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Oregon Family Magazine

A Lane County Valentine's Day: Food, Fun and Family

02/11/2010 ● By Anonymous
This Valentine's Day, share the love with friends, family and neighbors by making these sweet treats or fun crafts. There are also lots of events happening in and around the Eugene area, giving you lots of choices for how to spend your day.

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to make and share treats with friends and family, but whipping up homemade sweets can be time consuming. If you’re pressed for time but still want to give something homemade, try a twist on the typical conversation hearts by making conversation heart fudge. Looking for a healthier alternative? Try these Valentine’s hearts made with watermelon and orange slices.

Enjoy time with the kids while they’re home for the weekend by putting together some Valentine’s crafts. If you have a budding musician in your home, help inspire them by creating this “You Rock, Valentine!” card.

Stray from the traditional boxed Valentine’s cards this year and make homemade cards using construction paper, paint and your thumbprint! Follow these instructions for how to make a thumbprint heart card.

Girls will love making Valentine Heart Leis, which you can easily put together with supplies you have around the house like construction paper and straws.

If you want to get out of the house, there are lots of opportunities to do so! Celebrate the state of Oregon’s birthday (it gained statehood on February 14, 1859) at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History from 11 am – 5 pm. Explore the museum for free and let the kids enjoy the museum’s various activity stations.

Take the family to Family Art Sunday at the Emerald Art Center from 2-4 pm. This free event lets families learn about American folk art and gives kids the chance to create their own art projects.

You can find more events for Valentine’s Day and the upcoming weekend on our calendar and at the Travel Lane County Event Calendar.

Do you and your family have other Valentine’s Day plans or a fun tradition you’d like to share? Let us know!