Updated for 2022
Valentine’s Day, the day of love and friendship, is Monday, 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 2nd Annual Week of Love
6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Big Sunday is hosting its 2nd Annual Week of Love from Monday, February 7th through Monday, February 14th. The week includes both in-person and at-home projects. The festivities include an in-person Valentine-Making Party and Community Breakfast, a special food drive, a raffle contest, and more. All details are available online.
Related: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home
Kids Takeout Kits: Valentine Pop-up Cards
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Do some browsing at the Little Tokyo Branch Library, pick out some awesome books to bring home, and before you leave, stop by the Reference Desk for a Kids Takeout Kit to bring home. “Create cards to share with friends and loved ones. Includes three pop-up heart cards and an assortment of foam heart stickers.” Kits are available on multiple dates including Wednesday, February 9th, Saturday, February 12th, and Monday, February 14th from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Check the website for a complete list of dates.
All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
If you haven’t yet been, Valentine’s Day weekend is a great time to explore All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives at the Bowers Museum. This special exhibition allows visitors the chance to see “the jewelry and accessories from Titanic, The Princess Diaries and some of their favorite Disney and 20th Century Studios films in a way that they have never been able to before.” Learn about the ways in which jewelry is used to help tell stories and explain characters. Details and tickets are available online.
Valentine’s Day Cards – Tarjetas para el día de San Valentín
Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library
803 Spence St., Los Angeles, CA 90023
Stop by the Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library on Thursday, February 10th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a special art project. Kids will be making Valentine’s Day cards!
Brilliance: The Art and Science of Rare Jewels
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 Brilliance: The Art and Science of Rare Jewels at the Natural History Museum. Enter the Museum’s Gem Vault and “marvel at the brilliance of over one hundred spectacular objects – necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and unmounted gems.” Free timed-tickets are required; details are available online. (The exhibition closes February 21st.)
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 Love at the Drive-In offerings. On Friday, February 11th at 8:30 pm enjoy Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (rated G). On Saturday, February 12th it’s a Meg Ryan weekend with When Harry Met Sally (rated R) at 6:00 pm and Sleepless in Seattle (rated PG) at 8:30 pm. And on Monday, February 14th at 8:00 pm The Notebook (rated PG-13) will be shown at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available online.
Street Food Cinema
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007
Street Food Cinema invites families to see a drive-in movie this Valentine’s Day weekend. On Friday, February 11th there is a 5:45 pm showing of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) (rated G) and an 8:15 pm showing of Selena (rated PG). On Saturday, February 12th enjoy a 5:45 pm showing of Aladdin (1992) (rated G) and an 8:15 pm showing of Crazy Rich Asians (rated PG-13). On Sunday, February 13th there’s a 5:45 pm showing of Clueless (rated PG-13). And on Monday, Valentine’s Day, there’s a 5:45 pm showing of Lady and the Tramp (rated G) and an 8:15 pm showing of 10 Things I Hate About You (rated PG). In addition, from February 11th through February 14th, SFC is also hosting a Valentine’s Car Decorating Contest. Details, information about food, and tickets are available online.
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 Saturday, 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’s Amazing Adventure
Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark St., Encino, CA 91436
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with faeries on Saturday, February 12th at 10:30 am. If you’re not familiar, A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances, appropriate for children ages 2-10 (and those young-at-heart). Check the website for details and to purchase tickets.
Paint & Sip Valentine Tea 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 Tea Party happening on Saturday, February 12th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. “Enjoy tea and cookies and paint a beautiful Valentine’s Day canvas!” The fee is $25 per person which includes Museum admission. Call 562-383-4236 for reservations.
Better Together: 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 12th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Families will have the chance to spend the afternoon with the animals, enjoy a vegan lunch, connect with a panel of community leaders, and more. Check the website as more details and registration information become available.
Family Valentine Night Hike: The Birds and The Bees
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
On Friday, February 12th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, families can enjoy a special Family Valentine Night Hike at The Arboretum. “Explore the love affair between plants and their pollinators while discovering the botanic biology that makes it all possible.” Registration information is 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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