Valentine’s Day for McHenry County Families

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is all about love. And what better way to celebrate family love than spending time together? We’ve gathered up some ideas and events to create your own family Valentine’s Day fun!

Valentine’s Day Events for Families

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

Valentine’s Day Crafts & Crafting Events

Valentine’s day is a Pinterest perfect holiday with so many fun and easy crafts to make. From decorations to gifts for family and friends even your tiniest artists can join in the fun.

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! 

Valentine’s Craft Activities in McHenry County

Please click the links for full information. Some events require pre-registration, Little McHenry County is not responsible for canceled or sold-out events. 

6 February 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Play to Learn – Post Office
Algonquin Area Public Library
Can you help us make and deliver Valentine’s at our pretend Post Office? We’ll have hands-on activities to spark your imagination. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

7, 14, and 10 February 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts
Wonder Play & Cafe, Algonquin
Kids can design and dedicate a heart to someone that will then be part of Wonder Play’s Valentine’s Day Wall Decor. Regular admission or $11 per child and $9 per sibling, 2 adults per family are free.

8 February 10:00 a.m. Valentine’s Crafts & Party
Nippersink Public Library District, Richmond
A Valentine’s Day celebration. Drop-in for our Valentine-themed family storytime at 10:00 a.m. Crafts and activities will be available all day. Don’t forget to wear pink or red! 

8 February 10:30 a.m. “Make it Messy” Valentine Art
registration required
Fox River Grove Memorial Library
Drop! Splat! Smear! Fun! The kids won’t be able to resist making super cool messy art projects that they can create and take home.  Make sure they wear clothes that can get dirty! For ages 2 and 3 with an adult.

8 February 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day Crafts
registration required
Fox Lake District Library
Create an assortment of cute and simple Valentine’s Day crafts and cards and enjoy a sweet treat. Families welcome. 

13 February 10-10:30 a.m. and 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Playdough Playdate: Valentine’s Edition
registration required
Algonquin Area Public Library District
Fun and festive playdough activities and add-ins like sparkles and hearts to dress up your playdough creations. For children ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

13 February 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Galentine’s Day Party
registration required
Fox Lake District Library
No, that’s not a typo! Galentine’s Day is a special holiday that celebrates the joy of female friendships. Join us for waffle decoration, Galentine’s Day card-making, and friendship bracelets! All genders welcome!

14 February 9 – 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Art Party
registration required
Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art, Barrington
A Valentine-themed art party with Miss Jody. We will be doing a painting project. Grades 1-3 9-10:30 a.am. and Grades 3-5 11-12:30 p.m. Registration is $25 per child.

14 February 10-10:45 a.m. Valentines’ Day Fun with Teen Miss McHenry County
registration required
Huntley Area Public Library
Join HAPL for lovable Valentine’s activities and a yummy snack. Megan Bargiel, Teen Miss McHenry County, will be here to help with activities and for photo fun. For children ages 4-8.   

14 February 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Light-Up Conversation Heart Valentines
registration required
McHenry Library
Using LED lights and copper tape, create awesome cards inspired by your favorite Valentine’s treat. This is the perfect way to LIGHT up someone’s day! For children in grades 4 through 8.

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Valentine’s Day Food

From heart-shaped pizza to sweet treats there is a lot to love about Valentine’s food. Find something to love at one of these tasty events:

Now through February 7 – Bring in a Valentine get a Donut
Morkes Chocolates of Huntley
Let’s spread the love before Valentine’s Day! Bring in a card Monday, Feb 3rd – Friday, Feb 7th and we will donate it to a local nursing home for Valentine’s Day. Cardmakers of any age can participate, and it is one donut per card maker (no matter how many cards you bring). Thank you for helping us let many in our community know that they are loved!

12 February 5 – 6:15 p.m. Valentine Sweets & Treat
registration required
Cary Park District
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and make some sweet treats to take home and enjoy! You will also create a gift for your special Valentine. This class is for children ages 6 – 10 years. The registration fee is $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents.

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Valentine’s Storytimes

Love is a good book with Valentine-themed storytimes for the whole family.

8 February 10:00 a.m. Valentine’s Themed Storytime
Nippersink Public Library District, Richmond
A Valentine’s Day celebration. Drop-in for our Valentine-themed family storytime at 10:00 a.m. Crafts and activities will be available all day. Don’t forget to wear pink or red! 

10 February 10:00 a.m. “Be My Valentine” Storytime
registration required
Fox River Grove Panera, hosted by Fox River Grove Memorial Library
Come and enjoy Valentine-themed stories, sing, and dance to silly songs! Milk and cookies to follow. 

