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 magic show with plenty of belly laughs, a heart-healthy fun run and a silly concert for kids. Still looking for more fun? Boogie down to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show to enjoy spectacular display gardens, get how-to advice and shop the ginormous Marketplace. Read on to learn more about these fun events and to see what else is on our weekend radar.

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Seattle

Valentine’s Day Treats for the Animals
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.

I Hate Children Children’s Show
Kids are the stars of the show in this fast-paced, interactive magic show with top magician Paul Nathan. Every kiddo in the audience will be given the opportunity to participate in real-life magic tricks, plus parents will get all the jokes that kids don’t, so it’s a win-win for everyone. Sat.-Sun. (through Feb 18). 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. Sun. Event details. 

Eastside

Symphony Serenade Presents Here, There and Everywhere
Get ready for a family musical theatre at its best. You’ll sing along, clap your hands, tap your toes and snap your fingers as the Symphony Serenade team leads you in this interactive show perfect for little ones. Psst…stick around after the show to meet the performers. Sat. Event details.

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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, silly and interactive performance by Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth as well as family game time, food and drink specials and $1.50 off WiggleWorks Kids. 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 galleries and exhibits. Sun. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Will you be enjoying one of the activities we mentioned above? Tell us in the comments below.  

—Kristina Moy