Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or planning to enjoy a few days off for President’s Day, there’s no storage of activities to do this weekend in Southern California. Your kiddos can get crafty at one of of many Valentine’s Day events. Or head to the Lunar New Year Festival. You can also travel with the Harlem Globetrotters or get artsy at the California Open Wildlife Art Festival. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

The Harlem Globetrotters
Get ready for jaw-dropping dunks, ball-handling wizardry, trick shots and on-court fan interaction at this must-watch show for the whole family. Fri., 7 p.m., Valley View Casino Center, Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

Lunar New Year Festival
This pan-Asian festival includes 16 carnival rides, games, contests, live entertainment and food from all over Asia is available for guests to enjoy. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Qualcomm Stadium, $5/adults, $4/kids; free for uniform military. All ages. Event details.

Jump Start Your Heart 5K
Valentine’s Day is all about having heart, so get your blood pumping as a family with the all-ages Jump Start Your Heart Walk/Run in Mission Bay. 100% of proceeds go towards research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. Each walker will receive a goodie bag with t-shirt, sunglasses, socks and bag. Sat., 9 a.m., Mission Bay Park, $30/walker. All ages. Event details.

Create Puzzle Necklaces at Michaels
Take your crew of crafters to Michaels stores across Atlanta to create their own puzzle necklaces. Maybe you’ll get lucky and be given the other half (and if you have multiple kids, you can wear all of their “other halves” out of the store, Mr. T-style). Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Michaels stores, $2/ kid, includes supplies. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

California Open Wildlife Art Festival
More than 150 artists and carvers from parts of the United States, Canada and Japan compete for awards and exhibit their creations at this annual decoy competition and wildlife art show. Sat. and Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Corky McMillin Event Center, $5/person (under 12 free). All ages. Event details.

North County

Kids’ Night Out: Valentine’s Fun
Dress up in red and pink and joins us at Kid Ventures for some valentine themed fun! A night filled with activities, crafts and adventure play! Fri., 5 – 9 p.m., Kid Ventures 4S Ranch and Otay Lakes, $40-$45/kiddo. All ages. Event details

Orange County

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Pretend City
This year Pretend City Children’s Museum will share the sweetest of activities with your family to help teach more about this holiday through hands-on, educational and fun activities. Enjoy a reading ofThe Very Special Valentine; make some heart art and take a Hearts and Showers scavenger hunt. Wear pink or red and get $1 off admission! Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pretend City Children’s Museum, $12.50/person. All ages. Event details

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day weekend? Tell us in the comments!

— Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of The Art Pantry