Updated for 2024
Valentine’s Day, the day of love and friendship, is always celebrated on 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.
4351 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029
Big Sunday is hosting its first-ever Valentinemania celebration on Wednesday, February 14th. This special Valentine’s Day party will be a chance for volunteers to come together and make goodie bags and cards (and enjoy some snacks) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Then from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, volunteers will be delivering the valentines. And if you can’t make it in person, volunteers can create special Valentine cards at home and then drop them off before Valentine’s Day. Details and sign up information are available online.
STEAM Program with UCLA Scientists
Westwood Branch Library
1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Visit the Westwood Branch Library on Wednesday, February 14th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a special event, STEAM Program with UCLA Scientists. “This Valentine’s Day, learn about your heart and cardiovascular system. Join us to test blood type compatibility and make your own stethoscope.”
Bejeweled Heart Box Craft for Teens
Los Feliz Branch Library
1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Los Feliz Branch Library invites tweens and teens (ages 11-18) to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras at the same time on Tuesday, February 13th at 4:00 pm. “Decorate a heart-shaped box using sequins, beads, rhinestones, gems, and more.” All supplies will be provided.
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City Terrace Library
4025 City Terrace Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90063
City Terrace Library, a part of the LA County Library System, is holding a special Valentine’s Day event on Wednesday, February 14th from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Families will learn about the Victorian tradition of giving flowers to loved ones, and families will make their own pom pom flower bouquet. Recommended for children ages 6-12.
Valentine’s Day Nature Club on Birds for Kids
White Point Nature Reserve
1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731
Families are invited to the White Point Nature Reserve on Saturday, February 10th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for a special event – Valentine’s Day Nature Club on Birds for Kids. Children will have the chance to “do fun bird crafts including Valentine’s Day cards and observe birds in their natural habitat.” Registration information is available online. (For children ages 5-10.)
Valentine Day Candy Craft
El Sereno Branch Library
5226 S. Huntington Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032
El Sereno Branch Library invites kids and teens to a special Valentine’s Day craft activity on Monday, February 12th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Participants will make a chocolate candy rose perfect for Valentine’s Day. All supplies will be provided.
Heartfelt Masterpieces with Erna van Dyk
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
Bowers Museum invites families to create Heartfelt Masterpieces with Erna van Dyk on Sunday, February 11th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. “Create your own unique and personalized Valentines to give to loved ones.” Registration information is available online.
Hearts for Teens
Culver City Julian Dixon Library
4975 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230
The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is hosting Hearts for Teens on Wednesday, February 14th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. During the workshop, teens (grades 6-12) will “learn where historians think the heart symbol originated and see how it has evolved over the years.” Teens will then decorate their own magnetic heart.
Valentines for All
San Fernando Library
217 N. Maclay Ave., San Fernando, CA 91340
Visit the San Fernando Library on Wednesday, February 14th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a reading of Valentines for All: Esther Howland Captures America’s Heart by Nancy Churnin. Families will learn about Valentine’s Day in America and “create a card inspired by Howland’s detailed, handmade cards.” For children ages 5-12.
Valentine’s Day Family Farm-to-Table Cookout Tour
5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, CA 92612
Visit Tanaka Farms on Saturday, February 10th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for a special Valentine’s Day Family Farm-to-Table Cookout Tour. This special meal also includes a tractor-pulled wagon ride around the farm, a visit with the Barnyard Animals, a special meal of chicken, salad, and vegetables, and make-your-own chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. (Note – an adult-only Valentine’s Day Farm-to-Table Dinner is happening on Saturday night as well as Wednesday, February 14th.) Reservations may be made online.
Valentine’s Day Crafts
Westchester – Loyola Village Branch Library
7114 W. Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Visit the Westchester – Loyola Village Branch Library on Monday, February 12th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm to make some fun Valentine’s Day crafts. (For children six and older.)
100 Carats: Icons of the Gem World
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
For many, Valentine’s Day is also a time of jewelry and all things sparkly! A perfect exhibit to visit is 100 Carats: Icons of the Gem World at the Natural History Museum. This special exhibition “brings together over two dozen gems – a never-before-seen in public collection.” “The centerpiece of the exhibit, the Jonker I Diamond, is the largest stone cut from the Jonker Diamond – the fourth largest diamond in the world when it was found in 1934 – and weighs in at 125 carats, placing it among the largest cut diamonds in the world.” This historic gem has not been on public display for decades. Details and tickets are available online. (The exhibition closes April 21st, 2024.)
Clifton M. Brakensiek Library
9945 Flower St., Bellflower, CA 90706
Learn about the history of Valentine’s Day during a special Family Storytime at the Clifton M. Brakensiek Library on Wednesday, February 14th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Children will “explore the meaning of love with books, songs, and dance,” and then create loved-themed art to take home. (For children 5 and older.)
Love at the Drive-In
Electric Dusk Drive-In
236 N. Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91203
Love is in the air, in the form of Electric Dusk Drive-In’s movie screenings. On Saturday, February 10th enjoy a double feature, with a 6:00 pm showing of The Notebook (rated PG-13) and a 9:30 pm showing of La La Land (rated PG-13). And on Wednesday, February 14th enjoy another double feature with a 6:00 pm showing of Casablanca (rated PG) and a 9:15 pm showing of The Notebook (rated PG-13). Concession stand favorites will be available on-site. Tickets are available online.
Make Your Own Pop-up Card at the Library
Alma Reaves Woods – Watts Branch Library
10205 Compton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90002
Visit the Alma Reaves Woods – Watts Branch Library on Tuesday, February 13th at 3:00 pm for a special craft activity, Make Your Own Pop-up Card at the Library. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, children will create pop-up cards and have fun reading and enjoying the library’s pop-up book collection.
