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April in Champaign-Urbana means FUN OVERLOAD. Our picks feature everything from breakfast with goats, egg hunts, a top-notch festival, edible books and a marathon. When it comes to variety, it’s hard to top April. Here are our top picks for family fun during the month:
Student musicals and productions, April 4-7
Well, if you can’t find a student production this weekend, you’re not trying very hard. The schedule is loaded: Mahomet-Seymour High School’s Les Miserables (April 4-14); The Lion King Jr. presented by Judah Christian School (April 5-6); and Illini Student Musicals Presents Footloose (April 5-7).
The popular Boneyard Arts Festival is back, and kid-friendly events include live music, artist displays and much more. Check out the list of family friendly events here.
Kick off National Volunteer Week (April 7-13) by packaging food to supply local food pantries in a day dedicated to volunteering. A variety of duties and shifts are available, so click here to get more information.
Annually one of our favorite events, Eggs-ploration! brings together egg-hunters everyone at Douglass Park. Hunts are divided by ages, so check the schedule and don’t forget your basket!
This unique free event allows contestants to submit edible creations based on classic novels, childhood favorites and puns. Books and eating — an unbeatable combination!
An interactive, fun, and educational musical program specially designed for elementary school-age children presented by DoCha Music Festival. Held at Orpheum Children’s Science Museum.
Each Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.) through April 27 you can enjoy the kids (aka baby goats) and cue up a great locally grown brunch at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery. (That means goat-milk hot chocolate and locally brewed coffee and sweet pastries.) Free admission, no purchase necessary to see the goats!
It’s a week before Easter weekend, and there are no less than three egg hunts on the schedule, two of which take place at University of Illinois sporting events.
The spring game is back, capping the football team’s spring practice session. But you can also enjoy family friendly activities and an autograph session. Details here.
The event, in partnership with Community Choices and CUSR, will be run by people with developmental and intellectual disabilities as well as staff from UIAC, and will feature an afternoon of pool games, water sports and more. Includes prizes!
World-class college gymnasts will compete for NCAA team and individual titles. If you’ve never seen elite-level gymnastics up close, you’ll want to check this out. These are amazing athletes.
Celebrate Earth Day, meet Earth-friendly folks and engage with hands-on displays and activities for all ages at Anita Purves Nature Center. Enjoy nature play activities at the Urbana Park District’s nature playscape.
Second- to fourth-graders will perform the adaptation of this Tony Award-winning Broadway classic inside the historic Virginia Theatre.
The Illinois Marathon may take center stage this weekend, but nobody will have more fun than the kids who participate in the Youth Run. Kids can register on the day of the event.