By Kristy Wilson
If you’re looking for things to do in Douglas County, we’re here to offer our list of enticing options to keep your kids occupied and happy in Tuscola.
1. THE ARTS: Truth be told, when writing articles I often think of activities that appeal to kiddos in the same age range as my own children, 2 years and 5 years. However, the truth of the matter is that the chambanamoms.com audience is broad, so including activities for older kids is important! But if you are in Tuscola on the first Saturday of the month either on your own or with your older kiddos and needing an activity, consider checking out the free showcasing of art with music and refreshments at the Vault Arts Collective.
2. CELEBRATE: Take in the Christmas and 4th of July festivities in Tuscola. Who would have thought that this town of 4,480 would be the place to see the sites and sounds of the holidays? Get in the holiday spirit and shop from local vendors at the town’s two-day Christmas vendor fair, Christmastown. Then when the weather warms up enjoy a full day’s worth of events during the annual “Sparks in the Park Celebration.” Sparks in the Park is Tuscola’s 4th of July celebration that includes everything from mud volleyball to a 5K to what I’m told is one of the best fireworks displays within 50 miles of Champaign-Urbana.
3. EAT: If you’re in search of a yummy treat that is unlike any place that we have here in Champaign-Urbana, take a short drive and check out Flesor’s Candy Kitchen. Flesor’s offers a variety of unique treats including hand-dipped chocolates and an old-fashioned soda fountain in addition to its breakfast and lunch menu. Flesor’s also offers room rental and catering service and rumor has it that there is a “secret” library inside that is a hidden gem. Check out one of the many reviews of Flesor’s on our website.
4. PLAY: Fore! Play a round of golf at Ironhorse Golf Club. If you’re looking to try a new golf course that’s not too far of a drive away check out Ironhorse.
5. SHOP: Do a little shopping and run off some energy at the same time. The Outlet Shops at Tuscola are one of the main “to-dos” that anyone would mention if you asked about Tuscola. The shops are visible from I-57 South and offer a variety of shops. Parents of younger kids should be be aware of the play area. This was something that I discovered only more recently (I don’t go to the Outlet Shops that often). What an awesome addition to the shops complex and a wonderful way for parents to bribe their young children into allowing a shopping spree followed by a little play time!
Would these be your Top 5? What would you add?