Valentine’s Day takes center stage in February, but the month also features a variety of performances and shows that should elicit plenty of family fun. And don’t forget: There’s one extra day this year to enjoy February. Here are our top picks for family fun in February:
Thanks to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for presenting our February picks.
University of Illinois alumnus Anton Armstrong — who was once a student member of the St. Olaf Choir, one of the nation’s outstanding a cappella choirs — took up the ensemble’s baton in 1990 and continues to lead 75 young men and women in impassioned interpretations of traditional hymns, spiritual songs, and contemporary works from across the globe. On the choir’s 100th-anniversary tour, Krannert Center audiences on Feb. 11 will once again experience the St. Olaf Choir’s warm tone and amazing technique, highlighted by the remarkable acoustics of Foellinger Great Hall. Get tickets here.
Check out our compilation of Valentine’s Day events and activities for families in the month of February here.
There’s no time to waste: Feb. 1 is the final day of the Champaign County Area Restaurant Week. So don’t delay. Take advantage of some special menus at your favorite eateries.
This is a super cool event — a day filled with demonstrations, games, puzzles, refreshments and — oh, yes — prizes! For kids of all ages.
Check out the Illini vs. Nebraska and then stick around for their Illini Ninja Warrior obstacle course competition, with prizes like an Apple Watch and AirPods up for grabs. FREE.
Kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal in for a check-up! Veterinarians-in-training from the University of Illinois will be on site for individual consultations.
The Illini are offering $1 tickets — YES, $1 TICKETS — for the 2 p.m showdown against the Badgers. The first 250 fans receive a free, pink Join The Fight t-shirt.
Performances by Countryside School’s Chinese classes in dancing, singing, storytelling, Chinese yo-yo, and drumming with a special appearance by the dancing lion and Chinese dragon will highlight this free event at Champaign Public Library.
Celebrate Black History Month with Step Afrika!, the first professional organization dedicated to the African-American tradition of stepping. It has amazed Krannert Center audiences twice before with its lightning-fast footwork, percussive chants, and incredible synchronicity. Enjoy its newest creation, Drumfolk. Adult tickets are $25, students are $10.
Your kids can stay for the evening only or spend the night for a fun-filled event. Details are here, and you can register online or by calling the gym.
Christie and Chambanamoms bring you an afternoon of fun to share with residents of Clark-Lindsey Village. FREE but RSVPs are requested.
Learn basic hand sewing with local artist Kennyetheia Robicheaux and take home your own work of textile art at the Urbana Free Library.
Beginning at 1 p.m., Mary Lincoln, as portrayed by Pam Brown (https://livingmarylincoln.com/) will talk about her life as the wife of our 16th president and the antics of their children. Birthday cake will be served to celebrate Lincoln’s recent birthday and visitors will have an opportunity to take their picture with the First Lady following the presentation! FREE at the Museum of the Grand Prairie.
This splashtastic pool party benefiting the Urbana Park District Youth Scholarship Program will include snacks, a cannonball contest, door prizes, and more!
In this moving and educational one-woman concert, storyteller and activist Dovie Thomason (Lakota, Apache and Scot descent) introduces listeners to the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania and its profound and broad-reaching impact on Indian and non-Indian alike. This talk is part of the Spurlock Museum’s 18th annual Winter Tales celebration honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others.
Enjoy an afternoon of music at the library. Share in some Soul, hip-hop, R&B, funk, neosoul, old-school, 90’s inspired tunes with the local group New Souls.
The Champaign Park District’s Youth Theatre program offers its take on the tale of a car that flies through the air and sails the seas! Shows are spread over three days at the Virginia Theatre.
It’s an annual event that celebrates the joy of reading! Join the Urbana Park District and more than 40 local businesses and organizations to celebrate literacy with a variety of activities.