If you're looking for the perfect way to tell your little valentines how special they are, skip the conversation hearts and opt for some family time instead. Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to plan a family outing, so make some special memories with someone you love at these fun events.
Heart art There's no better way to say, "Will you be my valentine?" than with a little bit of red construction paper and plenty of glitter. Budding artists ages 3 to 6 can create their own one-of-a-kind valentines for family and friends at the Sachs Branch of the St. Louis County Library from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7; the event is free, but registration is required. At Yucandu Art Studio, artists in kindergarten through fifth grade can create thumbprint art valentines for all their classmates. Registration is $32, and includes supplies; workshops will be offered Feb. 2, 7, 8 and 9. Daddy-daughter date Make daddy's little girl feel like the belle of the ball with a father-daughter night out on the town. Girls 8 and up can share a special lunch in the bistro followed by a craft at Date with My Dad at the American Girl Store at Chesterfield Mall Friday, Feb. 7; the event is $38 and includes a free book. For some juke box-inspired fun, take your little poodle skirter to the Tippi Toes Daddy-Daughter Sock Hop Friday, Feb. 7, at Once Upon A Bash in Maplewood; tickets are $50 per father-daughter and include dinner, dancing, dessert and a craft. Fathers, grandfathers and uncles can also waltz with their favorite sweetie pies at Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dinner and Dance at Progress Park in Wentzville Friday, Feb. 7, the Enchanted Ball at Lodge Des Peres Saturday, Feb. 8, and the Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 8. A swashbuckling adventure Set sail on an unforgettable adventure with your pirate or princess this Valentine's Day with Disney Jr. Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure at Chaifetz Arena Saturday, Feb. 8. Learn how to be a princess with Sofia the First, explore Neverland with Jake and the crew and fix some boo-boos with everyone's favorite M.D., Doc McStuffins. Tickets start at $18. My wild valentine If your sweet baboo is an animal lover, give him an opportunity to cuddle a colobus with the Saint Louis Zoo. For $40, adopt a colobus monkey for your loved one and receive a plush monkey, gift card, adoption certificate and more; proceeds go to the care and feeding of animals. If your little valentines prefer the nightlife, share an evening of hiking and stargazing, followed by divine desserts, on a Valentine's Night Hike at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Shaw Nature Reserve. Sweets for your sweet It's difficult to have an earnest conversation about Valentine's Day without mentioning chocolate, so why not celebrate the day with a pilgrimage to the birthplace of these tasty little morsels? Take a free factory tour followed by sampling (yes, sampling) at Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company, or order a chocolate shake with two straws (or three, four or five), at local legend Crown Candy Kitchen. The 'tween scene If your little girl has outgrown conversation hearts and teddy bears, she can still find plenty of fun with her BFFs at these local events for 'tweens and teens. Celebrate an Un-Valentine's Day with games, food and a scary movie at the Winghaven Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library Feb. 7 or the Corporate Parkway Branch Feb. 14. Join the Kirkwood Public Library for an Anti-Valentine's Day Party Feb. 14. Celebrate your sweetie ... and your city For some grownup fun this Valentine's Day, fall in love with your sweetie and your city all over again. Few things whisper romance like a night of art, history and culture, and St. Louis has plenty of all three. On Friday, Feb. 14, Art Hill becomes "Heart Hill" with food, fire dancers, fireworks and more at "Burnin' Love," part of the city's ongoing STL250 celebrations. If your sweetheart deserves not one, but dozens of roses, visit the Saint Louis Art Museum for Art in Bloom, which returns Feb. 28 through March 2 after a five-year hiatus. And for the ultimate Valentine's Day weekend, enjoy a double date with the quintessential Silver Screen couple, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, with a special St. Louis Symphony Orchestra presentation of "Casablanca" at Powell Hall. After all, a kiss is still a kiss.
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