Things to do on Valentine’s Day for kids

Valentine’s Day for kids may not be about gifts and romance, but these events will ensure little ones still have fun
Zimmer Children's Museum
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By Stephanie Morino |

Sometimes adults forget that holidays like Valentine’s Day aren’t just for those looking for love, be it a romanic dinner or wedding proposal. This Valentine’s Day, show the little ones in your life what the holiday is all about. Whether it’s catching a screening of Lady and the Tramp or heading to a museum, there are plenty of things to do this Valentine’s Day for kids of all ages, from tiny ones to teens. 

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Valentine’s Day for kids


Lady and the Tramp screening

It’s famous for that spaghetti kiss—a legendary scene that Walt Disney almost cut out. But Lady and the Tramp has many other charming moments: the script evolved out of years of personal pet stories shared by the studio's animal-loving writers and executives. A true labor of love. See it at El Captian around Valentine’s Day and you'll be treated to a candlelit dinner before the movie, catered by Miceli’s (sold separately; call 818-845-3110).

Pretend City Children's Museum
Photograph: Courtesy Pretend City Children's Museum
Things to do

Pretend City Valentine’s Day

Many people think of Valentine’s Day as a Hallmark holiday, but Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine is fighting against that at their Valentine's Day event. With the goal of helping children understand the meaning behind the holiday, the museum will educate children on the symbols related to the holiday and what they represent, as well as host story times, games and more.

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The museum is taking its regularly scheduled programming and giving it a Valentine’s Day twist on February 14. Its Open Art activities program at 3pm will be love themed, and its 10:15am sing-a-long will include children’s songs with a love theme as well—in both English and Spanish! 


Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough.
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LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

What kid doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Indulge them with a surprise visit to the L.A. Cookie Con and Sweets Show which boasts hundreds of samples of cookies, candy, chocolate, coffee and ice cream. Expect two full days of pastry workshops, previews of new cooking tools and dessert competitions.

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