We usher in one of our favorite months of the year knowing that Champaign-Urbana will not disappoint when it comes to family-friendly fun all throughout our community and beyond in the coming four weeks.
Leaves falling from trees and mums and pumpkins in front of local grocery stores are constant reminders that one of our favorite months of the year is here and well underway. Year after year, Champaign-Urbana comes through with no shortage of options when it comes to things to do with our children of all ages this season. Our community is going to welcome October in with enthusiasm this weekend and we have the scoop on everything you want to know about making the most of it.
Mark your calendar for all kinds of fun throughout October.
While you’re looking for things to do this weekend, go ahead and mark your calendar for a month of fun activities at Lodgic Everyday Community as they celebrate their 1 year anniversary. Lodgic serves families with Kids Camp, Workplace, Clever Moose Market Café, Everyday Kitchen, and a lovely event hall. Learn more at lodgic.org.
Featured events include:
- Free coworking weeks – sign up by clicking HERE
- Monday Runday – Monday nights from 6-8pm enjoy special pricing at Kids Camp, exercise with other parents, and ‘wine down’ with half price wines by the glass
- Edge of Red and No Shower Happy Hour with Pursuit Fitness, Tuesdays at 6:30pm – 30 minutes of intense workout followed by a happy hour
- Red Letters Comedy Show, Oct 11, 8pm
- Homecoming Brunch, Oct 13
- Campfire and Cocktails on Oct 23 from 5-7 pm
Full event listing and more details available here.
Chambanamoms.com thanks Lodgic Everyday Community for sponsoring our Weekend Planner.
Pick those apples, snap photos at the pumpkin patch and prepare to say a whole lot of “BOO” these next few weeks.
Is fall your favorite color? Then we bet you’re ready to pick some apples or head out to the pumpkin patch this weekend. We have the low-down on where you’re going to want to visit to make all that fall fun happen. Will your family start a new tradition this weekend that you’ll revisit every fall? Perhaps you will!
Halloween activities are only going to build in number every weekend from here on through the big day, so pull up the Halloween Fun Guide so you can start making your plans for what you’d like to catch all month long. Nearly all of the events in our guide cost $5 or less, and many are FREE.
Any month is a great month to plan a night out with your significant other or the other adults in your life, and we’ve got some picks for you to make kid-free plans this October. And since you may need to secure childcare to go on the aforementioned night out, we have everything you want to know about finding childcare in Champaign-Urbana.
Thanks again to Lodgic Everyday Community for bringing us our Weekend Planner.
Check out a few picks below:
What: Vet Med Open House
Where: University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine
Why you should go: More than 300 veterinary students from the University of Illinois will host the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House. There will be more than 40 exhibits and demos, like cow milking, sheep shearing and service dogs... and LOTS of animals to see. This event is free and open to the public.
JLCU Bright Starts
Junior League Bright Starts provides monthly preschool academic instruction and social-emotional skill-building to children and provide their parents/guardians with ideas to reinforce these skills at home. The program includes the whole family by providing dinner at the start of each session and childcare for siblings. Their sessions for the 2019-20 school year are: October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 20, and April 16.
Heath A. Grote, DMD & Jason F. Foreman, DDS
Their practice is an endodontic practice that specializes in saving teeth by providing endodontic (root canal) treatment. Endodontists are experts at managing and relieving tooth pain, diagnosing oral and facial pain, treating traumatic dental injuries, and performing root canal treatment. Their goal is to provide the highest standard of professional care in a friendly, compassionate, and comfortable environment. Their practice incorporates state of the art technology, including digital radiography, cone beam CT imaging, and operating microscopes.
What: C-U Oktoberfest at Home
Why you should go: The C-U Oktoberfest at Home is a fall celebration of music, beer, and food at home. In past years, the event has been held in downtown Champaign. This year, the 8th Annual C-U Oktoberfest will be a virtual event. The festivities kick-off on Friday, October 2nd at 4pm with a live raffle basket drawing on the C-U Oktoberfest Facebook Page and will culminate on the evening of Saturday, October 3rd with a live 50/50 cash raffle drawing. Tune-in throughout the C-U Oktoberfest Virtual Event! Patterned after the annual festival in Bavaria, (but online!) the C-U Oktoberfest at Home features music from bands playing festive polkas, waltzes, and traditional German music mixed in with plenty of your favorite songs on Saturday night, as well as other featured content throughout the evening. Beer from local brewers and food will be recommended for pick-up, or make your own. Buy a raffle ticket and take a chance on winning one of our amazing C-U Oktoberfest at Home baskets to enjoy during the event! Get in the spirit at home by wearing your best dirndl or lederhosen (or keep it casual)! Save the date! October 3rd, on Facebook 4-8pm @CUOktoberfest. Stay tuned for more updates to come! The organizers encourage you to follow their C-U Oktoberfest Facebook page in the coming weeks for C-U Oktoberfest at Home for inspiration from the brewers, vendors, sponsors and more. (In the coming weeks they will be sharing how to donate, purchase tickets, food, beer, merchandise and more)
Young Life Fall Bash
Young Life is about relationships. Their mission is to deeply care about and enter the lives of kids. In the midst of relationship with them, they hope to give them a glimpse of what Jesus calls, “life to the full” (John 10:10) and help them grow in their faith. They are having a Fall Bash on October 6 with carnival games, dinner, and a square dance. They can’t wait to meet you! http://www.ylchambana.com https://www.facebook.com/ylchambana/
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For more events, as always, check our Champaign-Urbana family-friendly events calendar, presented by Busey Bank.