Valentine's Day Events Around the Bay Area
Botanical Valentine Tea – Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party. Finish the fun by making pressed botanicals to take home. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Sat., Feb. 9. 10-11:30am and 1-2:30pm. $24 adults, $20 children. UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. 510-664-7606. events.berkeley.edu.
Family Sweetheart Dance – Put on your dancing shoes and bring your little someone special to this program. Dancing, refreshments and photo booth included. Sat., Feb. 1. 6-8pm. $20 per family of four or $7 per person. El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. 510-559-7000. el-cerrito.org.
Mini Monday: Be My Valentine – Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to explore craft and activity stations at their own pace. Observe hands-on presentations with animal ambassadors. Mon., Feb. 10. 10am-12pm. $20 per child, $6 per additional child; includes snacks for kids and coffee for adults. Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978. lindsaywildlife.org.
Valentine’s Treats - Join friends and neighbors for making, baking and decorating Valentine's Day themed treats. Or make some un-Valentine's Day treats. Your choice! Fri., Feb. 7. 4pm. FREE. Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch, 1901 Russell St., Berkeley. 510-981-6260. berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
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Craft: Valentine's Day Cards - Make a Valentine's Day card for a special someone. All ages welcome. Mon., Feb. 10. 4pm. FREE. Excelsior Branch Library, 4400 Mission St., San Francisco. 415-355-2868. sfpl.org.
Family Program: Orchid Tour and Valentine Craft - Tour the colorful orchid display inside, then create a three-dimensional, orchid-themed Valentine’s card. This activity is designed for elementary aged children accompanied by an adult. Sat., Feb. 8. 2pm. $15 per person plus Filoli admission: $22 adults, $11 children 5-11, under 5 FREE. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Cañada Road, Woodside. 650-364-8300. filoli.org.
Family Valentine’s Fun Day – Come for educational activities, hearts and crafts, storytime, face paint, photos and a continental breakfast with mimosas for adults. Sun., Feb. 9. 10am-12pm. $25-50. Aquarium of the Bay, The Embarcadero at Beach Street, Pier 39, San Francisco. 415-623-5300. aquariumofthebay.org.
Teddy Bear Tea – This event, for young children and their families, is held in a beautifully decorated room with elegant tables laden with hot chocolate and delicious nibbles. After tea, the children will meet a life-sized Teddy Bear who will lead them to a bear-y fun craft project and then storytime. Kids must be accompanied by adults. Children over 1 must have a ticket. Sat., Feb. 8. Seatings at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Check website for ticket prices. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 415-789-2665, ext. 2239. beltiblibfoundation.org.
Galentine's Day - Stop by the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on “Galentine's Day” to celebrate the love and passion for art with your girlfriends. Connect with your community by creating simple Valentine’s Day cards and crafts. Thu., Feb. 13. 4-10pm. FREE. 520 S. First St., San Jose.
Valentine Craft Week - Children with their adults are welcome to drop in for afternoon valentine-creating fun. Feb. 10-13. 3-5pm. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Valentine Super Love Jam - Midnight Star, Rose Royce, Heatwave, Color Me Badd, Ready For The World, Club Nouveau, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Malo, Ray Goodman & Brown, and The Moments are scheduled to perform. Fri., Feb. 14. 7:30pm. $33.50. 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose.
Valentine’s Day Craft - Make a candy shaped ornament for Valentine’s Day to gift or keep at select San Jose Public Library branches between Feb. 5-14. Craft hours scheduled separately for teens and for kids ages 5-12. Event kicks off Wed., Feb. 5. 3:45-4:45pm. Educational Park Branch Library, 1772 Educational Park Drive, San Jose. Check website for more details. sjpl.org.