Valentine’s Day Crafts
Van Nuys Branch Library
6250 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401
Visit the Van Nuys Branch Library on Saturday, February 10th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm to create some Valentine’s Day Crafts. All materials will be provided.
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum on Wednesday, February 14th. A Very Special Valentine story time is planned for 11:00 am and 2:30 pm. Children will also have the opportunity to make Valentine gifts for a loved one. Ticket information is available online.
Chatsworth Branch Library
21052 Devonshire St., Chatsworth, CA 91311
Kids and teens are invited to the Chatsworth Branch Library on Tuesday, February 13th at 3:00 pm to create their own Heart Pendants. The library will have craft supplies available, though participants can also bring along their own pictures and/or images to “craft a heart-shaped pendant for a friend or loved one.”
Sunday Sweetheart Valentine Rides
Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum
610 Airport St., El Segundo, CA
Visit the Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum on Sunday, February 11th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for Sunday Sweetheart Valentine Rides. The special event features complimentary champagne (only for the adults, of course) and chocolate tasting, a chauffeured ride in a classic car, and admission to The Zimmerman. (Keep in mind – children must be at least 10 years old or 55” to ride in the vintage cars.) RSVP online.
Decorate Your Own Valentine Box
Lloyd Taber – Marina del Rey Library
4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The Lloyd Taber – Marina del Rey Library invites families to a special workshop on Wednesday, February 14th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Participants will learn about the history of Valentine’s Day and then decorate their own art box using a variety of materials and techniques. (For children ages 5-12.)
Valentine’s Day Celebration
4411 E. Gage Ave., Bell, CA 90201
Bell Library, a part of the LA County Library System, is hosting a Valentine’s Day Celebration on Saturday, February 10th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. “Learn more about the myths of the holiday’s origin while make a homemade gift.” Recommended for children ages 5-12.
D.I.Y. Tuesday’s: Valentine’s Day Printmaking
Malabar Branch Library
2801 Wabash Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033
Malabar Branch Library is hosting a special Valentine’s Day-themed D.I.Y. Tuesday on February 13th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Participants will craft their own cards using different printmaking techniques. (Recommended for ages 8-17.)
Paint & Sip Valentine Party
The Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 S. Euclid St., La Habra, CA 90631
The Children’s Museum at La Habra invites families to its Paint & Sip Valentine Party happening on Saturday, February 10th. Tickets to this special event include museum admission, juice or tea, cookies, and supplies to create a canvas painting. Two sessions are planned, one from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and one from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The fee is $25 per person. Call 562-383-4236 for reservations.
Love Bug: Craft Activity
240 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220
Compton Library invites families to a special Valentine’s Day Storytime and craft activity on Wednesday, February 14th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Families will learn about the history of Valentine’s Day and then “create and design your own love bug using toilet paper rolls and a variety of different materials.” Advance registration is required as attendance is limited. (Recommended for children ages 5-12.)
Closed Spine Accordion Book
Canoga Park Branch Library
20939 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
Visit the Canoga Park Branch Library on Wednesday, February 14th at 11:00 am to create a Valentine’s book or card. Participants will add your own decorative touches to make it extra-special. All materials will be provided.
Hawaiian Gardens Library
11940 E. Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716
Visit Hawaiian Gardens Library on Saturday, February 10th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm for some DIY Valentines. Participants (ages 8-17) will learn about Valentine’s Day — some of the myths as well as the holiday’s origins — and have the chance to make “unique handmade art to gift or keep for yourself.” Advance registration is required as attendance is limited.
My Play Club: Love Is in the Air
El Cariso Park
13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar, CA
My Play Club is hosting a special inclusive play date, Love Is in the Air, on Saturday, February 10th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. The special play date “brings together kids of all abilities for a fun playdate at our inclusive playgrounds.” The fun also includes stories, crafts, temporary tattoos, and snacks. 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 11th for the museum’s Annual Victorian Valentine Tour. Visitors will have the opportunity to see antique Valentines, Teddy Bears, and Kewpie Dolls on display. Tours are offered at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Admission fee includes tour and refreshments. ($18 per adult, $6 per child) Call for reservations (213) 413-1814.
Stu-PANDA-ous Valentine’s (Or Galentine’s) Dinner and a Movie
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
The El Capitan Theatre is hosting a Stu-PANDA-ous Valentine’s (Or Galentine’s) Dinner and a Movie on select dates. The special package includes a reserved ticket to see Pixar’s Turning Red and dinner at Miceli’s Italian Restaurant. Reservations are required in advance. Call 1-800-DISNEY6 (1-800-347-6396)
Crafts with Carmen
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch
3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch location is hosting Crafts with Carmen on Sunday, February 11th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Children (ages 4 and up) will be making a heart garland.
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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 “one-of-a-kind date night with dinner and a movie, surrounded by over 12,000 animals.” Enjoy the sunset, overlooking the harbor, during cocktail hour before finding your seats in the Ocean Theater for a special showing of Top Gun: Maverick. 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.
Love at The Music Center
Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA and
Gloria Molina Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA
From Thursday, February 8th through Sunday, February 18th the community is invited to “dedicate a song and message to someone or something special to you and get a chance to hear it played on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center and Gloria Molina Grand Park.” Songs may be from any musical genre, in any language, though messages and song choices must be family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. Participants must be at least 18 years old to submit a dedication. Submit your song request and dedication by Monday, February 12th. Details are available 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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