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Youth & Teen

Stop by Douglass Community Center for FREE drop-in Afterschool Programs!


  • Get Up & Move | K-8th Graders
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 3:30-5:30p
  • Pop Up & Play | K-5th Graders
    • Tuesdays & Fridays from 3:30-5:30p
  • Family Open Gym | All Ages
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3-5:30p

6th graders and up must show I.D.

3rd – 7th Graders

Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Mathematics. This is what makes up STEAM. 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.

  • November 2 | Deadline: October 26
  • November 16 | Deadline: November 9
  • December 7 | Deadline: November 30

Day: Thursday
Time: 4:30-6p
Fee (R/NR): $5/$7.50
Location: Martens Center 
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

Ages 5-13

Come design and print fall-themed 3D printed creations, such as turkey earrings, a pumpkin jewelry dish, and more! Put your imagination to the test, learn how 3D printing works, and discover ways it is being used in the world around us. All supplies are provided. This is a drop off event.

Date: November 4
Day: Saturday
Time: 12-2p
Deadline: October 28
Fee (R/NR): $10/$15
Location: Martens Center
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

Join the waitlist!

Ages 7+, Adult & Child must both register

Bring out your creativity at the Martens Center, with the artists from Unveiled Creations. They will guide you to create beautiful canvas creations to take home. Each parent and child participant will create a canvas that will combine to make a larger picture.

  • November 5 | “Penguin Wishes” paintings | Fee (R/NR): $35/$52.50 per person; must register as a pair | Deadline: October 29

Day: Sunday
Time: 1-3p
Location: Martens Center
Fee (R/NR): $15/$22.50 per person; must register as a pair
Instructor: Kim Burcham and Keri Tavenner
Questions: lynne.franco@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3971

3d illustration. Abstract background with gold balls. Concept decor. Board game

3rd-6th graders

Have you ever wondered how an airplane flies or how sounds travel to your ear? Learn, discover, and expand you knowledge of the world around you as we focus on the science behind common everyday things. This is a drop off event.

  • November 6 | Deadline: October 31
  • November 13 | Deadline: November 6
  • November 20 | Deadline: November 13
  • November 27 | Deadline: November 20
  • December 4 | Deadline: November 27

Day: Monday
Time: 5-6p
Fee (R/NR): $15/$22.50
Location: Martens Center
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

3rd-6th graders

Native Americans have lived in central Illinois for thousands of years. What was life like for the first Illinoisans? Using authentic materials and historic artifacts, staff members from the Champaign County Forest Preserve District’s Museum and Education Department will use hands-on activities to teach about native peoples. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Both adult and child must be registered.

Date: November 9
: Thursday
Time: 5:30-6:30p
Fee (R/NR): $5/$7.50
Location: Martens Center
Instructor: Pat Cain
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

Stethoscope and plastic heart

Ages 7-14

Kids will learn about heart health, how to eat healthy, and why it’s important to be active. This is a drop off event.

Date | Topic | Deadline

  • November 14 | Healthy Heart | November 7
  • November 28 | Clean Eating | November 21
  • December 5 | Put technology away and get out and play! | November 28

Day: Tuesday
Time: 5-6p
Fee (R/NR): $10/$15
Location: Martens Center
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

All Ages

Join us in celebrating National STEAM Day! Enjoy various stations and experiments as you experience different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Participants will be able to expand their knowledge of STEAM around them and will have fun doing it! This is not a drop off event. No registration required.

Day: Saturday, November 18
Time: 12-3p
Location: Martens Center
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

Sports & Fitness

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. Players are introduced to the basics and move to more advanced skills.


