Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we’ve got some fun ideas on how to spend time with your little sweethearts. Consider: a sweet party with the animals, a heart-healthy run, a spectacular Lunar New Year celebration and a fun-filled afternoon at Olympic Sculpture Park. If you’re looking for more excitement this weekend, The Sleeping Beauty plays at McCaw Hall and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane plays at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Read on to learn more.

photo: The Bellevue Collection

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Valentine’s Day Enrichments
Celebrate Valentine’s Day (a little early) with the zoo animals at Woodland Park Zoo. Watch as the lions, jaguars, snow leopards, meerkats and other animals devour yummy heart-shaped ice pops made of fruit juice, herbal bouquets, heart-shaped steaks and more. Plus, learn how these special treats help enrich the animals’ lives and promote natural behavior. Sat. Event details.

Winter in the Park: Kids’ Saturdays
Take the whole fam to the Olympic Sculpture Park for a fun-filled afternoon learning about art and the environment at the park. Participate in hands-on activities, make a cardboard box vehicle for an indoor “drive-in” movie and get active with community partners. Sat. Event details.

Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day Dash
Put on your best red and pink duds (think costume contest worthy!), grab your jogging stroller, and join other Seattle families for this sweet Valentine’s Day 5k, 10k and Kids Dash. The Cupid-inspired Kids Dash will take place just before the main race and each lil’ Heart Beet participant will receive a free runner’s bib and a ribbon at the finish line along with goodies and refreshments. Sat. Event details.

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Movie With a Ranger: Wild Kratts Falcon
Got a little bird lover? Head to the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station to watch a Wild Kratts episode about falcons with a Bellevue park ranger and learn about raptors and other birds of prey. Fri. Event details.

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Lunar New Year Celebration (pictured)
This weekend, celebrate the Lunar New Year at The Bellevue Collection. Enjoy traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations of martial arts, music, dance and visual and fine arts, plus take in a Chinese Lion and Dragon parade, nosh on food samples from Din Tai Fung and Baron’s Xi’an Kitchen & Bar and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities. Sat. Event details.

Members-Only Valentine’s Day Party
Calling all KidsQuest Children’s Museum members! The KidsQuest staff want to show their love for you by inviting you to their exclusive members-only Valentine’s Day party. As always, there will be games, crafts and special activities, plus plenty of time to explore the museum’s awesome galleries and exhibits. Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy

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