My Little Valentine: A smattering of the upcoming Valentine's Day activities for kids

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Now that I have kids, Valentine’s Day is more about making paper Valentine’s and eating heart-shaped pancakes than romantic dinners for two. But I like it that way.

For families with young children, Valentine’s Day is a time to focus on love, friendship and affection — all good things that you want your kids to know lots about.

As you can imagine, every kid-oriented spot in town is having some sort of Valentine’s Day activity so you have lots and lots to choose from. This is just a small smattering of some of the family-friendly love fests scheduled in the coming days.

Sweet Saturdays at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  On Saturdays throughout the month of February, visitors can sample some of the sweet treats that grow in the Conservatory including vanilla beans, bananas, cinnamon bark, and chocolate trees. The special events take place from 11 am. til 4 pm. The suggested donation is $3.

Chicago Park Distirct Valentine’s Day Dances. You can always count on the Chicago Park District to offer free or low-cost family events for every holiday — and Valentine’s Day is no exception. There are tons of Mommy/Son & Daddy/Daughter dances taking place in every neighborhood. One good option is the Cupid’s Corner Valentine’s Day Dance at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center on February 10, 2010 from 6:00 until 7:30. Admission is $5 per family.

Valentine’s Day Workshops at The Lillstreet Art Center. Spend your Valentine’s Day together creating something beautiful. At the Heart Shapes Family Workshop on February 14th, attendees will have the opportunity to use
terra cotta clay and personalize their heart-shaped boxes or bowls with stamps and bright
underglazes. This one-day workshop is suitable for adults and kids ages
5 and up. The workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Members
$50 per pair (parent/child)/non-members $55 per pair (parent/child).

Family Day: I Heart Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art. On Saturday, February 13th, families can take part in free activities that celebrate the union of love and art. The special activities take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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