Ah, l’amour. It’s in the air all weekend long. Whether you love music or nature, bagpipes or fitness, hockey, marionettes, chocolate, community or dancing golden dragons, we’ve got something to tempt you to get out there and celebrate. Luckily, it’s a long Presidents’ Day weekend, so you’ve got an extra day to fit all these “love”ly activities in!
Across the City
The LA Marathon
Join in the biggest block party in Los Angeles, powering past some of the most famous landmarks in the city. There are plenty of ways to join in the fun without a run with cheering stations and entertainment centers all along the route (we’ll help you find ‘em!). Sun., 7 a.m.-1 p.m. From Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.
See Our National Parks in 3D-IMAX
National Parks Adventure 3D is an adventure that soars over red rock canyons, hurtles down steep mountain peaks and explores other-worldly realms in America’s spectacular parks. The perfect way to celebrate a love of nature and the great outdoors. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Exposition Park. $5.25-$8.40. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Bob Baker’s Sketch Book Revue
Show your love for an LA institution by taking in a revival of Bob Baker’s very first marionette show, where hundreds of handmade puppets put on a musical variety show. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Echo Park. $10-$15. Ages 2-10. Event details.
PROUD Love Dance Party
Kick off a love-fest of a weekend at Grand Park’s PROUD Love Party, which celebrates the love of everyone and for everyone, with line and square dancing, picnics, fountains, food trucks and more. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Golden Dragon Parade
Get ready for one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country as Chinatown kicks off the Year of the Monkey with spectacular floats, decked out cars, dancers, bands and cultural performances by some of the nation’s best Chinese acts. Sat., 1-3 p.m. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.
See All 5 (Kiddo) GRAMMY Nominees in One Concert
Bring the kids to see all 5 performers nominated for Best Children’s Album of the Year. Rock out together to your favorite bands while discovering new indie faves. Sat., 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Hollywood. $15. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Oh, the Wonder of Chocolate
Kidspace celebrates all things chocolate; learn how it is made, create chocolate play dough sculptures, make Mexican hot chocolate mix, trade cacao beans for other goods and more. Sat.-Mon., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-11. Event details.
Science and the Love of Hockey
Discovery Cube Los Angeles has a special LA Kings Science of Hockey fan day where kids can meet Baily and the LA Kings ice crew, and get in the game with street hockey with the LA Kings Chariot. Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hansen Dam. $10. All ages. Event details.
Music from the Mediterranean
Sounds of LA is a fabulous indoor concert that takes place several times a year at the Getty. Local favorite Mamak Khadem kicks off the series with a musical tour through her native Iran, as well as Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, and Arab-Andalusia. Sat. & Sun., Various times. West LA. Free, reservations required. All ages. Event details.
Hike with Your Valentines
Birds do it, bees do it… join a ranger for a PG rated tour of courtship and the mating rituals of plants and animals in the park. It’s an easy walk and appropriate for the whole family. Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Topanga. Free. All ages. Event details.
ScotsFest with the Queen
Celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Queen Mary with Highland and country dancing, music, historical reenactments, pipes, drums, clans and a sheep herding demonstration. Plus plenty of authentic food and drink. Haggis, anyone? Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Long Beach. $10-$35, free for kids under 5. All ages. Event details.
Presidents’ Day at the Reagan Library
Celebrate Presidents’ Day at the library of an actual president. Mingle with our Founding Fathers at an all American picnic that includes hot dogs and apple pie, musical entertainment, storytelling and more. Mon., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Simi Valley. Activities free, museum admission and food are available for various prices. All ages. Event details.
Monday Nigh RAW
Love is so Sunday. On Monday, get ready for a WWE smackdown. For kids that like action, drama and thrills, they just might love catching some pro-wrestling. Because nothing says Valentine’s weekend like a full body slam. Mon., 4:30 p.m. Anaheim. $22 & up. All ages. Event details.
Looking for more Valentine’s Day activities? We found them in every part of the city! We also know of a few spots you can take your little loves along without sacrificing the romance, if you couldn’t score a sitter…
photo credits: Tom Woodward via flickr and Jim Winstead via flickr