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Summer is officially here, and July is packed with PLENTY to do around around Champaign-Urbana. So to keep it all straight, we’ve picked out a few of our many favorites and listed them here so you will make sure not to miss them. They’re listed chronologically. (For info on area fireworks, go here. For other July 4 events, go here.)
Our picks for family fun in July around Champaign-Urbana
Drag Queen Story Hour is a national sensation, using libraries as the setting for an all-ages event that features local drag queen reading children’s stories and doing crafts. The event is a way to celebrate diversity, build empathy and curb bullying of LGBTQ kids. This one is at the Urbana Free Library, which will remain open until 8 p.m. for the special Imbibe Urbana event.
Champaign’s premiere park is host of the latest event in the Christie Clinic-sponsored playdate series from Chambanamoms, and the theme is teddy bear picnic! Come spend a couple hours of fun with us — and don’t forget to bring your teddy bear.
Hot air balloons launching and tethering, mass ascents, fly-ins and balloon glows will populate the Vermilion County Regional Airport. Plus inflatables, face painting, chalking and a variety of kid-friendly events.
Live, local music, food trucks and free fun for one of the Champaign Park District’s signature summer events. Kayla Brown, Craig Russo and Mojo: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are the headlining acts.
A free concert at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ Stage 5, the show features seven local entertainers (and a chance to sample a variety of wines at half price).
Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the classic Walt Disney film. Presented by the Champaign Park District’s Youth Theatre program at the Virginia Theatre.
July 23 is Kids Day, but every day is a good day for some fair fun. Admission is just $5 for adults and free for those under 12. And parking is free, too.
The next event in the Chambanamoms free summer playdate series presented by Christie Clinic happens at Savoy’s Colbert Park, with the theme of “Everyday Heroes.” Come dressed as your favorite superhero.
The free event at Urbana’s Market at the Square helps kids learn about how food travels and the benefits of local food. Geared toward ages 3-8.
It is one of the lesser-known gems of our community: The Art Theatre presents a free summer series of “Smart Kids” films. This weekend’s film is Akeelah at the Bee, a heartwarming drama about an 11-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Her aptitude in spelling wins her a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and unites her neighborhood.
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