Valentine’s Day may be Feb. 14, but, when it comes to family-friendly Valentine’s events, Feb. 11 is the big day. Families can head to the Norton Simon Museum (www.nortonsimon.org) in Pasadena and go on a “My Valentine Art Adventure Tour” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Geared for families with kids ages 7-11, this workshop explores artwork that looks at love, family and friendship. Families can then create a valentine inspired by what they’ve seen. The workshop is free with museum admission: $12 ages 19 and older. To participate, sign up at the information desk.
If you want to get more ambitious with your Valentine’s Day card making, drop by the Craft and Folk Art Museum (www.cafam.org) in mid-Wilshire from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for a “Hammering Plants & Printmaking” Craftlab. As the title suggests, this workshop involves hammering plants. When the plants get stamped onto paper, their natural pigments make a design, creating a one-of-a-kind Valentine that you can truly say is “hand-made.” $7 adults, $5 children.
The Automotive Driving Museum in El Segundo (www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org) offers a different route to celebrating Valentine’s Day. “Valentine’s Day Rides” allow guests to take a spin in a vintage red car and enjoy complimentary chocolate and champagne. Rides are first come, first served and take place from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 ages 11-17.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be for the one you love. It can also be for someone who needs love. Join the volunteers at the free Big Sunday “Valentine-Making, Bingo-Playing Community Dinner” from 4-7 p.m. at Big Sunday headquarters on Melrose Avenue and create cards and gift bags for shut-ins and others having a difficult time. Vounteers are invited to dinner and to play a fun game of bingo. Learn more at www.bigsunday.org.
True Pablove presents another great opportunity for families to share the love. This “family Valentine’s celebration” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Casa Vertigo in Downtown L.A. serves as a signature fundraiser for Pablove Foundation (www.pablove.org), a local nonprofit that raises money and awareness for pediatric cancer treatment. Parents and children can enjoy a day filled with music, crafts, food and even some super auction items, while helping out a great cause. $70 in advance, $90 at the door, free for ages 2 and younger.