Updated for 2023
Valentine’s Day, the day of love and friendship, is Tuesday, February 14th. In honor of this special day, we’ve compiled a list of Family Events in Los Angeles happening on Valentine’s Day and/or during Valentine’s Week.
Big Sunday’s 11th Annual Valentine’s Day Spread the Love Event
Saint Barnabas Senior Center
675 S. Carondelet St., Los Angeles, CA 90057
Big Sunday is hosting its 11th Annual Valentine’s Day Spread the Love Event on Tuesday, February 12th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. “We will make cards and goodie bags for the senior citizens at St. John of God Retirement and Care Center, partake in an age-friendly dance class, and eat a wonderful brunch.” All ages are invited to participate. However, if you can’t join that event, there are still other ways to help. Big Sunday is also “collecting Valentine’s Day Cards that will be distributed to nonprofits across Los Angeles to put a smile on the faces of thousands of shut-ins and people who are ailing or facing a tough time.” All details are available online.
Related: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home
Valentine Card Craft for Kids
Jefferson – Cassie D. Wright Memorial Branch Library
2211 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
Stop by the Jefferson – Cassie D. Wright Memorial Branch Library on Tuesday, February 7th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm for a Valentine Card Craft for Kids. “Make valentine cards for the special people (and pets) in your life.” All materials will be provided.
Valentine’s Day Snow Globes
Exposition Park – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library
3900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062
Stop by the Exposition Park – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library on Thursday, February 9th at 4:00 pm for a special art project. Kids will be making a Snow Globe for Valentine’s Day!
Love at the Drive-In
Electric Dusk Drive-In
236 N. Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91203
Enjoy an outdoor movie this weekend as part of Electric Dusk Drive-In’s moving screenings. On Saturday, February 11th there is a 7:00 pm showing of La La Land (rated PG-13). And on Tuesday, February 14th The Notebook (rated PG-13) will be shown at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available online. Concession stand favorites will be available on-site.
Valentine Lollipops for Teens
Van Nuys Branch Library
6250 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401
Teens are invited to visit the Van Nuys Branch Library on Saturday, February 4th from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm to make Valentine Lollipops. “Create a few valentine lollipops using miniature candy canes, candy melts and colorful sprinkles.” This special program is for students ages 11-18.
Valentine’s Day Celebration
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum on Sunday, February 12th. A variety of special activities are planned on this special day including story time, art projects, and more. All activities are included in general museum admission. Ticket information is available online.
A Faery Hunt Magical Adventure
Tarzana Community and Cultural Center
19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the faeries on Sunday, February 12th at 10:30 am. If you’re not familiar, A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances featuring “original stories, dancing and songs.” Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess, fairy, or super hero! Check the website for details and to purchase tickets.
Washi Tape Trinket Box
John C. Fremont Branch Library
6121 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
The John C. Fremont Branch Library invites teens to stop by on Valentine’s Day from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm to create a Washi Tape Trinket Box. “Surprise a loved one on Valentine’s Day with a pretty trinket box that you decorated using ornamental washi tape and other embellishments.” Sign up by calling (323) 962-3521 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Your Heart: Valentine’s Day at Farm Sanctuary
5200 Escondido Canyon Rd., Acton, CA 93510
Farm Sanctuary’s Southern California Shelter is hosting a special Valentine’s-themed event on Saturday, February 11th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The event includes “open sanctuary time with the animals, delicious cookies and a vegan candy buffet where you can design your own candy box to take home.” Tickets and details are available online.
Valentine Dance Storytime
West Valley Regional Branch Library
19036 Vanowen St., Reseda, CA 91335
Visit the West Valley Regional Branch Library on Tuesday, February 14th from 10:30 am to 11:00 am, for a special Valentine Dance Storytime. “We will read, sing, and dance to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a professional dancer, Ms. Marilyn.”
Valentine Tea in the Garden Court
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108
In honor of Valentine’s Day, The Huntington is hosting a special tea service on Saturday, February 11th, Sunday, February 12th, and Monday, February 13th. Enjoy “house-baked scones, delicate finger sandwiches, decadent sweet treats, and more” including signature teas. A special children’s menu will be available as well. Advance reservations are required and are available online.
Valentine’s Play Date
Rocket’s Universe Playground
10844 Acama St., North Hollywood, CA 91602
Families are invited to a Valentines Play Date happening on Saturday, February 4th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. This “inclusive play date for kids of all abilities and ages,” is a special way to play and make new friends! Children with and without disabilities are given the chance to discover their common ground and all the things the similarities they share. RSVP online.
Victorian Valentine Tour
Grier Musser Museum
403 S. Bonnie Brae St., Los Angeles, CA 90057
Families are invited to visit the Grier Musser Museum on Sunday, February 12th for the museum’s Annual Victorian Valentine Tour. “Our collection of valentines dates from the late 1890s to present, and on display will be our Teddy Bears and Kewpie Dolls collections.” Tours are offered at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Call for reservations (213) 413-1814.
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Valentine’s Day Dinner
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special Dinner at the Aquarium of the Pacific. This one-of-a-kind date night includes dinner and a movie, while “surrounded by over 12,000 animals. Bask in the sunset, overlooking the harbor during cocktail hour before finding your seats in the Ocean Theater for a special showing of a cinematic treasure, La La Land. Your evening will continue at your private table with a chef-created duo entrée offering.” Tickets also include admission to the Aquarium for the entire day. Advance reservations are required and may be made online.
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 her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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