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TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures)

Ages 18+
Alcohol servers in the State of Illinois are required to obtain Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Server Education Training (BASSET) certification. The Champaign Park District will now be offering TIPS Server Training which is an approved BASSET program. TIPS is a skill-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. On completion of the course you will receive both TIPS and BASSET Certification cards. This four hour course and certification is valid for three years.

Alternative training dates may be available for guaranteed groups of 10 or more; please contact instructor to schedule.

June 15, 5:30-9:30p
July 8, 10:00a-2:00pm
August 10,
 5:30-9:30p

Hays Recreation Center
Fee (R|NR):
 $50|$75
Questions: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or wendy.zindars@champaignparks.com

 

Learn to Fish

All Ages
People of all ages can learn to fish at these free clinics run by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Individuals and groups are invited to join us at Kaufman Lake. Each clinic will have two portions: education and actual fishing. The education portion will last about 45 minutes and focus on safety, fishing techniques, proper ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided. Registration for this program is required. Children under the age of 18 SHOULD be supervised by an adult. Children under the age of 13 MUST be supervised by an adult.

June – July
Tuesdays,
 9:00 – 11:30 am
Thursdays,
1:00 – 3:30 pm

Kaufman Lake
Fee (R|NR):
 FREE! 
Questions: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931

 

C.U.A.S. Family Skywatch

Ages 5+
Join members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society, Inc. at their observatory to see the stars and planets through the largest public telescope in East Central Illinois. All Skywatch sessions are cancelled in the event of cloudy weather. Call 217-351-2567 for cancellation notices. Visit cuas.org for directions. Located southwest of Champaign, south of Monticello Road on County Road 700E.

July 29, August 26, Sept 23, & October 28
Saturdays, 
8:00 – 10:00 pm
CUAS Observatory
Fee (R|NR):
 FREE! 

Heartsaver CPR Classes By Presence Hospital

Ages 9+cpr
The course covers topics ranging from heart attacks and strokes to animal bites and allergic reactions. Also covered is CPR for the adult, child and infant victim and AED use. A CPR certification card will be given after successful completion of class.

**In order to receive a refund, cancellation requests must be submitted at least two days prior to the class date.

August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16
Saturdays,
9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR):
 $65|$97.50
Questions: sean.hurst@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3901

Go Ape! Treetop Adventure: Chicago

Ages 16+
Summer time shouldn’t be all about the kids! Take a day to yourself and bring a friend or two for
a treetop adventure in Chicago, IL! Zip line through the Bemis Woods and take in all the beautiful
sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Fee covers park admission and transportation. For more
information please visit the website: www.goape.com.

Saturday, August 5
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Depart/Return: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR):
 $95|$135
Questions: tiffany.white@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2573

 

Parents’ Night Out

K-5th graders
Go on a date or head to Sholem’s Adult Swim Night and leave the childcare to us. Your kiddos will have a blast with our fun, energetic, and highly-trained staff. Children must bring their own sack meal (no peanut products, please). A light snack will be provided. Parents’ Night Out is TV-free.

Saturday, July 29
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R|NR):
 $15|$22.50
Questions: shannon.meissner@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3988

 

Rocket Launches

All Ages
The Central Illinois Aerospace Model Rocket Club schedules launches twice a month, generally on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Most of these are held at Dodds Park, though occasionally we will fly at other locations. If you have a model rocket, bring it and fly with us or just come out to watch. For further information call 217-359-8225 or check the web page at www.ciarocketry.org.

Generally 2nd & 4th Saturdays
Dodds Park
Fee (R|NR):
 FREE! 
Questions: sean.hurst@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3901

Introduction to High Power Rocketry

All Ages
Have you been flying model rockets for a while and are now interested in flying some of the bigger rockets? Here’s your opportunity to get started in this fun and exciting hobby. We will give a short
presentation and answer any questions on what is involved in getting started in high power rocketry. This is open to all ages. No pre-registration is necessary. For further information call 217-359-8225 or check the web page at www.ciarocketry.org.

Tuesday, Sep 5
7:00 pm
Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR):
 FREE! 
Questions: sean.hurst@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3901

Fright Fest: Six Flags Chicago

Ages 16+ (under 16 requires adult chaperone)
Join us for some frightful festivities at Six Flags! You’ll have a ghoulish good time with hairraising shows, electrifying street entertainment, and thrilling haunted houses. Participants should bring extra money to purchase food and souvenirs. Don’t miss this spooktacular sweet time at Six Flags! Price includes admission and transportation.

Saturday, October 14
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Depart/Return: Douglass Community Center
Fee (R|NR):
 $75|$112.50
Questions: tiffany.white@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2573

The Wonderful World of Babysitting

Ages 11-15
Become the babysitter that kids beg their parents to have! This class will teach you the basics and give you the confidence to successfully take on any babysitting job. You will be trained by certified staff on skills to become a safe, fun, and nurturing sitter. Our program features basic first aid, safety, age- appropriate games, and discipline techniques.

The Champaign Park District is an accredited program site through Safe Sitter®, the only national, nonprofit organization exclusively devoted to baby-sitting. You must attend all sessions in order to complete the course and to be certified by Safe Sitter®.

Mondays, October 16 – November 16
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR):
 $45|$67.50
Questions: michelle.horvat@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Gingerbread Making House

K – 4th graders
You supply the creativity, we’ll supply the rest! Design your very own gingerbread house using cardboard, icing, and decorative candy. When it’s over, take your masterpiece home and leave the mess for us!

Saturday, December 2
1:00 – 2:15 pm
Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR):
 $15|$22.50
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

Design Your Own Ornaments

K – 4th graders
Handmade ornaments are always the favorites on the family holiday tree. Join us for a chance to make unique treasures for your tree! One-of-a-kind, handcrafted ornaments also make great gifts!

Saturday, December 16
1:00 – 2:15 pm
Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR):
 $75|$112.50
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

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