If spending time with the people you love most tops your Valentine’s Day wish list, we’ve got the scoop on eleven ways families can celebrate around Seattle this year. With everything from concerts and crafts to zoo events and a fun run, these Valentine’s events and activities are all about the things we love. Read on to make your plans.
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1. Veggies for Valentine’s
Does your kiddo love farm animals? So do the folks at Kelsey Creek Farm Park. Bring your kids to the farm to celebrate Valentine’s Day by making veggie treats for the animals and popcorn treats for guests. Your kiddo will meet the farm animals, make a Valentine card for an animal and receive one in return during this program. Pre-registration is required. Feb. 13, 1-2 p.m. $25/Bellevue resident; $30/Non-resident. Ages 4-8. Event details.
2. Family Service Event: Love
Join this Camp Kindness Counts workshop to practice love. You’ll join other families and make dog and cat blankets for local shelter animals waiting to be adopted. The goal is to make 50 blankets. Families are invited to stay at the end for a short reflection time. Registration is required. Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
3. Family Sunday at the National Nordic Museum
The National Nordic Museum’s monthly on-site art making program encourages children and their caregivers to get creative. And this month, the project will be all about Valentines. Drop in with your kids to get creative. All art-making supplies and materials will be provided. Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Included with admission. All ages. Event details.
4. Love at the Zoo
Valentine’s weekend is a great time to head south to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for their two-day event. Watch animals get enrichments like heart shaped ice treats, bamboo hearts and whipped cream throughout the day. Then complete a heart scavenger hunt around the park where kids can scan the QR codes to learn fun facts and see cute animal pics. Don’t forget to drop a Valentine into the plaza mailbox for you favorite zoo animal friend before heading home. Feb. 12 & 13, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Included with admission. All ages. Event details.
5. Family Art Workshop
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an art workshop at Cascadia Art Museum. If you love creating art, bring the kids to this Family Art Workshop where local artist Mary Peterson will lead everyone through creating one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards using stamps made with recycled Styrofoam trays. The class is free, but families will need to register online in advance. Feb. 12, 11-11:55 a.m. & 12:05-1 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
6. Valentine’s Day Dash
Marina Park is where the 3rd Annual Alexander’s Hope Valentine’s Day Dash will be held. Run or walk this out-and-back 5K along the Kirkland waterfront in an effort tos support Alexander’s Hope, a nonprofit aimed at spreading awareness about organ donation. Choose from a 5K Run/Walk, a Youth 5K or the free Kids Dash (10 a.m.) Registration is required, but day of registration will be available. Feb. 12, 9 a.m. $35/5K; $20/Youth 5K; Free, Kids Dash. All ages. Event details.
7. Valentine’s Day Card Making
Tell your peeps how much you love them with handmade Valentine’s Day cards. Join instructors at Farrel-McWhirter Farm in the Big Red Barn where kids will get inspiration and words of wisdom from farm animal visitors. Psst…we hear it will be “udderly” fantastic. Registration required. Feb. 12, 1:30-3 p.m.; $45/Redmond resident; $54/Non-resident. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
8. Family Day: Valentine’s
Viva Valentines! Join an educator at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma to make the perfect card for your Valentine. This family workshop will be held in the art room, where families will find all the materials and inspiration they need to create together. Feb. 12, 1-4 p.m. Included with admission. All ages. Event details.
9. Valentine’s Day Concert
Bring your little (and big) loves to Crossroads Mall for a free concert we think you’ll love. Presenting a ’60s style girl group show that captures the essence of many famous vocal groups like the Supremes, the Crystals, the Ronettes, Marvelettes as well as Jackie DeShannon, Doris Troy and Dusty Springfield. Grab a bite. Sit back and enjoy the show. Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
10. Valentine’s Dream Catcher Workshop
During this drop-off workshop at Sit and Kit in Bellevue, kindergartners through fifth graders will make a dream catcher to give as a gift or keep for themselves. Everything your creative kiddo needs to make this 10” project will be provided. Registration is required. Feb. 12, 5-7 p.m. $35. K-5th grade. Event details.
11. Kid’s Cookie Workshop
This Valentine’s Day your kids can have a chance to make a batch of freshly baked cookies alongside Cam Zarcone of PCC Markets. Kids will bake along with Cam as they measure, mix and form chocolate and vanilla swirled shortbread hearts and make heart thumbprint cookies. They’ll then take their cookies up a notch and make vanilla frosting for decorating. Registration is required. Feb. 13, 11 a.m. $60. Kids, 8-12. Event details.