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Youth & Teen

A plate covered in paint for crafts.

Ages 5-11 

Put your creativity to work using recycled resources, glue, paint, and more! We supply the materials, you supply the creativity. New fun ideas will be posted in each 2-hour studio time slot. Let your inner art beast loose with us!


  • February 4 | Deadline: January 28


  • February 11 | Deadline: February 4

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:30a-12:30p
Fee(R/NR): $15/$22.50
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3919

3rd-5th Grade

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program unlike any other. We are proud to be one-of-a-kind, just like the incredible girls we serve. This program utilizes a research-based curriculum that inspires confidence through:

  •  Fun, physical movement-based activities
  •  Group discussions that teach social-emotional skills
  •  Team-building exercises that unlock empathy and inclusion
  •  Setting goals in preparation for a celebratory 5K event, which will be the Christie Clinic Illinois Race.
  • Each participant gets a t-shirt and a water bottle.

Registration: Closes February 7. Register at BOTH www.girlsontherunofchampaigncounty.org and the Champaign Park District.

Date: February 13 – April 26 
Day: Monday/Wednesday
Time: 4:30-6p
Location: Martens Center 
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3843

Ages 12-15

Looking to get out of town and go on an adventure? We will explore together and try it all on a Thrillcation. Each participant should pack a lunch and snacks.

2/20 | Iron Coyote, Bloomington

Dates: February 20
Deadline: February 13
Fee (R/NR): $66/$99
Location: Depart from Douglass Community Center
Min/Max: 6/11
Questions: lynne.franco@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

A plate covered in paint for crafts.

3rd-7th Grade

Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Mathematics. It’s Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! Various science organizations from UIUC, in partnership with X-Time, are excited to introduce you to the wonderful world of STEAM and all that it entails. This is NOT a drop off event.

  • February 16 | Deadline: February 9
  • March 2 | Deadline: February 23

Day: Thursday
Time: 4:30-6p
Fee: FREE, but registration is required for each session
Location: Martens Center 
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3973

Use the Summer Hiring Center on our website to learn about open positions, check out the Frequently Asked Questions before applying, and get insight from our hiring managers and current employees on why you should apply today! Click below to find out more about the summer positions available!

Three volunteers pictured together
If you are at least 13 years of age, enthusiastic, hardworking, and willing to learn, we can coordinate volunteer hours for you. This is a great opportunity to acquire new skills, gain valuable work experience, and complete high school volunteer hours. Teen volunteers are permitted to work a maximum of 25 hours per week. A waiver must be printed, signed and mailed/dropped off:

Volunteer Coordinator – Jarod Lake
Hays Recreation Center
1311 W. Church St., Champaign IL 61821

For more information, please contact Jarod at volunteer@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3926

Sports & Fitness

Tone and sculpt your whole body with Strength Training. Participants learn the building blocks you need to help you transform your body. This class is designed for all fitness levels.

Date: February 14 – March 23
Day: Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 10-10:45a
Fee (R/NR): $60/$90
Deadline: February 7
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Instructor: Jessica Hammie

Questions: shannon.walter@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3988


Learn hard work, teamwork, and social skills while having a great time at Youth Soccer! The leagues focus on fun, sportsmanship, fundamental instruction, and opportunity. All players will receive approximately equal playing time, minimum 50% playing time. Each league uses soccer balls, goals, and fields proportional to their age as recommended by the U.S. Youth Soccer. All teams will play six officiated games on Saturdays or on weeknights (depending on the league). Older ages (3rd grade+) will also play in an end of season tournament.


    • Early Bird Registration – February 19
    • Deadline to Register – March 5
    • Coaches Contact – Week of March 20
    • Coaches Meeting – March 14th @ 6pm at Leonhard Center
    • Practices Begin – Week of March 20
    • Games Begin – April 1

Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984

Feel the burn and have some fun in this hybrid workout class. Combining ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga, and strength training, barre is the perfect full-body workout. Please bring your own mat

  • March 2 – April 6 | Deadline: February 23

Day: Thursday
Time: 5-5:45p
Fee (R/NR): $40/$60
Location: Martens Center
Instructor: Sophie Richardson
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3973

Ages 6-12

Now’s your chance to get in on the summer softball action early! Improve your skills with the Champaign Park District’s Indoor Softball Clinics! These 4-week clinics focus on improving softball fundamentals before stepping on the field this spring. The curriculum emphasizes technique training that strengthens fielding, throwing, catching, and hitting mechanics through fun and interactive drills. Clinic is indoors but will move outside when the weather is nice.

  • U8 Skills Clinic – 12-12:45p | $56/$84
  • U10 Skills Clinic – 1-2p | $62/$93
  • U12 Skills Clinic – 2-3p | $62/$93

Date: March 5 – April 2
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center & Dodds Softball 3-Plex
Deadline: February 25
Late Registration: If there are openings, a $10 late fee will be added
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984

Hey adults, let’s get moving! Who says recreation is just for kids? Here are some fun adult activities to do this Winter/Spring.

