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Sweets for Sweetie

Lambs Farm | Libertyville, Ill.

The cafe will be transformed into a boutique with delicious items that are perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day. From 10a.m.-1 p.m., decorate heart shaped cookies, pretzel rods, marshmallows and more, plus craft your own beautiful Valentine card and packaging. Bakery goods and other sweet treats and items will be available for purchase. The Cafe will offer a breakfast buffet ($6.95 for adults, $3.95 for kids 2-10) in the morning and a kid-friendly lunch buffet ($9.95 for adults, $5.95 for kids) beginning at 11 a.m. The full lunch menu will also be available throughout the day.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Winter Chilly Fest

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Enjoy a indoor chili dinner in the Program Room that overlooks our pond and woods, and then head outside for outdoor activities. There will be glittering lights and wildlife treat trees on display, skating on the frozen pond and a figure skating exhibition (weather-permitting), creative snow and ice games, snowshoeing and hayrides through the woodland, and a campfire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.

When: 4-8 p.m.
Cost: $6; with dinner: $10, $8 kids under 10 in advance; $12; $10 kids under 10 after Feb. 7

Animal Enrichment Workshop

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, Ill.


Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals. Join the zoo in creating willow balls, wreaths, piñatas and other enticing items for the cats, gorillas or the rhinoceros. Once the enrichment is complete, head out to the zoo to see the animals pounce and play with their new items. Feb. 13, March 19, April 9, May 7-8.

When: 1-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, $4 members; $18 family pack

Play For All Adaptive Sports Event

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Families are invited to enter Chicago Children’s Museum an hour before it is open to the general public to privately tour exhibits and participate in a variety of hands-on, interactive sports activities. Adaptive sport activities include: an interactive prosthetics display, bocce, goalball, roller sled hockey, cycling, judo, yoga, and a special youth performance.


When: 9 a.m.
Cost: Free for families that preregister

XOXO Valentine Playdate

Sod Room | Chicago, Ill.

The Valentine themed morning will include playtime, sweets table and custom Valentine Favor by local artist Nora Balayti.

When: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 3-5 p.m.
Cost: $25 adult/child pair; $20 extra child, $6 extra adult

Monster Jam

Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Ill.

Experience the energy and excitement with this showcase of endurance featuring the best lineup of Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. Fans will watch competition vehicles such as the Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs as they rip through the arenas during combative head-to-head racing action. Pit Passes are available for $10 at the Allstate Arena box office.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday; 1 p.m. Monday
Cost: $22, $12 kids 12 and under

Family Matinee: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Chicago, Ill.

Felix Mendelssohn takes us into the magical woods where a group of fairies hilariously fumble in their attempts to manipulate the lives of ordinary people. This program celebrates the legacy of William Shakespeare whose comedic masterpiece A Midsummer Night's Dream inspired Mendelssohn's music.

When: 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Cost: $6–$57

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Chicago, Ill.

Do dreams influence reality? Felix Mendelssohn takes us into the magical woods where a group of fairies hilariously fumble in their attempts to manipulate the lives of ordinary people.

When: 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Cost: $6-$57

Family Valentine's Concert

Schubas | Chicago, Ill.

Laura Doherty returns to Chicago to perform a full-band family Valentine's concert.

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: $10, free kids under 1

Mother and Son Valentine Bowl

Mokena Community Park District | Mokena, Ill.

It is a great way for mom and son to be together in a fun environment. Includes unlimited bowling, shoes, pizza, pop, cake and gift.

When: Noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $42 couple, $35 resident couple

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