Thanks to Champaign Unit 4 School District for sponsoring this edition of Weekend Planner.
Champaign Unit 4 School District invites parents and guardians to visit our elementary schools and learn about the Schools of Choice student assignment process.
A Unit 4 staff member will show parents around at any elementary school on Tuesday and Thursdays in February at 9:30 a.m.
Evening Open Houses:
Join us for a tour in the evening.
Tuesday, February 5 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Barkstall, Carrie Busey, Bottenfield, International Prep Academy, Robeson and Kenwood
Thursday, February 7 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Dr. Howard, Garden Hills, South Side, Stratton, Westview and Booker T. Washington
With temperatures this week that rival the South Pole, and shut down most of our schools, many of us are looking for any kind of thaw we can get. Even if that means rainy weather is on it’s way. No matter the freezing temps of polar vortex 2019 or the predicted pouring rain: Don’t let the weather get you down! We’ve got FREE plenty of indoor fun to be had this weekend in Champaign-Urbana!
February is Black History Month in Champaign-Urbana, and we round up events here. Gearing up for Valentine’s Day? Get your heart warm with family-friendly Valentine’s Day activities in CU. Looking for a daddy-daughter dance, mom-son prom, or family date night? We have a list of those here. Need some grown-up time in Champaign-Urbana? We’ve got a guide for that too. Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year are just around the corner. We have a guide for that as well. Because it’s Winter in Central Illinois, here’s our guide to Snowy Day Fun for Kids AND Rainy Day Fun. Don’t forget to save the date for our last Winter Playdate at Illini Women’s Basketball on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Thanks again to Champaign Unit 4 School District for sponsoring Weekend Planner.
Our Weekend Picks:
What: Champaign County Area Restaurant Week
Where: Participating restaurants in Champaign County
When: Now through February 3
Appropriate for: How about a date night? However, with lunch and dinner specials, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Several participating restaurants are some of our favorites.
How much: Visit participating restaurants throughout the week for deals on lunch and dinner. Reservations at individual restaurants are highly encouraged where applicable.
Why you should go: The third annual Champaign County Area Restaurant Week, hosted by Visit Champaign County, returns January 25–February 2, 2019. This nine-day celebration of local food will leave you craving more when you discover our award-winning food scene. For more of our #Chambanawithoutkids picks for February, click here.
What: Illini Wrestling: The Great Escape
Where: Huff Hall
When: Friday, Feb. 1, 6:30-10:00 p.m.
Appropriate for: All ages
How much: FREE
Why you should go: The Great Escape returns to Huff Hall this weekend! Illinois Wrestling will be giving out 2-point takedown foam fingers and will host a youth clinic for kids ages 8th grade and under prior to the dual. To sign up click here.
What: Spiderman vs. Spiders: Marvel vs. the Real World
Where: Staerkel Planetarium
When: Friday, Feb. 1, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Appropriate for:All ages. However: Spiders!
How much:Admission is $2 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge.
Why you should go: University of Illinois entomologist Dr. May Berenbaum will present “Spiderman vs. Spiders: Marvel vs. the Real World.” Known locally for her annual “Insect Fear Film Festival,” Berenbaum will look at spiders in the movies but then come back home to backyards in central Illinois to examine real spiders and their awesome diversity.
What: Chinese New Year Celebration at Urbana Free Library
Where: Urbana Free Library
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Appropriate for: All children of all ages with their families
How much: FREE
Why you should go: Celebrate the Year of the Pig with crafts, music, and books! For more Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year Celebrations, click here.