Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the ones you love. Yes, it also comes with hearts and candy and cute stuffed animals, but best of all it, serves as a good excuse to spend a little extra-special time with the ones you love. Gather up your little Valentines and celebrate with an afternoon of art, a muddy run or one of the awesome events and activities below. Read on for more.

My Tiny Valentine Dinner Dance

Share the fun with your little loved ones this winter at a special dance made just for families. The Walters Cultural Arts Center will host the My Tiny Valentine Dinner Dance. This year, guests can savor a pasta buffet dinner complete with gluten-free options and salad, and stay sweet with cupcakes and cookies. Attendees can request a favorite dance number ahead of time by asking for their favorite song during registration, and a live DJ will keep the dance floor full all night long. Snap a photo with your tiny valentine at the photo station and participate in a raffle for a chance to win exclusive prizes!

More info.

Feb. 15, 6-9 p.m.
Child: $28 Resident/$35 Non-Resident. Adult: $36 Resident/$43
527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR
Online: hillsboro-oregon.gov/

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V-Day, B-Day Celebration!

Oregon celebrates two holidays every February 14th, Valentine’s Day and the date that Oregon became a state! Stop by the Craft Factory the Friday and Saturday before Valentine’s Day to craft a heart or the Oregon state cut out, make a card for someone special, and enjoy a sweet treat.

More info.

Drop in on Friday, February 14,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday, February 15,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $10
7832 SW Capitol Highway, Suite B
Portland, OR 97219
(upstairs, not wheelchair accessible)
Online: craftfactorypdx.com/

The Merry Kitchen Valentine’s Day Treats

Enjoy seeing your children light up as they learn kitchen skills all while creating delicious Valentine’s Day treats. The Merry Kitchen has five classes set aside especially for the holiday based on age group with classes spanning from ages 3 through 14. The class will cover treat including Chocolate covered strawberries, Heart shaped pizzas, Chocolate Heart-Shaped Brownie Bites with Cherry Whipped Cream, Brie & Raspberry Tartlets, and more.

More info.

Saturday February 8 & Sunday, February 9th, ranging times
Cost: Ranging from $30-$40
5202 NE 72nd Ave.
Portland, OR
Online: themerrykitchen.com/

My Muddy Valentine Run

Gather your friends and family and escape the cliche and get down and dirty at the My Muddy Valentine 5k mud and obstacle run. Runner’s come dressed head to toe in hearts, tutu’s, and even a few group costumes ready to take on the muddy terrain. With the sun shining and the mud fresh, racers challenge their friends and loved ones to an all-out mudfest.  My Muddy Valentine is a great course to run for your first obstacle race or mud run. There is food, music and even a kid's 1.1 mile obstacle run.

More info.

Feb. 10, 8:15 a.m. shuttle begins pickups
Cost: prices start at $35
Lee Farms 
Tualitan, OR
Online: Terrapinevents.com

—Annette Benedetti

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