Celebrate the sweetest holiday of the year, family style, with craft workshops, brunches and parties bursting with creativity across town. Read on to find the events we’re totally crushing on this Valentine’s Day.


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.

Date: Feb. 3 & 10; 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25 members; $30 non-members
Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Online: lillstreet.com

Crush-worthy Classroom Valentines Workshop
Grab your BFF and loads of glitter for a workshop that will give you heart eyes! Kids can make 5 – 6 Valentines for classmates, friends and family using their favorite stickers, stamps, washi tape and more.


Date: Feb. 3; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $25/child (Suggested ages: 8-14)
Paper Source
Several Chicagoland locations
Online: papersource.com

I Heart Birds Valentine’s Dance
Lace up your dancing shoes and join in for a very special Valentine’s Day Dance — for the birds! Families are invited to party, 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. 9; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 for adult members; $25 for adult non-members; $10/ages 2-18, free for ages 2 & under ($5 additional charge for door purchases)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Lincoln Park
Online: naturemuseum.org

photo: The Kids’ Table

Valentine’s Dinner at The Kids’ Table
Celebrate the holiday of love by making Heart Shaped Pizza, Strawberry Salad & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with the help of The Kids’ Table instructors.

Date: Feb. 10; 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/family member
The Kids’ Table
2337 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park
Online: kids-table.com

Victorian Valentines
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. 10 & 11; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $3/participant suggested donation
DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley St.
Online: dupagemuseum.org

Munich-Style Celebration at Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Nothing says “I love you” like filling the bellies full of hearty goodness. Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the family friendly sister location to the legendary original in Munich, is erasing winter blues and getting in on the Valentine’s Day action by offering a special menu Feb. 10, 11 and 14. Signature dishes include shrimp skewers, rib eye steak, a sachertorte, glühwein and more!

Dates: Feb. 10, 11 & 14
Hofbräuhaus Chicago
5500 Park Place
Online: hofbrauhauschicago.com

photo: The Laboratory

Valentine’s Night Out
This Valentine’s Day weekend, while you enjoy a date night, your kids can spend an evening at The Laboratory with a pizza dinner and Spa Chemistry workshop. They’ll slip on their goggles and imagine, create, calculate and design their own unique scented products perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Dates: Feb. 10; 6:15 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $40/non-members, $36/members
The Laboratory Chicago
2349 W. North Ave.
Bucktown/Wicker Park
Online: thelaboratorychi.org

Valentine’s Brunch at the Zoo
Save up your appetite and head to Brookfield Zoo for a delectable all-you-can-eat holiday brunch buffet featuring made-to-order omelettes, carving station, seafood and luscious desserts. Afterwards, take a stroll through the zoo with your loved ones by your side.

Dates: Feb. 11; 11 a.m.
Cost: $47/adults, $37/ages 3-11; free for ages 2 & under
Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st St.
Online: czs.org

vday-craft-generalphoto: woodleywonderworks via Flickr creative commons

11th Annual Be My Valentine Family Event
The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation invites families to celebrate the loveliest holiday of the year at the 11th Annual Be My Valentine Family Event. Along with a delicious brunch buffet, this fun-filled event features performances by The Jesse White Tumblers and DJ Versage and Miss Kim from Bubbles Academy will be featured at the event’s first-ever Little Kids Area. Other activities include a hair braiding bar, the Abt Arcade, crafts, red carpet and event photos, classic treats, a prize wheel, cookie decorating, candy table, pop-up shops and more! Guests will also have a chance to win fabulous prizes from the silent auction.

Dates: Feb. 11; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $100/adults; $80/kids
The Ritz Carlton Chicago Hotel
160 E. Pearson St.
Near North Side
Online: lynnsage.org

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.

Date: Feb. 14; 10 a.m.-noon & 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Included in playspace admission
Little Beans Cafe
1809 W. Webster Ave.
Lincoln Park
Online: littlebeanscafe.com

photo: Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group
Easily one of the most recognizable performances groups out there, the Blue Man Group performs high-energy percussive shows mixed with a little of their own brand of comedy. They’ll have you tapping your toes and laughing along as they go on a journey into sound that will leave you with Valentine’s Day the kids will never forget.

Date: Feb. 14; 8 p.m.
Cost: $60-$110
Briar Street Theatre
3133 N. Halsted
Online: blueman.com/chicago

Sealed with a Kiss at Monica + Andy
Monica + Andy invites you to fill your heart at their Sealed with a Kiss event. Join in for a Valentine’s Day celebration featuring a craft + and an exclusive Instagrammable photo session with a custom sealed-with-a-kiss backdrop. Top the event off with free cookies + snacks.

Date: Feb. 14; (LP & Mag Mile); 2 p.m.-4 p.m. (Oak Brook)
Cost: Free
Monica & Andy
2038 N. Halsted (Lincoln Park); 520 N. Michigan Ave., Suite #123 (Mag Mile); 296 Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook)
Online: monicaandandy.com

Will you go to a Valentine’s Day craft party? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Maria Chambers & Amy Bizzarri

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