Celebrate the month of love at these family friendly events — including Valentine’s Day celebrations and craft workshops, indoor and outdoor winter sports and more.
Children's Arts and Crafts Class
ONGOING, 6 p.m. Wednesday, One Best Life at Tinker's Attic, 2513 Highway Ave., Highland. 219.228.0105. Children can spend an hour each week crafting and creating. All supplies and tools will be provided, and children should wear old clothes. Parents and guardians are encouraged to stay and participate.
ONGOING, hours vary, Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., Dyer. 219.558.8811. midwesttrainingandice.com. NWI's largest state-of- the-art training facility offers open skate sessions at its Olympic-size ice arena.
Ice Plaza at Deep River Waterpark
THROUGH FEB. 26, 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 2-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday and holidays, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E. U.S. Hwy. 30, Crown Point. 219.947.7850. deepriverwaterpark.com. This winter wonderland is complete with an ice skating rink, food and beverage locations, a heated bathroom and more.
Ice Skating Under the Urschel Pavilion
THROUGH MAR. 5, hours vary, William E. Urschel Pavilion, 70 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.548.4888. centralparkplazavalpo.com. Open skating takes place seven days a week.
Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking and Sledding
THROUGH MARCH 31 (weather permitting), Lemon Lake County Park, 6322 W. 133rd Ave., Crown Point. 219.663.7627 or 219.663.2418 (ski rental building); lakecountyparks.com. The park offers 8 miles of easy to moderate trails in wooded areas with hills and flat open fields, ideal for beginners, intermediates, and advanced skiers and hikers. The sledding hill and skiing trails are open when adequate snow base allows.
FEB. 4-5, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. 219.926.2255. Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N. Lake St., Gary. 219.395.1821. nps.gov/indu. Visitors can celebrate the winter season at the National Lakeshore with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities at both the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center and the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Birthday Celebration
FEB. 7, 4-5 p.m., Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St., Valparaiso. 219.462.0524. pcpls.org. Children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth with frontier games, crafts, dancing and more. Registration required.
La, La, La Love Fest
FEB. 8-14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center at Three Rivers County Park, 2800 Colorado St., Lake Station. 219.963.2070. mybellaboos.com. Bellaboo's celebrates Valentine's Day all week long with decorations, baking and activities.
Valentine Story and Craft
FEB. 7, 3 p.m., Schererville Community Center, 500 E. Joliet St., Schererville. 219.865.5530. activenwi.com. Children ages 3 to 6 will enjoy a holiday story and have a chance to create a craft made with love.
Valentine's Day Party
FEB. 9, 6:30 p.m., Lake County Public Library Dyer-Schererville Branch, 1001 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville. 219.322.4731. lcplin.org. Children in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to hear Valentine stories, play games and make a Valentine craft. Registration is required.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live
FEB. 13, 6 p.m., Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. The legacy of the beloved "Mister Rogers" lives on with the hit television series "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood." Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe in this live, interactive, musical adventure.
St. John WinterFest Mardi Gras
FEB. 17-19, St. John The Baptist Church, 1849 Lincoln Ave., Whiting. sjbfest.wixsite.com/sjbfest. This family-friendly weekend features three days of ethnic food, music, a bazaar, a bake sale, a game room, prizes, bounce houses, a beer garden and a chance to win a grand prize of $5,000. All fest proceeds benefit St. John the Baptist Catholic School.
FEB. 18, 6-8 p.m., Casa Maria Banquet Hall, 500 Northgate Drive, Dyer. 219.865.2505. Dads and daughters are invited to enjoy a fun night out with dancing, healthy snacks and drinks, a souvenir photo, a Valentine's Day stuffed beer and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Dyer Parks adn Recreation office.