Thanks to The Pottery Place for sponsoring the July Top 10 Picks.
July marks the 10-year anniversary of The Pottery Place’s beginning as a small start-up business focusing on families. Whether you want to create your own gifts, are looking for a unique party idea, or just enjoy painting pottery, The Pottery Place is a relaxing, inspiring space to gather and create!
What we’re looking forward to in July around Champaign-Urbana
Each Thursday in July, Douglass Park will host a Parks and Rec celebration. On this day, check out a free screening of the LEGO Batman movie.
If you haven’t been to the Fisher Fair, you’re missing out on some good old-fashioned fun. Highlights include the lawn mower demolition derby, rodeo, Power Wheels Demolition Derby for kids.
Our next Chambanamoms playdate takes place at Bridle Leash Park in Mahomet. If you haven’t experienced the fun created by our friends at First Baptist Church at Savoy (the bubbles are gaining legendary status) and BankChampaign, you’ll want to make a point to check it out. FREE.
This collection of Damon Runyon characters offers a wonderful platform for the young performers of the CPD Youth Theatre at the Virginia Theatre. Multiple show times on various days.
Champaign Park District’s StreetFest, July 15
Visit downtown Champaign for live local music and food. Other activities include face painting, balloon animals and sidewalk chalk. Local music headliners include Jordan & Jill; Nickel and Dimes; and The Brat Pack. FREE.
OUTSIDE at the Research Park, July 21
Mank N Sass and the Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio are the headliners for another great evening of free music sponsored by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Bring your own picnic or purchased food on site and enjoy a beautiful summer evening of entertaining. FREE.
All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life by the talented youngsters of the UPD Summer Youth Theatre. Showtimes on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Parkland College’s Harold and Jean Miner Theatre.
Chambanamoms.com Summer Playdate at Savoy’s Colbert Park, July 25
Join us from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Colbert Park in Savoy for a fun evening of family fun and outdoor play. Our theme is SAFETY and we will even have a very special guest – or two. Fun activities will be provided by our friends at First Baptist Church at Savoy and BankChampaign, and kids can enter to win an exciting giveaway, lights for bike tires, thanks to Spiros Law. FREE.
Summer Twilight Outdoor Concert on the Quad, July 27
We love these! Pack a picnic or grab some food in Campustown (some of our faves). Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket. This tradition goes back over 100 years, and is a special element of the Illinois Band Program. FREE.
Champaign County Fair, July 21-29
All of your favorites are back for another appearance at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana. Stock car racing, demolition derby, lawn mower derby, harness racing, a truck and tractor pull, plus concerts … and food. Lots of good food!