From gondola rides to pet portraits, here are four unique Valentine’s Day events near Newport Beach the whole family will enjoy

From tiny boxes of chocolate to glittery cards, there are plenty of store-bought Valentine’s Day cards that your kids will no doubt enjoy. But if you’re looking for a gift that won’t soon be forgotten, why not create a special memory together? Here are four events that your kids are sure to love


Gondola Cruise

There’s no need to take the kids all the way to Italy for a Venice-style boat ride. Gondola Adventures in Newport Beach will be offering hour-long gondola rides on select dates in February, and since each one seats up to six, there’s room for the whole family. Gourmet chocolates and a choice of sparkling cider, sparkling water, or still water are included with the price, which starts at $160 for a couple and $25 for each additional passenger. 


Mommy & Me Valentine’s Exchange Party

Looking for a fun and memorable way to connect with your little one this Valentine’s Day? Sign up for Fit4Mom’s free celebration in Irvine, which starts off with a love-themed Stroller Strides affair and ends with a Valentine’s exchange for the tiny tots. Parents are asked to bring 10 to 15 valentines for their child to exchange with fellow kids. It’s a great way to meet new friends as well as share some special time with your child.


Valentine’s Day Pet Portraits

Let your pet know they’re this Valentine’s Day by purchasing some pet portraits. On February 8th, Hala’s Paws in Mission Viejo will be doing an annual Valentine’s Day pet portrait event. Attendees will receive one 4x6 framed photograph as well as a digital copy for only $25. No appointment is necessary, but RSVPs are encouraged. It’s a fun activity to do with your kids, and they’re sure to love the end result. 


Valentine’s Day Cookie Workshop 

For one of the sweetest options around, book a session at Lil Chef School Learning Center in Irvine. Owner Tracey Doty will teach kids ages five and up how to make and frost sugar cookies. Prices vary depending on how many participants are in your group.