Valentine’s weekend is made for cuddling. Grab your little sweetheart and cozy up to destinations around town that are focused on family. You can escape the country for winter fun on a farm, eat breakfast with zoo animals, make a cool craft and go nuts at a Nutella Day party.
Winter Fun on the Farm
Trade skyscrapers for silos during a day in the country. Look for animal tracks on a farm walk, learn about how four-legged friends stay warm in the winter, help with chores and warm up with soup made from ingredients straight from the farm. Held Sat., 1-5 p.m. Angelic Organics Learning Center. $18. All ages. Event details.
Nutella Day Bash
If you’re nuts about the chocolate-hazelnut spread, then head to this free all-ages event that’s full of flavor and fun. Play games, take a short Italian-language class, and buy Nutella-infused pastries, pies, cakes and gelato flavors from area bakeries. Held Sun., 1-4 p.m. Multilingual Chicago. Free. All ages. Event details.
Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration
Relish a music- and theatrics-filled homage to China, put together by the Chinese Fine Arts Society. Come for the elaborate costumes alone. Stay and get swept into art activities, such as calligraphy lessons and lantern constructions. Held Sun., noon-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
A Craft Workshop to Love
Create map-inspired embroidered art that depicts the geographic distance between loved ones and the love than spans that distance. Pre-registration is required. Held Fri., 4-5:30 p.m. Wishcraft Workshop. $35. Ages 5-11. Event details.
Breakfast With the Beasts
The friendly beasts of Scales and Tales Traveling Zoo are marching over to join you for a morning meal at Easel Art Studio. Enjoy a light breakfast for both children and parents, followed by an animal show. There’s also a roar-tastic take-home animal craft. Held Fri., 10 a.m.-noon. $35 for 1 child; $70 for 2 children. All ages. Event details.
Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives
Mouse around at the newest exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, which whisks you through Disney’s 90-year history with an enchanting display of props, costumes, artworks and artifacts. Thru May 4. Entry is not included in the museum’s general admission and requires an additional timed-entry ticket ($9 for adults and seniors and $7 for children 3-11). All ages. Event details.
The Peking Acrobats
Known for being extra-daring, the troupe gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts from China perform mind-boggling feats. Expect maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and more — all to the sound of live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments. Held Sun., 5 p.m. $25 for children 12 and under, $35 for adults. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to on Valentine’s weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
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