Don’t look now, folks, but summer is here and things are happening! As in, the type of things that you’re used to seeing during a normal summer. Don’t believe us? Check out the Chambanamoms events calendar. Fortunately for you, we’ve narrowed it down a bit to cherry-pick some of our favorites.
Thanks to Busey Bank for presenting our list of top family-fun items for June.
Arthur Strawberry Jam Festival, June 3-4
Roll out the strawberry red carpet in the Arthur area as it is the start of festival and fair season in the Heart of Illinois Amish Country. What better way to celebrate late spring and early summer than with America’s favorite fruit, the strawberry, pony rides (Saturday only), a multitude of vendors and some great food all mixed together to create Arthur Amish Country’s Strawberry Jam.
Parkland Theatre’s Second Stage hosts the performance, billed thusly: “For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.”
Co-sponsored by the Optimist Club of Champaign-Urbana for children who love to fish! Held at Kaufman Lake in Champaign. Prizes will be awarded and a free hot dog lunch will be served. Bring your own fishing tackle – bait will be provided.
Mahomet Soda Fest, June 4
The second annual event features music, games, food and some of the most unique soda vendors you’ll ever see. Entry to the event — which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — is free.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Savoy 16 are mornings to be excited about. The movie theater will provide free kids movies through the summer, so check out the details here.
Thirteen Thursdays, June 9
Try new restaurants, do some shopping, park for free and see a movie on the Quad, every Thursday through early August.
RC Fest, June 10-11
A huge showcase of radio-controlled apparatus descend upon Eli Field in Monticello for a two-day extravaganza. An airshow, product demonstrations, giveaways — plus you can get hands-on! Trust us, this is just scratching the surface of the fun you can have here.
StreetFest, June 11
StreetFest is back! Some of C-U’s best local music will be on display near the corner of Neil Street and Main Street in downtown Champaign. Eat, drink and have a blast from 7 p.m.-midnight.
Movie Night at the Pool, June 11
Head out to Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park Aquatic Center to swim and enjoy a movie that we’re sure your kids will — or already do — love. (Just don’t talk about Bruno.) Movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Details here.
Juneteenth Celebration, June 18-19
Dad gets in free with the purchase of a child’s admission!
Tolono Fun Days, June 24-25
They’re back! If you’ve ever been to Fun Days, you know what a blast it is. If not, well, put it on your Summer Bucket List and check out the details as they become available here.