Glitter hearts are hanging in every shop, roses are getting prepped, and
preteens are getting anxious over whether their crush will send them a candy gram.
Love is in the air folks, and we think it’s the perfect time to show your little ones how
much you adore them. Here are 10 things to keep you busy!
1. Make Some Sweet Meals
One of the best ways to your loved one’s heart is through their tummy so why not make a special treat for them to enjoy? Here are 10 recipes they will go gaga over, courtesy of parenting.com. Psst…strawberry smoothies are an awesome way to start the day and they’re pink! 😉
2. Acts of Kindness for Others
One of the most gratifying ways to celebrate, and share the love, is by giving to those who may not have someone to spend the holiday with. Take the kiddos to volunteer at a local food bank, soup kitchen, or shelter. You could even take the day to go through old toys and clothes you’d like to donate.
3. Get Crafting
Making some crafts to adorn the house is a great way to spend time with the kiddos and we love these ideas from parenting.com. Handprint flowers are an awesome tradition to start so you can watch how your kids hands grow over the years!
4. Celebrate Your Family
Give out notes saying why you appreciate one another, or take time to have a fancy dinner at home. You can even go around the table saying one thing you love about one another which is a great way to start a conversation and will boost little one’s self-esteem.
5. Head to an Event:
• Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
February 10: Kids (3+) buzzing valentine mailbox. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.
• Chocolate Festival in Long Beach
February 10: A street full of chocolate! Approximately 25 merchants will offer chocolate in various styles. Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Free admission; 12 tasting tickets for $10; metered parking.
• Valentine’s Day Clay Workshop
February 10: Kids (7+) create while parents date! Whether beginning or advanced, students will love creating a Valentine’s day themed clay sculpture with a pop-up card background. $55. Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Offered at both Yorba Linda and Mission Viejo studios. Yorba Linda, 18212 Imperial Hwy. Mission Viejo, 24000 Alicia Pkwy. # 31.
• Valentine’s Day Stories and Crafts at Placentia Library
February 10: Listen to a special story and make a Valentine’s Day craft for someone special, too. The library will bring the Valentine’s Day cards that the children make to a local senior center. Saturday, 2-3 p.m.
• Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Pretend City
February 14: This year Pretend City Children’s Museum will share some hearty history with your family to help teach more about this holiday through hands-on, educational and fun activities. Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit their website for schedule.
• Yappy Hour Valentine’s Card Contest
February 17: Long Beach Animal Care Services and Haute Dogs, Justin Rudd will host a handmade Valentine’s card contest for Long Beach-area students (K-12) to create lovable Valentine’s cards for the 120+ dogs and 50+ cats housed at the Long Beach Animal Care Services shelter. In addition to the regular shelter hours, the public is invited to come view the cards and their creators, spend time with the animals and “fall in love” during a special Yappy Hour from 2:30-3:30 p.m. where drinks and cookies will be served to human guests, soft love songs will be playing, the shelter animals will receive special Valentine’s goodies, and awards will be announced for the best Valentine’s cards.
Don’t see an event for you? Check out our calendar…it’s updated daily!
And be sure to check out our V-Day Pinterest board for even more inspo!