Ahhh, l’amour. This weekend is filled with love and music, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The True PabLOVE Family Celebration is a wonderful way to both support a fantastic charity (pediatric cancer research) and to have a fun family afternoon. If you’re looking for some classic family Valentine’s fun, head over to the El Capitan for a screening of the classic Lady and the Tramp (then home for a family spaghetti dinner!) Perhaps you prefer your valentine’s romance without the kids? Golden State Gymnastics has a fun night out for you when you drop the kids off to play. If your little ones prefer action to romance, Jason and the Argonauts is screening for free at the Hammer. If you’re in the mood for music, this is Grammy Weekend! The award show airs on Sunday night, but you can take the kids for a trip downtown on Saturday to check out the exhibits at the Grammy Museum. Get out and enjoy the February sunshine with a fantastic run for all ages in Chinatown, or a stroll through the Madrona Marshes for kids. Or take in a show – The Borrowers is on stage at South Coast Repertory starting this weekend…

Los Angeles

True PabLOVE Family Celebration
Spend Saturday with your family at this philanthropic Valentine’s family celebration, the proceeds of which benefit the Pablove Foundation.  Enjoy unique Valentine-themed craft booths (including the chance to create Valentine cards to brighten the day of children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles), live music, a silent auction (with things like Legoland packages to bid on), kid’s activities, and great food. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Atwater Village. $60. All ages. Event details.

Firecracker Run (1K, 5K, 10K)
Running isn’t just for grownups – there are a variety of races to pick from at the Firecracker Run, including the kiddie run at 9:45 am. Open to all kids under 12, the “run” is approximately 1 kilometer. The event begins with warm up exercises and a short discussion about exercising (and the importance of reading) and ends with with a finishing ribbon awards ceremony, refreshments, and a goodie bag! Parents can accompany their child. For adults (or big kids) there are also 5K and 10K runs. Sun., 9:45 am. Downtown. $10-$33. Ages 4+. Event details.

Lady and the Tramp
Take the whole family to the El Capitan Theatre for a sweet and romantic movie just in time for Valentine’s Day. 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. Daily, Check showtimes. Hollywood. $10-$22. All ages. Event details.

The Grammy Museum for Grammy Weekend!
The GRAMMY® Awards take place this weekend right here in L.A., and it’s a fabulous reminder that we also have the Grammy Museum here – a place that is dedicated to exploring and celebrating music in all forms.  After touring the museum, take a walk across the street to the Staples Center to see them preparing for the Awards Show on Sunday! Daily, 11:30 am – 7:30 pm. Downtown. $10.95-$12.95. All ages. Event details.


Jason and the Argonauts
As part of the “Family Flicks Film Series”, the Hammer Museum is screening Jason and the Argonauts. This classic version of the myth finds heroic Jason sailing the world in search of the magical “golden fleece.” On his quest, he must battle mystical, monstrous creatures that stand in his way, conjured by the magic hand of special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. Sun., 11:00 am. Westwood. Free. Ages 6+. Event details.


Valentine’s Party: Parent’s Night Out
How can you have a romantic evening without the kids? Golden State Gymnastics has a great solution – Valentine’s Parent’s Night Out Party! Leave your kids in a safe and fun environment while you enjoy a grown up night out. For less than the cost of a babysitter, kids get dinner, gymnastics, games, fun, and a goody bag. Maybe they’ll beg you to go out again! Sat., 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Burbank. $35. Ages 3-14. Event details.

Beach Cities

Friday Fun at Madrona Marsh
Friday Fun at Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center includes story time, science, a craft project and a short tour on the Preserve emphasizing a different topic each week. Each topic helps teach children about Nature and emphasizes respect for all living things. Fri., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Torrance. Free. Ages 3-6. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The Borrowers
This beloved book is having a bit of a renaissance; a new Disney version will be in theaters starting next week. So now is a perfect time to read this book aloud to the family, and see this enchanting new stage production. Arrietty lives a quiet life with her parents in a warm and cozy home. But, like any fourteen-year-old girl, she longs for the big wide world. And that world is really enormous for Arrietty because she’s only four inches tall, and home is beneath the floorboards with scary “human beans” living just above. Take your little “beans” to the theater this weekend!  Fri. – Sun., Various times. Costa Mesa. $24-$32. Ages 4+. Event details.

–Meghan Rose