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Kids Programs

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We have the fun School’s Out Day programs your kids will be talking about when school is back in session!

Youth Spring Soccer Leagues and Girls Fast Pitch Softball registrations are open! Our soccer league Early Bird Registration is going on through February 27. You can save over 20% by simply registering now for soccer!

Youth Soccer Spring Leagues: Early Bird Registration by February 27 (save $14 to register early). Volunteer Coaches Needed! Girls Fast Pitch Softball. Register by March 19. Volunteer Coaches Needed!



We need your help! Encourage young athletes to set goals and work hard to achieve them. Volunteer as a youth coach today!

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“A good coach will make his [their] players see what they can be, rather than what they are.” – Ara Parseghian.


Did you know the Jimmy John’s Youth Scholarship Program available for residents of Champaign? This program will cover up to half the cost of those who need financial assistance. Everyone should be able to have fun!


Special Events

Shake, Rattle, and Roll with Dad. Friday February 7 6-9p. Hilton Garden Inn Banquet Hall.

Friday, February 7 is Shake, Rattle, and Roll with Dad! Follow the Facebook Event page for updates and sneak peeks!

Dodds Tennis Center is hosting its 17th Annual Indoor Tennis Tournament February 21-23! There’s still time to register for one of the 17 events we will have during the tournament. Deadline to register is February 18 at 5p.

adult tennis player looking at competitor off screen waiting for ball to be returned.


Our Youth Theatre program is presenting a family classic based on the record-breaking West End production and the beloved film–Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. on February 27-29 at Virginia Theatre! 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. Feb 27-29 7pm; Feb 29 2p. Tickets: thevirginia.org

Beginning February 8, the art exhibit Milling Around by Country Bend Painters will be available for viewing at Springer Cultural Center.

Milling Around by Country Bend Painters. Art Exhibition Feb 8-March 7. Reception Thursday February 20 5:30p-7p

Here’s a cute Valentine’s Day lunch date idea! On Friday, February 14, Big Bluestem String Band will be performing in the Historic Lobby at Springer Cultural Center for our Bach’s Lunch Concert. You could make your own romantic lunch to bring for the occasion or you can simply contact us to order a delicious box lunch from Michael’s Catering that will be waiting for you when you arrive!

Bach's Lunch Concert: Big Bluestem String Band (Bluegrass, cajun, & blues) February 14 12pm-1pm Springer Cultural Center


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Lunch Bunch this month will be at a crowd favorite-Olive Garden on February 12! 

Please sign up in green binder at Hays or call in advance to sign-up at 217-239-1152

Warm up and feel the love of Valentine’s Day at Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Bar and Desserts on February 14. This delicious little event will have lots of hot chocolate with all the fixins, plus sweet treats galore!

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Please sign up in green binder at Hays or call in advance to sign-up at 217-239-1152

Open to all, couples and singles! Love is in the air and so are the savory aromas of everyone’s favorite dishes. Dress to impress in something red at this lunch for sweet gals and gents at the Valentine Potluck at Douglass Annex on Friday, February 14.
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Bring a dish to share or $3

It’s time to break out the bingo cards again for a deliciously good time! This month’s Lunch & Bingo will have a Pasta Bake lunch on February 21 at Hays Recreation Center. Please bring 2 small prizes to keep the game going.

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Please sign up in green binder at Hays or call in advance to sign-up at 217-239-1152

Celebrate Black History Month as we enjoy traditional soul food. Bring a special dish to share and sample a variety of foods in celebration. Bring a friend to Black History Soul Food Potluck on February 28 at Douglass Annex!

Buffet of soul food


Picture yourself here! Now Hiring For Summer. Over 400 summer positions. Lifeguards, swim instructors, CDL Drivers, Sports Officials, Summer Youth Program Staff, Prairie Farm Leaders, Landscape Workers, Ballfield Crew, CUSR Staff, Concessions, and more!It’s never too early to not think about summer plans!  All of our summer employment positions are open for applications. Want to be a cool Lifeguard? We have a job for that! Want to work outside helping make our parks beautiful? We have a job for that! Want to be a part of making your community grow? We have a job for that! Picture yourself here and join our team today!


CALLING ALL OFFICIALS! We are looking for some more officials to help with our Adult Softball and Youth Soccer League.  For more information, contact Justice Miller.

Here’s your chance to get in on the summer softball action early! We offer a variety of leagues that will fit your skill level, including Co-Rec, Women’s, and Men’s Adult Softball Leagues! Deadline to register a team is Monday, March 9.

female adult at bat on baseball field swinging at ball that was pitched.

Champaign Park District 2020 Field Rentals will begin on February 10. For any questions regarding reserving sports fields for tournaments or practices, email Justice Miller. 


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