Looking for a spot to celebrate Valentine's Day with the entire family? Thankfully Chicago has you covered with child-friendly fun events and places to eat this February. Here are six ways to enjoy the sweetness of Valentine's Day with your kid-sized Valentines.
Watch 'The Princess Bride' in a Starlit Movie Theater
Gather at the charming Music Box Theatre (above) to see one of the most romantic (and funny!) romantic comedies ever, "The Princess Bride." Follow along as gallant hero sets out to rescue a beautiful princess from an evil villain. Come dressed as a character from the movie and you might win the pre-show costume contest!
February 14, 6 p.m.; $12 per person
Celebrate Your Love For Nature at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's Family Valentine's Day Dance
The 3rd Annual Valentine's Day Dance at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is your chance to dance your heart out and celebrate your love for nature. You'll also enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the Museum, dinner from J&L Catering, mocktails from Peeled Juice Bar, desserts from Swirlz Cupcakes, and funky beats from DJ Lyndon of Toast and Jam. Friendly critters will be on hand for fun meet-and-greets and you'll have the chance to create Valentine's Day accessories and other fun crafts.
Saturday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m.; $40/adult member, $45/adult non-member, $20/child 4-18, $10/child 3 and under.
Stop and Smell the Flowers Together
Instead of giving your loved one a bouquet this Valentine's Day, give them (a visit to) an entire garden. The Spring Flower Show at the lush Garfield Park Conservatory opens on Valentine's Day, on Saturday, Feb. 14. The exhibit ushers out winter and welcomes spring with colorful azaleas, camellias and other lovely blooms.
Make a Celebratory Meal Together
At The Kids' Table family cooking classes, parents and kids work together to create a delicious Valentine's Day feast, and then enjoy it together! At the Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. class, families will prepare and the indulge in spaghetti with tomato basil sauce, kale caesar salad and molten lava cake with berry coulis
Decorate Your Own Gourmet Cheesecake
It's always Sweetest Day at Eli's Cheesecake World, where you can stock up on factory fresh cheesecakes, sample delicious desserts, dine in the splendid cafe, and take part in many of the fun, family events. But in February, this Chicago institution goes all out: fun Valentine's Day themed activities are planned throughout the month, and on Valentine's Day, you'll definitley want to pop in for a visit: Enjoy a Heart-Shaped Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup and Strawberry Topped Cheesecake in the cafe for just $10, make your own Cheesecake Valentines Kits,take part in the coloring contest and snap a photo memory in the Selfie Photo Booth.
Dig into a Deep Dish Pizza Pie and Share the Love
Nothing says love to a Chicagoan better than a heart-shaped, deep-dish pizza pie. And in the spirit of Valentine's Day, Gino's East will be donating a portion of proceeds for every deep-dish, heart-shaped cheese pizza purchased through Sunday, Feb. 15 to Mended Little Hearts of Chicago, a non-profit organization supporting families impacted by the #1 birth defect in the U.S., congenital heart defects. Gino's East Chicago restaurants that are offering "The Giving Heart" campaign are The Original Gino's East at 162. E. Superior St.; Gino's East River North at 500 N. LaSalle St; and Gino's East South Loop at 521 S. Dearborn St. For more information visit www.GinosEast.com.
Gino's East photo by aloha75 via flickr