Forget that it’s a tad chilly outside. This weekend is going to fill you with the warm-fuzzies. Why? You can hold onto the holiday of love for one more weekend with a party that’s for the birds, plan a family date with massive trucks, figure 8 with a view and so much more! Read on for our Editor’s picks for family time that will leave your heart feeling full.

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Grant Park

Watson Adventures Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants and dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament. Sat. Event details.


Kids Nite Out: Dinner & a Show
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and a movie at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own dinner and watch a movie while you . . . well, do whatever you want! Fri. Event details.

Lincoln Park

I Heart Birds Valentine’s Party
Lace up your dancing shoes and join in for a very special Valentine’s Day Dance at Peggy Notebaert — for the birds! Meet live birds, learn all about their lives and habits, make a birdy valentine and then shake your tail feathers on the dance floor. 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.

Shen Yun 2017 World Tour
It’s your last chance to watch as the Shen Yun 2017 World Tour takes you on a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty, purity and tremendous energy leave audiences greatly uplifted and deeply inspired. Fri.-Sun. 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.

West Loop

World Premiere of Manuel Cinema’s Magic City
It’s the last weekend to enjoy Manual Cinema’s first all-ages show using 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.

Wicker Park

Text Talk: Author Audrey Veronica and Illustrator Matthew Cordell
Text Talks is a monthly series hosted by and at BookClub Chicago to highlight creativity in all its artistic and literary forms. Author Audrey Vernick and Illustrator Matthew Cordell will read, draw and sign copies of their new book, “Bob, Not Bob”. 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. Fri-Sun. 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


Test the Monster Truck Rally Theory
Comedian Aziz Ansari theorizes that out-of-the-box dates, such as monster truck rallies, produce stronger connections than more traditional date nights. Time to test whether that theory applies to family date nights! Fri.-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