Some of our most tasty treats are also round. What a great excuse to celebrate math in Champaign-Urbana!
March 14 is the geekiest of all holidays: Pi Day, an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi), which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The trillion-digit ratio can be rounded to 3.14 — hence the celebration on 3/14, which in 2021 falls on a Sunday. Fun fact: 3/14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday … in 1879.
Want to celebrate Pi Day with food? How about sharing a favorite pie together? Or perhaps a pizza pie? If your idea of celebration involves mental math, we’ve got some tricks for you. And here are some more fun ideas to start Pi Day traditions with your kids.
Pi Day can also means deals on pizza and pies, and we’ve found several deals to be had in the Champaign-Urbana area. (As always, please note that deals might be limited, subject to availability or to participation, or require downloading an app or giving email/text information).
Blaze Pizza (Champaign) will feature a Pi Day offer in its app: a whole 11-inch pizza for $3.14 when ordered between March 14 and April 12.
Papa John’s (locations in Urbana, Champaign): buy a large pizza at regular menu price and get a large one-topping pizza for $3.14.
Papa Murphy’s Pizza (Champaign) will offer 31.4 percent off orders over $20 with code PIDAY.
Lucky Moon Pies and More (Mahomet) plans to celebrate Pi Day early, on Saturday 3/13. On that day, all pie SLICES will be priced at $3.14, and they will have mini pies with the pi symbol on the top. (They are closed on Sundays.)
Bakery Pie from a Pizza Place (!)
Po’ Boys Restaurant (Urbana): All day Sunday 3-14, slices of pie will be $3.14! Choose from Apple Crumble, Cherry Crumble, Double Chocolate Mousse, Coconut Cream, Banana Cream, and Reese’s.
Michaels (Champaign): Their online Kids Club features a “Pi Day Compass Art” event on March 14 at 4 p.m. This free craft event, recommended for ages 3 and up, requires pre-registration to participate in the zoom.
Now go out and celebrate round food in honor of MATH!