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Favorite Valentine’s Day Activities for Families

Looking for Valentine’s Day activities families can enjoy in the East Bay? We are excited to share this round-up of love- and heart-themed activities in February. Read on for our favorite Valentine’s Day activities for families, including romantic dinners, special outings, crafts, projects, family together-time, and parents-sneaking-away-but-staying-home time (hint: turn on the TV).

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Love at the Lake, Lake Chabot, Castro Valley

February 1 to 25. The signature Valentine’s Day package at Lake Chabot is nice for a special date or small family. Enjoy a covered and decorated patio boat for two hours with a picnic basket for $209-$259. Add more snacks, sweets, or flowers. Reserve your spot >

Galentine’s Tea, Berkeley

Saturday, Feb 10 & Sunday, Feb 11. Book a special “Galentine’s Day Tea” for your girlfriends or daughters to enjoy a splurge at the Claremont. Tea times are available at noon, 12:30, and 2:30 pm. Adults $135 and children $85. Reserve your spot >

Claremont tea food tower
The three-tiered tea tower is elegant and tasty | Photo: Julie Herson

Family Botanical Valentine’s Tea, Berkeley

Sunday, Feb. 11, 10 to 11:30 am or 1 – 2:30 pm. UC Berkeley Botanical Garden hosts a lovely botanical tea party to celebrate the ones you love. Children and their grown-ups will explore the garden through an educational walk, make their own tea party snacks and drinks, and craft valentines from pressed botanicals. Select the morning or afternoon session. $20 per child/$24 per adult; discounts for members. Pre-registration is required.

Tiny Tuesday, Walnut Creek

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10 am – noon. Join Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s Tiny Tuesday, where children ages 2-5 can visit outside of regular hours to play and learn with an adult caregiver. Explore the natural world and learn how wildlife show their affection. Activities include crafts, storytime, puppet show and up-close experiences with animal ambassadors.  ($32-$42+) or you can join virtually with a penguin cam. Learn more.

Penguin Valentines, San Francisco

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 10:30 am. The Cal Academy penguins will continue their annual tradition of receiving valentines from the biologists who care for them. Watch the penguins nab felt hearts to line their nests and learn more about the colony during a visit to the museum. Included with admission ($10-$12 per person).Learn more.

Pro tip: Reschedule your Valentine’s date night

It can be really hard to schedule childcare and a dinner out that falls exactly on Valentine’s Day. Can I strongly suggest you take advantage of one of these incredible Parents’ Nights Out programs any night you can get in this month? There are a bunch to choose from: Kids do judo, paint rainbows, watch movies, flop on trampolines, and generally have a blast!

This February, you can find:

Kid-friendly Valentine’s Activities at Home

Looking for a fun do-together project at home for you and a kid? Check out some of our ideas to get started.

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards For School

If you have a willing participant, you can take a photo of your child against a blank wall, posed as shown below. Print or order prints (pro tip: Amazon does it for $0.17 per photo!).  Then, hole-punch twice — above and below your child’s hand in the photo —  to stick a lollipop through.

child valentine awesome


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