Valentine’s Day — always Feb. 14 — falls on a Saturday this year, which means it offers a better-than-usual opportunity for families to plan memorable weekend outings and celebrate Cupid’s favorite holiday.
If you already have plans for the big day, several family events take place throughout the month that offer additional chances to schedule special times with the sweethearts in your life.
▪ For the safest indoor skydiving experience around, take your family to Frisco.
Appropriate for all ages, iFLY Dallas offers beginner packages that include equipment, training, and flights. Price range is $70-$303. The Spread Your Wings for Two package ($142) includes shared flying time and video clips, and the Family Package ($303) offers flights and video for up to five people. iFLY Dallas, 8380 Texas 121, Frisco. 214-618-4359; https://Dallas.iflyworld.com
▪ Spend the day outdoors with your children at DFW Adventure Park in Roanoke. Ride the zip lines on a tour that’s up to 400 feet off the ground. Play paintball or outdoor laser combat. Minimum age is 10.
An Adventure Package includes a little bit of everything, and prices are $20-$85 per person. The park is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. DFW Adventure Park, 13055 Cleveland Gibbs Road. 817-854-0085; www.dfwap.com.
▪ With a new location at 138 Olive St., Keller, Artful Mayhem is offering a smattering of different happy-heart-day creative classes.
— Friday, a Mixed Media Altered Valentines class for adults is offered 6-7:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Using multiple art techniques such as stencils, stamps, paints and collage-making tools, participants create souped-up cards ($15 per person).
— That same night, a Kids’ Night Out class will be 6-9 p.m. and includes acrylic painting, decorating sweets and a decoupage heart platter ($35 per person).
— And finally, a Girls’ Night class Feb. 27 guides participants through the process of personalizing the phrase “love always” with acrylic paint on a 16-by-20-inch canvas ($30 per person). Call 817-653-1703 for class reservations.
▪ Get a little messy together and create a painted work of art with the family at A Piece of Work in Fort Worth. The family workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday is valentine-themed.
Work together as a family to paint a 10-by-20-inch canvas with candy hearts in bright and pastel colors. No art skills are necessary. Appropriate for age 7 and older. $20 per seat. A Piece of Work, 5714 Locke Ave. 817-737-7700; apieceofworkonline.com
Music of love
▪ Valentine’s weekend, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as the music of Strauss and Rodrigo featuring Pablo Villegas on guitar at Bass Hall. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-$82. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
▪ Enjoy a mix of romantic tunes from operas and musicals performed by Don O’Neal LeBlanc and Lucy Creech, accompanied by piano and string instrumentation in Timeless Concerts’ Valentine Special. This annual concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arlington Museum of Art and will include a dessert buffet and drinks. Following the concert, the Eric Barnes Trio will play for dancing. Tickets: $55, $45 seniors, $25 college students, table for two $120. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. 817-303-4189; http://Timelessconcerts.com
▪ The Allegro Guitar Series brings in the legendary Spanish classical guitarist Pepe Romero for a concert at the Kimbell Art Museum on Thursday and a special Valentine’s Gala on Saturday (and also a Dallas performance Feb. 13). Concert tickets are $75; gala tickets are $125. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-498-0363; www.guitarsociety.org.
▪ Do something memorable with your teens or adult family members at a bread-making workshop at Nash Farm. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, participants will learn how to make bread dough from scratch — 19th-century style — and cook it in a wood-burning stove.
All participants must be 16 or older. $15 per person. Register at 817-410-3185; www.grapevinetexasusa.com/nash-farm. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine.
▪ Visit the Dallas Arboretum on Valentine’s weekend, which is also President’s Day weekend. Admission is discounted to $5 for all and free for active and retired military. Bring a picnic or enjoy catered concessions. The on-site Restaurant DeGolyer serves traditional afternoon tea at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily (age 13 and older, $40).
You also can take a class at the Arboretum on Saturday. The Fused Art Glass Class ($99, $89 members) is 9-11 a.m. Make a set of four glass coasters and a wine bottle stopper. The Backyard Florist Class ($55, $50 members) is noon-2 p.m. A Master Gardener will teach participants how to create beautiful winter arrangements from common and uncommon materials. Register online or by calling 215-515-6540. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. 214-515-6615; www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/calendar
▪ Drop the kids off for a fun night out with friends at Young Chefs Academy, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday. Participants will learn simple kitchen skills, including following a recipe, measuring, mixing and safety. Each child will make a heart-shaped pizza, secret decoder cookies and other sweet treats. Appropriate for age 6 and older. $60 per child. Young Chefs Academy, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-989-2433; www.youngchefsacademy.com
▪ The Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco hosts its annual Valentine’s Day educational workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Children in first through fifth grade, accompanied by an adult, can participate in a hands-on STEM-based workshop to learn about the heart. Activities include such science projects as a pig heart dissection, a fizzing hearts experiment and a candy experiment. There will also be crafts and light refreshments. Tickets: $18 per adult/child pair ($12 members) Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 North Dallas Parkway, Frisco. 972-546-3050; www.mindstretchingfun.org.
The Children’s Theater at Casa Mañana performs Charlotte’s Web weekends through Feb. 22. This familiar children’s story is about a terrific pig, a spider, and the value of friendship. It is appropriate for all ages and runs approximately 90 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$37. Casa Mañana, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org
Feb. 4: Unique gifts and experiences
Feb. 5: Noncandy alternatives for kids
Sunday: A romantic proposal-moon
Tuesday: Plan a family date night
Wednesday: Red velvet indulgences to make
Saturday: Inspiration from celebrity weddings