By Heather Wampler

I grew up a Disney kid. My dad bought me every single Disney movie released and when they had the “Disney on Ice” shows, we went. It was an amazing time with loads of family fun. That was over 10 years ago but Disney still has their ice shows and it’s just one great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family. Here are some other ideas.

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Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream

Consol Energy Center
1001 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Dates & Times: February 29th 2012 – March 4th 2012; 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $44 – $165

Get tangled up in the story of Rapunzel as she and her companions embark on a journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Boogie with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical voyage that begins with a fateful kiss. Dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming for that remarkable happily ever after. Your girls will adore watching their favorite princesses come to life.

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“Run For A Reason” Valentine’s Day 5K

Boathouse, North Park
Pearce Mill Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
Date & Time: February 11th, 2012; 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $20 General registration (event shirt not included); $30.00 includes a long-sleeve event shirt

Valentine’s Day is notorious for an overabundance of love and well wishes from your special guy or gal, but how often do you think about others on this day? How often do you sit back and think, “What can I do to help out?” Why not participate in the Valentine’s Day 5K? Follow your heart and “Run For A Reason.” Proceeds benefit the RSG1 Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit

Carnegie Library of Homestead

510 East 10th Ave
Munhall, PA 15120
Date & Time: Thursday, February 9th 2012; 5:30 p.m.

I love spending time with my boys. I also love reading. The Carnegie Library of Homestead is offering a great activity for the family. You can take your kids ages 5-10 to the library for some fun Valentine’s Day crafts! You can create something special for your grown up valentine at home or perhaps something whimsical and sweet for your little valentine. Once you’re finished with your crafts, why not stick around and browse through some books? You can teach your little ones about the joys of the library while having a fun night out with them.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

Gateway Clipper Fleet
350 West Station Square Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Date & Time: February 14th 2012; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: $49.95 for two adults

After all that crafty fun with your kiddos on the 9th, why not have a night out with your special Valentine? There is nothing more romantic than a dinner cruise around the beautiful city of Pittsburgh! The cruise features a dinner buffet and live entertainment as you enjoy the scenic Three Rivers.

Heather is a mom and blogger living in Pittsburgh with her husband and twin boys. You can find more of her writing at


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