Free admission to Children’s Museum on Valentine’s Day

Do you and your kids heart the Children’s Museum?

Well, the Children’s Museum hearts you too!

On Valentine’s Day – that’s Friday, Feb. 14 – the museum is offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to enjoying its regular programs, kiddos can make a valentine while they’re visiting.

Thank the  Plum Creek Foundation for sponsoring this lovely event.

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Valentine’s Day is for suckers. And ice cream.

Yesterday my daughter’s kindergarten class had its Valentine’s Day party, and I was shocked that not a single box of conversation hearts turned up in her hand-decorated oatmeal-canister mailbox.

I remember getting two dozen boxes of those things one Valentine’s Day when I was in elementary school.

But my daughter’s classmates seemed thrilled – absolutely ecstatic! – to receive pencils, bookmarks, cards and the occasional fruit leather. And, of course, there were pink suckers for everyone (my daughter picked them out herself).

And waiting at home for both myself and my daughter were two heart-shaped boxes of chocolates as well, courtesy of my very thoughtful husband.

With all this sugar coursing through our bloodstreams, we opted out of one of our usual (and one of my all-time favorite) Missoula traditions: the annual Valentine’s Day opening of the Dairy Queen on Higgins Street.

And it turns out we weren’t the only ones eschewing those Dilly bars yesterday, although the Paxson School students featured in this article did so for an entirely different reason: they were solving a hypothetical cookie theft as part of their after-school adventures in science and forensics. Sweet!

By KURT WILSON/Missoulian

By KURT WILSON/Missoulian

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