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Kids Programs

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Secrets of Cartooning, Op, Pop, & More, and Comics For Kids are a few Visual Arts classes we have starting in March! See our Visual Arts page for more information.

Spring Break is almost here! The Champaign Park District is your child’s destination for positive, educational, and productive programs when school is out. Check out our School’s Out Day page for Spring Break information and more!

Girl standing at table creating art project. Tshirt says, "I'm not bossy, I'm the leader of my squad."

It’s going…going…gone! Home Run! Girl’s Fast Pitch Softball deadline to register is March 19! Girls Fast Pitch Softball. Register by March 19. Volunteer Coaches Needed!

March 16 is a big day for our preschool program! Summer preschool AND Fall 2020-2021 Preschool registration begins March 16.  Feel free to register online for the summer preschool, Swingsetters, Extended Swingsetters, Friday Funsters, and more! However, there is no online registration for the 2020-2021 school year. Please register at a Champaign Park District Facility.

a young boy and young girl playing pretend with rubber duckies and a baby doll 

Special Events

Bach's Lunch Concert Barkey Bryant Jazztet 4 March 6 12p Springer Cultural Center

Barkey Bryant Jazztet 4 will fill Springer Cultural Center’s Historic Lobby with sweet jazz music at this month’s Bach’s Lunch on Friday March 6.

Part of the fun of making art is displaying it. Budding artists and art enthusiasts are encouraged to enter their work in the Champaign County Town & Country Amateur Art Show. The show will run from March 14-April 18 concluding with a reception and judge’s critique on the last day of the show!

Man proudly standing in front of framed artwork on the wall.


Hop on over to Douglass Community Center and rub elbows with the Easter bunny during brunch at the Bunny Brunch on Saturday, April 4! Then hunt for eggs in Douglass Park at Eggs-ploration. Pre-registration for the Bunny Brunch is required. Deadline to register is March 28.

Bunny Brunch. Douglass Center. April 4. REgister by 3/28/2020

Join members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society on Saturday, March 28 at 7p for the C.U.A.S. Family Skywatch! See the stars and planets through the largest public telescope in East Central Illinois.

Looking for a class volunteer project or a new way to bring the family together? Join us in making a difference at one of Champaign-Urbana’s natural treasures. Help restore the beaut of the Boneyard Creek in Champaign, Urbana, and Campus-town by participating in this organized clean-up on Saturday, April 18!

Boneyard Creek Community Day. April 18 at Scott Park. Rain date: May 2


50 Plus!

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You’re never too old to stay active and have fun! If you like to go on adventures, learn more about our community, and make new friends, it’s time for you to join our 50 Plus! Program.

Come out and make some new friends at Lunch BunchFazoli’s on March 11! 

3 50 Plus! members sitting at Fazoli's finishing their meal.

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

Enjoy that fresh spring air and get out for an afternoon of dining and socializing at The Ribeye. Carpool with your friends to the Spring Fling Outing on March 12-4:30-6:30p!

Questions: capricia.whittaker@champaignparks.org or call 217-819-3961

Making friends at the 50 Plus! program is one of the greatest benefits of being a member and it must be celebrated! At Friends & Family Day on Thursday, March 12 at 12:00p, we will eat a delicious meal and enjoy the company of those who we hold near and dear to our hearts: OUR FRIENDS!

2 older ladies smiling with a crown and "magic lamp"

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

Feelin’ lucky? Do not miss out on our Daycation trip to the Par-A-Dice Casino in Peoria, Illinois on Wednesday, March 18! Deadline to register is March 13.

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We’re hittin’ the road again at Road Play on March 25 to go to Coyote Canyon – an all-you-can-eat steak buffet and so much more! Deadline to register is March 18.

March means it’s Corned Beef & Cabbage season! Join us for a delicious meal at 11:00a followed by several rounds of bingo at noon on Friday, March 20 at Lunch & Bingo. 

Line of older citizens going through Corned Beef and Cabbage buffet line with smiles on their faces

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

Your health is important to us! Take advantage of free health screenings on March 31 that include blood pressure screening and a vision and hearing test.

