There are two schools of thought on Valentine’s Day: Syrupy sweet, showering your love in flowers, cards and everything pink and red or those who think it is just an excuse for retailers to steal more of your hard earned cash. Why not find a middle ground! The city of LA has a number of activities that won’t break the bank, and just might even bring you closer to one another.

FOR THE FAMILY:

Join Big Sunday as they celebrate the day of love and also give back to the community! Enjoy a day of creating cards and gift bags for local shut-ins and people who are ailing or facing a difficult time in their life. Share the love!!!! And while you create, enjoy a community breakfast and fun game of bingo.

There is nothing like a little art to fuel the heart and mind in the ways of love. The Erin Hanson Gallery is currently showing “Romance in Bloom”; a collection of works inspired by secluded landscapes and romantic wildflowers. 

There’s a ton of free or cheap museums to head to for a day out together.  Last year we headed to the Japanese Garden in Lake Balboa for a romantic afternoon, with the Littlest Assistant, strolling along. 

Some people might want to avoid this area instead of head down there… but if you’re an athletic type family, the LA Marathon will be ran from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica pier that morning.  Start off cheering the runners on, and then spend the afternoon by the beach.  

Speaking of the beach, this year we’ll be taking the Littlest Assistant with us for a family beach day.  It’s always cheap and family friendly. Because really – isn’t the best part of Valentine’s is that you’re with the ones you love?

FREE ACTIVITIES FOR COUPLES:

For many, comedy is the key to winning one’s heart. Why not make it a night of love and laughs with the Lapu the Coyote that Care Theatre Company. Valentine’s themed Improv filled with laughs and free Valentine’s candy

SPEND A LITTLE EXTRA DOUGH:

The downtown art’s district is coming back and bringing some love to town with the reopening of Villain’s Tavern. Chefs Robbie Richter and Chris Peterson have created a special $25 per person food love fest that includes a fun burlesque performance by Dirty Little Secrets! 

Experience a little After-Dinner Breakfast with a showing of Blake Edwards’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For $25 you and your love can enjoy this film classic sipping champagne and basking in the ambiance of the classic Los Angeles Theatre. Organizer, Cinespia promises a love filled night.

FOR MORE IDEAS:

Check out DT News and check out more Valentine’s Day activities in the heart of Downtown.

Or if DTLA isn’t where you’re thinking of going, how about pop into Time Out, which has 12 inexpensive date ideas.  Fall in love with your center and your main squeeze by trying something new or going to a different dig.  


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