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3, 2, 1…Blast Off!

Ages 8-12, with an adult
Come out and have a BLAST at the Champaign Park District Model Rocket Workshop. Each participant will make his or her own model rocket and learn how to launch it. Rockets will be built in the morning regardless of the weather, and then flown in the afternoon at Dodds Park, weather permitting.

Saturday, May 12
9:00-11:00 am
Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R|NR):
$24|$36 (includes rocket kit)

C.U.A.S. Family Skywatch

Ages 5+
Join members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society, Inc. at their observatory, southwest of Champaign, for an evening under the stars. 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. Take interstate 57 south to the Monticello Road exit. Go west on Monticello Road for approximately 1.4 miles to crossroad 700 E. Go south on 700 E. for approximately 1 mile and you will see a sign for the observatory. Call 217-351-2567 for cancellation notices, or visit cuas.org.

June 16, July 21, August 18
8:00-10:00 pm
CUAS Observatory
Fee (R|NR):

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.

June 16, July 21, August 18
9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR):
Questions: sean.hurst@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3901

Introduction to Model Rocketry

All Ages
Here’s your opportunity to get started in this fun and exciting hobby. We will give a short presentation on what is involved in building and flying model rockets and how anyone can get involved in the hobby. No pre-registration is necessary. For further information, call 217-359-8225 or check the web page at ciarocketry.org

Tuesday, May 1
7:00 pm
Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR):
Questions: sean.hurst@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3901

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 5 – July 26
Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 am, 
no class July 3
Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Kaufman Lake
Fee (R|NR): Free!
Questions: ashley.sims@champaignparks. com or 217-819-3926


TIPs (Training for Intervention Procedures) Training

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 4-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.

Thursday, June 14;  5:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, July 7; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday, August 2;  5:30 – 9:30 pm
Hays Recreation Center
Fee (R|NR):
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931

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.

Friday, July 20
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R|NR):
Questionsshannon.meissner@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3988

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, April 30 – May 21
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR):
Questions: michelle.horvat@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

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