How to celebrate Mardi Gras in style in Champaign-Urbana with kids
Where you can have a family friendly Mardi Gras celebration in Champaign-Urbana
We might not have parades and a French Quarter in Champaign-Urbana, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate Mardi Gras in style!
Beads: You need plenty of beads to toss to little ones. Just keep the tossin’ tame.
Party City: Beads, Decorations, Feather Boas, and more can be found at Party City. They have an entire half wall display dedicated to all things Mardi Gras Party.
Schnucks: Both Savoy and Urbana locations have very small end cap selections of beads, hats, and masks. I’ve also found King’s Cake at both bakeries.
What’s this cake we keep referring too? Well, it’s a simple cake, but delicious in it’s simplicity. Oh, and it also has a tiny little plastic baby baked inside. So, there’s that. Decorate with green, yellow, and purple icing or sprinkles, stuff a tiny plastic baby inside, and viola- King’s Cake. Just make sure you don’t swallow the baby!
The King’s Cake made is round to look like a crown, and if you can’t find a tiny baby (I snagged mine in the baby shower section of Michael’s), you can also use a bean, a pecan half, or a coin. The coin makes me a little nervous, I’m all tiny baby or bust in my King’s Cake.
The person who finds the baby, bean, or coin is the “King” of the celebration. We make this paper Jester hat before we serve our King’s Cake, and whoever finds the tiny little baby gets to wear the hat!
Not sure about King’s Cake but pining for Paczki instead? We have a round-up of where to find Paczki in Champaign-Urbana.
You’ve stocked up on beads. You’ve located a plastic tiny baby and an accessible King’s Cake recipe. Now grab some pots for drums, add a whistle if you can find it, and make your own impromptu parade around the house. No one to catch all the beads you want to throw? Line up an audience of plush to take in your revelry. Bonus: No tears when the beads accidentally whack Old Nutty the Panda in the face.
Family-Friendly Area Events:
Bring the family to a FREE Brazilian Carnival at The Urbana Free Library on Sun., March 3, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Celebrate Brazilian carnival with joyful Brazilian music, costumes, dance, crafts, and much more.