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May News 19


Kids Programs

Tots, put your toy trucks away – it’s time to touch the real thing! Our ever-popular Touch-a-Truck Day is happening Wednesday, May 15 at Centennial Park. 


Can you believe there are only 24 days until school is out? Summer Day Camps will keep your child active, discovering, playing, and engaged all summer long. With 6 different summer camps, you can find your perfect blend.


We have sports programs for kids as young as 3 years old. Mini Sports programs in soccer, tennis, baseball, and basketball are available for the summer, and deadlines are approaching fast!


Leonhard Recreation Center, Dodds Tennis Center, Springer Cultural Center, Douglass Community Center, Prairie Farm, and Sholem Aquatic Center all offer great birthday party options! That’s SIX different party spots to celebrate.


Special Events

Swan Lake, presented by CU Ballet is a magical evening of fairy tales and talent at the Virginia Theatre on May 3 & 4.

 Join Champaign Rotary and Champaign Park District for the dedication of the new playground and musical instrument installation. The West Side Park Playground Dedication is on May 18 at 1pm.


Hop on over to Prairie Farm; we’re not kid-ding around, the goats are ready to play!  On May 25, Prairie Farm is open and you can discover more about programs like Pee Wee Farmers, Helping Hands, and other programs here.


Neighborhood Block Parties are the perfect opportunity to meet up with neighbors and celebrate summer. Check to see if we’re coming to your neighborhood.


We are hitting the neighborhood, and bringing music from great local bands. Sounds at Sunset and Hessel Park Concerts have concerts all summer, including three in May!

It’s time for sunshine and pool time! Join us for Sholem Aquatic Center Opening Day Celebration on May 25 and kick off the summer.


50 Plus!

Find out more about our 50 Plus! program at our Open House. They will be held May 8 at Douglass Community Center and May 23 at Hays Recreation Center.


Winter blues make you feel stuck indoors? Get out of town as Daycation heads to Trinity Horseman Foundation on May 22.


Ready to adventure with some friends? On May 29, Road Play travels to The Spirit of Peoria to hear  ragtime pianist Paul Orsi.


Inviting all mothers to come out and celebrate Mother’s Day with us at the Mother’s Day Tea Party on May 10. Wear your loveliest hat and gloves while you enjoy some tea and finger food. No hat? Bring that smiling face to this lovely occasion and enjoy!


Do it for the kids. Do it for yourself. We are always seeking volunteer coaches for our Youth Sports Programs. See how what it takes to get involved and apply. 


Ready to boogie your way through break? Sashay alongside summer? Heel tap in the heat?Summer Dance Classes registration is happening now!


 Group fitness classes kick off this month. From dancing to yoga, Zumba to body camp, we have it all! Hurry, the first round of registration deadlines begins on May 6.


Ace your way through a Free Tennis class! We are offering free introductory tennis classes in Sunset Ridge Park on May 19.


Interested in model rocketry or looking to learn more? Come to a free short presentation on building and flying model rockets TODAY and learn how everyone can get involved in this exciting hobby.

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