  • 2nd-5th Grade (Serving/Setting) | October 29 & November 5 | 1-2:30p | October 25
  • 6th-8th Grade (Serving/Setting) | October 29 & November 5 | 2:30-4p | October 25
  • 2nd-5th Grade (Hitting/Defense) | November 12 & 19 | 1-2:30p | November 8
  • 6th-8th Grade (Hitting/Defense) | November 12 & 19 | 2:30-4p | November 8

Day: Sunday
Fee (R/NR): $36/$54
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Late Registration: If there are openings, a $10 late fee will be added
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984

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.


  • 1st-2nd | 8:30-9:30a
  • 3rd-4th | 9:45-10:45a
  • 5th-6th | 11a-12p
  • 7th-8th | 12:15-1:15p

Date: November 4 – December 16*
No Clinic*: December 9
Fee (R/NR)
: $74/$111
Deadline: October 27
: Leonhard Recreation Center
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984

Group fitness class doing yoga

Ages 15+

Power Vinyasa Yoga helps improve strength, flexibility, balance, focus, and joy. The structure of this class is designed to include all bodies and levels with many modifications and variations. Notice the differences in your mind, body, breath. Bring a mat, 1 to 2 yoga blocks, and water.

November 28 - January 2Tuesday8-9aNovember 21
December 7 - January 11Thursday8-9aNovember 30

No Class*: November 23
Fee (R/NR): $40/$60
Location: Martens Center
Instructor: Simone Graham-Bickham
Questions: lynne.franco@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3971

Whether it’s basketball, volleyball, or pickleball, Open Gym is the perfect time to get moving! Here are some important Open Gym information for the Leonhard Recreation Center, Douglass Community Center and the Martens Center.

50 Plus!

Join our 50 Plus! program to socialize, adventure, and learn!  Individuals aged 50+ living in Champaign-Urbana join for an annual fee of $30. Those outside of Champaign-Urbana pay $40. Non-members are always welcome to participate at the non-member (NM) fee, varies per program.


  • Discounted rates on many programs at both Hays Recreation Center and Douglass Annex.
  • Members get advanced early registration for the yearly senior trip.
  • Free admission to several annual events plus these programs: Games, Fitness, Brown Bag Lunch Discussions, Socials, Picnics, and more.


  • 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.

  • M = Member
  • NM = Non-member

Chair exercise participants

These exercise sessions focus on providing you with a great workout while in the support of a chair. Focus on stretch and strength, core fitness, and yoga. No matter your preference, you are sure to burn calories!


Year round+ | M/W | 9:30 – 10:15a

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


Year round* | M/W/F | 9-10a

Questions: call Robert at 217-819-3961 or email at robert.white@champaignparks.org

No Class: November 15, December 25*
Fee (M/NM): Free with membership/$4 per session

50 Plus Arts and Crafts

Join us for some DIY crafts and coffee. Enjoy making things such as motivational cards for individuals in nursing homes, bookmarks for children, and homeless mats for those less fortunate. We will provide ideas, supplies, and coffee – you just bring your creativity!


Date: 10/31, 11/14, 11/28
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10a-12p
Questions: call Jean at 217-239-1152 or email at veronica.cousett@champaignparks.org

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


Date: 11/17
Day: Wednesday (Friday starting 9/15)
Time: 1-2:30p
Questions: call Robert at 217-819-3961 or email at robert.white@champaignparks.org

Sign up at Douglass Annex

Fee (/NM): Free/$4 per session

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To honor our veterans, the Douglass 50 Plus! participants will serve a delicious ham and bean lunch. It will be free as long as it lasts, so don’t be late!

Date: November 9
Time: 12-2p
Location: Douglass Annex

Sign up at Douglass Annex

It’s time for some fun on the run! Van space is limited, so hurry and register for these members-only trips!

  • November 15 | Bloomington, Illinois
    • Get your holiday shopping done while we visit the Bloomington Mall followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Bring money for shopping and we will provide the meal.
      • Deadline: November 3
      • Time: 9a-4p
      • Fee (Members Only): $20

Spend the holidays with your 50 Plus family! We will have a Thanksgiving Potluck and would love for you to join us! Please RSVP by November 15 and notify us which side dish you will be contributing.

