Camellias are red, peacocks are blue, here’s where to see them both (and more!) with your whole crew. Read on for all the Valentine’s Day family fun happening around LA.

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Discover roaming peacocks, hidden waterfalls, climbing trees and more with a visit to the 127-acre botanical gardens in Arcadia.  Fri.-Sun. More details.

“Where Is the Love?” Scavenger Hunt
Throughout Valentine’s Day weekend (February 13-15), South Coast Botanic Garden will have a special Where is the Love Scavenger Hunt that will lead guests to some of the most romantic areas of the Garden. There will also be three romantic setups for a photo op. Fri.-Sun. More details.

Aquarium of the Pacific (Outdoors Only)
Reserve your tickets now to return to Long Beach’s Aquarium, where kids can check out the Moon Jelly Touch Lab, Shark Lagoon (including touch pools), Lorikeet Forest, Penguin Habitat and more! Fri.-Sun. More details.

Pick-Your-Own Fun at Underwood Farms
It’s a short-ish (and so worth it) drive to Moorpark’s Underwood Farms, where the pick-you-own fields are open daily, from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Currently in season? Mandarins, carrots, cauliflower, tomatoes galore and so much more! Fri.-Sun. More details.

Camellia Collection at Descanso Gardens
See North America’s largest collection of red, white and pink Camellias at Descanso Gardens. The flowers bloom from early autumn to spring, with the most dazzling floral display happening right now! Fri.-Sun. More details.

Wee Jammin’ with Little Play Society
While Little Play Society was unfortunately forced to close its indoor brick-and-mortar space, the beloved kids gym offers socially distanced, outdoor classes. Sign up for a Wee Jammin’ session and get ready to jam with your little one. Sat. More details.

Zoofari Tour at Wildlife Learning Center
Get out of the house for some fresh air with a 30-minute guided tour of Wildlife Learning Center with your own personal biologist. The tour is totally private, and your guide will keep a 6-foot distance, although you will have a chance to get up close and personal with the animals. Fri.-Sun. More details. 

Worth the Drive

Santa Barbara Zoo
While the LA Zoo remains closed, the Santa Barbara Zoo reopens on Jan. 30. Book tickets in advance, and make the drive to visit this zoo by the beach. The Zoo Train is even running on a limited basis. Choo-choo! Fri.-Sun. More details.

U-Pick Wagon Ride at Tanaka Farms
Come on out to the farm for a U-Pick Wagon Ride adventure. You will learn about Tanaka Farms and its history, farming methods, and the crops we grow. You will make a few stops in the fields to pick your own produce! Fri.-Sun. More details.

–Shannan Rouss


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