Kids and families can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a chocolate-making class, a themed skate night and more with one of these Valentine’s Day events for families in suburban Chicago. For a complete calendar of events covering Chicago’s suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s calendar.
Sweet Hearts Valentine Workshop, 9 a.m. Feb. 14, Lake Bluff
Mrs. Thomsen inspires children to create a valentine to give to their parents and decorate a cookie for themselves. For ages 3-5. Lake Bluff Recreation Center, 355 W. Washington Ave. $22.
Cha Cha’s Valentine’s Bash, 11 a.m. Feb. 14, Gurnee
The whole family can celebrate Valentine’s Day all day with games, crafts, raffles and activities. Kids receive a free goodie bag and a special Valentine’s Day cupcake. Make reservations online or over the phone. Rainforest Cafe, 6170 Grand Ave. #857.
Family Skate Night, 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Glencoe
Valentine’s-themed open skate night and broom ball in the studio rink. Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St.
Bernadette Peters, 8 p.m. Feb. 14, Waukegan
Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters presents a special Valentine’s Day performance for all ages. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St. Free.
WinterFest, Noon Feb. 15, Skokie
Cozy up with Westfield Old Orchard as it celebrates Valentine’s Day and rejoices in the winter season. The Skokie shopping center hosts a special afternoon packed with entertaining activities and cold weather fun including hands-on science activities from the Museum of Science and Industry, carriage rides, a s’mores and hot chocolate bar, photo booth, live DJ and ice sculptures. Westfield Old Orchard Mall, 4999 Old Orchard Center. Free.
Valentine’s Day Family Fun Fest, 3 p.m. Feb. 16, Evanston
The whole family is invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with dancing, games, prizes, cookie decorating, art activities, face painting, a balloon artist and a Valentine’s Day photo area. Refreshments are served. Registration available. Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. $2-$6.
Valentine’s Day Lunch, 11 a.m. Feb. 14, Libertyville
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery. Lunch options include a deep fried catfish filet, stuffed pork tenderloin and baked chicken and dumplings. Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road. $8.95.
Make an Old-Fashioned Valentine, 1 p.m. Feb. 14, Buffalo Grove
Celebrate the holiday by making an old-fashioned valentine. No registration required. Raupp Museum, 901 Dunham Lane. Free.
L-O-V-E Valentine Nails, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Niles
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with stunning nails. Teens can also make festive treats. For students in grades seven to 12. Niles Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St.
Happy Day Off, 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Wheeling
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can celebrate Valentine’s Day with games, sports and crafts. Children wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes and pack a lunch. Wheeling Park District, 333 W. Dundee Road. $42-$49.
Valentine’s Party, 10 a.m. Feb. 15, Libertyville
Children 3-6 are invited to learn about and celebrate Jesus’ love for them. Registration ends Feb. 8. Crosslife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin Ave.
Enchanted Princess Ball, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Mundelein
Dads and their little princesses can enjoy Valentine’s Day weekend with a night of music, dancing and sweet treats. Each couples receives a flower and a photo. Dressing up is optional. For ages 5 to 10. Call to register. Regent Center, 1200 Regent Drive. $35-$38 per couple, $11-$12 for each additional sibling.
Prince and Princess Preschool Prom, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14, Oak Park
Children ages 2 to 6 are invited to a preschool dance party. Royal finery is not required, but encouraged. Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.
Cupcake Wars: Valentine’s Day Special, 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Orland Park
Participants are given 30 minutes and an unfrosted cupcake to create a masterpiece. Cupcakes are judged based on originality, quality and creativity. Prizes are awarded to the winners. Registration is limited. For students in grades six to 12. Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave.
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