Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether your little Cupids are creative valentines or active valentines, we’ve rounded up 11 sweet Valentine’s Day activities that will appeal to everyone. The best part? Most of these events take place in the days leading up to February 14, leaving Thursday night open for your date night—that is, if you remembered to snag a sitter. Scroll down for the deets!


1. Weekend Family Workshops: Long Distance Valentines
Take the fam to The Museum of Flight to go on a journey to the early days of airmail. Then, make sweet, handmade valentines for your loved ones. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 2-3 & 9-10, 2019 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

2. Valentine’s Concert by Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Celebrate all the love in your life with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. At this special performance, enjoy Beethoven’s Romance for Violin in F Major, Vaughan Williams’ Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 and Lauren Wells’ “Before I Wake,” with a featured solo by teen soloist Kaia Selden. Fri., Feb.8, 2019 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Burien. $15-$20. All ages. Event details.

3. Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue
Take the whole fam on an early Valentine’s Day date to Crossroad Bellevue. At this month’s Family Night, enjoy a sweet performance by Bach to Rock Redmond. From rock to classical to jazz and world music, enjoy a host of toe tapping tunes and plenty of opportunities for audience participation. Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (concert starts at 5:30 p.m.). Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

4. Valentine Fun at Kelsey Creek Farm
Take your love to the farm this Valentine’s Day. Adults and kids will team together to create beautiful valentines, share their love with a farm animal and participate in some fun holiday activities. Adult/child teams only. Sat. Feb.  9, 2019 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Bellevue. $25-$30. Registration required. Ages 3-6. Event details.

photo: Woodland Park Zoo

5. Valentine’s Day Enrichment
Who says wild hearts can’t be broken? Some wild hearts at the Woodland Park Zoo would be just that if it weren’t for this treat-filled Valentine’s Day celebration. Zoo classics from lions and jaguars to snow leopards and grizzly bears will be celebrating Cupid’s holiday with delicacies of their own. Watch as the animals receive treats like heart-shaped juice pops made of fruit juice, honey, strawberries and cranberries, herbal bouquets and heart-shaped steaks. Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $13.50 to $15.50; $2 Senior discount (65 & over); under 2 & members Free. All ages. Event details.

6. Love at the Zoo
Take your animal-loving kids to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to watch the zoo animals enjoy heart-shaped treats and enrichments for Valentine’s Day. Plus, enjoy close encounters with some of the Zoo’s animals and chat with the zookeepers. After you’re done exploring the zoo, hit one (or more) of these Tacoma hot spots. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 9-10, 2019 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tacoma. $10 to $18 (2 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details. 

7. Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day Dash
Put on your red and pink duds, grab your jogging stroller and join other families for this sweet 5k and 10k run/walk and Kids Dash. The free Cupid-inspired Kids Dash will take place just before the main Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Dash and each Little Heart Beet Run participant will receive a free runner’s bib and a ribbon at the finish line. Stick around for the Post-Race Celebration and enjoy free food and drink, vendor booths, a costume contest and more. Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 from 8 a.m.-noon. Seattle. $35-$50 (Kids Dash Free for 10 & under with early registration). All ages. Event details.

photo: Pexels

8. Members-Only Valentine’s Day Party
Calling all KidsQuest members! The staff at KidsQuest Children’s Museum want to show their love for you by inviting you to join their exclusive members-only Valentine’s Day party. Come and enjoy everything the museum has to offer, plus create an LED Valentine’s Day card, test the pH of some of your favorite sweet treats, melt hearts with your handmade crayon and take advantage of the family photo op! Sun., Feb. 10, 2019 from 9 a.m.-noon. Bellevue. Free. Members only; pre-registration required. Ages 0-12. Event details.

9. Valentine’s Day at the Seattle Aquarium
Take your little sweeties to the Seattle Aquarium to learn about the unique courtship and mating behaviors employed by many of the Aquarium’s local marine species. Who does special dances? Who mates for life? Get the answers to these questions and more—plus, see the special Valentine’s Day treats the Seattle Aquarium gives to the animals. Thurs., Feb. 14, 2019 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

10. Andre Feriante “Day of Love” Concert
For more than 20 years, award-winning guitarist, poet and composer Andre Feriante has presented his “Day of Love” concert to an enthusiastic crowd of Seattle families. And this year, he’s at it again. “In Anatomie de L’Amour” will feature a sensual and mystical musical journey that promises to transport you to a place of bliss and joy. Fri., Feb. 15 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Seattle. $32-$42. All ages. Event details.


11. A Royal Valentine’s Day Party
Calling all princes and princesses! Join the folks at Springfree Trampoline for a Royal Valentine’s Day Party. In addition to lots of jumping on Springfree Trampolines, meet your favorite Disney princesses and enjoy cupcake decorating, arts and crafts and face painting. Sat., Feb. 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Issaquah. Free. All ages. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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