Grandparents Day is coming up on the second Sunday of September and we have some ideas on how to spend it with the grandparents in your life
Any day is a great day to plan an activity with your kids and the grandparents in your life. In celebration of Grandparents’ Day (always the second Sunday in September), there are some great low-cost events happening in Champaign-Urbana and beyond that you may want to pencil in!
Thank you to the Urbana Park District for presenting this list.
Events Especially For Grandparents Day
Spurlock Sundays – Grandparents Day at Spurlock Museum, Urbana
Sunday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m.
Sept. 11 is Grandparents Day. On that afternoon, Spurlock Sunday’s family activities will help you celebrate these and other favorite family members. Create your own family-based BINGO game in the Collaboration and Community Gallery. At 2 p.m., join storyteller Kim Sanford for grandparent folktales from around the world. The program is free and everyone is welcome.
This event is part of the Museum’s Spurlock Sunday series. These free, drop-in programs are held on the second Sunday of the month from 1-3:30 p.m. and are open to visitors of all ages. Spurlock Sunday activities can include crafts, performances, and hands-on experiences with cultural artifacts.
Grandparents Day at Scovill Zoo, Decatur
Sunday, Sept. 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Enjoy an old-fashioned fall festival with animal presentations, cake walks, games, and more! Grandparents are free with a paying child. General zoo admission, carousel and train fees apply.
More Events This Weekend
While not necessarily “Grandparents Day” events, we have selected a few more events that you may consider when making plans with grandparents this weekend.
Summer’s End: Summer Concert Series at Allerton Park
Friday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m.
Help send off the season with Allerton’s Summer’s End Concert on the Gatehouse Lawn at 6 p.m. on Friday. It will feature the music of Stone & Snow and Chicago Farmer as part of the Allerton Park Concert Series presented by The Ayers Family. Admission is free, but a donation of $5/person or $10/family is suggested and will be collected at the gate. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food will be available for purchase from Smith Burger Co. and Jimmy John’s.
Weekend Train Ride at Monticello Railway Museum
You may board the train at the Nelson Crossing Depot (the main Museum site) or at the Wabash Depot in downtown Monticello. The train ride lasts approximately one hour, however, passengers may choose to lay over at either depot. You can walk through the museum cars and view many pieces of rolling stock at the museum site, as well as visit the Museum’s gift shop. At the Wabash depot you can walk to many shops and restaurants around Monticello’s Courthouse Square. Visit the event for schedule info.
If these events don’t fit in your family’s schedule, we have 10 more ideas you can peruse. Whether it’s a visit to Curtis Orchard (a favorite with our kids’ grandmother!) or a drive to Amish Country (maybe to the Broom Corn Festival happening this weekend), there is something for everyone.
Bottom line? If there are grandparent figures in your family’s life, find a way to spend some time with them in these coming weeks and tell them how much you appreciate them!