Feel the love on Valentine’s Day

Save your romantic date with your significant other for when the kids are asleep. Instead, spend this Valentine’s Day as a special family day. Family togetherness is a wonderful way to teach and spread love. Ann Arbor has plenty of ideas and events to help you celebrate and enjoy this love-filled holiday.


For the Pizza Addicts

If you are looking for a reason to avoid the restaurant rush, call ahead and request a heart-shaped pizza from NeoPapalis or Cottage Inn.

NeoPapalis: 500 E. William St.;
Cottage Inn: 2900 S. State St.;
(or at other Ann Arbor Cottage Inn
locations upon request)

For the Library Lovers

Come join people of all ages to make heart-themed cards using scrap paper and old books.
Saturday, February 10
Ann Arbor Public Library,
Malletts Creek Branch:
Program Room aadl.org

For the Architects

Bring a date or the whole family to construct and decorate a Valentine-themed gingerbread house. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while you gather together and share the love of Valentine’s Day!

Saturday, February 10
Flipside Art Studio, 255 E. Liberty St., Unit 213B
Register online at aareced.com
Individual price: $19 or Family price (up to 4 people): $49

For the Givers

Spread love by creating special cards or projects at home (or use the ones you made at the local events). Drop off cards on Monday, February 12 at the front desk of the main hospital. Volunteers will disburse the cards to patients. For more information: 734-712-4159. Deliver them to the following places:

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, 5301 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti
Brookdale Assisted Living,
750 W. Eisenhower Pkwy.
Cards can be dropped off anytime. Front desk staff will assist people as they hand out cards to the residents. For more information: 734-272-4623

For the Outdoorsy Folks

Bundle up and go on a family adventure to Rolling Hills County Park in search of the elusive Eddie the Yeti. There will be crafts, refreshments and a photo contest with a prize.

Sunday, February 11
7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti

For the Homebodies

Turn off the TV and have a family date night cooking together in the kitchen. This is a great way to communicate and connect with one another while creating delightful treats. The book, Covered in Chocolateby Lizzie Lou, includes recipes the whole family can make such as Colossal Cake Cookies, Myrtle Turtle Cupcakes, Nanachocolicious Pops and so much more! To purchase the book, visit:

Literati Bookstore,
124 E. Washington
Nicola’s Books
2513 Jackson Ave.


For the Crafters

DIY Valentine Heart Wreath
Decorate the house with a simple and adorable project suitable for all ages. Cut 12 thin strips of construction paper, 1-2 inches wide. Fold each strip of paper in half and staple to connect the two ends of the paper together, forming a heart. Glue or staple the hearts side by side around a focal point, making a circle. Add ribbon to each side of the wreath and tie at the top to hang.
More Details: Heart Wreath Tutorial at blissfulanddomestic.com


For the Surprise Seekers
Want to really blow your sweetheart and family out of the water? Hire a Singing Valentine by the local Huron Valley Harmonizers. This men’s chorus group will delight you with four-part harmonies and can even add a card, a rose and capture a photo of the moment. These Singing Valentines can be delivered within a 25-minute drive of downtown Ann Arbor or sent over the phone or as a video text message.

Book Online at hvharmonizers.org.


For the Tea Tasters
If you want to enjoy an elegant, Victorian valentine tea party and also contribute to a good cause, this is the perfect fundraiser to take part in. Call ahead to make reservations.

Saturday, February 10 and
Sunday, February 11
Kempf House Museum
312 S. Division St.
$25 per person

For the Cup Collectors
Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? Buy a glass, mug or tumbler and the rest will be provided to create customized drinkware for your special someone.

Saturday, February 10
3655 Washtenaw Ave.
Ages 3 and Up

For the
Music Enthusiasts

The Grosse Ile Quartet presents romantic woodwind pieces ranging from the Beatles to Bach and Beethoven to Bowie. The musical diversity is sure to entertain and delight families in all stages and is free to attend.

Thursday, February 8
University of Michigan Hospital
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
Main Lobby, Floor 1

For the Candy
Heart Consumers

Whether you are someone who loves to eat candy hearts or someone who strictly enjoys reading and sharing the messages, come help carry out experiments that all revolve around these special valentine candies.

Wednesday, February 14
Ypsilanti District Library
Whittaker Story Room,
5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti
Ages 7-14