Valentine’s Day Events for Chicago Families

Love is in the air with these local kid-friendly events in the city and suburbs.

Love is the air! We can all use some more love in our lives and there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

In Chicago and the suburbs, many businesses are finding fun ways to spread the love. We share some of our Valentine’s Day picks below and you can find even more family events listed in our calendar.


Valentine’s Day Frames

Feb. 1, 2024

Ages 6-plus can come out to Gage Park Branch to paint a frame to gift for Valentine’s Day. Registration required.

Valentine Candy Bingo at Holstein

Feb. 3, 2024

Families can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a game of candy bingo at Holstein Park. Receive a Bingo card for each full size candy you bring.

Valentine’s Day Bracelets

Feb. 6, 2024

Ages 6-plus can stop by Gage Park Branch to create their own Valentine’s Day inspired bracelets. Registration required.

Valentine’s Day Garland Craft

Feb. 7, 2024

Teens and tweens can come out to Manning Branch to make a holiday letter garland using a Cricut machine and other supplies. Registration required. 

Valentine’s Day Dance at Lake Shore

Feb. 9, 2024

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Dance with your family where there’s dancing, treats and crafts. Bring a camera for the photo booth.

Cooking with Cupid at Pasteur

Feb. 10, 2024

Ages 5-10 can celebrate Valentine’s Day with pancake decorating and other fun activities. Registration required.

Valentine’s Dance at Lincoln

Feb. 13, 2024

Ages 14 and under can join Lincoln Park Cultural Center for their annual Family Valentine’s Day Dance. There will also be a raffle and refreshments.

Valentine’s Teen Tenzi Frenzy at Scottsdale

Feb. 13, 2024

Ages 13-17 can come out to Scottsdale Park to play the fun and fast paced dice game, Tenzi. There will be candy for everyone and the player with the most wins out of 20 rounds will receive a $20 gift card. Registration required.

Kids’ Valentine Craft & Play

Feb. 14, 2024

Ages 18 month to 13 years old are invited to Altgeld Branch to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There will be coloring pages, a DIY paper rose crafts and more. 

Love-Bug Valentine Activity

Feb. 14, 2024

Ages 6-13 can create cute monsters out of mini cups and yarn, to share with someone special for Valentine’s Day. Registration required. 

Valentine Crafts & Open Gym at Olympia

Feb. 14, 2024

Ages 1-5 can come out to Olympia Park make Valentine crafts and enjoy fun and games in the gym. Registration required.

Valentine’s Day Story Time

Feb. 14, 2024

Ages 0-5 years old along with their caregivers can come out to McKinley Park Branch to enjoy a Valentine’s Day themed story time and craft. 

Valentine’s Story Time

Feb. 14, 2024

Ages 18 months-4 years old can join Garfield Ridge Branch for a special Valentine’s Day story time and crafts. Wear something red. Registration required.

North/Northwest Suburbs

Flower Pounding Valentine Cards

Feb. 10, 2024

Families can learn the art of flower pounding to make beautiful Valentine’s Day cards, using real flowers and rubber mallets to create unique designs. For ages 6-plus. Registration required.

Valentine’s Day Storytime & Craft

Feb. 13, 2024

Ages 2-6 can enjoy a Valentine’s story time with songs, stories and a special craft. Registration required. The same event is also scheduled for a different time on Feb. 14.

South Suburbs

Victorian Valentine Tea

Feb. 10, 2024

Ages 13-plus can celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying cookies and herbal teas. Also, see 19th-century Valentines from the Village’s historic collection and make their own Victorian Valentine to give to a loved one. Registration required.

Valentines Craft with Recycled Items

Feb. 13, 2024

Drop into Frankfort Public Library District to create Valentine’s Day crafts using recycled items. For ages 8-12.

Valentine’s Day Storytime

Feb. 14, 2024

All ages can come out to Fountaindale Public Library District to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special storytime. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Western Suburbs

Victorian Valentines

Feb. 3, 10, 2024

Create a Victorian-style Valentine for someone special using feathers, beads and bits of fabric. Registration required.

Teen Craft Kit: Heart Garland

Feb. 5, 2024

Teens can drop by Naperville Blvd. Library all day long to create a paper heart garland. Craft kits are available for pick up at the Adult Services Desk, while supplies last.

Heart Puzzle Wreath

Feb. 13, 2024

Families can come to the Geneva Public Library District to create a heart-shaped wreath with puzzle pieces and cardboard, while supplies las

Hearts & Hugs Family Story Night

Feb. 13, 2024

Join Downers Grove Public Library for a Valentine’s Day story and craft, featuring hearts and hugs. Geared towards preschoolers, but everyone is welcome. 

This post is updated annually. 

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.


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