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Youth Programs

 It’s Mythical Mayhem at this School’s Out Days program. Fairies, unicorns and dragons abound in this two-day adventure. On Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 we will play games, enjoy themed activities, make art, and create magical snacks. Each child should bring a snack and lunch in a disposable container.

Two young children holding up pieces of art they made in a classroom.
Register by March 4

 See what’s in store at the Douglass Community Center for Summer of 2022! At Summer Premiere we’ll give a taste of our great Summer programs during Spring Break. Admission for field trips is included in the registration. Parents should drop their child off by 8am and pick them up at 5:30p. The program runs from March 14 through March 18.
A small child in a superhero cape lying on a blue cloth pretending to fly through the air.

Register by March 7

Equilusion is a 9-week introduction to Theater for youth who identify as BIPOC and of all ability levels. Too often, the world of performing arts has lacked in reaching the peripheries of those who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). The purpose is to provide fundamental instruction of acting in theater. Youth will participate in several structured and interactive weeks of learning from March 26 to May 28. Week 9 will culminate with a short performance which will be open to family and friends.

A group of children are holding up signs in a performance for friends and family in the audience.

Register by March 11

 A group of children and an adult in costumes on a mini stage. The sign over the stage says Imagination Theater.

 Mark your calendars because registration for our Summer Youth Programs opens on March 15 for Residents and March 25 for Non-Residents. Participants will enjoy a variety of activities such as sports, games, weekly pool days, and field trips. Scholarships are available to those experiencing economic hardship. Early scholarship applications are given priority.

Learn more about all of our Summer Youth Programs

Sports & Fitness

A softball batter swinging at a ball.
 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 Leagues. Players must be 15 years of age by April 1 to play. Players may only be listed on one roster per league. March 29 is the deadline to register and the Mandatory Manager’s Meeting will happen on April 14.

Register by March 29

 Senior Strength and Balance is for active seniors 55+ who want to improve their balance and confidence with a total body workout. Learn how to move in a healthy way with chair exercises, standing weight bearing exercises, stretching, and more! Modifications can be made for each movement. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 29 to May 5.

A chair fitness class for senior citizens.

Register by March 22

 What is Yogalates? Yogalates is a blend of yoga and Pilates. It is a fitness routine that combines Pilates exercises with the postures and breathing techniques of yoga. This class meets Saturdays from March 12 to May 7.

A group of people doing exercises on yoga mats in a fitness studio.

Register by March 5

Want more information on Fitness? Check out Leonhard Recreation Center’s page on our website. We feature an indoor track, weight room, indoor playground, and a large gym for your sports recreation needs. We also offer group classes for instructor-led fitness. Join us for birthday parties by renting our party room, or having our staff run the show! Make us your one-stop destination to keep you moving year-round! Our affordable prices and friendly atmosphere makes Leonhard Recreation Center the perfect place to get fit.
An exterior view of the Leonhard Recreation Center in springtime.

Leonhard Recreation Center is your destination to be active and have fun!


50 Plus!

A person holding their hands up at a party.
 Enjoy a delectable, leisurely lunch with your Lunch Bunch friends.. Pass around pictures of grandkids or share a funny story. There’s nothing like bonding over a meal! We’ll meet at Golden Harbor on Wednesday, March 9.

Register by March 8 at the Hays Building or Call DeBorah at 217-239-1152

 Explore and play on a delightful day trip! Road Play will start at the Hays Center on Wednesday, March 23 before leaving for Tucci’s Italian Restaurant, a long-running Italian restaurant specializing in classic meat entrees, pizzas & customizable pasta dishes. Then enjoy an afternoon of shopping at Northfield Square Mall in Bourbonnais, IL.

A group of older people sitting outside at a picnic table.

Register by March 8 at the Hays Building or Call DeBorah at 217-239-1152

 The weather is changing and it’s time to start our van back up for Daycation! On Wednesday, March 23 we’ll be going to Clinton Antique Mall and shops with lunch at Ted’s Garage in Clinton, Illinois. Van space is limited so don’t forget to register and be sure to bring money for lunch.
A group of people sitting at a table before a meal.

Register by March 21 at the Douglass Center or Call Robert at 217-398-2573

A group of older people eating a meal at a Valentine's Day themed party.
 Making friends at the 50 Plus! Program is one of the greatest benefits of being a member and it must be celebrated! At Friends and Family Day on Thursday, March 10 we will eat a delicious meal and enjoy the company of those who we hold near and dear to our hearts. Feel free to bring dishes to share!

Register by March 9 at the Hays Building or Call DeBorah at 217-239-1152


Youth Theatre presents Footloose. Performances run from March 3 to March 5.
 This explosive movie musical bursts onto the live stage! See our Youth Theatre program put on FOOTLOOSE: The Musical. The performances take place from Thursday, March 3 to Saturday, March 5 with evening and matinee performances available.

Tickets are Available Now

 The Champaign Park District’s Tree Program currently plants over 100 trees per year, most of which have been donated to celebrate the birth of a child, honor the passing of a loved one or simply to recognize a special life moment. With nearly 10,000 trees in our inventory, donations play a vital role in keeping our parks beautiful.
Two parents and their baby stand next to a newly planted tree.

Donate by March 1 for Spring Trees


The Allure of Light and Shadow. Paintings by David Moore Smith
 Experience art virtually with Springer Cultural Center’s Virtual Art Exhibits. The Allure of Light and Shadow will feature works from the painter David Moore Smith. The exhibit runs from February 26 to March 26 and will feature a virtual artist talk as well as a video walk through.

View the exhibit from February 26 to March 26

 Art in public spaces can create vibrancy, inspire engagement, reflect humanity, and provide a sense of belonging – with these roles in mind, The Great ARTdoors, a collaboration between the Spurlock Museum, the Urbana Park District, the Champaign Park District, the Urbana Arts and Culture Program, and 40 North, is kicking off a new cycle of awarding selected local artists stipends to create outdoor art installations in several Champaign and Urbana parks and community gardens. Artists are asked to submit a proposal of artwork by midnight on March 21st. Selected artists will be notified via email the week of March 28th and artwork will need to be ready to install by May 23rd, 2022. The selected artworks will remain installed through the end of October.

Learn more about requirements by clicking the link below.

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