What we’re looking forward to in September around Champaign-Urbana
Ready or not, the lazy, hazy days of summer are coming to an end and, not coincidentally, things really get busy. September and October are two of the busiest months of the year for family activities in the Champaign-Urbana area, and we’ve got you covered in your quest to make plans. Check them out:
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Sholem Labor Day Weekend Swim and Sale, Sept. 1-3
This is it — the final weekend of outdoor swimming in 2018. But Sholem Pool is going out with a bang — 50 percent off admission for everyone all weekend. The Urbana Family Aquatic Center also has discounted rates this weekend.
Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival, Sept. 1-3
Free cheese. We repeat, free cheese. There’s much more, of course, including a parade and kids’ rides and games, but you get the gist. It’s Arthur’s biggest weekend.
Hoopeston National Sweetcorn Festival, Sept. 1-3
The skinny: It is unique in that — besides the normal carnival, demolition derby, Grand Parade and other events — they cook approximately 50 tons of sweetcorn with an antique steam engine and distribute the corn FREE.
Annual Labor Day Celebration, Sept. 3
It is colloquially known as the Candy Parade — and if you’ve ever attended, you immediately understand why it earned that nickname. Sponsored by the AFL-CIO of Champaign County, the parade begins at 10 a.m. and kicks off a day of family fun.
Arcola Broom Corn Festival, Sept. 7-9
There’s plenty to do and see, of course, but we have a personal favorite: At 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 it’s the “National Broom Sweeping Contest” on the main stage. Talk about unique.
Free Morning Movies Fall Series, Sept. 7-9
The series at Savoy 16 kicks off with Ferdinand. Movies are free for FMG Rewards members ($1 otherwise).
Krannert Family Day, Sept. 8
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its doing so in style, starting with a free event featuring so many fun things we can’t list them all. But sure to click the link above for the full rundown.
If you haven’t seen it, this really is a cool event — you’ll see 100 kids, all at the same time, squaring off against Illini players. And they get a free t-shirt. There will also be inflatable for the Illini game against Illinois State (free admission).
Pride Fest and Parade, Sept. 14-16
The Pride Parade is Saturday at 5 p.m. but be sure to come early for the free family friendly area and Pride vendors. Details are here. But here’s a hint: bounce houses!
See second- through fourth-graders perform a 30-minute version of the Disney adaptation of the animated classic film.
If you’re not involved with the Illini football game against Penn State this night, venture to Anita Purves Nature Center for a free movie as part of Welcoming Week 2018.
LEGO Day, Sept. 22
LEGO robotics demonstrations, LEGO art and activities, and a LEGO building competition are a few of the things that the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum is hosting.
Scarecrow Festival in AMBUCS Park, Sept. 22
There will be games for the kids, a flea market, hay rack rides, barrel train rides, food, a bake sale, music, and a car and motorcycle show on the West end of the park.
From CUTC: This production is unique because all of the roles are filled by children with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders. They are joined on stage by their “peer mentors,” a group of children the same age without disabilities, who have volunteered to work with them side-by-side and guide them through four months of rehearsals and the final production.
Prairieland Feeds Pet Fair Extravaganza, Sept. 29-30
The Savoy store’s annual event includes many live animal exhibits — the tiger is always a highlight — and plenty of fun for the kids. It’s the 28th annual pet fair, and Prairieland Feeds is celebrating with another great event. We can’t wait!
Monticellobration, Sept. 29
Downtown Monticello and Historic Courthouse Square is the site for food, live music, vendors, kids activities, a car show, train rides and plenty more. One thing is certain: Monticello knows how to throw a party.
Green View’s 4th Annual Fall Festival, Sept. 29
Free kids’ activities include pumpkin painting as part of the event at Green View Garden Center in Mahomet.
If you’re looking for a family volunteering opportunity, this is a good one, centered around the environment and natural habitats. At Meadowbrook Park Garden.