 W Green Lake Way N
Seattle, Wa 98103
206-729-9972
Online: promotionevents.com/valentines/info.htm

Seattle Bug Safari
On Valentine’s Day weekend, little bug lovers and their parents can explore the wild world of insects. Kids between age four and 12 can view creepy-crawlies to their heart’s content at the Seattle Bug Safari. Free of charge with a paying grown-up.

February 10-11, 2012 from 10:00 am–6:00 pm; February 12 from 10:00 am–5:00 pm; February 14 from 1:00 am–6:00 pm

1501 Western Avenue
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-285-2847
Online: seattlebugsafari.com

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 of two-hearted aquatic creatures 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.

February 14, 2012
12:00 pm –1:00 pm

1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-386-4300
Online: seattleaquarium.org

What is your family doing to celebrate this sweet holiday?

–Sara Billups

photo courtesy of the green gal via flikr

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