It’s the week before Spring Break for most local school districts including Champaign, Urbana, Mahomet, and many Champaign-Urbana preschools. You’re already thinking: how are we going to survive with everyone in tact? Well, we have some tips as how to achieve that goal.
Keep the kids active: If you’d rather be inside, take them to the indoor park at the First Christian Church (open regular hours all week) and let them run off some energy. Or let those kids pretend they’re in a tropical locale by taking them to the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center to swim during extended public hours March 18-22 (1:30-9 p.m.) Skateland will also have special Spring Break hours, open 1-4 p.m starting Saturday, March 16 through Sunday, March 24. (Sign up at Kids Skate Free to get free admission to the Sunday sessions).
Visit your local library: Several area libraries are doing special programming this week. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., elementary-age children are welcome at the Champaign Public Library Douglass Branch to “get creative with common recycled items at this fun-filled hour for school-age kids.” Princesses (and princes) of all ages are invited to the Urbana Free Library at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21 for stories, songs, and princess-related crafts.
Visit a local museum and escape: The Spurlock Museum takes you around the world with artifacts from every corner of the globe (and was voted 2012 Reader’s Choice favorite). Or head to Krannert Art Museum for a bunch of multimedia exhibits that will fascinated your family. Check out the kids play area at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, which recently re-opened for the season. All will be open regular hours over Spring Break.
Treat the kids to a movie without breaking the bank: On Saturday and Sunday, head over to Savoy 16 for the free movies at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. both weekends.
Get outside and explore a new park: If the weather cooperates, break out of your outside routine. Go out to a new park or a park you haven’t been to lately (need a few ideas? Check out our Parks to Know).
Get ready for Easter: If you celebrate Easter, Spring Break is a great time to get ready. For one thing, the Easter Bunny will be at Marketplace Mall starting on Friday, March 22.
Watch some UI sports: Not every University of Illinois sports team is out of town for Spring Break. The softball and baseball teams are both in town, as is men’s gymnastics and men’s tennis. Check the schedule, although most events are on the weekends. All of those sports have free admission.
Go out to eat on a budget. Many restaurants in town offer specials for kids on certain nights of the week. Check out our list of places where kids eat free (or cheaply).
Camps and fun: It’s not too late to sign up for many Spring Break camps available around town.
Don’t forget your sense of humor. Oh yeah, that should have been first!
Are you home this week? What are you doing with your family? We’d love to know!