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14 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles

Updated for 2021

Valentine’s Day is Sunday, February 14th. A day of love and friendship. In honor of this special day, we’ve compiled a list of Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home. You’ll find sweet books to read, tasty food to eat, fun things to do, and ways to share the spirit of the day with others.

Valentine’s Day, the day of love and friendship, is known as a romantic day for those who are in love, and when you have children, it’s also time to celebrate as a family.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021

Books To Read:

  • Love From the Crayons by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. Love comes in all shapes and sizes and colors in this fun-to-read-together children’s book. 
  • Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff. The famous mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back, making Valentine’s Day cards for all his friends. 
  • The Littlest Valentine by Brandi Dougherty. Emma Valentine may be the littlest member of her family, but there is still plenty she can do to help get ready for Valentine’s Day.
  • Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin. This cute book is part of the popular “Click Clack” series. Little Duck is ready to celebrate on the farm and inviting a newcomer to join in.
  • The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing. Part of “The Night Before…” series. See what fun preparations these kids are up to as they get ready to celebrate at school.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. Another charming edition in the “How Do Dinosaurs…” series. No matter what kids, or dinosaurs do, their grown-ups always love them – and always have hugs and kisses for them.
  • The I Love You Book by Todd Parr.  Who can resist the bright colors of a Todd Parr book? A sweet reminder that parents love their children all the time when they’re sad or silly or close together or far apart.
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Valentine’s Day Fun To Eat:

Sprinkles Cupcakes Message Boxes
Multiple Locations including
The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Sprinkles makes it easy to say “I Love You” with one of their message boxes (available daily). The I Love You standard dozen box includes 5 red velvet cupcakes, 4 dark chocolate, and 3 vanilla. Each cupcake either has a letter on it (to spell out I Love You) or heart shapes.  

Heart-Shaped Pizza for Valentine’s Day
Papa John’s 
Multiple Locations 

Most of us are staying in this Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy a no-cooking, family-friendly dinner. Papa John’s offers the pizza you already know and love, but now in a sweet heart-shape. 

Heart-Shaped Donuts
Primo’s Donuts
2918 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Heart-shaped Donuts! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. In addition to all the other yummies you’ll find at Primo’s Donuts, they seasonally offer special heart-shaped donuts. 

Heart-Shaped Pasta

Available in our Amazon shop, you can find packages of heart-shaped pasta. Great for dinner. Great to use in art projects. 

See’s Candy
Multiple locations around SoCal and in our Amazon shop

The classic heart-shaped box of candy from local favorite See’s Candy is always a hit. They’ve got special Valentine’s assortment boxes for kids and the simple, yet delicious, individual chocolate hearts.

To Spread Love and Friendship:

  • Chalk Messages.  Leave chalk messages and/or drawings on the sidewalk outside of neighbors’ homes. Whether it’s a heart with a happy face drawn inside, a cursive “Happy Valentine’s Day,” or something else entirely, the chalk message is a fun, easy way to celebrate and bring happiness to others.
  • Send Cards.  While our kids may not be able to exchange cards in class this year, does your child have the email addresses for his/her classmates? Why not send everyone a digital Valentine’s Card? And don’t forget handmade cards – the perfect gift for grandparents, aunts,, and uncles. 
  • Create Care Packages.  While we may not be able to hug and kiss friends and extended families right now, you can still share the chocolate kind! Create care packages filled with Hershey’s Kisses and Hugs. Include some drawings and notes, too! Drop them off and don’t forget to leave some outside for your mail carrier and delivery people. 

To Create:

  • Art with Candy Conversation Hearts.  Especially great for little hands, have kids glue Candy Conversation Hearts to make different designs. They can spell out their names, make a happy face, hearts, messages of love and friendship, and more.
  • Cut-out, color, paint, print hearts. There are so many ways to create hearts. Start early. Make a few a day until you’ve got quite a stash. Then decorate. Tape them to windows. Hang them from the ceiling.
  • Make Heart-shaped crayons.  You’ll need all the kids’ broken crayons for this project. Peel off the wrappers. Place several crayons into heart-shaped molds. Place in the oven at 250 degrees for 10-20 minutes. Keep checking until the crayons are completely melted. Remove the pan from the oven and give them time to cool before popping them out of the molds.

To Do:

BLVD Kitchen: Let’s Make Valentine Gifts – Online

Kids can participate in an online cooking class offered by BLVD Kitchen. On Saturday, February 13th at 10:00 am, kids can join in to learn how to make “Oreo Truffles and Pink Butter Mints as gifts.” The class is 30 minutes long and is designed for children ages 5 and up; though adult assistance is strongly suggested for students 8 years old and younger. Registration is $20 and is available online.

Heartfelt Wishes: A Virtual Event Benefitting Make-A-Wish

Families are invited to participate in Heartfelt Wishes: A Virtual Event Benefitting Make-A-Wish on Sunday, February 14th at 12:00 pm. This special event “will feature an afternoon of family fun via Zoom, including crafts, contests and a visit from Cupid himself.” Once families register, they will receive a “decorated package with craft supplies, recipes and everything else you’ll need for the event, along with some surprises to make your Valentine’s Day special!” Cost is $40 per family and benefits Make-A-Wish. Registration information is available online. 

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Valentine’s Day Cards

It’s super easy to spread some joy and help fundraise for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Now until February 12th, families can go online and send a “dino-mite” e-card to a patient at CHLA. For every e-card sent, an anonymous donor will donate $1 to CHLA up to $25,000. 

 

Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at http://www.wendykennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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