Is it me or is Valentine's Day less about romance and more about cutting red hearts out of construction paper with safety scissors once you have children?
If you're looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate the holiday that's fun for everyone, here are some options:
Deck the kids out in Valentine's Day finery and head to the nature museum's first annual Family Valentine's Day Dance. Experience exclusive after-hours access to the museum, enjoy dinner and mocktails by Berghoff Catering and hit the dance floor with children in tow. When not shaking their booties, children can create Valentine's Day cards, decorate cookies, win prizes and walk away with a cool swag bag.
Chicago's "pop-sweetheart for kids," Laura Doherty brings her folksy tunes like "Swingin' Valentine" and "Vegetable Party" to Schubas for a special Valentine's show for the whole family. Other songs include hits from the award-winning CD, "Kids in the City," which pays homage to our kinda town...Chicago!
Pizza, jumping, prizes and sugar-what's not to like? Bounce around for hours with the offspring or-if you're set on a dinner a' deux, drop off kiddos 5-13 to steal some alone time.
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
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