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3 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Chicago with kids

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:

1 I Love Nature! Family Valentine’s Dance

  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • , member, kids, kids 3 and under
  • Naturemuseum.org

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 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.

2 Laura Doherty’s Family Valentine’s Show

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!

3 Sweet and Treats Valentine’s Day Party

  • Pump It Up, 821 W. Eastman, Chicago
  • Feb. 12, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • advanced; door
  • PumpItUpParty.com

Pizza, jumping, prizes and sugar-what’s not to like? Bounce around for hours with the offspring.

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