Weekend Planner: King Holiday Edition

Another week, another long weekend. Urbana schools have an extra long break, getting off on Friday as well. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied — and active — in this special extended edition of Weekend Planner. (Just a tip: do your grocery shopping early this weekend. University of Illinois students are coming back to town, so expect longer lines than usual at the grocery and big box stores.)

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Get up close and personal with a few instruments this weekend - that and a whole lot more in our planner!

What: Cardinals Caravan
Where: Round Barn Banquet Center, Champaign
When: Friday, Jan. 13, noon to 2 p.m.
How much: Free! Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Appropriate for: all ages
Why You Should Go: Read our story!

What: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech
Where: Douglass Community Center, 512 E. Grove Street, Champaign
When: Friday, Jan. 13, 6 pm – 9 pm
How much: Free!
Appropriate for: all ages
Why You Should Go: Come watch the Dr. Martin Luther King speech and discuss its influence in an open forum setting.

What: The Great Escape – Illini Wrestling vs. Minnesota
Where: Huff Hall
When: Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
How much: Free!
Appropriate for: all ages
Why You Should Go: Free food for the first 800 people through the Huff Hall doors (doors open at 6 p.m). The Illini starters will throw T-shirts to the crowd during the introduction of starting lineups and fans can also stop by the promotions table to have their face painted and sign up to win a number of great prizes which will be given away at different points throughout the dual.

What: “Just a Walk in the Park” & Fitness Fair
Where: Market Place Mall Food Court, Champaign
When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m. – noon
How much: Free
Appropriate for: all ages
Why You Should Go: This community-wide fitness fair marks the launch of a new fitness initiative by the Champaign Park District. Come walk a 5K in the mall, enjoy a Zumba dance-along, check out a salsa demonstration, and visit the booths of local health and wellness professionals.

What: Illini Women’s Gymnastics vs. Minnesota
Where: Huff Hall, Champaign
When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 4 p.m.
How much: Free
Appropriate for: all ages
Why You Should Go: It’s the Illini women’s gymnastics team home opener. Head to Huff for a fun afternoon watching some talented female athletes.

What: Going Out on the Town with C4A
Where: Market Place Mall Food Court, Champaign
When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 3-5 p.m.
How much: Free
Appropriate for: all ages
Why You Should Go: Free Family Fun Day with Community Center for the Arts. Performances by Bow-Dacious String Band and other guests. Try-it table and more. Free.

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration
Where: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 5 to 7 p.m.
How much: Free
Appropriate for: all ages
Why You Should Go: This celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy features a performance from a community choir filled with diverse singers from churches across the region.

What: Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center Public Swim Hours
Where: Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center 
When: Monday, Jan. 16 – 1:30-9 p.m. (Holiday hours; note that the Center will be closed Jan. 14-15 for a swim meet)
How much: $6 general admission, $3 for supervising adults who will not be swimming
Appropriate for: all ages
Why You Should Go: Come to the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center on your day off school!

What:   Skate with Dora the Explorer
Where: Skateland, Savoy
When: 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16
How much: $5.50 admission, skate rental is extra
Appropriate for: ages 2 and up
Why you should go: See Dora here at Skateland — there will also be a snack bar special, $1.00 hot dogs or pizza.

As always, find more family-friendly events at our events calendar.

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