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Chocolate Expo and Market

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate chocolate and its connection to the natural world. Visit, taste, and buy specialty chocolates and treats from a variety of vendors.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Read and Build

Chicago Architecture Foundation | Chicago, Ill.


After a storytelling session of design-focused children’s books, members of the education department lead young children and their caregivers in creating a project based on the subject of the story. Guests will explore architecture, design and the city of Chicago, and work with others to build something to take home. Feb. 7: "Young Frank, Architect"; March 6: “Home” by Carson Ellis.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Little Miss Ann Band "Be My Valentine" Kids Concert

Chop Shop | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy Little Miss Ann's Valentine-themed folk rock songs that kids will be sure to dance and sing along. A Little Photo Studiowill be taking Valentine Snapshots (11 a.m.-1 p.m.).

When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $6-$8

“Be My Valentine” Family Event

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

Features a delicious brunch buffet, performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, All About Dance, Art Beat Live, and Ben’s Bubble Show, character appearances and a magic show with The Great Scott. Other activities include a sweet treat decorating station with Sweet Mandy B’s, ABT Arcade, Foodstirs cooking demonstration, arts and crafts provided by Sew Crafty, Pixi Girl hair and makeup for kids, carnival activities provided by Dale Bloom, experiments with Mad Science, Spin Spun Cotton Candy and more family-friendly entertainment throughout the day. Music is provided by Big Cat Events Group and step and repeat photos by Sheri Whitko Photography will capture the event. All proceeds benefit the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $85, $65 kids in advance

Mardi Gras Masquerade Samba Dance Party

Duet Dance Studio | Chicago,

Students will learn to decorate their own masks and do some basic Samba moves. All materials included and no previous dance experience required.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $20

Pets Unleashed

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids can play with dozens of life-sized, stuffed animal pets, care for them, and even dress up and act like them. Filled with climbable dwellings, caretaking props, wearable accessories, movable structures, and "pets" of all types and sizes, this exhibit provides a platform for boundless self-expression and imaginative play. In addition, there will be live pets on Saturdays at noon. The Anti-Cruelty Society will bring specially-trained dogs and guinea pigs for the little ones to interact with each week. Pets Unleashed offers a pathway for kids to develop compassion, empathy and respect, toward themselves and others.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Build It!

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit puts an innovative spin on classic building blocks by letting children explore and interact with ten different varieties of blocks in a single space. Stations in the exhibit include Shadow Play: kids can build structures and cast shadows using directional lights; Build It, Test It, Shake It: kids can build and test the strength of their structures by using weights to see if they can withstand a downward force; Sweet Home Chicago: using large floor blocks and small table-top blocks, kids follow blueprint graphics to construct famous Chicago skyscrapers.

Cost: Free with admission

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford, America’s beloved big red dog. Slide down Clifford’s tail, work together to fill Clifford’s big dog bowl with bones, hunt for sea shells at T-Bone’s beach or “work” in the fish and chip shop on Birdwell Island and more.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The longest-running exhibition of African-American art in the U.S. features more than 100 dynamic works of art from amateur and professional African-American artists from around the nation, as well as a youth category which features work by a dozen area high school artists.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Snow Days Chicago

Chicago, Ill.


Teams of artists from around the country and the world gather starting Feb. 4 to create sculpting masterpieces out of 10 ft. blocks of man-made snow. Other winter-themed activities for kids and families, including The Snowboard Experience, snow games and snow painting. Sculptures will be available for viewing Feb. 6-7, during the day and night with special nighttime illumination. The colorful lighting display begins at dusk. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. both days, enjoy a visit from Shedd Aquarium’s Magellanic Penguins. Guests can see the penguins from up close and can also ask the trainers questions about the penguins, their habitat and more.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb.7
Cost: Free

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