Family Friendly Activities in Take on a Different Look in Champaign-Urbana in October
Finally, a tiny little slice of normalcy. While some October staples are taking a year off, for the most part you can still partake in some of your favorite activities at this time of year: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Apple Picking are happening; Halloween Events and Activities are on the calendar; and you can attend a Fall Festival near you.
Beyond that, we’re here to list a few things you can do in October to make this fall feel slightly more typical.
Thanks to Urbana’s Market at the Square for presenting this list. Did you know you can use your SNAP/LINK benefits at Illinois farmers markets? Bring your LINK card to Urbana’s Market at the Square and get ready to buy the best farm fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and baked goods. Stop by the City tent located at the Market’s northwest entrance (near Common Ground) to redeem your benefits for tokens. LINK tokens are worth $1 each. Urbana’s Market at the Square runs a matching program that matches your SNAP/LINK benefits up to $25 per Saturday. Matching funds are provided Farm Credit Illinois, Experimental Station, and the USDA. For more information about Urbana’s Market at the Square’s SNAP/LINK program please visit https://urbanamarket.org/snap/
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Are you ready to find some pumpkins? The Champaign and Urbana park districts have teamed up to concoct a cool event for kids that involves a bit of sleuthing and a lot of fun. The adventure begins Oct. 1 and runs through the month.
A special showing of “Hocus Pocus” hits the drive-in on Oct. 1 (showtime 7 p.m.; it is a school night, after all) and the next two weekends constitute the annual fun of the facility’s FrightFest. Get the details here.
In past years it was held in downtown Champaign but 2020 brings a virtual event. Many of the same activities will happen, albeit in a different form, and you can still imbibe (no designated driver needed!) while your kids do some fancy German dancing.
The ultra-popular Vet Med Open House at the University of Illinois is back, and this time it lasts until the end of 2020! Granted, it is virtual. But the folks at the U of I veterinary school have some dandy activities lined up. This is a must-see. Get the details here.
An online performance by Champaign-born Melvin Knight highlights the free event. Tune in to The Urbana Free Library Facebook page to watch.
Decorate your yard or patio and email a picture to the Champaign Park District for a chance to win its décor contest. The criteria will be based on creative use of lights, yard decoration placement, storyline and/or theme, and overall presentation.
The Scovill Zoo in Decatur will host its annual event with a few precautions in place but here’s the most important takeaway: YOU MUST REGISTER. And do it now before spaces are full so your kids can roam the zoo in their costumes during special evening hours.
Yep, you guessed it — it is virtual this year, but the entertainment will be real. You can stream the festival for free. Some performances will be broadcast live from Urbana’s Rose Bowl Tavern. Out-of-town performances will display their talent from home.
Allerton Park and Retreat Center is the perfect spot to relish the beautiful fall colors, and you’ll get a guided hike through the grounds for $5. Important: Space is limited to 15 and you MUST REGISTER.
A partnership with Champaign Park District, Urbana Park District and Market Place Mall brings you the Halloween Masquerade Car Parade! Costume your car for Halloween and grab a goody bag for the family while you’re at it.
Trick-or-Treating, Oct. 31
Well, it depends on where you live, perhaps. We don’t quite know all the parameters yet, or if it will happen, but each family will get to make a decision for itself on what Halloween looks like this year.