For single people, Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a romantic holiday filled with candlelit dinners and an array of candy. But for those with children, Valentine’s Day can be a bit more difficult to plan. While the previous feature, “Best Valentine’s Day Dates For Parents In Chicago” offered some great options, this year there are some new activities that should be considered. Whether you want to take in a show, find some crafting activities with the kids or just dance as a family, there are some great options to pick from in Chicago. Make this Valentine’s Day a family-friendly holiday, and get everyone involved in this romance-filled day.
1800 West Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Mariano’s will be hosting a “Valentine’s Day Card Making” event for the entire family with two separate dates to choose from. February 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. or February 14, 2015 at 2 p.m., families are invited to come check out the Ravenswood location and bring their crafting abilities along for the fun. This is a free event that will last for approximately one hour, and all crafting supplies are provided with no additional charge. For those looking to partake in a crafting activity with the kids, this is the perfect little outing that will result in some great handcrafted cards for friends and family.
Disney On Ice – Frozen
1901 W. Madison Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
Being held at the United Center, Disney On Ice – Frozen offers a number of dates to choose from. The last date in Chicago will be on February 8, 2015 with time slots available at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $120, with children under 36 inches that can sit on parent’s lap being free of charge. This can be a great Valentine’s Day event for the entire family, with parents enjoying the ice skating tricks and children seeing their favorite characters come to life. Watch the romantic story unfold, and see how the winter wonderland is enhanced through ice skating and the stage.
Valentine Disco Bash at Indian Boundary
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
On February 14, 2015, the Chicago Park District will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Disco party at Indian Boundary Park within the clubhouse. The party will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a $2 fee. All ages are welcome to this annual family-friendly event. There will be disco lessons offered for those willing to partake, while others can show off their disco moves on the dance floor. Free refreshments will be served for this family event to commemorate Valentine’s Day with the kids.
Tots Valentine Party at Skinner
1331 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60606
While the concept of Valentine’s Day may not be fully grasped by toddlers, that doesn’t mean they should miss out on all the fun. The Chicago Park District will be hosting a Valentine’s Day party especially for toddlers between the ages of 3 and 6 on February 13, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Skinner Park in the clubhouse. This is a free event for families with little ones that would like to partake in some Valentine’s Day-themed activities. There will be games, inflatables, music, dancing and light refreshments provided.
“The Princess and the Pea”
10 Marriott Dr.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
The classic fairy tale of “The Princess and the Pea” brings out the romance for families with children of all ages. This one-hour musical presentation of the Hans Christian Anderson story will have kids wondering about their own inner princess skills. February dates are the 26th through the 28th at 10 a.m., with standard ticket prices at $19.73. This is a great show for small children, or for kids unable to sit through an ultra long performance. Let their imagination fly with this romantic story set to music.
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