Date: November 22
Time: 12-2p
Location: Douglass Annex
Deadline: November 15
Fee: Bring a dish to share or $5

Sign up at Douglass Annex

Food pattern with raw ingredients of salad, lettuce leaves, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, basil ,onion and lemon flat lay on white wooden background.

Smart Meals is a program designed to provide awareness and education on buying affordable, healthy foods that can be easily prepared at home. Each Smart Meal kit includes a recipe card, shelf-stable ingredients, a shopping list, and other educational materials. Each Smart Meal recipe is uniquely created by a registered OSF dietician. All meals are high in fiber and low in fat and sodium.

  • November 27 | Deadline: November 20

Time: 2:30-3:30p
Fee : Free, but registration required
Location: Martens Center
Instructor: OSF Staff

Douglass Annex

512 E. Grove St
Champaign, IL 61820

Robert White

Hays Recreation Center

1311 W. Church Street
Champaign, IL 61821

Jean Cousett

Events & More

Join us for the 11th annual CUSR Cupcake 5K! This is a times, accessible race ending with a delicious cupcake. Funds raised will go into CUSR’s Scholarship Fund, which supports individuals who need financial assistance to access CUSR programs and services. Runners, walkers, and registrants must provide a valid email address in order to receive crucial pre-race information. Updated information will also be posted on the CUSR’s Facebook page. After the 5K at 10a, there will be a 100m Dash for kids ages 10 & under.

This even will go on rain or shine unless the weather poses unsafe conditions. No refunds will be given in the event of cancellation due to unsafe weather conditions.


Runners | $35

Walkers | $35

Rollers | $5

Kids 100m Dash | $10

Date: Sunday, November 5
Time: Participant check-in from 8-8:45a; Race starts at 9a
Deadline: Saturday, October 28 (no t-shirt) . On-site registration, 8-8:30a, $40, no t-shirt
Questions: 217-819-3980


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Join us in celebrating National STEAM Day! Enjoy various stations and experiments as you experience different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Participants will be able to expand their knowledge of STEAM around them and will have fun doing it! This is not a drop off event. No registration required.

Day: Saturday, November 18
Time: 12-3p
Location: Martens Center
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org

Get the best prices of the year for Leonhard Recreation Center, Martens Center & Sholem Aquatic Center on Cyber Monday! This sale is only good on Monday, November 27 and only online. Be sure you set a reminder to get a great deal on fun! ADD TO CART to see discount!

Enjoy holiday lights for FREE every Thursday – Sunday, starting November 24 – December 31 at Prairie Farm. This will be an accessible experience featuring festive light displays throughout the farm. Cocoa will be available for purchase to enjoy as you journey though a winter wonderland.

Join us for opening night on November 24 to meet Santa, listen to carolers, and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate.

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

The Carle Mobile Health Clinic brings affordable, non-urgent medical services to neighborhoods near you. Our 40-foot, wheelchair-friendly mobile medical clinic offers infants, children and adults full-service medical care to make sure families stay healthy. Practitioners have experience in pediatrics, family medicine, and women’s health and pregnancy. Services provided include: chronic condition management and education, treatment of acute illness, physicals, wellness care and assessments, school and sports physicals and immunizations, lab testing, and referrals and applications for social services.

Date: Every 4th Monday of the month 
Time: 9a – 4p
Location: Martens Center
Question: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

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Catch a movie or a performance at the historic Virginia Theatre! Make sure to follow the Virginia Theatre’s Facebook and Instagram to know when a new show has been added, when a movie is showing or to enter a ticket giveaway!


  • November 2 – 4: Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA, JR., presented by CPD Youth Theatre
  • November 8: Buddy Guy’s Damn Right Farewell Tour
  • November 15: Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
  • November 16: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
  • November 25: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Click below to explore events and purchase tickets!

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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