February’s most popular holiday is Valentine’s Day – sorry Groundhog Day and President’s Day fans. We’ve compiled some fun ways for your family to share the love starting on February 13th with a Valentine’s Party at Little House, Big Art, a charming space where artists of any age can come to create. Since the art studio is also celebrating its fourth birthday, there will be cupcakes along with free button making, card crafting and two featured projects (just $5 each to make): picture frames and ceramic ‘I love you’ hand ornaments. The space offers open studio hours each week if you can’t make this party.

Crafting Valentines at the yearly Open House holiday event. Photo: Little House, Big Art.
Crafting Valentines at the yearly Open House holiday event. Photo: Little House, Big Art.

Love making art? Here’s another idea: stop in at the Frick Art & Historical Center on February 13th for the FrickKids: I (Heart) Art workshop where kids can go on a hunt through the gallery to find examples of love in the paintings and tapestries, then make some Valentine’s cards of their own.

For some love-themed laughs, check out the family-friendly Penny Arcade Valentine’s Day comedy show on February 13th. Each Penny Arcade show is unique because ideas are generated by the audience at collaboration stations before each performance. Families can try out some improv games with the cast after the show.

Finally, if you want an excuse to hold hands under the stars (and get some exercise, too), try the Valentine’s Skate at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place on February 13th at 7 p.m.

Ice skate with princesses and take in a dazzling Winter Ice Solstice show

Join the characters of Elsa and Anna from Frozen for a Royal Skate and Sing-Along at North Park on February 20th and South Park on February 27th . Drop in between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sing “Let it Go” and other favorite songs while you get rosy cheeks from ice skating. Regular rink admission applies and kids can get a free picture in a commemorative photo booth so they’ll never forget all the fun. Costumes are welcome.

Royal Skate winter fun at South Park. Photo: Allegheny County Parks.
Royal Skate winter fun at South Park. Photo: Allegheny County Parks.

If you prefer to watch ice skaters from a warm, indoor seat, check out the Winter Ice Solstice skating show at Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Performing Arts Series. On February 20th the stage will transform into an indoor ice rink where figure skaters will put on an exciting show full of jumps, spins and overhead lifts. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. but try to get there an hour early for family-friendly activities like face painting and snowman crafts in the winter forest – a.k.a. the lower lobby. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

For even more ice skating, stop by the Family Night Skate on Thursdays at Schenley Park where one child gets in free with each paid adult admission of $5.

In the spirit of Leap Year, here are some extra February events worth checking out:

Winter Magic at the Waterfront – Feb. 6

I Made It! Mine – Feb. 6

Valentine’s Day Royal Ball in Monroeville – Feb. 14

Pop des Fleurs at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – throughout Feb.

Winter Picnic and Kids Expo at Galleria of Mt. Lebanon – Feb. 19-21

Saturday Crafternoons at Assemble – Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

Kids’ Improv Comedy Hike via Venture Outdoors – Feb. 13

Young Writers and Illustrators Workshop – Feb. 13

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Mandy Yokim

Mandy moved to Pittsburgh for grad school and fell in love with the city. She is contributing editor of Ultimate Pittsburgh Trivia and Bridges of Pittsburgh. Her freelance work has appeared in a variety of publications including Parents Magazine and Blue Ridge Country. She blogs about Pittsburgh family fun at mandyyokim.com.