Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 3:00pm
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL

Matsuri is the Japanese word for festival. Join us for our first Matsuri and kick off the fall semester here at Japan House within the University of Illinois Arboretum. Come for an afternoon of Japanese and Asian inspired food, drinks, crafts, demonstrations, and performances. Purchase of tickets are needed for food and drink.They will be available at Japan House. There will be drum performances by Ho Etsu Taiko and tea ceremonies by Urbana-Champaign Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai. There will be martial arts demonstrations, garden tours of the Japan House gardens, bonsai and ikebana displays and tea bowl making by Jason Armour. Some of our participating restaurants will be Cream & Flutter, Flying Machine Coffee, JT Walker's, Kona Ice, Michaels' Catering, Miga, Pandamonium Doughnuts and Pizza M.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Spurlock Museum

On Wednesdays from September 30 through October 28, children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to learn, create, and play together with crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30. The program ends at noon. A donation of $2 per family member is requested for each visit.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum

A whole afternoon of performances! During WorldFest, the Museum celebrates the wonderful variety of performance arts practiced around the world and offers hands-on activities for everyone. This event is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Suggested donation: $5.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 2:00pm
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Throw off the winter chill with a family storytelling concert by resident storyteller Kim Sheahan.
Free admission.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 2:00pm
Spurlock Museum
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Join resident storyteller Kim Sheahan for a family concert of folktales that will put a smile on your face.
Free admission.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 2:00pm
Spurlock Museum
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A multicultural ghost story concert for Halloween, with local favorite tellers Dan Keding, Kath Brinkmann, and Kim Sheahan, as well as tellers from UIUC faculty, staff, and students. This afternoon family event will take place in the Museum’s Auditorium. The stories will be most appropriate for children grades K–6. All donations and admission fees will support the Museum’s educational programs.
Suggested donation: $5.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Orpheum Children's Science Museum
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(Champaign, Illinois – July 24, 2015) – The Orpheum is having a Field Day! Join the museum as we celebrate summer on our final days before school starts. In addition to our regular museum space, we will be opening our theatre to give kids extra room for fun activities from community partners such as Dr. G’s Brainworks and Scinch! In addition to extra activities, we will officially debut a new exhibit in our courtyard, created in partnership with Joyful Bubbles! Plan to spend one of your last Saturdays of the summer at the Orpheum on August 15th from 1-5 PM. Participation in the event is included with the price of museum admission.

Our mission is to inspire, engage and educate children through exploration of science and the arts. The Orpheum is in its 23rd year of enriching our community through camps, after school, classes, special events, exhibits and field trips. Our home, the 1914 Orpheum Theatre, is one of the finest buildings in downstate Illinois, and this facility is one of the best examples of adaptive reuse of a historic building in the country. We are a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization.

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum is located in downtown Champaign. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends from 1–5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. For additional information, please contact Camille Certeza (, also by phone at (217) 352-5895.

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Arboretum - 2001 S Lincoln Ave

Le Jardin Music Festival - A celebration of Champaign Urbana's culture and creativity.

Performers include:
UIUC Opera & Dance Students
Le Chateau de la Voix Orchestra
Sketch Artists & Painters
Guest Instrumentalists
Spoken Word


Free Admission

Bring food, beverage, blankets, chairs, and join in a wonderful summer evening of inspired presentations by Champaign-Urbana finest artists. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana
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On Sunday, June 14 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, come on out to Lincoln Square Mall for our Chess Plus event! This is an opportunity for chess and board game enthusiasts alike to flex their brain game muscles. Come play on our squares in a room devoted to Chess players 6 years and older, plus a gaming space for the entire family in the Piato’s food court. And don’t forget, our summer chess program will be in full swing soon, so register today! For more information on our summer chess program taught by Rachel Schecter, go to

One $5 ticket gets your whole family admittance to the Chess Plus event! You can pay at our Lincoln Square Mall store, or register and pay online at
All ages and skill levels are welcome; children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Countrybrook Apts

We are bringing a party to your neighborhood! Join us at Countrybrook Apts. for Block Party fun! Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, Interactive music by DJ Fireproof, and many more activities will avaliable for all to enjoy!


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