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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 17 picks for family fun around Champaign-Urbana:
It’s $7 per child or $18 per family for an hour of fun at Champaign Gymnastics Academy. Check times here.
Meet Smokey Bear and get your picture with him! FREE.
Unleash your imagination at build it! Kids are invited to create igloos, skyscrapers, and anything else they can dream up using all kinds of building materials.
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.
It’s $7 for ages 2-12 (or punch cards available.) Children under 2 are free.
Drag Queen Story Hour returns! This fun and fabulous all-ages event features local drag queens reading children’s stories and doing crafts. Expect sparkles, glamorous dress-up, and a friendly atmosphere.
Free picture frames for the first 200 fans, and you can get your photo taken at the photo booth. And a post-meet youth clinic with the team.
We are certain that muggles, wizards, and parents alike will be magically delighted at our third winter playdate from 3-4:30 p.m. Grab your wands and owls and join us at Arcadia for a FREE afternoon playdate! Those dressed in their finest Wizard robes and/or Muggle attire will win a prize. Food will be available for purchase from Arcadia. A special thanks to our sponsors, Christie Clinic and Lodgic, for sponsoring our winter playdate series.
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.)
FREE ADMISSION! But there’s more: Face painting and balloon art in the Kids Zone; t-shirts for the first 300 fans; and postgame autographs.
Join Museum of the Grand Prairie as they explore the rich cultural heritage of the African American community in Champaign County on this Martin Luther King Day. Learn about the life of Dr. King, celebrate his legacy and learn how we can keep his mission alive today. Activities will include videos and songs about MLK, stories for families to share, crafts, and a fun snack you will help create.
From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., skate at the ice arena. Kids 4 and up are $6, kids 3 and under are free. Skate rental is $2.
This event marks the culmination of the week of events celebrating Dr. King’s legacy. There will be performances by International Prep Academy students and the University of Illinois theatre department. FREE, with entertainment for all ages.
Archers from all over the state will compete for individual and team awards at Champaign’s Leonhard Recreation Center. There is a nominal admission fee; kids 12-and-under are free.
Enjoy a carnival atmosphere with prizes and games for the entire family. Free Buffalo Wild Wings to first 200 fans!
Visitors at Spurlock Museum can enjoy activities for all ages: share the story of your name, trace your family’s journey of immigration to the United States, and design and write a postcard to loved ones. Professor Rini Bhattcharya Mehta will speak about the novel at 2 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.