50 Plus!

Join our 50 Plus Program! Socialize, adventure, and learn with the Champaign Park District! 


  • Discounted rates on many programs at both Hays Recreation Center (HRC) and Douglass Annex (DA).
  • Free admission to several annual events, plus these programs: Cards and Games, Bridge Group, Bunco, Trivia, Wii, Chair Exercises, and Munchies at Hays (HRC); Open Game Day, Chair Exercises, and Computers 101 (DA).
  • Members get advance registration for the yearly senior trip.


  • Fresh coffee weekday mornings.
  • Table area to play cards/gather (based on availability).


It’s easy to become a member! Register at any Champaign Park District facility, and you’ll be entered into our system to automatically receive member discounts on programming. Membership is nontransferable.

Warm up and feel the love at delicious event! We will have lots of hot chocolate with all the fixins’, plus sweet treats galore. Following food, we will keep the fun going with Valentine’s Day themed games!

Date: Friday, February 10
Time: 12-1p
Fee (M/NM): Free/ $3
Deadline: February 3
Location: Hays Recreation Center
Questions: Call Jean at 217-239-1152 or email at veronica.cousett@champaignparks.org

Sign up in the Senior Binder at the Hays Center

Join us as we explore and play on these delightful day trips! All trips start from Hays Center. 

February 11: Lunch at a downtown Champaign restaurant, followed by a tour of the historic Virginia Theatre and 1pm showing of An American In Paris (1951). Cost of lunch not included.

Day: Wednesday
Time: 10:45a-3:30p 
Fee: $10*
Deadline: February 4

*Individuals need to bring additional money for lunch and a tip.

Questions: Call Jean at 217-239-1152 or email at veronica.cousett@champaignparks.org

We cover it all, from your favorite classics to new premier movies at our Movie Mondays. Come view a different movie every Monday and we will provide the popcorn and beverages.

Date: February 13
Day: Monday
Time: 12p
Fee (M/NM): Free/$3 per session
Location: Douglass Annex
Questions: call Robert at 217-819-3961 or email at robert.white@champaignparks.org

Open to all couples and singles! Love is the air so dress to impress in something red to our Valentine’s Brunch. Come and enjoy our sweet and savory brunch dishes set to a romantic mood and music!

Date: Tuesday, February 14
Time: 1-3p
Location: Douglass Annex
Fee (M/NM): Free/$5
Deadline: Must register by February 7
Questions: call Robert at 217-819-3961 or email at robert.white@champaignparks.org

Sign up in the Senior Binder at Hays Recreation Center or call 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. Bring a friend!

Date: Friday, February 24
Time: 1-3p
Fee (M/NM): Free/$3
Location: Douglass Annex
Deadline: Must register by February 17
Questions: call Robert at 217-819-3961 or email at robert.white@champaignparks.org

Events & More

Interested in learning more about what a volunteer coach does? Join us at our Volunteer Recruitment event to learn more! 

Date: February 16
Time: 6-7:30p
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center

Work for one of the top park districts in the country and top employers for summer positions in Champaign! Learn more about the over 400 summer positions we have available in 2023 at our Summer Job Fair.

Date: February 18
Time: 11a-1:30p
Location: Martens Center

Catch a movie or a performance at the historic Virginia Theatre!

February Events:

  • Feb 2 – Joe Gatto’s Night of Comedy (Almost sold out!) (Can purchase VIP Meet & Greet Add-On)
  • Feb 4 – RAAS MANIA: Illinois’ Premiere Raas & Bhangra Competition
  • Feb 8 – My Octopus Teacher (2020)
  • Feb 9 – Chapel Hart: Glory Days Tour
  • Feb 11 – An American in Paris (1951)
  • Feb 17 – Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
  • Feb 18 – Let the Little Light Shine (2022)
  • Feb 19 – THE MAGIC STUMP: A New Birding Documentary
  • Feb 23 – Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour (Can purchase a photo experience add on)
  • Feb 25 – That’s What She Said 2023

Click below to explore events and purchase tickets!

Use the Summer Hiring Center on our website to learn about open positions, check out the Frequently Asked Questions before applying, and get insight from our hiring managers and current employees on why you should apply today! Click below to find out more about the summer positions available!

Looking for some new coloring sheets? We have some coloring sheets inspired from various Champaign Park District facilities and programs drawn by local artists! Download these coloring pages for free by clicking the link below.

What’s better than FREE? Click below for a list of free activities for you and your family to enjoy at the Champaign Park District!

Because some residents are unable to participate in recreation programs due to economic hardship, the Champaign Park District offers scholarships to reduce certain fees and charges. We now offer both scholarship and registration forms in Spanish! Fill out the form and submit the completed packet in one of the three ways listed on the form.

Questions: Please call 217-398-2550

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