Thanks to Shopkins Live! at the Virginia Theatre for sponsoring this month’s Top 10 Picks. Shopkins Live! lights up the stage in this premiere, nationally-touring, live production packed with show stopping performances featuring the Shoppies. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, and Polli Polish as they dance and sing on the historic Virginia Theatre stage on December 7.
December brings its unique set of holiday-related fun, and many of us find it difficult to squeeze in anything else. But rest assured, if you need a break from all things holiday, we can provide some suggestions.
Here are our top 10 picks for December fun. (If you’re looking for holiday fun, check out our holiday bucket list):
This free event sounds super cool. Illini men’s and women’s gymnastics are hosting a Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Both coaching staffs and gymnasts will be on hand.
Pick up a themed booklet for your family and take a self-guided tour of the museum. Interns will be available to assist.
If you’ve never seen a sled hockey game, you are in for an absolute treat. The athletes are remarkable; their skills are sublime. After the game, stay for an on-ice demonstration from noon-1 p.m.
Indoor sledding, holiday games and all kinds of wintertime activities are featured during one of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum’s most popular events. Available on Dec. 9 and 16.
See the show info at the top of this article.
One of the area’s annual treats — this is year No. 54 — is the opening of your favorite Christmas lights display in Urbana. Begins at 6 p.m. If you’ve never seen the opening ceremony, make plans to attend. You won’t be sorry.
It’s a 7 p.m. start, which might be a little late for the younger crew, but keep in mind this holiday classic is just the start of the theatre’s holiday film series that lasts all month. Others in December: White Christmas (Dec. 12), It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec. 15-16), Elf (Dec. 19) and Miracle on 34th Street (Dec. 21).
So the kids are out of school and looking for something to do, right? Swimming seems like a perfect option to release some of that pent-up energy. Available from 1:30-9 p.m. Also available on other days of winter break.
The library is now open on Thursday evenings and hosting special events for families. This week’s show features Family STEAM Night: Play with principles of physics when you construct a mini catapult, build structures and use your catapult to knock them down.
If the kids can’t stay up until midnight, they still deserve a chance to ring in the new year. So the Orpheum is offering a balloon drop at noon!