Spots are limited so please email capricia.whittaker@champaignparks.org or call 217-819-3961 to RSVP.


Summer Job Fair: March 5 3:30-6:30p. Leonhard Recreation Center. Equal Opportunity EmployerJoin us for the Champaign Park District Job Fair on March 5! Learn about employment opportunities in a variety of fields including Summer Youth Programs (formerly known as day camps), maintenance, Prairie Farm, life guarding, sports officials, bus drivers, Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation, and more! Meet with representatives from these fields and apply on-site. Get to know Champaign Park District and find out why you should work with us! Follow our Job Fair Facebook Event for more information.

Keep your 2020 fitness goals on track with our next round of Group Fitness Classes! Deadlines are approaching fast. Don’t wait-Register Today!

Group Fitness Classes HERE

Exercise your creativity with some youth and adult Pottery Programs like Pottery for Kids, Pottery for Teens, Wheel Throwing, and even a Date Night!

man leaning over a pottery wheel with small cup spinning and being formed with his hands.

It’s your last chance to register your Adult Softball Team! Deadline to register is Monday, March 9. Don’t have a team but still want to play? Call us at 217-819-3985 and ask for the “free Agent” List!

2 women standing in front of baseball diamond with team shirts on: The Cereal Killers.

We are still in need of more youth sports volunteer coaches! Make an impact and volunteer today!

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“A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in a lifetime.”-Billy Graham

Virginia Theatre

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Want to receive information regarding all upcoming Virginia Theatre shows?

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Jo Dee Messina-March 5, 2020

Jo Dee Messina in concert March 5 at 7:30p

Messina is the first female performer in country music history to celebrate three consecutive multi-week, chart-topping songs, with fan favorites like Bye, Bye; I’m Alright; Stand Beside Me; That’s The Way; My Give a Damn’s Busted; and Bring On The Rain.

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Steven Ball: Wurlitzer Pipe Organ-March 14, 2020

man standing in front of Organ with 4 rows of piano keys and hundreds of brightly colored switches

A special treat! Maestro Steven Ball will perform live on the Virginia’s restored Hope Jones Wurlitzer Pipe Organ to the Harold Lloyd silent classic Safety Last! (Not Rated, 1 hour, 13 min).

Get Steven Ball Tickets

Rewind 92.5 Bad Movie Monday: Escape From New York (1981)-March 16

Rewind 92.5 Bad Movie Monday

Catch the most memorable movies of the 80’s, 90’s, and today with the fine folks from Rewind 92.5 FM.

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THE ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTISTS: Shawn Klush & Cody Ray Slaughter-March 20, 2020

one old Elvis impersonator facing a young Elvis impersonator: The Ultimate Elvis Spectacular.

Come celebrate the music, the life, and the legacy of Elvis Presley, with an unforgettable evening starring Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Shawn Klush and Cody Slaughter, featuring the Fabulous Ambassadors, with special guests direct from Nashville, Tennessee: Thea and Donna Danos, The Nashville Dreams, on backup vocals.

An Evening with Renee Elise Goldsberry-March 26, 2020

Renee Elise Goldsberry in front of grey backdrop, sitting, smiling with elbow on knee

Renee Elise Goldsberry has received the Tony Award, Grammy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Lucille Lortel Award for her performances both off and on Broadway in the musical phenomenon Hamilton, in which she originated the role of Angelica Schuyler.

Since winning the Tony Award, Ms. Goldsberry has appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” for Netflix and shot the title role for HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” opposite Oprah Winfrey. She is currently starring in the Netflix series “Altered Carbon”.

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The Moth Mainstage-March 28, 2020

shiny gold shoes standing on worn hardwood floors with microphone stand.

Since its 1997 launch in NYC, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live on stage, without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase—each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

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Gordon Lightfoot: 80 Years Strong-March 30, 2020

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter/performer Gordon Lightfoot resides – along with some very exclusive company – atop the list of all-time greats. His vast song catalog includes such classics as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon Of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song For A Winter’s Night” and “Rainy Day People,” to name only a few.

Mr. Lightfoot is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2019 with a cross-country tour. Each performance will feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the most die-hard fans!

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