Family Valentine’s Day Guide

With the hearts, chocolate, and of course love, Valentine’s Day is a great day to celebrate with your family. Here in Lake County we have plenty of ways that you can spread the love with your family and make it your best Valentine’s Day yet.

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Valentine’s Day Events for Families

Valentine’s Crafting | Valentine’s Food | Valentine’s Books | Valentine’s Storytimes | Other Valentine’s Events

Valentine’s Day Crafts & Crafting Events

Valentine’s Day is one of the best crafting days for kids. There are so many things you can make to decorate your house or to use as gifts.  Most of them are fairly simple and can be made from things just found around the house.

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We have a full Pinterest board full of easy ideas. Just open your Pinterest App and click on the camera button (top) and hold the circle over the image above. It will take you right to all our ideas! 

There are also several crafting events for families and kids here in Lake County:
Please click the links for full information. Some events require pre-registration, Little Lake County is not responsible for cancelled or sold-out events.

4-14 February Valentine Drop-in Craft
Lake Bluff Public Library
Drop in and express your creativity by making your own Valentine. Open to children through grade 8. Preschoolers will need caregiver’s assistance.

6 February 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Book Art – Heart Shaped Pages
Round Lake Area Public Library – Registration Required 
Ages 10 and older are invited to use your imagination, problem solving skills and creativity to explore different materials and tools as you learn a variety of techniques to create something new! 

6 February 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Paper Hearts 
Lake Villa District Library, Registration Required
Learn two techniques to make your own paper then turn it into a valentines. For children in grades 7 – 12. 

7 February 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Drop-in Valentine’s Day Craft
Antioch Public Library
Drop-in for a Valentine’s Day themed craft. 

9 February 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Valentine’s Card Workshop
Glencoe Public Library
Create your own one-of-a-kind cards in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The Library provides all of the supplies!

9 February 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Drop-in and Get Crafty
Round Lake Area Public Library
All Ages- stop by the activity room and have fun making a craft to give to your Valentine. 

11 February 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Drop-in Bee Mine
Antioch Public Library
Ages 3-12 can stop in to make a Valentine’s Day themed  card

12 February 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Card Making Party
Starbucks, 1085 Lake Cook Rd Wheeling
Blue Star Families and Starbucks have partnered up for a special Valentine’s Day Card Making Party! Come join us and other military families to make and decorate a Valentine’s Day card for a military member of a veteran in your community.

14 February 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Fortune Tellers
Zion-Benton Public Library
Craft an origami fortune teller.  Learn how to make it “tell” your fortune.

14 February 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Love Rocks – Rock Painting
Zion-Benton Public Library
Send love with rocks! Paint something special for a loved one or family. For kids in grades 6 – 12. 

Cold weather getting you down? You can also check out Kari’s article for more ideas for DIY Valentine’s Crafts you can do at home.

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Valentine’s Day Food


While chocolate is thought of as the main treat of Valentine’s Day, heart shaped pizzas are also a great way to show some love.  Many local restaurants around here, such as Bill’s Pizza,  Lou Malnatis, and Pinstripes annually serve up these heart shaped pies on Valentine’s Day. Check your local pizza place to see if they do as well. I also heard that Chick-fil-A serves up tasty heart shaped chicken biscuits for breakfast to celebrate the occasion as well.

Other ideas for a Valentine’s Treat are to attend one of these tasty events:

10 February 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Battle Cupcake
Taste Buds Kitchen, Bannockburn – Registration Required 
Come enjoy everyone’s favorite sweet escape where we’ll put your culinary creativity to the test. We’ll teach you the techniques to make melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes, but it’s up to you to invent your own version of this traditional sweet using our tasty array of flavors and mix-ins. For ages 9 and older, $45 per child.

11 February, 9:00 -10:00 a.m. Valentine’s Love Shacks
Taste Buds Kitchen, Bannockburn – Registration Required 
$40 per child with one caregiver included. 
Bring your little Valentine and get creative decorating your very own Love Shack in our signature Valentine’s Day Workshop. Enjoy cheerful love tunes while sipping pink hot cocoa and experiencing quality family time. 

