We know you really want to have date night with your honey to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and we hope that happens this weekend (don’t forget to check our list of Valentine’s childcare drop-offs). In the meantime, there are still kiddos to be entertained, so we’ve got a lineup that includes some great music acts, a magic show, an acting class, and a couple of Valentine-themed events that you can enjoy with your mini-sweetie.

On Monday, head over to Mockingbird Books at 11 am for an extra sweet Valentine’s Day storytime that includes crafts and treats (PS- it’s free!).


Concert at Phinney Neighborhood Center What do you get when you mix great tunes and hilarious stage antics by the Brian Waite Band (pictured),  cool nature crafts and yummy snacks? We’re betting on a rockin’ good time for all.  Sat., 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Seattle, $5 to $8. Event details

Drama story at Secret Garden Books
The kiddos get to use their acting and imagination skills and hang with actors from the Seattle Children’s Theatre’s GO, DOG, GO! production. Sat., 11:00 am, Ballard, Free. Event details

Magic show at Mount Baker Community Center The Littles will be mesmerized by the always-entertaining Xakary and his off-the-charts magic show, which includes lots of audience participation and the requisite bunny out of the hat. Sat., 10:30 am, Seattle, $3. Event details


Fancy Pants Community Dance Considering the dress code for this event is “wear whatever you consider to be fancy,” you can bet there will be plenty to gawk at while the whole fam learns – and displays – some new dance moves. Fri, 6:00 pm to 9 pm, Mercer Island, $10 per person or $30 per family of four. Event details

Father-Daughter Valentine Ball Dad can take his little lovely on a wonderful date to Paris, where the two can partake in an evening of crafts, music and dancing. Don’t forget that pretty party dress!  Fri., 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Redmond, $25 with reservation, $30 without reservation. Registration required. Event details

Valentine’s Day at BAM Since they’ll be expecting you to do heart-related crafts at home, might as well take them to Bellevue Arts Museum, where it’s 2-for-1 admission, and the staff can lead them in crafts while you check out the latest exhibition. Mon., 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Bellevue, $7 to $10. Event details

–Kavita Varma-White