March ushers in the Madness — and not just the basketball kind. Yes, there are basketball tournaments that tend to claim our attention on some days, but even if you’re not a hoops fan, you don’t need to look far to find things to do. In fact, between spring break and St. Patrick’s Day, you probably need help narrowing down what to do.
So we’re here to help. Here are our top picks for family friendly fun in March:
Thanks to Party Barn for presenting our March list of things to do. The Party Barn Pop-Up is a bounce house concept in the Round Barn Event Center on March 7. Bring your children for a day of bouncing fun and lean about a new family entertainment option coming very soon to the Champaign-Urbana area! Come and go anytime! $5 entry, adults accompanying a child get in free. There will be raffles, fun, and exclusive deals for Party Barn jump punch cards and memberships opportunities only at the pop-up event. Children ages 2-12 are invited. The special event is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.
Free demonstrations and crafting are among the fun things going on at Japan House. See the full slate of activities here.
It’s Senior Night for the Illini, and those in eighth grade and under can partake in a free clinic after the meet against Central Michigan. Registration is encouraged. As always, admission is free.
Yes, you read that correctly. Illinois baseball is playing at home game on MARCH 3. Nothing says spring like baseball! The Illini open their home schedule — weather permitting, of course — against Chicago State. Admission is free and you’re encouraged to bring your dog to the game. (There is a waiver form to sign, however.)
Meteorologist and tornado chaser Andrew Pritchard is back to look at tornado climatology in Illinois and what is it like to chase storms. He’ll also look at current research and tips on how to protect yourself from these severe storms. Admission is $2; at Parkland’s Staerkel Planetarium.
It’s the opening night party at the Spurlock Museum for an exhibit that runs through Nov. 15. “Blues dance” is a new name encompassing a family of social and popular dance practices of everyday people within African American communities in the U.S. The exhibit examines the roots of Blues dance from African and African American traditions, along with its mainstream popularity today.
For over 60 years, CUJWC’s Tom Thumb Theatre has been entertaining children with an annual production. Their musicals are short in length, always include audience participation, and are a great way to introduce young kids to theatre. Target audience is preschool- to grade school-aged children.
Saturday Engineering for Everyone is a great opportunity for non-engineers of all backgrounds who are interested in learning about engineering to explore some of the most exciting topics and trends in the field. Today’s theme: “Going Beyond Where Lasers and Optics Have Gone Before: Multiple Beam Lasers, Water Optics, and Other Fascinating Topics.” Free.
You can find out more information above, but this event at Round Barn Event Center promises to keep your kids active for as long as their legs can handle it!
OK, so some people aren’t “cat people.” But for those who are, this is an excellent outing. Check out cats competing against the clock in the custom obstacle course. And you’ll have the chance to observe a multitude of pedigreed cats. Meow!
The good news: Northern Ireland’s Cahoots NI returns to Krannert Center “with an enchanting and heartfelt tale filled with music, dance, and non-verbal theatre, based on a true story about love and the ever-evolving meaning of family,” the center says. The not-as-good news: There’s a waiting list for tickets. But it’s worth a try. Here’s more ticket info.
Gear up for spring break with an evening performance from Japan-based Tao, “who are both expressive musicians and highly trained athletes, (and) are preserving and expanding upon the ancient Japanese drumming tradition with their modern showcases that include dynamic choreography, engaging visuals, and striking costumes,” as described by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
So if you’re looking for something to do during spring break, we just happen to have a pretty big list of ideas, presented by our friends at Upper Limits in Bloomington. (You don’t have to do ALL 50 things but, hey, your kids might be impressed if you do.)
The Illini softball team has high expectations this season, and this is the first chance to get an up-close look as the Illini take on Bowling Green.
It is — officially — St. Patrick’s Day, and the highlight is a one-block parade in downtown Urbana. There’s a pre- and post-parade party to go with it!
The free annual event is the largest student-run event at the University of Illinois. See hundreds of projects, displays, research and startups with this year’s event, which is the 100th Engineering Open House!
The Champaign County Mental Health Board and Champaign County Developmental Disabilities Board host an event for individuals with disabilities and their families to ask questions, get information, share ideas and learn more about what supportive services and programs are available in our region. Hosted at The Vineyard Church, it’s free and will include fun activities for children, entertainment and opportunities to win prizes.
This free event is super cool — you can construct a model railroad or make a train move as it switches cars on a layout or just enjoy the trains on display.