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Valentine’s Day Activities for Families

Today’s guide to the best family Valentine’s ever is sponsored by The Claremont Club and Spa; a Fairmont Hotel. Scroll on for fun outings, at-home activities, and a deal for a delicious dinner.

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. Including romantic dinners, special outings, crafts, projects, family together-time, and parents-sneaking-away-but-staying-home time (hint: turn on the TV).

Claremont Hotel Glice Skating
Beginners may find the Glice rink easier to learn to skate | Photo: Maureen Burke

Spotlight on Valentine’s Offerings from The Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley

The Claremont is offering a delicious dinner to go for couples. They pack it up so you can assemble and heat it at home with minimal effort. I splurged on the Christmas Dinner and have my eye on this special feast, too.

In the shade of the five palms, they’re offering Valentine cookie decorating on 2/12 and a Sweetheart Skate on Monday 2/14. Read on for more details and more ideas!

We have lots of ideas: ❤ Fun Valentine-y Activities with Kids | Family-friendly Valentine OutingsRomantic Dinner to go

Family-friendly Valentine’s Outings in the East Bay

Community Valentine Mail Art Party, BAMPFA, Berkeley

Saturday, Feb. 5, 12-4 pm for Free with $14 general admission, children 0-18 are free: Families can drop into the museum’s ArtLab to create Valentine’s Day mail art with experimental arts education program No School. Find more details.

Sweetheart Party, Gymboree, El Cerrito

Friday, Feb. 11, 3 pm and Sunday, Feb. 13, 11 am for $30 per child ($5 off for members), $20 for siblings: Enjoy music, dancing, crafts, snacks and more at this family-friendly Valentine’s Day Party. Best for children ages 0-5 with caregiver. Reserve your spot.

Cookie Decorating, The Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley

Saturday, Feb. 12, at 11 am for $40 per family: My son LOVED this activity. Decorate a dozen cookies in Valentine’s themes, fun for all ages. Nibble as you go or bring them home. Space is limited, the event is outdoors. Reserve your spot.

Mexican Milagros Valentine’s Workshop, Art with Amy, Alameda

Sunday, Feb. 13, at 1-3 pm for $35 per child or adult (adults optional): Make Mexican folk art and learn about Mexican culture and traditions for this heart-shaped charm. Snacks included. Reserve your spot.

Sweetheart Skate, The Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley

Monday, Feb. 14, 4-8 pm for $20 per adult, $8 per child over 3: Families and couples can skate together while enjoying a gorgeous sunset and special wood-fired pizzas. Treated yourselves to a glass of sparkling wine following your hour of skating. No reservations are required, but capacity will be limited. Find more details.

Pro tip: Reschedule your date night

It can be really hard to schedule childcare and a dinner out that falls exactly on Valentine’s Day in a normal year. 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 loving hedgehogs, flop on trampolines, and generally have a blast! This February, you can find:

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Lake Chabot “Love at the Lake”, Castro Valley

February 1 to 28 for a two-hour reservation: As long as we’re in the head-space of “Valentine’s is any day in February,” Splurge on the romantically-styled pontoon boat with a special treat basket for $199 to $249 for floating meal on the water. Bring your kids or don’t. Reserve your spot.

Two adults on a romantic pontoon at Lake Chabot
Enjoy a floating meal with your Valentine at Lake Chabot | Photo: Lake Chabot Marina & Café

Dinner date at home

Romantic Valentine Dinner to-go from The Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley

Pick up the nicely-packaged dinner at the carriage house entrance (down in view of the tennis courts). Clear off a whole table and use the nice napkins for a romantic dinner. In previous years, I’ve tried to enlist my children as servers, but it is much easier to order them a pizza and turn on Encanto. Then sink your teeth into this:

❤ First Course: Iceberg Salad with Bacon
❤ Second Course: Beef Wellington, honey-glazed carrots, Yukon potato puree
❤ Dessert: Dark molten chocolate cake with vanilla bean gelato

Place orders here and save 10% with code 510families.

beef wellington dinner for two
Valentine’s Beef Wellington for two — see the complete menu — save 10% with code: 510families | Photo: The Claremont Club & Spa

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 $0.15 per photo!).  Then, hole-punch twice — above and below your child’s hand in the photo —  to stick a lollipop through.

valentine project lollipopvalentines day card kindergarten

Valentine’s Day Dessert Class from Kitchen on Fire

Saturday, Feb. 12, noon-2 pm for $65 per household: Learn how to prepare delicious Italian Valentine’s Day Desserts (Flourless Chocolate Cake and Poached Pears in Porto) in a virtual baking class with Chef Maria, recommended for adults and teens. A week before class, you’ll receive your shopping list. Register at Kitchen on Fire >

Child’s Botanical Valentine Tea from UC Botanical Garden

Sunday, Feb. 13 at 10-11 am for $25 per kit ($5 discount for members): Join the garden’s annual Botanical Valentine’s Day Tea Family Program over Zoom. Explore fragrant edible herbs and flowers (kit included) and talk about their many uses. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals. Pick up kit from the Garden required either the Friday or Saturday ahead of the Sunday program. Register at UC Botanical Garden >

Penguin Valentine Live Cam

February 12 – 14, 10:30 am for Free: Join California Academy of Science’s colony of African penguins—and the biologists who care for them—in this scientifically adorable annual Valentine’s Day tradition over the museum’s live penguin cam (also in person). You’ll see curious penguins nab felt hearts to line their nests (great for pair-bonding) and learn about the important husbandry work done by our Steinhart Aquarium biologists. Learn more > 

Valentine-themed crafty kits from Dolly Project

With 5 adorable themes like “I love you a bot” and “I’m over the rainbow for you”, these preschooler activity kits are sure to sell quickly. Find your fave for $25. Order from Dolly Project >

Heart of Gold painting project from SplashKits

Order in advance. Do it on your own time. SplashKits are do-it-yourself acrylic painting kits great for all ages and skill levels complete with materials. This one is a literal gold heart on a striped background.  Order from SplashKits >

Heart-shaped bubbles from Hands-on! Berkeley

Order in advance. Do it on your own time. Is your scientist into bubbles? The take-home science kit for ages 6 to 11 is a delight for about $30. The kit includes ingredients for bubble solution, bubble wands, and a tray — including a heart-shaped bubble wand. Order from Hands-On!

Painting Love Mugs from Color Me Mine, Alameda

Order in advance. Do it on your own time. Order two Love Mugs along with 8 Paint Colors of your choice to paint together (and fire later, included) for $45.99. Order this project before they’re gone. Other sweetheart projects at Color Me Mine include Candy Heart Plate, Valentine’s Tic Tac Toe, heart-shaped bowls. If you have childcare, adults can do their special Paint By Candlelight V-Day Date Night. xo

Thank you again to our sponsor The Claremont Club and Spa; a Fairmont Hotel. Place your romantic dinner orders here and save 10% with code 510families.

decorate cookies at the claremont hotel


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