Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about romance — you want to do something nice for your family, too. After all, why not share the love? This year, point your cupid’s bow and arrow at some activities that make for a fun, sweet Valentine’s Day for kids and grown-ups.
Introduce your kids to one of the greatest dog love stories of all time and catch a showing of Lady and the Tramp at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. A visit to the lavish, historic theater, complete with a live organist, is an experience in itself – the theater dates from the 1920s, and it captures the era’s Old Hollywood glamour. The kids feel like they’re visiting something out of a fairy tale, and they’ll be fully immersed in a charming, classic movie, too.
Healthy Heart, Happy Heart
Take a more literal approach to Valentine’s: Skip the candy hearts in favor of learning about healthy hearts at the special “Have a Heart” exhibit running from February 14 through 16 at the Kidspace Children’s Museum. Burn off some of that never-ending kid energy playing games that are designed to get your heart pumping, like a tricycle race around the outdoor track. The future doctors in your family will love making their own Valentine’s Day Cards shaped like anatomically correct hearts. Round out your visit by dancing your hearts out to some kid-friendly love songs performed by Just Kidding in the outdoor amphitheater.
Nothing says “I love you to the moon and back” like a little star-gazing. Drive the family up the winding roads of Griffith Park to the Hollywood hilltop Griffith Observatory; it affords some of the best views in the city, in addition to a galaxy of wonder. Start your visit with a show at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, decked out with a laser digital projection system. Sit back in the plush seats and watch the universe unfold on the dome-shaped ceiling above you. Next, head outdoors to watch the sunset behind the L.A. skyline. Stick around as the sky grows dark, and join the kids in marveling at the stars through the historic Zeiss telescope. It’s bound to be an out-of-this-world Valentine’s Day for kids and parents, too.