Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and while you might be picking out cards or ordering chocolates, you can also add a few fun family events to your plans.
The California Shakespeare Ensemble will perform a selection the Bard’s love scenes in Descanso Garden’s Under the Oaks Theater at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. A special photo kiosk will offer a floral frame for you and your Valentine from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and the garden’s Boddy House will host a That’s Amore dinner catered by Patina at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Admission to the garden (1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge; www.descansogardens.org), play and photo kiosk is $9 adults, $6 students, $4 ages 5-12. Dinner is $75 per person.
The heart is the focus of Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Have A Heart Day (10 a.m.-5 p.m., 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena; www.kidspacemuseum.org), which will including playing heart-energizing games, making “heart” love cards and learning about foods that are good for the heart. Admission is $11.
Vroman’s Bookstore (695 E. Colorado, Pasadena; www.vromansbookstore.com) pays tribute to that Valentine cherub Cupid at 10:30 a.m., with a free craft time where kids can make their very own Cupid’s love arrow.
Target Free Day at the Japanese American National Museum (100 N. Central Ave., L.A.; www.janm.org) will combine Valentine Day’s with Hello Kitty, which should add up to sweet, super-cute fun from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach; www.aquariumofpacific.org) will be open late (6-9 p.m.) so families can share a little love with the sharks, jellyfish and seals. Admission after 5 p.m. will be $14.95.
For those not in the Valentine mood, the Valencia Library (23743 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita; www.santaclaritalibrary.com) will have a free Anti-Valentine celebration from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Geared for 4th-7th graders, it will be an afternoon filled with moody music and themed crafts, including making black duct tape roses. Visitors are invited to dress in red and black.