Don’t you love it when Valentine’s Day falls during the week? It means families double their fun with Valentine’s events and activities before and after the big day. If you’re wondering what to do with your littlest loves, read on for a dozen sweet options.

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1. Valentine’s Family Dance
It’s time to break out your dance moves (your kids won’t know what hit them)! Maple Valley Days is hosting a dance that everyone in the family can enjoy. Dance to the mic-dropping beats of a live D.J. Pose for pictures with the kids when the photographer swings by. Indulge in a few tasty Valentine’s treats or share them with your littlest loves. Fun for the whole fam! Feb. 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $35/pair; $5/ea. additional ticket. All ages. Event details.

2. Valentine’s Day Enrichment
Fall in love with Woodland Park Zoo’s animals as they celebrate Valentine’s Day the wild way with festive treats such as heart-shaped ice pops, herbal bouquets and heart-shaped steaks. The Valentine’s Day treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals. The safe activities help encourage natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and provide extraordinary experiences for zoo visitors. Feb. 8, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Included with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

3. Valentine’s Maker Fest
Join the crafting team at Michael’s to decorate a shirt just in time for Valentine’s Day. Purchase the shirt at the store and everything you need to make it pop will be provided. Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with purchase. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

4. A Royal Valentine’s Day Party
Join us for our Royal Valentine’s Day Party! Families can decorate cupcakes, enjoy arts & crafts and face painting, even meet beautiful Rapunzel & Sleeping Beauty. Don’t worry, there will still be plenty of time leftover to jump, jump, jump! Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

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5. Drop-in Seed Art
Head on over to Swanson’s Nursery to participate in a Kids Club activity we think you’ll love. Kids will make seed art hearts to celebrate Valentine’s, of course. Using a variety of seeds, kids will craft a heart to be displayed. Drop in any time between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to make yours. Feb. 15 & 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5/person. All ages. Event details.

6. Valentine’s Day at the 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. Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Included with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

7. Valentine’s Sweets & Treats
Love is in the air and that makes up jump for joy! We will celebrate the season by creating an assortment of sweet valentine treats, including lady bug cupcakes, decorated sugar cookies & teddy bear Oreo pops. Make them there, and then bring them home to share. Delish! Feb. 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-noon in Kirkland). $60. Ages 3-7. Event details.

8. Valentine’s Day Dash
Race to the finish line with your loved ones at the annual Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em Valentine’s Day Dash. Lace up your kicks to participate in the 5K, 10K or half marathon races. Or simply bring the kiddos so they can run the free kids dash that starts at 8:50 a.m. There’s lots to love about this race, including the Tunnel of Love where racers and spectators can leave messages of encouragement for each other.  Registration and packet pick-up 7:30 a.m. Run/walk race starts at 9 a.m. Feb. 8, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $40-$80. Free kids dash. All ages. Event details.

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9. Love at the Zoo
It’s treats. It’s animals. It’s lots of love in time for Valentine’s Day. All weekend long the animals experience special Valentine-themed treats and enrichments. Why enrichments? They encourage our animals’ natural behaviors, from smelling prey to breaking up ice. They’re also fun for humans to watch. Join in the fun. Feb. 15 & 16, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Included with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

10. Bach to Rock Redmond
Part of 2nd Saturdays at Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center, Bach to Rock Redmond will be performing on the Market Stage. They’re all about kid-friendly live music performances based on a different theme each month—from singer songwriter, to rock, to classical, jazz, world music and more—with opportunities for audience participation. Feb. 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

11. Valentine’s Day Card Collage Workshop
Celebrate Valentine’s Day through collage card making at Cascadia Art Museum. This art event, taught by former graphic designer Elsa Bouman, welcomes families to come and create valentine collages that encompass more than just friends and family. Come down to Cascadia to celebrate love, and enjoy our featured exhibition, Northwest Collects. Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

12. Member’s Only Valentine’s Party
Join us for a very special Members Only Valentine’s celebration at KidsQuest! Experiment with love potions, visit our Art Studio to make and take home a heart shaped crayon, try your hand at screen printing, tie-dye a sugar cookie and much more! This is a free event, but preregistration is required. Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. Free for members. All ages. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe & Kristina Moy

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