Give your favorite Valentine a squeeze, the holiday of love is right around the corner — so get ready for a busy weekend. Pick and choose how to fill your time between stage shows, a night of ninja-ing with the family, Valentine’s Day celebrations and so much more. Read on for our Editor’s picks for family time that will leave your heart feeling full.

XOXO Playdate at Sod Roomphoto: Sod Room



Kids Nite Out: Cook, Eat & Craft
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and craft time at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own meal and work on a special craft to take home while you . . . do whatever you want! Sat. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Valentine’s Day Party with Card Decorating
Celebrate love at Little Beans Cafe, a coffee shop and indoor playzone where kids get their cabin-fever jiggles out while participating in fun Valentine’s Day activities. Kids are invited to make valentines and bags, followed by a sweet exchange. Fri. Event details.

Millennium Park

Figure 8 with a Pretty Sweet View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present Winter Workouts with FREE skating lessons, Fri., one hour before the rink opens. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

Meet a Scientist at The Field
Explore the wonders of The Field’s collections in a whole new way with their Meet a Scientist series. Scientists will be on-hand discussing their work and showing real artifacts and specimens from over 24 million objects not currently on display. Fri. Event details.

Near North Side

Chicago Children Theatre’s The Hundred Dresses
This is the last weekend you can schedule your brood to be front and center for Chicago Children’s Theatre’s The Hundred Dresses, the smash hit musical about a young girl who struggles with bullying and learns what it takes to stand up to others – even when you’re standing alone. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North Center

Windy City Ninjas Friday Fit Fun Family Night
High kick your way over to Windy City Ninjas for their first ever Friday Fit Family Night, where you and your family can challenge each other with obstacle courses and parents vs kids competitions. Fri. Event Details.

West Loop

World Premiere of Manuel Cinema’s Magic City
Manual Cinema’s first all-ages show uses overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment to create an innovative theatrical experience. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

South Loop

XOXO Valentine Party!
Play your hearts out at an XOXO Playdate! The Valentine-themed event will include playtime, sweets table, musical entertainment by Stomp & Shout Chicago and a custom Valentine Favor. Local artist, Nora Balayti, will be onsite creating one of a kind cartoon images of each child to take home! XOXO! Sun. Event details.



The Actors Gymnasium Presents Quest
Quest is an original circus-theater production loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story The Three Questions. The protagonist asks three simple (but huge) questions, setting in motion a whirlwind journey to find the answers. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Bundle Up for a Cross-Country Candlelight Ski (or Hike!)
Don’t miss your chance to cross-country ski on trails lit only by candlelight! Bring your own equipment and gather around the campfire for refreshments. If not enough snow, leave the skis at home and enjoy a candlelight hike and the allure of the winter woods. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Be Enchanted by Trains that Glide Through Every Season
The kiddos can watch trains travel through all four seasons with the Enchanted Railroad. They’ll see bright orange pumpkins in the fall display, and they’ll even spy fluffy little daffodils as the trains sweep through spring. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Warm Up With Chili at the Winter Chilly Fest
Enjoy a cozy indoor chili dinner overlooking the pond and woods, and then head outside. There will be glittering lights and trees on display, ice skating, snow and ice games, snowshoeing and hayrides, and a campfire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers