Settle in for the long, cold winter. The days are getting longer, but January just might be the dreariest month of the year.
Fear not, we have ideas to get you through it. Here are our top 10 picks for family fun around Champaign-Urbana:
If your kids enjoy playing with farm toys, this is the place to be. There will be lots of collectibles and toys for sale, along with plenty of toys to play with and learning experiences about food and agriculture.
Join us for an afternoon of FREE fun with the Fighting Illini Women’s Basketball. Game time is 1 p.m. at State Farm Center. Children in eighth grade and below can sign up for the Fighting Illini Kids Club and have free admission. Adults can use ticket code ‘YOUTH18’ for $2 tickets.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ annual appearance makes a stop at the I Hotel. Join Cardinals players, alumni and broadcasters to talk baseball. (Just don’t ask about the Cubs.)
A 40-by-48 portable synthetic ice rink will be installed on Main Street in between the Village Administrative office and Cornbelt Fire Protection District. Ice skates available for rent.
Enjoy storytime with your favorite stuffed animal on Jan. 12, then come back the next day to be reunited, and enjoy a pancake breakfast.
Explore the rich cultural heritage of the African American community in Champaign County on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Activities will include a choose your own adventure game, story time for the younger audience, civil rights discussion and craft, and analyzing documents from the museum’s Hoskins Archive.
May the force be with you as everyone enjoys an evening of dancing, laughs and play. Join the Champaign Park District for an evening of fun activities, including plated-dinner service. Registration is REQUIRED by JAN. 7.
Teams from Centennial, Central and Jefferson will be among the 400 elementary, middle and high school archers from all over the state who’ll compete for individual and team awards at Champaign’s Leonhard Recreation Center. There is a nominal admission fee; kids are free.
Kids from 0 to 18 will display their LEGO creations in LEGO Palooza, a LEGO Contest sponsored by the Urbana Free Library (more info on how to enter HERE, entries must register by Jan. 24). Winners will be announced at 1 p.m.
We’ll refrain from providing specific dates and times, but if history is any indication, January — historically the snowiest month of the year in central Illinois — will allow for some ideal sledding conditions. Here is our list of the best spots to take the kids for prime sledding opportunities.