Forget that it’s a tad chilly outside. This weekend is going to fill you with the warm-fuzzies. Why? Because on this Valentine’s Day weekend, the smiles and giggles will be non-stop with virtual family cooking classes, skiing, music classes and more. Read on for our Editor’s picks for family time that will leave your heart tingling.

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At-Home Activities

Make Valentine’s Dinner as a Family
Cooking as a family is a great way to spend time together, especially when someone else does the planning. Sign up for The Kids’ Table’s virtual class and make delicious memories with your kids. Fri. Event details.

Tour a Submarine with Museum of Science & Industry
See the U-505 submarine like never before. . . from your living room. Scope out this chance to experience the sub and the story of its thrilling capture via a live tour. Fri. Event details.

Turn Your Home into a Children’s Museum
DuPage Children’s Museum is still closed, but you can bring the fun to you! If you’re missing DCM, turn your home into a hands-on museum by having portable exhibits delivered right to your doorstep. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Get Movin’ & Groovin’ for a Virtual Music Class 
Ready your pipes for a virtual family music class with Bubbles Academy. Fri. Event details

Make Victorian Valentine’s Day Cards
From Victorian and vintage ideas to modern creations, use your imagination and a take-home kit from the DuPage County Historical Museum to create Valentine’s cards. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Kick Start the Weekend with Mr. Dave
This 30-minute musical experience is designed to keep kids active and happy with engaging music and storytelling. Fri. Event details.

Mask Up & Step Outside

Ski or Board at Four Lakes
Head to Lisle for some much-needed winter fun and a family romp in the snow. Fri.-Sun. Event details

View Fanciful Fish in Greektown
Greektown Chicago is proud to present its Fanciful Fish outdoor sculpture exhibit lining Halsted Street. Created by a diverse group of Chicago artists, the sculptures celebrate Greek culture from mythological gods and seaside vistas to the language. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Visit a Reopened 360 CHICAGO
After an extensive closure, the team at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck is ready to welcome back visitors!. Head to the 94th floor for expansive views of the city and surrounding states. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Visit a Museum!
Chicago has some of the best museums in the world! With new COVID-19 protocols in place, some are slowly allowing in-person visits. Pay a visit to Shedd, Field Museum or Kohl Children’s Museum! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stroll Hand-in-Hand at Chicago Botanic Garden
Even when it’s cold outside, there is plenty to see, do, touch, taste, hear and explore at Chicago Botanic Garden. Unwind on a walk with your loves through the quiet solitude and reap fresh air benefits. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Play Hide-and-Seek with Gnomes & Trolls or Cross-Country Ski
Gnomes invaded Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? While you’re at it, you can also look for Trolls and snowshoe or cross-country ski. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Throw Shade at the Cold and Take a Hike
Get a good dose of fresh air, unforgettable scenery and a chance to spy on animals in their natural habitats with a wintry hike. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!

— Maria Chambers

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