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, temporary exhibits, 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.

photo: courtesy of Maria Chambers via Alicia’s Photography



The Tortoise and the Hare
The Hare is ready to win all the blue ribbons at this year’s Stringbean Valley County Fair, but then an unlikely challenger comes to town. Who will win first place — the slow and steady Tortoise? Or the fast and furious Hare? Sat. Event details.

Lincoln Park

I Heart Birds Valentine’s Day Party at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Lace up your dancing shoes and join in for a very special Valentine’s Day Dance — 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.

Museum Campus

Reel Science at Adler: Wall-E
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Watch Wall-E and discuss the facts vs. the creative liberties taken in Hollywood with Adler’s Reel Science series. Fri. Event details.

Navy Pier

Heart & Seoul: Growing Up in Korea
Designed with input from real-life South Korean kids, visitors explore Korean food, music, martial arts and kids can compare their home and school lives with their Korean peers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Global Connections: International Carnivale Celebration
As part of their Global Connections programming, Navy Pier invites you for an all-ages celebration of music, food and arts from countries around the world that celebrate Carnivale. Sat. Event details.

South Loop

Rediscover Junie B. Jones
Remember Junie B. Jones? She’s back, and she’s on stage! Junie B.’s everyday life is packed with amazing discoveries, cool new kids, and life-long lessons about being a good person and a good friend! Fri. & Sat. Event details.

West Loop

Learn Something New with My Wonderful Birthday Suit
This engaging production helps children, parents and teachers speak honestly about diversity and encourages all ages to move from simply tolerating differences, to understanding, accepting and celebrating uniqueness. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Red Kite Treasure Adventure
Created specifically for kids on the autism spectrum and their families, Red Kite Treasure Adventure is an interactive experience with live music adapted from Edith Nesbit’s The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Sat. Event details.

Wicker Park

Valentine’s Day Family Dinner at The Kids’ Table
Celebrate the holiday of love at The Kids’ Table with Heart Shaped Pizza, Strawberry Salad & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Sat. Event details.



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


Chicago Travel & Adventure Show
Dream about your next family vacation at this mega-expo, which has plenty of enticements for kids. Ride on Segways and Trikkes, ride a camel, rock climb, try scuba in a heated pool and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream
Moana, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Belle and Cinderella bring romance, humor and adventure to life in this fab skating spectacular. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, discover why no dream is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Share your weekend plans in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers

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