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Hidden Gem: Summer Sports Camp

We’re offering a NEW opportunity for kids to learn and test out new sports in our Summer Youth Sports Camp. It’s the perfect chance for them to open their horizons and sample a huge selection of sports. 1. Dive into the Unknown. Badminton, Spike Ball, Bocce—the new wave of sports is here, and we’re ready […] Continue Reading

The Plymire Irises : Gardening is Sharing

We continue our springtime series on gardening and horticulture with Randy Hauser, Horticulture and Natural Areas Supervisor and a happy tale of giving. In the late summer of 2015, I answered a phone message from a Champaign resident named Bill Plymire.  It had something to do with irises, and in my role as CPD’s horticultural […] Continue Reading

101 Days : 1 Sholem Pool Pass

Hello sunshine! Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to grab your sunscreen and hit the pool!  Here’s our top five reasons why a season pass makes you a Sholem VIP: 1. Low Cost A family pool pass for four pays for itself in fewer than 9 visits!  With that kind of a bargain, you’ll want […] Continue Reading

Champaign Parks Honors 2017

Our community is full of people and organizations who exemplify excellence, commitment, and generosity. We were honored on Thursday, April 13, 2017 to be able to celebrate them and thank them for all they have given to our community. Champaign Parks Honors allowed us to showcase a year full of excellence in our parks, recreation, […] Continue Reading

5 Snapshots to a Happier Yard & Happier Earth! (Part I)

It’s no secret that We ♥ Butterflies, and we’re always looking for ways to get you involved! See how we’re cultivating a happy planet below. 1. Butterfly Milkweed Seeds in All Their Fluffball Glory! – We have an abundance of Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) in our traditional gardens and natural areas, so we always have a ready […] Continue Reading

5 Ways Girls Explore Creates Innovative Minds

Out with the ordinary, in with the STEAM! Girls Explore Summer Camp is in its fourth summer, and our robust programs are ready to involve girls in safe and fun activities that will encourage them to be silly, play, and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Why is Girls Explore the right place […] Continue Reading

6 Reasons to Take a Trip to Dance Art’s Oz

The historical Virginia Theatre is housing emerald city this weekend. Don’t miss Dorothy’s adventure down the yellow brick road and Dance Arts Program’s own version of a well-known story, Journey the Land of Oz. Presented by Dance Arts: “Journey the Land of Oz” with Irish, Tap, and Contemporary Dance Saturday, April 8 ● 7pm Sunday, April 9 ● […] Continue Reading

5 Egg-cellent Egg Hunts

Hop on over, and put some S-P-R-I-N-G into your step! In all of our egg-citement, we’ve lost our eggs, and we need YOU to help us find them. Filled with goodies and treats, kiddos, adults, and our furry friends will all get to join the hunt. Eggs-ploration | FREE! Ages 13 & Under Saturday, April […] Continue Reading

5 Ways We’re Keeping Teens Active this Summer

We know that teens are social creatures, and looking for the perfect place to engage! We’re offering multiple opportunities for teens to get out of the house and be a part of the community. They’ll laugh. They’ll learn. They’ll grow. And, who knows, they might even thank you. Junior Lifeguard Academy Ages 12-15 Jump into […] Continue Reading

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