Six Fun Ideas For Kids Celebrating Valentine’s Day

By Michael Berick

Fun Ideas for Kids Valentine's Day

Share your love with a sea creature at the Aquarium of the Pacific. PHOTO COURTESY AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

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.

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