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/// LOVE ISSUE: ALL AGES Cupid Shuffle by Melissa Black |

is all about. Whether the outing takes place during the day or in the evening, making one-on-one time this February spells out “you’re special” and “I love you” way better than any greeting card. Think dating your kids sounds silly? You bet! Take a little bit of silliness and giggles, mix in a lot of hugs and squeezes, and show Cupid a thing or two.


Saturday All Day with the Arts: Who Are We? The Photography

of Dawoud Bey Grand Rapids Art Museum 101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Program free with museum admission, (616) 831-1000

Teenagers. What do you do with them? A date with mom or dad may result in a little eye rolling, but the Grand Rapids Museum has prepared for that with a Skate & Create program. After picturesque skating at Rosa Parks Circle, pick up a coupon in the warming shelter and receive admission for just $2 per person (children five and under are always free) for the Saturday All Day with the Arts program. Hands-on art mak- ing, family tours, and free hot cocoa are available in the winter-themed Education Center Studio. Visit the teen-focused exhibition Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey and strike a pose in the Education Center photo booth. Families will explore the theme of identity by creating portraits that combine images and words. If a little fresh air activity, warm beverages and artistic discussion on American youth isn’t apropos and doesn’t


make for a bonding experience — well, there’s always pottery painting (we joke).

Daddy Daughter Dance Holland Civic Center 150 West 8th Street, Holland Feb. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. In advance: $22 Holland City Residents/ $25 Non-Residents & $7 each additional person. Day of: $25 Holland City Residents/ $30 Non-Residents & $10 each additional person, (616) 355-1300

Dads, it’s time to play prince charming. Get your daughter all dolled-up, whip out your fancy attire and dated dance moves, and head over to the Holland Civic Center’s Masquerade Ball. Enjoy DJ Sean, dancing, contests, refresh- ments, snacks, a flower for the young lady and on-site professional photography to capture the memory. The evening’s carnival atmosphere is a sweet way for elementary school-aged young ladies in kindergarten through fifth grade to have dad all to herself sans brothers, mom and office work at home and is “a great way for other dads and daughters to mingle and have fun at a social event,” says Jeremy Myers, the recreation

coordinator for the City of Holland. Chaperone privileges are extended to grandpas, uncles and brothers as well.

Jim Gill in Concert Kalamazoo Public Library’s Central Library 315 S. Rose Street, Kalamazoo Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Admission free (ticket required for entry), (269) 342-9837

Every date calls for a little mood music. In his Family Room Tour concerts, musician Jim Gill bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo while parents and children sing, clap, jump, and of course, dance along. The Kalamazoo Public Library’s concert series is popular with all ages and with such a joyful musical atmosphere, this will be one outing to remember. It’s the perfect time to play and jam out to songs you’ll be sing- ing on the car ride home, especially if you snag one of Gill’s funny, creative and kid-pleasing CDs after the show. Limited seating is available for this kiddie concert. Tickets are available starting at 6 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Mother Goose and The Boy Who Wouldn’t Do His

Homework Grand Rapids Ballet’s Peter Martin Wege Theatre 341 Ellsworth SW, Grand Rapids Feb. 19, 2 & 5 p.m.; Feb. 20, 2 p.m. Adults: $20, children and students: $10, (616) 454-4771

Spend an evening enjoying the fine arts as the Grand Rapids Ballet and Grand Valley State University join forces for a show that introduces children to opera and ballet. This event takes mommy’s love for the stage (and some quality time with her kid) and mixes it together with Mother Goose stories presented in vignettes by the Grand Rapids Ballet. After that, see what happens to a disobedient boy who refuses to do his homework and destroys everything in his room. Let’s just say it’s a little weird and fantastic as the things he’s damaged come to life seeking revenge. “This is a really fun excursion for kids and their parents. The kids will be introduced to two wonderful art forms,” says Misty Hendricks, marketing director for the ballet. Can’t make the first two dates? The production is also showcased Feb. 25 through 27 on Grand Valley’s Allendale campus. n

andholding, long and loving stares, a getaway for just the two of you—these days if you’re a busy family or a single parent family, these things are hard to come by. Do your part when it comes to February’s love fest and keep the sentiment alive and if the spouse is out of town, or if there is no significant other, take the kids out on a date and remember what quality time with someone you love


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