Love is in the air this weekend for Valentine’s Day and there are plenty of love-centric activities for kids to do with or without their parents (date night, anyone?), like the Valentine’s Ball at Playdate PDX, Monster Jam at the Moda Center or WeVillage Parents’ Night Out. So grab those little ones and show them how much you love them by treating them to any of these fun activities happening this weekend.


photo: Monster Jam via Facebook

East Side

Get Revved for Monster Jam
Kids love trucks – especially big trucks with fire shooting out of them. Watch the dirt fly as 10 monster trucks crush cars, perform stunts and race around obstacle courses for this “rock and roar” event. This year, don’t miss the Party in the Pits where, before the two afternoon shows, fans can get an up-close view of the trucks and meet the drivers of these massive machines. Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., $10-$45/person, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Jump Around at NW Family and Kids’ Festival
As the only festival like it on the west side of town, this event corrals ideas for family entertainment, education, nutrition, healthcare, vacations and safety all in one place. There will be tons of games, shopping, face-painting, a reptile exhibit, bounce houses crafts, police cars, a fire truck and plenty of nibbles for the kids. Take a peek at their website for a $2 coupon off admission.  Some activities require an additional small fee. Fri.&Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $10/family, All Ages. Event details.

Craft a Little Love
Celebrate a day of love and friendship by crafting, decorating, and eating a sweet treat. Decorate a Valentine’s Day cookie, craft your own trinket box, leave with a coupon from Hattie’s Sweet Shop, then head downstairs to fill your trinket box with delectable treats. Enjoy a Valentine’s Day storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. No RSVP necessary. Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $12/person, All Ages. Event details.

Princesses and Puppets: Melt a Frozen Heart Valentine’s Ball
Dragon Theater Puppets & Princesses and Playdate PDX proudly present The Valentine’s Ball, featuring characters actors, The Snow Queen and Princess Annabell. The ball features singing, dancing, playing games and making crafts with the princesses, followed by a puppet show. Admission to the ball includes playing in and on Playdate PDX’s colossal castle-themed play structure. Fri., 4-6 p.m., $10 in advance, $13 at door, All Ages. Event details.

WeVillage Valentine’s Day: Parents’ Night Out
WeVillage is hosting a Valentine’s Party at both of their locations in The Pearl and at Orenco Station, to let parents head out for a nice, long date night. Activities include tons of playtime, a Valentine’s Day craft and a pizza dinner and childcare is covered for all four hours in the price. Space is very limited for children under 18 months, so make a reservation ASAP. Sat., 6-10 p.m., $40-$50/child, 6 weeks-12 years. Event details.

What’s your family up to for Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway