What do you get when you mix lots of flowers and hearts with zoo animals, juggling and nocturnal creatures? A three-day weekend packed full of family fun. Our lineup includes a show for big (and little) gardeners, a Cupid-inspired run, a sweet event with zoo animals, a Valentine’s Day date for the whole fam and an activity with nocturnal creatures. If that’s not enough excitement, the Seattle Aquarium will be kicking off Octopus Week on Saturday. Learn about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound—the giant Pacific octopus—through hands-on activities, octopus feedings, talks and even an Octopus Blind Date.

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photo: Northwest Flower & Garden Show


Northwest Flower & Garden Show  (pictured)
In addition to spectacular display gardens, how-to advice by experts, and garden accessories and gifts, this show will feature plenty of hands-on kids’ activities inside the new Family Farm Center as well as a show-wide scavenger hunt. Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. $5 to $70 (12 & under free). All ages. Event details.

Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day Dash
Put on your red and pink duds, grab your jogging stroller and join other Seattle families for this sweet Valentine’s Day 5k and Kids Dash. The Kids Dash will take place just before the main race and each Little Heart Beet participant will receive a free runner’s bib and a ribbon at the finish line. Sat., 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Seattle. $40-$45 (10 & under Kids Dash participants Free). All ages. Event details.

Valentine’s Day Celebration with the Zoo Animals
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the zoo animals. Watch as the otters, penguins, lions, jaguars and other zoo animals devour yummy heart-shaped ice pops, herbal bouquets, and heart-shaped steaks. Plus, learn how these special treats help enrich the animals’ lives and promote natural behavior. Sat., 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Seattle. $9.75 to $13.75 (2 & under and members free). All ages. Event details.


Woo at the Zoo
Love is in the air at Cougar Mountain Zoo. Take your crew to the Zoo to meet the animals and then vote on your favorite animal couple. The winning pair will be treated to special dinner for two. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Issaquah. $9 to $12.50. All ages. Event details.

Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue
No sitter? No problem.Take the fam on a Valentine’s Day date to Crossroad Bellevue. At this month’s Family Night enjoy a sweet performance by Alex Zerbe (master of physical comedy, juggling and magic) as well as family game time, Valentine’s Day crafts, free popcorn and $1.50 off WiggleWorks Kids. Sat., 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ranger Program: Creatures of the Night
Did you know that when you go to sleep at night, the forest comes to life? Many nocturnal creatures make their home in the Northwest and have amazing adaptations that allow them to survive in a world with no light. Join a park ranger to learn about these adaptations and about bats, owls, and even raccoons. Sun., 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for this three-day weekend? Will you be enjoying one of the activities we mentioned above or heading out of town? Tell us in a comment below.

— Kristina Moy