Looking for family fun on Presidents Day in Champaign-Urbana? We’re here to help! Almost all schools, preschools, and even some daycares are closed in observance of Presidents Day. Here are some (mostly free) ideas to keep your family happy (and busy) on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20:
1. Go on an Abraham Lincoln scavenger hunt. There are several Lincoln monuments in Champaign-Urbana, from Carle Park‘s statue (visible from Race Street) to the famous bust in Lincoln Hall on campus. There’s also a lesser known, newer Lincoln statue outside of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center off of (appropriately enough) Lincoln Avenue in Urbana. Lincoln Square counts. Bonus points: find the house where Lincoln supposedly slept in Urbana (404 W. Illinois St.).
2. Go to the Museum of the Grand Prairie for “We Love Our Presidents:” What was it like growing up in a log cabin? Just how tall was Abraham Lincoln, anyway, and why did he wear that tall silk hat? Come explore these questions and other Presidents Day ideas through stories, activities and artifacts, President’s Day themed snacks, crafts and historical games! Many activities for all ages at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE
3. Check out a new library. Several libraries are having special events, including drop-in games at the Mahomet Public Library (10 a.m. to noon), the African-American Read In at Douglass Branch Library in Champaign, or a movie at the Rantoul Public Library.
4. Go to the Planetarium and learn about the cosmos. Learn about the journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, by watching From Earth to the Universe, a fulldome show from the European Southern Observatory. Showing at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb. 20. All tickets are $5 at the door.
5. Go to Krannert Art Museum. What a treat to have a museum that is open! From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — check out the always delightful permanent collection as well as the newly installed spring shows that are modern. Be aware that U of I is in session, but metered parking is available. Admission is free; $3 donation per person is suggested.
6. While you’re on campus, take a tour of a landmark. Get up in the Altgeld Bells (read our review here), only done on weekdays; or Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (read our review here). Free.
7. Go swimming. Get the kids some exercise by heading to the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center. From 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; regular fees apply.
What did we miss? Add your suggestions in the comments.