Top 15 Things to Do in January in Champaign-Urbana
Settle in for the long, cold winter. The days are getting longer, but January just might be the dreariest month of the year.
Fear not, we have ideas to get you through it. Here are 15 picks for family fun around Champaign-Urbana (of course, if these 15 aren’t enough for you, we have a few dozen more ideas for winter break right here).
Thank you to Krannert Center for presenting this roundup of family fun. Krannert Center’s commitment to quality family friendly entertainment continues with Brush Theater: Yao Yao on January 24. It’s a spirited blend of reality and fantasy that incorporates shadow play, pantomime, live music, and clever digital media. Audiences of all ages will go on a journey with an endearing Seoul-based theatre troupe. Tickets start at $10 for kids, $25 for grownups and are available online. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
It’s $7 per child or $18 per family for an hour of fun at Champaign Gymnastics Academy. Check times here.
Have you always wanted to attend an owl prowl, but were never really sure about it? Or, are you just crazy about owls? Attend this free, 11 a.m. program to learn more!
If your kids enjoy playing with farm toys, this is the place to be. There will be lots of collectibles and toys for sale, along with plenty of toys to play with and learning experiences about food and agriculture.
Calling all elementary students who like to make things! The Urbana Free Library is the site of an afternoon of makerspace fun — use a 3D printer, drawing tablet, vinyl cutter and more. Free.
If you missed your chance to attend the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk during the holidays, it’s not too late to experience the magic! They are continuing the after dark fun with the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk – After Glow, on Friday and Saturday nights until the end of January. Bundle up and bring a camera. FREE.
Swim for FREE from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Urbana facility, courtesy of Christie Clinic, the Urbana Park District and Chambanamoms.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ annual appearance makes a stop at the I-Hotel in Champaign. Join Cardinals players, alumni and broadcasters to talk baseball. (Just don’t ask about the Cubs.) Free.
Nature Pre-K at Anita Purves Nature Center, Jan. 17, 24, 31
This is a new program for preschool children (0-6) at Anita Purves Nature Center on Friday mornings. Drop-in for self-guided activities for young naturalists. Some may be outside, weather permitting. FREE!
Free admission for the 1 p.m. meet against Michigan. After the meet, all kids in 8th grade and under are invited to participate in a FREE youth clinic with the Illini Women’s Gymnastics team! The youth clinic will last approximately one hour. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Join Museum of the Grand Prairie as they explore the rich cultural heritage of the African American community in Champaign County on this Martin Luther King Day. Learn about the life of Dr. King, celebrate his legacy and learn how we can keep his mission alive today. Activities will include videos and songs about MLK, stories for families to share, crafts, and a fun snack you will help create. Free.
From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., skate at the ice arena. Kids 4 and up are $6, kids 3 and under are free. Skate rental is $2.
It’s a spirited blend of reality and fantasy that incorporates shadow play, pantomime, live music, and clever digital media at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Audiences of all ages will go on a journey with an endearing Seoul-based theatre troupe.
This event marks the culmination of the week of events celebrating Dr. King’s legacy. There will be performances by International Prep Academy students and the University of Illinois theatre department. FREE, with entertainment for all ages.
Held at Krannert Center’s Foellinger Auditorium, this is one tremendously popular event. Illinois athletes perform songs, skits and musical entertainment of their creation. Tickets are $10 and benefit the #97strong campaign for injured Illini football player Bobby Roundtree.
Superhero Night at Illini Wrestling, Jan. 31
The first 250 kids will get a free cape! Also, make a super hero mask before the event. Admission and parking are free.
We’ll refrain from providing specific dates and times, but if history is any indication, January — historically the snowiest month of the year in central Illinois — will allow for some ideal sledding conditions. Here is our list of the best spots to take the kids for prime sledding opportunities.