The excitement of summer continues with even more festivals and splish-splash fun than we’ve seen already
Families can choose from a myriad of events and activities this week in Champaign-Urbana
We’re plunging ahead in summertime fun and this weekend does not disappoint. There are concerts, festivals, parties and movie nights at every turn, it seems! And best of all, nearly all of the fun is FREE! We love summer in Champaign-Urbana for a multitude of reasons, but the number of budget-friendly options certainly rises towards the top of the list.
If you are looking for more “on a budget” options, please check out this list here. We break options down by “free” and “not quite free but still cheap”. The options in the latter category share details on how to save on things like visits to the pool, for example.
chambanamoms.com thanks Champaign County Forest Preserve District for presenting this weekend’s planner
Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, a designated International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. Meet at the Activity Center for a presentation by Dave Leake, president of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society, then proceed outside where volunteers will have telescopes set up to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. You may wish to bring insect repellent and something to drink, as well as a lawn chair or picnic blanket for star gazing after the presentation.
FREE. All Ages. Children must be accompanied by adults. No cloud date. Call (217) 351-2567 for weather updates. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event of inclement weather/overcast skies, cancellation notices will be posted at least two hours before the program on the William M. Staerkel Planetarium’s (217) 351-2567 phone line and on CCFPD & Homer Lake Interpretive Center Facebook pages.
A few events to check out this weekend
Looking for something to do with your family? You’ve come to the right place! Our events calendar aggregates family-friendly events happening in the Champaign-Urbana metro area. We know you’re busy and looking for a bang for your buck, so we put an emphasis on including free and low-cost events that you can plan to attend on the fly. Please note that events are subject to change without notice.
Remember, as we head into spring outdoor events, that many sporting events and outdoor activities are subject to change without notice or at the last minute. Check with event organizers when in doubt before heading out to an event.
Thank you to OSF HealthCare for presenting the chambanamoms events calendar. For more information, visit OSF here.
Featured Event – Toddler SPLASH Time at Human Kinetics Park – FREE
Thursday, June 8, 10-11:30 a.m.
Toddlers ages 5 and under and their caregivers are invited to the splash pad at Human Kinetics Park at the Martens Center (1515 N. Market St., Champaign) for a tots-only playdate! Splash on the splash pad, play games, and take home some fun swag! Meet our partners from OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center and enjoy a morning in the park with us.Admission for this event is FREE! Toddler Time is sponsored by OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center. A special thank you to our friends at the Champaign Park District for making this event possible. Stay tuned to learn about upcoming events!
For more information: Facebook
The Horizon Hobby RC Fest is a hands-on, fun-focused RC celebration for the entire family, happening on June 9 and 10. Brought to you by Horizon Hobby, it is scheduled in beautiful Monticello, Illinois at Eli Field. This two day event will feature an RC airshow, RC product demonstrations, giveaways and more! You’ll also be able to get hands-on with all kinds of RC vehicles and aircraft. Refreshment vendors and a hobby store will be on site.
Schedule and more
Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. Friday and 9:00 a.m. Saturday and wrap up in the evening or after dark wherever possible and weather permitting. Additional Horizon RC Fest information, including detailed schedule, is available at HorizonRCfest.com or visit the Facebook event.
Let Sign Gypsies add a fun and colorful yard sign to help celebrate! Each sign is designed with input from you to create a display that showcases each person’s favorite colors, hobbies, and interests. Sign Gypsies makes it super simple, and it takes care of everything for you! A yard greeting includes the message, delivery, set-up, and pick up.
Soccer Planet offers training for all skill levels and ages, from recreational to competitive. Whether you are trying soccer for the first time, looking to push your game to the next level, or interested in elite skill specific training…they have a program for you!
Location: 2310 N. Willow Road, Urbana