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

photo: courtesy of Maria Chambers

Paper Hearts, Flowers & Garland at Lillstreet
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by getting crafty as a family with Lillstreet. They’ll guide you through cutting, pasting, printing and decorating gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 7; Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ravenswood. More info

Valentine for the Birds at Morton Arboretum
Children can celebrate their love for nature on Valentine’s Day weekend in the Children’s Garden by making tasty treats to hang on the trees for the birds.

Feb. 15 & 16; Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle. More info

photo: The Kids’ Table

Pre-Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Kids’ Table
Cooking as a family is a great way to spend time together, especially when someone else does the planning for you. Make delicious memories with your kids and whip up Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce, Garlic Bread Soup & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.

Feb. 7; The Kids’ Table, 2337 W. North Ave., Wicker Park. More info

Valentine’s Dinner at The Kids’ Table
The Kids’ Table gives you a second opportunity to cook together on Valentine’s Day. They’ll help you make Heart-Shaped Pizza, Balsamic Glazed Strawberry Salad & Strawberry Milkshakes.

Feb. 14; The Kids’ Table, 2864 N. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview. More info

photo: Forts via Maria Chambers

Build Your Valentine a Fort at Filament Theatre
Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a playspace for children and parents to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines and more, families build adventures of their own devising. With theatrical design elements of sound and lights working together to support creative play, families are swept away in the adventure!

Sat. & Sun. through Mar. 1; Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Portage Park. More info

Victorian Valentines at DuPage County Historical Museum
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.

Feb. 8 & 9; DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. More info

photo: The Laboratory

Valentine’s Night Out at The Laboratory
This Valentine’s Day weekend, while parents enjoy a date night out, kids can spend their Saturday night at The Laboratory with a pizza dinner and a Valentine’s Bath Bomb workshop. Kids will slip on their safety goggles and imagine, create, calculate, and design their own unique scented products.

Feb. 8; The Laboratory, 2349 W. North Ave.; Bucktown/Wicker Park. More info

Love Bug Dance at DuPage Children’s Museum
Celebrate an evening of love, friendship, and family with your little “Love Bugs” at DuPage Children’s Museum during their family Valentine’s Dance. Groove out with Bach to Rock’s family-friendly DJ, indulge in tasty treats from Fiammé, remember the evening with special photo ops, explore a variety of fun activities, and play in the Museum’s exhibits.

Feb. 13; DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. More info

photo: Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee Valentine’s Day Treats
Chicago’s favorite donut shop is making it easier for people to spread the love with its fresh lineup of Valentine’s Day donuts and drinks, including a twist on a classic, the new Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet donut. Stan’s Valentine’s Day collection includes four festive donuts and two Valentine’s Day drinks, plus Valentine’s Day Themed Sprinkle and Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet Mini Donuts for the special mini in your life.

Feb. 3-Feb. 16; All 12 Stan’s Donuts & Coffee locations. More info

Valentine’s Day Party at Little Beans Cafe
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 craft activities and cookie decorating.

Feb. 14; Little Beans Cafe, 1809 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park. More info

photo: Blue Man Group

Valentine’s Day with 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.

Feb. 14; Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted, Lakeview. More info

Valentine’s Day Party at Monica + Andy 
Monica + Andy invites you to fill your heart at their Valentine’s Day event with mini sessions with Photographer Tracy Dyer, custom backdrops and heart crafts by Sweet Jory’s, live music by Tunes with Tim, sweet treats and more at their Lincoln Park location.

Feb. 14; Monica & Andy, 2038 N. Halsted, Lincoln Park. More info.

photo: Hotel Zachary

Go Glamping at Hotel Zachary
Overlooking the excitement of Winterland at Gallagher Way, visitors to Camp Zachary can relax on comfy couches and enjoy cozy festive décor with hot toddy’s and fire cauldrons to stay warm. Children aged 12 and under will receive complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.

Ongoing through late Feb.; Hotel Zachary, 3630 N. Clark St., Lakeview. More info

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Morton Arboretum
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a delectable dinner served in the Ginkgo Room at a table overlooking the Arboretum’s Meadow Lake.

Feb. 14; Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle. More info

— Maria Chambers & Amy Bizzarri


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