Valentine’s Day takes center stage in February, but it is hardly the only highlight. And, if the weather forecasters can be believed, it might even SNOW this month — imagine that! 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.
Restaurant Week, Feb. 1-5
There’s no time to waste: Feb. 5 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.
Valentine’s Day-related events, Feb. 1-14
Take your pick: Need a crafty valentine for someone in your child’s life? There are options. Looking for a father-daughter dance? You have choices (but likely need to register). Check out our list of Valentine’s-related activities here.
Celebrate Black History Month, Feb. 1-28
Activities have already begun and will continue throughout February, and we have a list of where to learn, experience, enjoy and take part in a variety of events. (We’re kind of partial to the Feb. 12 event at the Mahomet Public Library where you can learn about the history of the potato chip and its inventor, George Crum.)
Free Croughnut Day at Pekara, Feb. 18
Wait, what!? Free croughnuts? We’re there. The first 240 customers get a free croughnut; the place opens at 7 a.m. and we suggest you not dawdle.
Illini Gymnastics at Huff Hall, Feb. 4, 6
This is a great chance to catch two of the country’s top gymnastics teams in action. The Illini men face Ohio State at 4 p.m. at Huff on Friday, while the women take on Minnesota at 2 p.m. Sunday. (Reminder: The U of I requires a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination for entry.) Admission is free.
Free S’mores Social and Stroll, Feb. 13
Enjoy a walk through Crystal Lake Park in Urbana and top it off with a few s’mores and hot chocolate by the fire. What a way to enjoy winter, get some exercise and chow down on some treats.
IHSA State Wrestling Tournament, Feb. 17-19
The top high school wrestlers in the state converge on the State Farm Center for three days of action, and don’t underestimate the coolness factor of this event, if you’ve never been. Our tweens were highly engaged by the scene the first time they attended; with multiple matches going at once (as many as six), there’s always something to watch.
Looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day off from school for Presidents Day? Ages 5-11 (with an adult) can register to learn about Lincoln and make some fun crafts at the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Registration is $5 per child and is limited. Two separate time slots are offered (1-2 p.m.; 2:30-3:30 p.m.).