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1. Design a family photo frame at Yucandu. Kids can create a custom piece of art to give to mom and dad at Yucandu in Webster Groves. Bring in a family photo and design a quirky frame with paint, collage pieces, or a colorful mosaic. Projects start at $15. 20 Allen.
2. Make a Valentine's Day card with free supplies at Michael's. Drop in at your local Michael’s to make a (mostly) free Valentine card. Just buy the blank card and the supplies are free. All stores. Feburary 11 from 1–3 p.m.
3. Show your Heart for Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Show the world your family’s love of art with a visit to the Saint Louis Art Museum during Hearts for Art. Pick up a free paper heart at the information center and find your favorite piece of art in the museum. Then drop your heart under the art and share a picture on social media with #HeartsforArt or #SLAMheart. Don’t forget to tag the museum. Free. February 10–12, 14. 1 Fine Arts.
4. Tour the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate factory. It’s not Valentine’s Day without chocolate. Show the kids where chocolate comes from with a tour of the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate factory. Tours are free and run every half hour (except from noon to 12:30 p.m.) from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.–1 p.m on Saturdays. A visit to the tasting room is $5. 5025 Pattison.
5. Visit the Missouri Botanical Garden's Orchid Show. Take your little Valentines to see some of the world’s most beautiful flowers. The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show is going on all month long. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $5 per person in addition to regular admission. Kids under 3 are free. 4344 Shaw.
6. Cook a fun dinner… Restaurants might be too crowded with romantic couples on Valentine’s Day, so make a “fancy” dinner at home. Try an easy fondue with chunks of veggies, apple slices, and bread. Or attempt this delectable chocolate fondue recipe from Tony's pastry chef Helen Fletcher. If pizza is more your style, make heart-shaped personal pizzas.
7. …then catch and a kid-friendly movie. Avoid the date-night crowd and take in the LEGO Batman movie, which opens February 10. Or stay at home with Netflix and stream a classic family movie like The Princess Bride, Fantasia, or The Jungle Book.