We are so excited we can hardly contain it… our first FREE indoor playdate of the year is happening on Sunday at iPower!
Yes, you heard that right! We are kicking off our indoor playdate season with a FREE afternoon at iPower this Sunday and you are invited. No need to sign up ahead of time, just show up with your kids, your friends and ready to have some FREE fun! Both iPower buildings will be open, the preschool facility for our youngest attendees and the main facility, too. There will be a light snack served, too. Thanks so much to our Christie Clinic for presenting our indoor playdate series this year.
Halloween is already a distant memory, but all that candy might still be hanging around your house. If you’re looking for ideas on what to do with all of it, check out our tips right now. And now that we’re in November, find out where you can order your local turkey this Thanksgiving. Want to run a turkey trot? Sign up for those now, too. There’s even one happening in nearby LeRoy already this weekend.
The weather this weekend is forecast to be wonderfully fall-like, so if you’d like to find some fall things to do for free or cheap, we’ve got a list for you here. Are you thinking about Veteran’s Day next week and wondering what you need to know? Find out what’s open and what’s closed in Champaign-Urbana so you can plan accordingly.
chambanamoms.com thanks the Champaign Public Library for bringing us our Weekend Planner
Looking for free family-friendly activities, books, and movies? The Champaign Public Library and Douglass Branch offer remarkable resources for families, including a beautiful indoor play space. You can enjoy 11 storytimes every week, plus monthly Mother Goose on the Loose storytimes, where every child takes home a book. Champaign Public Library now offers virtual library cards for Champaign residents. You can sign up at champaign.org/getacard.
Don’t miss this week’s chance to meet two children’s authors in one day! New York City–based author and librarian Kyle Lukoff will share “When Aiden Became a Brother,” about a boy who happens to be transgender anticipating a new sibling, on Saturday, November 9 at 10 a.m. His heartwarming story shows the loving ways a child anticipates a new sibling joining the family.
Then, Saturday at 3 p.m., award-winning local poet and author Janice Harrington will read from her latest picture book, “Buzzing with Questions,” about African American entomologist Charles H. Turner. This special storytime will include bug stories, poems, and crafts designed for ages 3 to 7. Janice Harrington is well known to many area local families and has won top awards for her children’s books. She currently directs the creative writing program at the University of Illinois.
A book signing will follow each talk and Jane Addams Book Shop will be on site selling copies of the authors’ books.
Check out a few picks for this weekend below:
Where: Meadowbrook Community Church
Why you should go: Meadowbrook Church will be hosting over 40 vendors selling jewelry, re-purposed items, crafts, wood signs, ornaments, purses, clothing, Christmas gifts, pottery, food items, and so much more! There is something for the whole family to find and enjoy for the holiday season. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. All vendor fees and proceeds from the food and silent auction will go to support Operation Christmas Child.
Where: State Farm Center
Why you should go: The Illini women’s basketball team will take on Holy Cross for "Kids Club Day" at State Farm Center. Buy 4 tickets for $15!
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. Our sessions for the 2019-20 school year are: November 14, December 12, January 9, February 20, and April 16. Learn more at this website or on Facebook.
Kokushi Midwest Judo is Champaign’s home to judo, martial arts and more. Your kids will thrive in a fun and safe environment, learning the sport of judo as well as developing important skills such as courage, courtesy, respect, self-control, perseverance and honesty. Judo is a great way for your kids to stay active all-year long. They have no long-term contracts or cancellation fees. Try it out for a week and see what they have to offer. Check out their website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
Where: Champaign Central High School
Why you should go: Central High School brings The Addams Family to the stage this November! In this spooky tale, a teenage girl named Wednesday falls in love with Lucas Beineke. The story follows the young couple through an eventful evening during which both of their families come together for dinner. Conflict arises quickly due to the Addams Family's strange taste for death. Shows happen November 7-10.
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For more events, as always, check our Champaign-Urbana family-friendly events calendar, presented by Busey Bank.