Valentine’s Day is all about showing love to those important people in your life – kids included! And what better way to show them some extra love than by spending quality time with your precious little ones? Of course there are many opportunities to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other, but there are also several events and activities throughout Cincinnati that are perfect for celebrating as a family.
Check out these 10 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cincinnati:
Feb. 9 and 10 at Sharonville Convention Center
If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged friend to your family, February is the perfect time to make the leap! Feb. 9 and 10, head to Sharonville Convention Center for My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati’s largest pet adoption event, which has found forever homes for thousands of animals since 2012.
Things are heating up at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s OMNIMAX Theatre! Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is an up-close look at the hottest natural phenomena in the world: volcanoes! You’ll travel around the world: dodging boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descending to a boiling lava lake in Vanuatu, visiting acid ponds, geysers and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia and witness the spectacular 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawaii — all from a comfy seat in the OMNIMAX Theatre. Enjoy this red-hot show with your family this Valentine’s Day!
This February, Cincinnati Ballet brings to life one of the most romantic fairy tales of all time: The Sleeping Beauty. Gorgeous sets and costumes, dazzling dance and a glorious score by Tchaikovsky will transport theatre-goers to a magical place where a beautiful sleeping princess is awakened by a kiss — and good triumphs over evil. Children and adults alike will delight in the Cincinnati Ballet’s retelling of this beloved full-length fairytale classic. The Sleeping Beauty runs Feb. 14-17 at Music Hall and is the most perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend in Cincinnati.
If your family is into musicals, getting tickets to Broadway in Cincinnati’s Hamilton will make this the Valentine’s gift they’ll never, ever forget! Cincinnati is a city that truly loves the arts, and this is perhaps most evidenced by Broadway in Cincinnati. Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati is committed to bringing the very best of Broadway to the tristate, and has been presenting touring Broadway plays and musicals in Cincinnati since 1987. This February, Broadway in Cincinnati is bringing the biggest hit musical of the millennium to Cincinnati: Hamilton. Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton a revolutionary retelling of the story of America. Hamilton runs Feb. 19-March 10 at the Aronoff Center. Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event are selling out fast; get your seats today!
The Taft Museum’s Third Sunday Funday event on Feb. 17 promises to be a out of this world. Peruse the “stars” of the Taft collection, learn about the constellations at the Art Cart, and create your own solar system by painting with balloons. Join Madcap Puppets for their performance “The Great Space Caper” at 2 pm. The best part? This family friendly event is FREE.
Feb 23 and 24 at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
Is there anything sweeter than maple syrup? (Maybe a maple-topped pancake?) Feb 23 and 24, it’s Maple Mania at Great Parks of Hamilton County! This event for the whole family celebrates the awakening of the trees as they prepare for spring with the very traditional craft of making maple syrup. Enjoy this delicious weekend of tastes, crafts, demonstrations and hikes. This event is FREE; however, a 2019 Great Parks Vehicle Permit is required.
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The public library is always a great place for free, festive fun to enjoy any holiday with your family. For Valentine’s Day, branches are offering a variety of activities, from themed story times, to valentine making, to chocolate tasting events for teenagers! Visit the library’s event page here for all of the details!
Celebrate Valentine’s weekend with the cutest dates in town: the penguins! Catch the Penguin Parade on Feb. 15, 16, 17 and 18 at the Cincinnati Zoo, where you’ll also enjoy half-price admission as part of Penguin Days. (Looking for some solo time with your sweetie? The Zoo’s Valentine’s Dinner on Feb. 9, 10 and 14 promises to be an unforgettable experience at the “sexiest” Zoo in America!)
Sunday, Feb 9 from 1-3 pm at Washington Park
Children and adults will love this event as Happen, Inc., Washington Park, and Cincinnati Parks celebrate nature and the art of relief printmaking. Learn about trees and the history of woodcuts as you make your own prints straight from nature! Go from one tree to another and learn about the beautiful trees in Washington Park. Don’t miss the discover station where you can print the shape, growth rings and textures from real trees. This event is FREE and open to ALL ages.
The SkyStar provides million-dollar views of downtown Cincinnati, Covington and the Ohio River that will make you just weak in the knees for our beautiful city. The SkyStar is a well-worth-it splurge that your whole family can enjoy together. We love the SkyStar Wheel because it gives Cincinnatians an opportunity to play “tourist” in their own hometown!
We wish your family a Happy Valentine’s Day and hope you have a lovely time celebrating with each other – perhaps at one of these festive events around town!