Valentine's Day has always been a holiday that I could take or leave. The romantic stuff on a designated day is not for me. But with kids, it's an absolute riot of a lovefest and I can't get enough. We adorn every single surface with hearts, make cupcakes with pink frosting and celebrate friendships with handmade cards. Who couldn't get behind that?
For all the heart-centric festivities (and plenty that are not), read on.
Celebrate Black History Month with special performances and delicious food in Benton Harbor
Catch a colorful, charming stage production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in South Haven (through Saturday)
Enjoy a spectacular school-aged retelling of the Broadway version of Beauty & the Beast at Elkhart's Lerner Theatre
Solve a whodunit over dinner and drinks in Allegan to raise money for the Forever Curious Children's Museum (through Saturday)
Do some shopping at Tip Toes in Holland while your little one makes a valentine craft
Savor an afternoon of wintry fun for the whole family in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden
Trade the ice skates for roller skates at the Park Township Community Center in Holland
Check out a special showing of The Lego Batman Movie, with an appearance by the Dark Knight himself, at the Regent Theater in Allegan
Learn all about the heart, make a stethoscope and create your own valentines at the Forever Curious Children's Museum in Fennville
Discover fun facts about woodpeckers at DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland and assemble a "pizza" to take home for backyard birds
Drop off kids ages 6-12 for a night of fun crafts, valentine making, popcorn and a movie at the Holland Area Arts Council
Make a Valentine's Day craft and decorate a yummy cupcake for someone special at the Bangor library
Enjoy sweets and treats with Cinderella, make a keepsake craft with dad, and dance to your heart's content at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart
Let the kids enjoy an evening of fun games and entertainment at the Y in St Joe while you enjoy a night out
Check out the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar for all the awesome details.