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Winter/Spring Events (January – May)

The Champaign Park District offers a wide array of special events throughout the year. Events are listed by season under the “Special Events” tab. New events may be added at any time, so be sure you keep an eye on our most recent Program Guide for updates. From dancing to kite flying, community service to egg hunts, we have the perfect special event for you and your family this spring – so come on out and make some memories with us! All outdoor events are subject to weather cancellations and other delays. If you have any questions about our special events, please contact Zoe.Stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931 unless otherwise noted.

All outdoor events are subject to weather cancellations and other delays. Get up-to-the-minute information on our Cancellations Page.

PreHistoric Mom Prom 2019 | Friday, January 11 at 6:00 – 9:00 pm 

Location: Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: $26 per person

Ages: This event is designed for children 12 and under and their parent/guardian
Description: Moms, bring your kiddos for a night of dancing and fun for a prehistorically good time! Event will include a plated table-service  dinner (vegetarian option must be requested at time of registration),
fun activities, and goodie bag for al the kids. Photo packages will be available for a fee (cash required). Doors open at 5:30p. Guests must be seated promptly at 6p to enjoy all dinner courses.All attendees must provide an email address at registration to  receive a pre-event email from event staff. Each person attending must enroll to ensure we have an accurate head count.

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

 

Dancing with Dad in Hollywood 2019 | Friday, February 1 at 6:00 – 9:00 pm 

Location: Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: $26 per person

Ages: This event is designed for children 12 and under and their parent/guardian
Description: We are rolling out the red carpet for Dad and his kiddos as they enjoy a night of glitz and glam at this Hollywood-themed party. Event will include a plated table-service dinner (vegetarian option must be requested at time of registration), fun activities, and goodie bag for all the kids. Photo packages will be available for a fee (cash required). Doors open at 5:30p. Guests must be seated promptly at 6p to enjoy all dinner courses. All attendees must provide an email address at registration to receive a pre-event email from event staff. Each person attending must enroll to ensure we have an accurate head count.

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

 

Champaign County Town & Country Amateur Art Show 2019 | March 16 – April 13

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Location: Springer Cultural Center
For more information, please visit the Town & Country Amateur Art Show page.

 

Dance Arts Performance 2019: The Wayward Girl | Friday, February 15 at 7:00 pm & Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 pm

Location: Virginia Theatre
Cost: $10 Child under 12, $10 Seniors, $13 Adults

Get Tickets Here!
Ages: All ages
Description: An original restaging of the 1789 classical ballet “La Fille Mal Gardée.” A timeless tale of the comedic relationship between a widowed mother and her strong-willed daughter.

 

Bunny Brunch 2018 | Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 – 11:30 am

Location: Douglass Community Center
Cost: $5|$7.50 per person 

Ages: 18+
Description: Hop on over to Douglass Community Center and rub elbows with the Easter bunny during brunch, then hunt for eggs in Douglass Park at Eggsploration. Pre-registration is required due to limited seating, so don’t delay, sign up today! Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Adults must register with their children.

Questions: Katherine.Hicks@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3973.

 

Eggs-ploration! 2019 | Saturday, April 6 at Noon – 1:00 pm (hunt starts promptly at noon)

Location: Douglass Park 
Cost: FREE!
Ages: Children ages 13 and under. Adult supervision required.
Description: Join us at Douglass Park for a good old-fashioned egg hunt. We’re hunting in waves this year, with the first egg hunt starting at noon, so don’t be late! Remember your basket for all your goodies. Egg hunt follows the Bunny Brunch.

12:00p Egg Hunt for 0-4 year olds ADULTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PICK UP EGGS
12:20p Egg Hunt for 5-8 year olds 
12:40p Egg Hunt for 9-13 year olds

QuestionsKatherine.Hicks@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3973.

 

Nite Lite Egg Pursuit 2019 | Friday, April 19 at 8:10 pm

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Location: Hessel Park
Cost: $10 per person (registration on-site from 7:15-8pm) 
Ages: 18+
Description: Break out your basket, grab your flashlight, and prepare your inner child for Nite Lite Egg
Pursuit XXVI. Join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS for the opportunity to hunt for eggs filled with prizes.
Be on the lookout for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold eggs for a chance to win some great prize
packages! 

Eggs disappear quickly so don’t be late!

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

 

Eggstravaganza 2019 | Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 am (hunt starts promptly at 11am)

Location: West Side Park
Cost: FREE!
Ages: Children ages 10 and under.  Adult supervision required.
Description: Join us at West Side Park where thousands of eggs wait to be found. Free hayrack rides will take place before the event from 10a-Noon and there will be a special guest on site for all the little egg hunters to enjoy! Don’t forget your basket – the egg hunt starts at 11a sharp!

Hayrack Rides: 10am-Noon (weather permitting)

Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3926

 

 

Boneyard Creek Community Day 2019 | Saturday, April 13 at 9:00 am – Noon

Scott Park Yellow Coneflower and Monarda Long-range

Location: Scott Park
Cost: FREE!
Ages: All ages
Description: Looking for a class volunteer project or a new way to bring the family together? Join us in making a difference at one of Champaign- Urbana’s natural treasures. Help restore the beauty of the Boneyard Creek in Champaign, Urbana, and Campus-town by participating in this organized clean-up. Be on site to register at 9am. Free lunch will follow! Visit boneyardcreek.org for more information.

Questions:  ashley.sims@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3926

 

DIY Kids 2019: Superhero Extravaganza | Saturday, May 1 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Location: Douglass Branch Library
Cost: FREE!
Ages: All ages
Description: Calling all superheroes! Do you have what it takes to save the day? Come join the Champaign Park District and Douglass Branch Library and create a superhero mask and put your skills to the test by playing games and completing superhero themed challenges.

Questions: Katherine.Hicks@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3973.

 

Touch-a-Truck Day 2019 |  Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

truckLocation: Centennial Park
Cost: FREE!
Ages: Children ages 2-5.  Adult supervision required.
Description: Tots, put your toy trucks away – it’s time to touch the real thing! Climb in, hop on, and honk the horns of some really big trucks and other vehicles during Touch-A-Truck Day! Tow trucks, fire trucks, police cars, and more will be available for kids to explore. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic too!

Please note: in case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

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

 

Cultural Arts Events

The Champaign Park District Dance Arts School performances are often held during the winter/spring season.  For details, please see the Dance Performances page.

Springer Cultural Center hosts art exhibits throughout the year – more information is available on the Art Exhibits page.

 

 

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