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Youth & Teen

K-5th Grade

School is out and The Great Debate is on! Which is the best? Oreo v. Chips Ahoy! Kids will come and learn all about how the voting process works, play fun games, create their own campaign poster, and in the end we will discover what the ultimate cookie is! Each child should bring a snack and lunch. No peanut/nut products, please. 

Date: November 8
Day: Tuesday
Time: 7:30a – 5:30p
Location: Douglass Community Center
Deadline: November 1
Questions: lynne.franco@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

Ages 12-15

Looking to get out of town and go on an adventure? We will explore together and try it all. On November 11th, we’ll be heading to iFly in Naperville, Illinois. Make sure to register so you don’t miss out on this thrillcation!

Date: November 11
Location: Start at Douglass Community Center
Fee (R/NR): $66/$99
Deadline: November 4
Questions: lynne.franco@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

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

Join us for our Champaign Park District Youth Hoops Basketball Clinic. This program will focus on the development of players’ fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense. Staff will be hands on, encouraging a friendly yet competitive environment. This clinic will be filled with drills and games, and will conclude with a competition day. This is a great introduction to our Youth Hoops Basketball Leagues.

  • Grade 1-2: 8:30-9:30a
  • Grade 3-4: 9:45-10:45a
  • Grade 5-6: 11a-12p 
  • Grade 7-8: 12:15-1:15p

Date: Saturday, November 12-December 17, 2022
Deadline: October 31
Fee (R/NR): $70/$105
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983 

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: November 15 – December 22, 2022
Day: Wednesday/Friday
Time: 10-10:45a
Fee (R/NR): $55/$82.50
Deadline: November 8

Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Questions: shannon.walter@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3988

2nd-8th Grade

Have fun and learn to play the game! The Champaign Park District and Prime Time Volleyball Club have teamed up to provide a volleyball program designed to focus on the technique and skills of each player. All coaches are selected by the Prime Time Volleyball Club. These clinics will concentrate on developing the ability to pass, set, spike, and serve the ball. The clinic will start by introducing players to the basics and move to more advanced skills.


  • 2nd-5th Grade: Sundays, October 30 & November 6 | 1-2:30p 
  • 6th-8th Grade: Sundays, October 30 & November 6 | 2:30-4p


  • 2nd-5th Grade: Sundays, November 13 & 20 | 1-2:30p
  • 6th-8th Grade: Sundays, November 13 & 20 | 2:30-4p

Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R/NR): $31/$46.50
Late Registration: If there are openings, a $10 late fee will be added.
Deadline: October 25 & November 8
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983

50 Plus!

Join our 50 Plus Program! Individuals aged 50+ living in Champaign-Urbana can join for an annual fee of only $10 beginning November 1. 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.

Spend the holidays with your 50 Plus family! We will have a Friendsgiving Potluck and would love for you to join us! Please RSVP by November 13 and notify us on which side dish you will be contributing. 

Date: November 17, 2022
Day: Thursday
Time: 1-3p
Location: Douglass Annex
Deadline: November 13
Fee (M/NM): Side dish to share or $5
Questions: call Robert at 217-819-3961 or email robert.white@champaignparks.org

Sign up at Douglass Annex


TGIF! End your week with fun people and a game of BINGO. Prepare to have a great time! Champaign Park District will provide the prizes.


Date: 11/4,11/18
Day: Friday
Time: 10a-12p
Min/Max: 6/30
Fee (M/NM): Free/ $3 per session
Questions: call Jean at 217-239-1152

Sign up in the Senior Binder at Hays Recreation Center or call 217-239-1152


Date: 11/18
Day: Friday
Time: 1-3p
Min/Max: 6/10
Fee (M/NM): Free/$3 per session
Questions: call Robert at 217-819-3961

Sign up at Douglass Annex

Tech Talk

Whether you would like to learn about email or even troubleshoot some sort of tech, this class is perfect for you. In Tech Talk, you will have the chance to learn about computer basics, how to use your mobile device, apps, the internet, and much more.

Date: Thursday, November 18
Time: 1-2:30p
Location: Douglass Annex
Deadline: Call and register for specific dates
Fee (M/NM): Free/$3 per session
Questions: call Robert at 217-819-3961 or email at robert.white@champaignparks.org

Join a group of seniors for delicious food and lively conversation at Supper Club Night. On November 23rd, we’re heading to Neil Street Blues. Treat yourself – you deserve it! 

Date: November 23rd
Day: Wednesday
Time: 4p
Fee: Cost of your meal
Questions: call Robert at 217-819-3961 or email at robert.white@champaignparks.org

Sign up at Douglass Annex by the Monday before

Events & More

What’s better than a cupcake with friends? Or a fundraiser that supports kids and adults with disabilities who just want to have fun? Why not have both! The CUSR Cupcake 5K is going to be one sweet time! This is a timed, accessible race ending with a delicious cupcake.

Funds raised will go into the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation’s scholarship fund, which supports individuals who need financial support to access CUSR programs and services. Runners, walkers, and registrants who may use a wheelchair are welcome. All registrants must provide a valid email address in order to receive crucial pre-race information. Updated information will also be posted on CUSR’s Facebook page.

Date: Sunday, November 6
Time: Participant check-in from 8-8:45a; Race starts at 9a
Fee (R/NR): $30


  • Wednesday, November 2 (no t-shirt)
  • On site registration, 8-8:30am, $35, no t-shirt

Questions: cusr@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3980

Enjoy holiday lights every Thursday through Sunday, starting November 25 – January 1 at Prairie Farm. Winter Nights at Prairie Farm is an accessible experience featuring festive light displays throughout the farm. Cocoa will be available for purchase to enjoy as you journey through a winter wonderland!
Join us for opening night on November 25, 2022 to meet Santa, listen to carolers, and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate.

Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

Working in Parks & Recreation is more than having fun. You’re enhancing the quality of life for all people through advancing environmental conservation efforts, social equity, & health/wellness. Grow your career by applying on our mobile app or website.

On October 14th and 15th we had our annual Flannel Fest and we had a blast! How about you? Let us know what you loved and what we can do to make it a better experience next year by taking the survey below!

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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