Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. From a screening of “Lady & the Tramp” at LA’s iconic El Capitan to “hearts” and crafts at Kidspace Children’s Museum, here are 15 ways to celebrate V-Day with the whole family.

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Lady and The Tramp at El Capitan

Take in Valentine's Day as it was intended, with Disney's classic puppy love story Lady and the Tramp at the iconic El Capitan Theatre. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 14-16. Event details. 

Fill Your Heart with Art at Kidspace

Visit Kidspace over Presidents Day weekend for a heart-filled arts-and-crafts bonanza. From paint to paper craft, kids can experiment, practice and participate in a variety of creative projects. Fill your heart with different art at stations scattered throughout the museum—each station feature a different medium or technique to try. Sat.-Mon., Feb. 15-17. Event details.

Imaginology Kids Valentine's Day Party

It's a Valentine's Day date for the whole family: Join Silverlake Imaginology for its first Annual Valentine's Day Party! Bring the whole brood for special activities and a funny show! The play-and-learn center's STEAM-based labs (Earth, Wind, Water and Light) will be open for kids to explore. Fri., Feb. 14. Event details.

Spread the Love Pop-Up

Bring the family to Meri Cherry Art Studio where you can create clay sculpey hearts along with a special trinket box to take them home in. Spread the love by handing out your hearts to friends, family or neighbors. Sat., Feb. 15. Event details.

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Sweets and Treats

Nothing says Valentine's Day like chocolate. Here are some great spots to eat your chocolate-covered hearts out, all the way through the holiday: 

Buy a box of chocolates from Valerie ConfectionsLA’s longstanding Echo Park confectioner and author of the James Beard nominated cookbook Sweet. All of Valerie’s desserts are crafted by hand and packed in colorful, one-of-a-kind wrapping. Our pick? The bittersweet chocolate bar with crushed rose petals and dehydrated raspberries for $10.

Buy cute cartons ($21) filled with everything you need to make drool-worthy hot chocolate from Culver City-based ChocoVivo. And you can feel good about giving your kids this chocolate since it's low in sugar, doesn't have any artificial ingredients or fillers and is 100% pure chocolate from bean-to-bar—just how mother nature intended it.

photo: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Baked Goods and More

For the cookie monsters in your life, a must-visit is Cookie Good, in Santa Monica—and is totally worth driving from the Eastside to score a box (or two) of cookies for your little loves. Score one of their new flavors like the California Brittle (based on a See's Candy favorite), and the Ferrero Rocher cookie (made with hazelnut, praline, Nutella and chocolate) or go more classic with their Cupid (cake batter dough with white chocolate chips, Valentine's Day sprinkles and conversation hearts). Or honestly, get them all. You won't be disappointed. If you can't make it there in person, they hand-deliver within 25 miles and can ship too. 

LA’s quintessential diner, Du-par’s at The Original Farmers Market, is open 24 hours for round the clock romance. Enjoy a slice of Love Pie or better yet, order ahead and pick one up to finish off any home-cooked meal with the family.

Are donuts more your speed? Located on W. 6th St., Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is offering a Valentine’s Day Mini Dozen Box featuring four uniquely flavored 3” doughnuts including Raspberry Red Velvet, Mango Passion Fruit, Chocolate Birthday Cake, and Moon Pie. The Mini Dozen Box is available for delivery and in-store pick up and costs $23 per box (but go online to order).  

If you do find yourself at the Century City location, don't forget to stop at one of our favorite chocolate spots, Compartes for some frozen hot chocolate.

Story Time

Nothing says "I love you" like a good story session and this year, these book stores hit the mark with cupid's arrow.

The Los Angeles Public Library has options for toddlers and preschoolers so you can get your snuggle on and hear a cute story or two.

LACMA has an all-ages story time on Fri., Feb. 14, where you can cozy up with a few books before taking in some of the art for a perfect Valentine's day date.

On Feb. 12,  Vroman's Bookstore will be celebrating Valentine's Day by creating some fun goodies for your valentine following story time.

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–Meghan Rose, Christina Fiedler, Jamie Ramirez & Andie Huber


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