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Spring Break is right around corner and you’re already thinking: how are we going to survive with everyone intact? Well, we have some tips as how to achieve that goal. We’ve put together nearly 50 ideas for things to do over Spring Break in Champaign-Urbana for you and your family. Of course, always check our events calendar to see what’s happening as well, it gets updated daily.
Here are our ideas to help you survive Spring Break!
Get crafty: Of course head over to our friends at The Pottery Place and get your painting groove on. Or go to the I.D.E.A. Store and find some unique crafting supplies and ideas for an eco-friendly craft.
Keep the kids active: If you’d rather be inside, take them to the free indoor playgrounds at the First Christian Church or Windsor Road Christian Church and let them run off some energy. If you haven’t been to the Leonhard Recreation Center indoor playground or track, spring break is a great opportunity.
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 20-24 (1:30-9 p.m.) Skateland will also have special Spring Break weekday hours, open 1-4 p.m starting March 17. (Sign up at Kids Skate Free to get free admission to some nighttime sessions). You can also check out our list of places to keep kids busy this winter. Go climbing at Urbana Boulders, read about this kid-friendly (and adult) facility in our contributor’s review.
Visit a local museum and escape: Check out the kids play area at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, which recently re-opened for the season and has a new exhibit to boot (from horses to tractors). Not only that, they are also have special activities every day from 2 to 4 p.m.: Monday: Candle dipping; Tuesday: Quilting; Wednesday: Butter churning; Thursday: Soap felting; Friday: Make Your Own Bird Feeder. Admission is FREE.
The Homer Lake Forest Preserve Interpretative Center also has free events on Monday/Wednesday/Friday over break, though they require registration; see our calendar for more information.
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 series). The new Hessel Park playground is one place to start!
Go to the Library: So kids might want to take a break from learning, but libraries make learning FUN. Go to a special event like Beach Blanket Bingo at the Mahomet Public Library, or drop in to the Urbana Public Library for its Spring Break Make and Take “drop-in craft extravaganza,” which is happening all day (open hours) during Spring Break. The Champaign Public Library Douglass Branch has DIY Kids all week, at 2 p.m. March 20-23, for school-age kids. Or check out a new-to-you library and hang out regardless of whether there’s an event.
Watch some Illini sports: Not every University of Illinois sports team is out of town for Spring Break. There are actually baseball and softball games scheduled, even during the week, and a men’s gymnastics meet. Check the schedule, and since it’s March outdoor games often get derailed. All of those sports (baseball, softball, gymnastics) are FREE to attend.
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.
Camps and fun: It’s not too late to sign up for many Spring Break Camps available around town.
Experience the food and goats. Visit Prairie Fruits Farm and celebrate the birth of baby goats! And get a head start to the spring season, enjoy farm-fresh food, and check out all the animals.
Take a staycation: Get a room at a local hotel, preferably one with a pool. I bet you can get some good rates.
Go to campus: Spring Break is one of the best times to visit the University of Illinois core campus, whether just for a new place for a scenic walk, to shop, or to enjoy some of the unique dining opportunities.
Get ready for Easter and/or Passover: Passover starts the night of April 10, and Easter is April 16. Don’t let those holidays sneak up on you! Get your baskets ready, have some eggstra fun hunting, and much more.
Head down to Tuscola and get treats at one of our favorite stops, Flesor’s Candy Kitchen.
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).
Take a road trip. Visit our friends at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal. Go to Peoria and see Peoria Riverfront Museum. Make a date to head out to the museums and Lincoln sites in Springfield. Head to the zoo and children’s museum in Decatur (two for one!). There still might be some freebies to find in Chicago.
Don’t forget your sense of humor. Oh yeah, that should have been first!
Are you home for Spring Break? What are you doing with your family? We’d love to know! Tell us if we’ve missed your choices for Spring Break fun.