This weekend is all about love! Get a jump start on celebrating, making and baking for your Valentine with special crafting sessions, dessert classes and a movie to boot that will get your little ones in the heartfelt spirit. Scroll down to see our picks and don’t forget that the actual love-day is on Wednesday!

photo: via The Pablove Foundation



True Pablove
True Pablove is a celebration of imagination! This family-friendly arts and crafts party is bursting with whimsical creative activities, amazing silent auction items, treats from local eateries, DJs, family portraits and more. Distinguished photographer Joe Pugliese will capture a limited number of family (or solo) portraits. Joe has taken timeless images ranging from pop stars to U.S Presidents. His subjects include: Hugh Jackman, Angelina Jolie, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez and more. Guests can sign up for a $300 session in advance at

The Arts + Crafts Booths include: Valentine’s Day garlands for kids in cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital LA, Sewing with The Unincorporated Life, cookie decorating, beaded bracelet making, watercolor painted parasols, canvas tote bag decorating with original True Pablove artwork. All event proceeds go to The Pablove Foundation, a national pediatric cancer non-profit organization. Sun. Event details.


Free Kids Craft: Valentine’s Crown Event
Join us at our flagship store in downtown Culver City! Visit us before Valentine’s Day to decorate your own kids crown with fun stickers, glitter, and more! We’ll provide the materials, just bring your creativity! One hour free parking is provided next to Trader Joe’s. We are located in the alleyway behind the Culver Hotel next to EnjoEats. Sat. Event details.

Family Fun Love Fest
Bring your little loves to a free family-friendly Valentine’s Day event on the Third Street Promenade including a special story time with Ruby from the Emmy-winning series “Ruby’s Studio,” music from Mista Cookie Jar and music and movement with Karen Seva along with Valentine’s Day crafting. Hosted by The Mother Company, Books and Cookies and Downtown Santa Monica. Look for us on the Third Street Promenade near Wilshire Blvd. Sat. Event details.

Making Valentine’s
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. Sign up in-store or online, or just drop in. $2-$5 per project, ages 3 – 8, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Sat. Event details.

Sherman Oaks

Dessert Class For Kids
Kids will be getting creative with Chef Michal Harris making sweet treats for the holiday! In the morning, younger kids will be doing Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, cutting out and decorating Sugar Cookies, and making heart-shaped Fruit Kabobs. In the afternoon, older kids will be making Raspberry Linzer Cookies, Chocolate Truffles and Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. There are two sessions and are drop-off classes for kids only; however, parents are always welcome to stay and observe if you like. Check website for details. Sat. Event details.

Los Angeles

See the Ultimate Sweethearts
Take the whole family for a sweet and romantic movie just in time for Valentine’s Day, only at the El Capitan Theatre.  Then head home for your own spaghetti dinner!

Watch as the cute, classy “Lady” cocker spaniel escapes from her confining owner and falls for an alley dog, known as the “Tramp”, who rescues her from some mean dogs out on the streets. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Troop Trek at the Zoo
Gather your troop (that’s your family!) and visit the zoo for this brand new weekend morning family adventure. Every month, families will be guided on a different adventure to learn about the animal residents, their families and the place they call home. Sun. Event details.

Hammering Plants
Make a handmade gift for a loved one in this special Valentine’s Day-themed workshop on hammering plants to make colorful prints! This creative form of stamping imprints the natural pigments in plants onto paper for a unique effect. Sun. Event details.


The Not-Its! in Concert
This Seattle-based rockband entertains both kids and parents with their uptempo albums and live concerts. These high-jumping performers give children their first “rock show” experience. With six acclaimed and award-winning albums, this quintet has risen to become one of the top touring bands in the nation’s “kindie rock” movement. The Not-Its! are hailed by “USA Today” for their “smart, catchy children’s music,” while “Time Out New York” recommends their “90s power-punk sound with lush, four-part pop harmonies that will take parents back to their show-going days.” Sun. Event details.


Imagination Playground
Imagination Playground’s Learn & Play Tour is stopping at the Kidspace Children’s Museum. Discover firsthand how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem-solving, determination and more. Learn about the global state of play – and play benefits. All attendees receive a pop-out Mini Playground for attending – and Educators receive a Small Block Sample Pack plus a chance to win a 105 Piece Big Block set of your very own or for your school or family center! Fri.-Sat. Event details.


Year of the Dog Celebration
Join us for the annual Lunar New Year celebration, hosted by The Americana at Brand to kick-off the Year of the Dog. The festivities will include performances from the Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy, who has been teaching over 30 years in the Korean American community, along with the Shin Dance Academy, who has been active in the community and has previously performed at many high-profile events. Other performances also include a talented 9-year old drummer, Korean fan dancers and Chinese dancers who will perform with a fusion of martial arts and classical dance technique while using different props such as a sword, fan, and umbrella. Sun. Event details.

How will your family celebrate Valentine’s this year? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber


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