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October News 19


Kids Programs

The Champaign Park District is your child’s destination for positive, educational, and productive programs when school is out! We have School’s Out Day programs for youth and teens.



Less than bewitched by last year’s Halloween outfits? Creating closet room for a new costume? The Halloween Costume Drive and Giveaway is just the thing for you! Donate your old threads and give kids a night of happy haunting! Donation of items not required to pick up a new costume.



Now in its 34th year, Champaign and Urbana Park Districts, along with Market Place Mall, invite you and your family to join us for the FREE family event – Halloween Funfest! Dress up in your favorite costume and join us for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. Take a walk through our spook-tacularly (family-friendly) Haunted House, and don’t forget to bring a bag to collect all your goodies!


Join us at Douglass Community Center for our annual Nightmare on Grove Street! Enjoy activities, free candy giveaway, and more!


Special Events

From Broadway to Virginia Theatre – now you’re invited to share an evening learning about the life and influences of Janis Joplin in the hit musical, A Night with Janis Joplin, starring Mary Bridget Davies.


Get your flannel ready and join us for an evening of fun fall festivities at Flannel Fest presented by Ameren Illinois! Watch the Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show perform demonstrations throughout the evening including log rolling, axe throwing, and speed carving. Enjoy music, art, craft beer flights, games, crafts, food trucks, Lumberjack Dash, and much more at this fall event!

Our next Bach’s Lunch Concert will get you in the October spirit with Maria & Co. filling the halls of Springer Cultural Center’s Historic Lobby with Oktoberfest Music!

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 Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Cupcake 5K is going to be one sweet time! This is a timed, accessible race ending with a delicious cupcake. Register by Friday, October 18 to secure your event t-shirt!


50 Plus!

Refresh yourself on driving safety at the Rules of the Road free class at Hays Recreation Center. There is NO driving test given at this class and it will not affect your insurance rate.

Call 217-239-1152 to register

Travel with us to Mansfield, IN to the Covered Bridge Festival featuring a wide array of shopping and variety of food that is sure to please everyone. Reserve your spot for this full day of fun before it’s too late.

Getting ready for the holidays? Enjoy shopping at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie (or Northwoods Mall, depending on the weather) to get you prepared for the holidays. We will also enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Cost of meal not included.


Let’s visit Curtis Orchard for a great lunch at Flying Monkey Café. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase some of your favorite jams and jellies along with pumpkins and apples. 

Sign up at Douglass Annex

Let’s get ready to hand out candy to trick or treaters by creating fun goody bags for all of your neighborhood ghouls and goblins at Halloween Candy Bag Creations.
Call 217-239-1152 to register

Our next 50 Plus! Road Play Trip is to Sadorus, Illinois to the National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History. You won’t want to miss this fun trip!



CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! We are in need of your help to make this year’s Flannel Fest, Halloween Funfest, and Cupcake 5K events better than ever before.

GO! FIGHT! WIN! Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation is starting Mustang Cheerleading for individuals with disabilities! Show your team spirit and join in on the fun!

The Champaign Park District is currently in the midst of some really exciting projects! With over 700 acres consisting of 62 parks, 12 facilities, and more, there is always something fun happening.

Did you know Springer Cultural Center offers fun Group Fitness Classes? Here’s 5 reasons to join group fitness at Springer Cultural Center today!


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