10 February 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cuentos del dia San Valentin
registration required
McHenry Public LIbrary
Spanish storytime with Valentine’s Day stories, candy, and a craft.

12 February 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Families Who Play: Valentine’s Day
Algonquin Area Public Library
Bring your mom, dad, siblings, grandparents, or anyone else you love and join us for stories, activities, and crafts celebrating Valentine’s Day. For families with preschool-age children and older.

14 February 10:00- 10:45 a.m. Valentine’s Day Storytime
registration required
McHenry Library
A special Valentine’s Day Storytime for children ages 3-6 years old and their caregiver. We’ll read some stories, do some fun activities, and make a 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 McHenry County:

9 February 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Valentine’s Skate with Mickey & Minnie
Just for Fun Roller Rink, McHenry
Bring your Valentine and come meet Mickey & Minnie at our Skate Party. There will be a spot for special photos; tons of games; Raffles & Prizes. $10 Admission (Ages 2 and under are free) $3 Skate Rental

12 February 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Preschool Valentine’s Party
Trinity Academy of Gymnastics, Lake in the Hills
Join Trinity for a “Beary Special” Preschool Valentine Party!! The event will include Valentine’s Twister, Berry Fun Obstacle Crawl, Heart Hopscotch, Bulleyes Bear Toss, open gym, and snacks. The fee is $7 per child or $15 per family.

12 February 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Anti-Valentines Day Party
registration required
Algonquin Area Public Library District
For tweens and teens 14 and older. Not a fan of Valentine’s Day? Un-celebrate with us! We’ll make frankentoys, anti-valentines, and black duct tape rose pens. Prizes and snacks will be awarded.

14 February 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Valentine’s Day Open Jump
Bella’s Bouncies Jump Center, Volo
Valentine’s Day Open Jump Only $10 Wear Red, Save $2 on Admission

14 February 1:00 – 10:00 p.m. Valentines BOGO Skate
Xtreme Wheels Roller Skating Center, Crystal Lake
This is a perfect day to bring a date to skate! Admission $9 Every admission is Buy One, Get One 50% off! Rental $4 (If needed)

14 February 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out
registration required
Snapology, McHenry
Parents can see a movie or enjoy a meal while your children are having fun at our Discovery Center. Shopping & restaurants are just minutes away. Children ages 5+ may be dropped off. The fee is $22 per child.

14 February 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day Parents Night Out
registration required
Pump It Up, Crystal Lake
Enjoy that romantic Valentine’s Day you’ve been dreaming of without the kiddos. They will watch the kids so you can enjoy your partner’s company, stress-free! Meanwhile, your kid will have the time of their life jumping in our fun-filled indoor playgrounds with larger-than-life inflatables and making new friends. The fee is $20 per child and includes pizza. Children must be at least 4 years old.

14 February 6:45 – 9:30 p.m. Valentine’s Nature Play Date
registration required
Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake
Celebrate the holiday of love by exploring your love for nature! Spend the evening digging into nature-based activities, playing games, and creating valentine’s crafts.  For children ages 5-13, $2 per resident and $5 per non-resident.

15 February 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Valentine Pony Pals
registration required
Knotty Pine Farm, Wonder Lake
This will be a shorter Pony Pals class. We will talk about horse safety, learn how to groom horses and get pony rides! Cart rides are not included in this class. $20 per person. Ages 3 and up.

15 February 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Valentine Tea Party
registration required
Knotty Pine Farm, Wonder Lake
Bring your favorite Valentine to Knotty Pine Farm for a Valentine Tea Party! There will be games, face painting, a photo booth, crafts, storytime, light snacks and of course, Tea! Pre-registration is required, space is limited. $30 per couple, $15 per additional children or adults.

15 February 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Big Bang Family Science Club: Candy Crush Valentine Science
registration required
McHenry Public Library
Families will have fun exploring the science behind your favorite candy through simple experiments and hands-on activities. From M&Ms to gumdrops you’ll become an expert on the sweet science behind your favorite Valentine’s Day candy! Children should be between 6 and 10 years old.

15 February 7:00 – 10:00 p.m Valentine’s Special Skate Session
Bella’s Bouncies Skate on Grand, Fox Lake
Come on out for a special date night, Saturday from 7-10:00 p.m. Games, Bounce House, Selfie Photo Booth, Festive Drinks, and Much, Much More!!! $11 per person/$18 per couple includes regular skate rentals

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How will your family be celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Valentine\'s Day for McHenry County Families

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