We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children.
You're already time-pressed, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
Look for the kids’ planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. (And even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!)
Valentine's Stories and Face Painting: Delight the kiddos with a special Valentine-themed storytime and facepainting at Saturday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 141 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park (708) 848-0770
Dads Love Donuts: So they'll probably really enjoy the "Donuts for Dads!" program at the , which offers dads (and moms and grandparents) a chance to bring along the kids for book browsing, games and other activities — all with Blue Max coffee, juice, donuts and snacks available. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon; 735 Lathrop Ave. in River Forest (708) 366-5205
Geppetto Turns 5: is turning five and they're inviting customers to "Share the Love" with extended hours this weekend. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 730 Lake St. in Oak Park (708) 445-9906.
Complete a Family Triathlon: Get in from the cold and get active with the 's 5th Annual Family Triathlon, which includes a 15-minute run, 20 minute stationary bike ride and another 15-minute run. Participants get a snack and a T-shirt. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. $25 for YMCA members; $35 for nonmembers. 225 S. Marion St. in Oak Park, (708) 434-0235
Disney on Ice Toy Story 3: The toys are back in town for an ice skating show for kids of all ages. And you can save a few extra bucks when purchasing matinee shows on ticketmaster.com by entering “MOM2” or “MOM” as the discount code. Tickets range in price from $15-75. United Center, now through Feb. 13.