Weekend Planner: Mother’s Day Edition

Even though we tried to cancel Mother’s Day back in April, it really is happening this Sunday in Champaign-Urbana and beyond. Earlier this week, we even gave you a few suggestions for how to spend Mother’s Day; our Mother’s Day Guide has more ideas as well as events where kids can make gifts for their favorite mom, aunt, grandma, etc. — many of them FREE! This weekend also marks University of Illinois graduation, so plan accordingly if you want to go out to eat (code for: go to places students wouldn’t go to.) The picks to click:

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Happy Mother's Day, Champaign-Urbana! Now, go fly a kite.

What: NCAA Men’s Tennis First and Second Round Matches 
Khan Tennis Center,  Champaign
Friday and Saturday, May 11-12; action starts at noon Friday, with Illinois playing at 3 p.m.
How much: 
Admission each day $5 for adults and $3 for students; Children two and under free. One ticket is valid for one admission to all matches on the day the ticket is purchased. Free parking is available.
Why You Should Go: 
It seems to be an annual event that the Illini men’s tennis team hosts NCAA action, but don’t be fooled — it’s one of the jewels in the Illini sports crown. The event is fast-paced and fun for spectators.

What: Jamming with Julie K at Champaign Public Library
When: Sat., May 12,  10:30 am
Where: Champaign Public Library
How much: Free
Appropriate for: all ages
Why you should go: Join Julie K and her wonderful world of animals, from the jungle to the sea. Julie pairs catchy lyrics for learning with an eclectic mix of melodies, from jazz to Latin to rock ’n’ roll.

What: pre-Mother’s Day “Drop & Shop” event
When:11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.
Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Avenue, Champaign
How much: $5 per child; Pre-registration is NOT required
Appropriate for: 6 and up
Why you should go: Drop off your children (age 6 or older) in our classroom area and Education Coordinator Shauna Carey will direct them in a craft-making exercise that will result in a special, Mother’s Day take-away gift. Kids can choose from three  craft-making projects: customized picture frames, decorative pins or  a surprise activity/gift. Meanwhile, you’ll have the luxury of shopping in the store kid-free, at a leisurely pace. Win-win!

What: Amasong’s Family Concert
When: Sat., May 12,  4-5 p.m.
Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Avenue, Champaign
How much: Free
Appropriate for: all ages
Why you should go: A kid-sized preview of Amasong’s spring concert, with more room to wiggle and our permission to giggle. Hear songs from around the world, with drumming and plenty of room for dancing. Free to children under 12 and accompanying adults.

What: Let’s Go Fly a Kite
When: Sunday, May 13 2-5 p.m.
Where: Dodd’s Park, 1501 N. Mattis, Champaign
How much: Free
Appropriate for: all ages
Why you should go: What a fun way to spend Mother’s Day! Grab your favorite kite, and head over to the Champaign Park District’s first ever kite festival. Contestants will compete in a variety of categories including one just for Moms.

Looking for more family-friendly things to do this weekend? Check our events calendar.

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