Valentine’s Special: Family-Friendly Fun in (and around) Salem, Oregon!

 By Emy Sloan


Looking for a special way to spend quality time with your little lovebug(s) this Valentine’s Day?

Cherry City Busy Kids has got you covered!

Check out these great family-friendly events happening in and around Salem, Oregon- February 11th through the 14th! 


If you like this list be sure to keep your eye on our local event calendar at

…And be sure to follow us on Facebook for more local family fun!


Saturday, Feb. 11th:


Special Valentine’s Day Drop in Lincoln City:

Feb 11th & 12th. Every year from mid-October through Memorial Day nearly 3,000 handcrafted glass floats made by local artisans are dropped along the seven mile stretch of beach from Roads End to Siletz Bay as part of Lincoln City’s ‘Finders Keepers’ event. This weekend, in honor of Valentine’s Day, there is going to be a special drop of 14 heart shaped glass paperweights. You find ’em, you keep ’em!

BONUS! Feb. 11th-20th. Antique Week. Special drop of 300 Japanese antique floats!

Admission: FREE


FREE Ballerina Tea Party Dance Class (ages 3-5) at Starr Studios Salem School of Dance:

12:45 PM. Little ones ages 3-5 are welcome to join in on a fun afternoon of dancing and tea at Starr Studios Salem School of dance! Call (503)581-7103 to register for the free event.

Admission: FREE (must register)

Starr Studios Salem School of Dance- 2290 Commercial St SE Suite 130


FREE Oregon’s 158th Birthday Celebration at the Oregon State Capitol:

10-2PM. Celebrate Oregon’s Birthday at the Capitol during this free event! There will be  covered wagons and a stagecoach on display, live costumed historic interpreters and reenactments, performances by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association, the original State Constitution on display in the Rotunda, photo opportunities with the Gold Pioneer as well as free birthday cake and children’s activities, live period music, you’ll get a chance to help build a miniature log cabin and see the Why I Love Oregon essay exhibit, political cartoon exhibit and more!

Admission: FREE

Oregon State Capitol- 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301


Kids Club- Valentine’s Cookies at Michaels:

10-12 PM. During the weekly Kid’s Club event at Michael’s craft store the kids craft and the parents shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. This week’s event is Valentine’s Cookies! Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.


Admission: $2

Michaels- 6445 Keizer Station Blvd, Keizer, OR 97303


Valentine’s Make Event at Michaels:

1-3 PM. Buy blank cards and the rest of the supplies are free. Say “Eye Love You” with googly eyes and hearts at this cute crafting event!

Admission: Cost of the blank cards

Michaels- 6445 Keizer Station Blvd, Keizer, OR 97303


FREE Read to a Pet at the Salem Public Library:

1-2:30. This program offers children a relaxing, non-threatening way to improve their reading skills. Visiting dogs and cats have been trained and certified as therapy animals by Paws for Love and are mellow and friendly. This is a drop-in program, and sign-ups are not necessary. Held in the Children’s Room every second and last Saturday of the month.

Admission: FREE

Salem Public Library- 585 Liberty St, Salem, OR 97301


Sunday, Feb. 12th:


Chef’s Cinema: ‘Chocolat’ at the Historic Grand Theatre:

3-5 PM. Enlightened Theatrics presents their More-Than-A-Movie Series! Chef’s Cinema will pair the beloved film ‘Chocolat’ (staring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Rated PG-13) with a post discussion/Q&A and Chocolate Truffle pairing by Paridiso’s own Chef Robert Durkin.

Admission: $25/package or $7/screening only- general admission

Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre- 191 High St, NE, Salem, OR 97301


Cupid’s Night Out at the Riverfront Carousel:

5-7 PM. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with unlimited carousel rides, Valentine’s themed crafts and activities, cookie decorating- while supplies last, face painting, Cupid BINGO and a Valentine photo booth!


Admission: $5. Children under 3 are FREE! (A limited amount of tickets will be sold. Must purchase tickets in advance at the gift shop. Will call tickets can be arranged by calling Carousel during business hours!)

Salem’s Riverfront Carousel- 101 Front St, Salem, OR 97301



Tuesday, Feb. 14th:


$4 Admission to the Oregon Zoo:

9:30-4PM. Every second Tuesday the Oregon Zoo offers $4 admission! This month it happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. Might as well take advantage!


Admission: $4. Children 2 and under are FREE

Oregon Zoo- 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR, 97221


Get a FREE Valentine’s Heart Photo of You and Your Pet at Nature’s Pet Market:

10-6 PM. Stop into Nature’s Pet Market on Valentine’s Day to get a FREE Valentine’s photo of you and your pet! Your photo will then be entered to win a $25 gift card!

Admission: FREE

Nature’s Pet Market- 4555 Liberty Rd S, Salem, OR 97302


Toddler Tuesday Swim & Play at the KROC Center:

10-12 AM. This weekly play and swim free time is designed for little ones ages 9 months- 5 years. There are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy (including a bouncy house, blocks, obstacle course, roller coaster and more) as well as swimming!

Admission: FREE with membership. $6 for a youth day pass

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center-  1865 Bill Frey Dr, Salem, OR 97301


FREE Family Concert Featuring Eric Herman at the Salem Public Library:

10:30 AM. This FREE family concert will be taking place in Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library. Intended for preschoolers and their families this fun event is all about music and movement! This show is on a first-come, first-seated basis. It will replace library story times and is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Salem Library. Doors open at 10:15, it is advised to arrive early!

Admission: FREE

Salem Public Library- 585 Liberty St, Salem, OR 97301


Valentines Card Member’s Activity at the Gilbert House:

11-1 PM. Must be a Gilbert House Member to attend. Make a Valentine’s Day card to give to a loved one! Snacks will be provided.

Admission: FREE with membership

Gilbert House Children’s Museum- 116 Marion St NE, Salem, OR, 97301


Story Painting Class (LOVE From the Very Hungry Caterpillar) at Young at Art:

4:30-5:30 PM. This special story painting class is intended for children ages 2-10. Your child will paint a pre-sketched 8×10 canvas based on the book ‘Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Must purchase tickets in advance!

From the Young at Art website

Admission: $10

Young at Art: 1255 Broadway NE Ste. 190, Salem, OR, 97301



Sweet Valentine’s Hair Cuts at Little Angels Kid Salon:

Get your little date all ready for a big day-on-the-town with a great haircut from Little Angels Kid Salon!



Little Angels Kid Salon- 1724 Center St NE, Salem, OR 97301



Unique Valentine’s Gifts at Mint Baby • Body • Decor:

Find handmade dolls, toys, books, dress-up and other fun gifts for your little sweethearts!

From the Mint Baby • Body • Decor FB page


Mint Baby • Body • Decor- 890 Saginaw St S, Salem, OR, 97302


Amazing Valentine’s Day Treats at Sugar. Sugar.:

If you’re looking for something extra special and delicious, we highly recommend the cupcakes, candy and other sweet treats you’ll find at Sugar. Sugar.!

From the Sugar. Sugar. FB page


Sugar Sugar- 335 State St, Salem, OR 97301


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