The sweetest holiday of the year deserves a handmade touch. Get yours at fun, family-friendly Valentine’s Day craft workshops bursting with creativity across town. You’ll leave with creations that are all your own, from cards to mugs to mosaics. Read on to find the events we’re totally crushing on.
Paper Hearts, Flowers and Garland Workshop at Lillstreet Art Center
Cut, paste, paint, print and decorate cards, garlands and gifts for Valentine’s Day. You’ll co-create handmade tokens of love in this one day family workshop. At least one child and one adult must register for family workshops. Note: All materials included. Pre-registration is required.
Date: Feb. 4; 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $55 members); $60 non-members
Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Crush-worthy Classroom Valentines Workshop
Grab your BFF and loads of glitter for a workshop that will give you heart eyes! Make 5 – 6 Valentines for your classmates, friends and family using your favorite stickers, stamps, washi tape and more.
Date: Feb. 4; 11 a..m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $25/child (Suggested ages: 8-14)
919 W. Armitage Ave.
232 W. Chicago Ave.
Valentine’s Day Party with Card Decorating
Celebrate love at Little Beans Cafe, a coffee shop and indoor playzone where kids can get their cabin-fever jiggles out while participating in fun Valentine’s Day activities. Kids are invited to make valentines and valentine bags, followed by a sweet exchange.
Date: Feb. 10; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/child; $15 for siblings; free for adults
Little Beans Cafe
1809 W. Webster Ave.
photo: Sod Room
XOXO Valentine Playdate!
Feel that? That’s the feeling of love in the air! Play your hearts out at Sod Room’s XOXO Playdate where you’ll indulge in playtime, a sweets table, musical entertainment by Stomp & Shout Chicago and receive a custom Valentine Favor. Extra bonus, local artist Nora Balayti will be onsite creating one-of-a-kind cartoon images of each child to take home!
Date: Feb. 12; 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $30 one adult & one child, $20 for each additional sibling, $6 for each additional adult
1454 S. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor
Make Your Own Heart Mosaic
Your heart will pitter-patter for this craft workshop — an annual tradition at Unicoi Art Studio. The studio makes its own child-safe grout, and your kiddos will spread it on a foam heart and add sparkles, hearts and fun materials.
Date: Feb. 12; 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Unicoi Art Studio
2059 W. Belmont Ave.
I Heart Birds Valentine’s Day Party
Lace up your dancing shoes and join in for a very special Valentine’s Day Dance — for the birds! Families are invited to party at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, as well as celebrate their new favorite feathered valentines. Meet live birds, learn all about their lives and habits, make a birdy valentine and then shake your tail feathers on the dance floor.
Date: Feb. 17; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 for members; $30 for non-members
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
photo: woodleywonderworks via Flickr creative commons
IN THE ‘BURBS
Make Your Own Valentines Social
MOORE Toys & Gadgets is hosting its second annual Make Your Own Valentines Workshop upstairs at its fab Play MOORE Studio. Love bugs in grades 1-5 can be dropped off, preschoolers and Kindergartners are welcome, too, they’ll just need an adult to lend a hand. Make up to 30 valentines for classmates and teachers plus one extra special valentine for mom or dad. A Kimmer’s Ice Cream Valentine treat will also be provided and there will be games to play and other fun to be had for kids that finish their Valentine project early.
Date: Feb. 4; 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
MOORE Toys & Gadgets
107 E. Front Street St.
Valentine Family Geocache
Perhaps your valentine is hiding in a marsh? Well, you never know! Use a GPS unit and find out. Valentines will be hidden throughout Lincoln Marsh. If you find them, you receive a treat or prize. Afterwards, enjoy a hot cup of cocoa with marshmallows. This event is perfect for ages 6 and up and the littles must be accompanied by a non-paying adult. Don’t have you own GPS, no worries! One unit is provided per family.
Dates: Feb. 11; 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 resident, $12.50 non-resident
Northside Park Girl Scout Cabin
1417 N. West St.
Learn about the history of Cupid’s favorite holiday as it was during the Victorian era and then craft your own Valentine reflective of the time. Valentines were considered treasured keepsakes and looked like mini works of art that incorporated feathers, beads and bits of fabric, so expect to create something elaborate and keepsake worthy.
Dates: Feb. 11 & 12; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley St.
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— Amy Bizzarri