11 February 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. – Valentine’sDay Special
Grayslake Recreation Center – Registration Required
$10 residents / $13 non-residents 
Ages 2-5 with an adult can celebrate Valentine’s Day by decorating cookies and hanging with some friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. 

15 February 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Valentines’s Pizza and Cupcakes
Taste Buds Kitchen, Bannockburn – Registration Required 
Drop-off children ages 5-12 for a special Kids Night Out. Kids will make personal heart-shaped pizzas to a fresh take on Zucchini Fries, and Heart Cupcakes! Cost is $60 per child

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Valentine’s Day Books

Snuggle up and enjoy these love-themed books! There are so many great books about Valentine’s Day for all ages.

Babies & Toddlers:

  •  I love you Spot by Eric Hill. In this heart-shaped board book, Spot is planning a special Valentine’s Day surprise.
  • Llama Llama I Love you  by Anna Dewdney  Little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs.

Preschoolers & School Age:

  • The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
     One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.
  • Lilly’s Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes
     On Valentine’s Day, Lilly has one red-foil-wrapped chocolate heart left and she wants to find the perfect hiding place for it. However, every place the little mouse considers is not quite right.
  • Pete the Cat Valentine’s Day is Cool Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool . . . that is, until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life
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Valentine’s Storytimes

There are also several Valentine’s Day story times in the area for you and your littlest loves to enjoy.

14 February 10:30 a.m. Millie’s Musical Storytime – Love Day
Daisy’s Artish Cafe, Lake Villa
Bring your littles and enjoy a hot drink and a fun musical storytime with your valentine!

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Other Valentine’s Day Events

If you are more of a doer than a maker head out to one of these Valentine’s Day-themed events for families in Lake County and let someone else plan the heart-filled fun (and clean-up!)

9 February, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mr. Goat’s Valentine
Lake Bluff Public Library, Lake Bluff Registration Required
This workshop is a perfect introduction to the performing arts. The session will begin with a reading of Mr. Goat’s Valentine by Eve Bunting. Kids will use the story as a jumping off point as they take turns using the characters, locations, and themes from the book to create their own original story. 

9 Febraury 7:00 – 10:00 p.m Valentine’s Special Skate Session
Bella’s Bouncies Skate on Grand, Fox Lake
Games, Bounce House, Selfie Booth, and more! $10 per person, $15 per couple  for regular skate rental and admission. 

10 February 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Songs for Valentine’s Day
Grayslake Area Public Library
Enjoy songs from composers as diverse as Johnny Mercer and Lennon and McCartney with this jazz-inspired ensemble of talented musicians. 

11 February 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. – Happy Hearts Bingo
Fremont Public Library, Mundelein – Registration Required
Come to the library for a family bingo night to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

13 February 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Kids Valentine’s Party
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, Lake Villa – Reservations Recommended
Make your own Valentine Card, balloon artist will be on site. Kids eat free and recieve a free sweetheart sundae. 

14 February 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Valentine’s Event at Rockin Tots
Rockin Jump- Buffalo Grove
1st Parent & Child: $ 10 $5 each additional Child or Parent
*Registration Recommended*
Enjoy Valentine Arts & Crafts, coffee, treats, and bouncing on the trampolines. 

14 February 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Valentine’s Day Open Jump
Bella’s Bouncies Jump Center, Lake Villa 
Wear red and save $2 on the $10 admission. 

14 February 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Valentine’s Day Open Jump
Bella’s Bouncies Jump Center, Volo
Wear red and save $2 on the $10 admission. 

14 February 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. GO Grayslake Valentine’s Day Walk
Grayslake Park District
Meet at the Recreation Center (240 Commerce Drive). If it’s a nice day, we’ll walk outside and if it’s too chilly, we’ll walk in the gym.

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How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family?

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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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