Valentine’s Day takes center stage in February, but it is hardly the only highlight. As we trudge through the winter of a global pandemic, let’s look for a few things to make each day a little more special. Here are our top picks for family fun in February:
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. 6 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.
Thirty creative snowflakes have been hidden around Champaign County Forest Preserves and your challenge is to find as many as you can! You can discover more details here and here, but given the paucity of snow we’ve had in the area this winter, this might be one of the few chances you’ll get to see snowflakes … real or man-made.
Parkland and Giertz Gallery are sponsoring an art contest for ages 7-18 (through March 3). Students have a chance to win full summer 2021 scholarships for either College for Kids Camp or a Summer Discovery Camp. Each of the three age categories will have first, second, and third place, with honorable mentions.
The Orpheum is having its final garage sale to disperse a variety of items such as LEGO sets, desks and other furniture, science kits, books, electronics, tools and hardware and even exhibits. Everything is “priced to sell.” From 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 5 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 6.
Kids will have a great time making their own Valentine’s Day art gallery. They will learn how to make their own easel out of craft sticks as well as create adorable Valentine’s themed miniature art pieces that can be handed out to friends and family. Registration required.
The holiday falls on Feb. 12 this year, but we have some suggestions on way to celebrate at any time, along with a list of events — unfortunately, much shorter this year — that can be enjoyed community-wide.
Register your team by Feb. 12 and pick up your puzzle the week of Feb. 15 at the Mahomet Library. Unwrap the puzzle once everyone is together on Zoom and the first team to complete the puzzle wins!
The library, as always, has a bunch of innovative, intriguing virtual programming, and this one jumped out at us. Pick up your materials at the library then watch the instruction on the library’s Facebook page. Designed for kids in grades 1-5.
Teens in grades 6 and up are invited to participate in a virtual trivia contest sponsored by the Champaign Public Library to commemorate Black History Month. Participants can form teams of up to five teens, or be assigned a team on the day of the event. Trivia categories include: Science/Inventors, Music, Art, and TV/Movies. Every participant will receive a book, and the members of the winning team will each receive a prize bag. Register here.