Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
SoDo Theater, 111 S Walnut, Champaign, IL 61820

Ever wanted to try out improv? How about with some awesome coaches from the Chicago improv scene? How about pizza? You like pizza? Then come and find your inner improviser at Zoo Improv's 8th Annual Improv Festival Workshops. We will provide lunch from 12-1pm and then from 1-4pm you will learn improv skills you can immediately put into practice.

A kids and youth workshop will be held from 4-5:45pm with a showcase for those participating at 6pm.

See or email for more details.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Join the Spurlock Museum staff for a fun family afternoon. Admission is free. Schedule of activities:

musical instrument craft: 1:00–4:00 pm
cartoon (English): 1:30–1:40 pm and 3:00–3:10 pm
cartoon (Portuguese): 1:45–1:55 pm and 2:45–2:55 pm
Brazilian folktales: 2:00–2:20 pm
Cantigas de Roda (popular songs): 3:15–3:35 pm

The cartoon is based on the popular Brazilian comic Mônica and Friends.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
The Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Clothespin Puppets is an unusual organization dedicated to promoting the arts, along with art education and literature, all via storytelling brought to life with puppets. They offer one-of-a-kind shows that are custom adaptations of popular children’s literature, providing an entertaining and educational enrichment program every time they perform. For families.

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
The Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Join us as we celebrate award-winning author and illustrator duo Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson and their book Josephine: the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. Hear Patricia and Christian read-aloud from their book. Learn about how they worked together even before they met face to face. Try out the Charleston and other crazy dance moves. Watch Christian make magic with pen and paper. And eat cake, of course! Copies of Josephine will be available for sale, courtesy of Jane Addams Bookstore.

For All Ages.

This appearance made possible in collaboration with the University of Illinois Youth Literature Festival.

Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 2:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, Urbana

Throw off the winter chill with a family storytelling concert by resident storyteller Kim Sheahan. Free admission. Contact Kim Sheahan at or (217) 244-3355.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:00am
KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom, 500 E Peabody Drive, Champaign IL

Come join us for Kids@Krannert, hands-on art activities for the entire family. Activities are design for children ages 3-8 and their parents. Enjoy art projects, family tours, demonstrations, and more from 10 am until noon. See you at the museum!

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 9:00am
1401 Parkland Ct, Champaign, IL 61821
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CU Woodshop is holding Benchworx, kid's woodworking classes, on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Children will engage in the art of woodworking while having fun and creating a special project to take home! There are three classes: 9 a.m. Grades 2-5, 11 a.m. Grades K-2, 1 p.m. grades 3-6. The cost is $29 per child for an 80 minute class. To register for this event, visit and click on the Event Registration tab.

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 5:00pm to Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:00am
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821

The Common Mind Art Collective is once again teaming up with the Fluid Events Center to create a massive one of a kind art event. The Common Mind Experience at Boneyard Arts Festival will be filling over 15,000+ sq. feet of Exhibition and Performance space!!

DATE: April 8th and 9th , 2016
LOACTION: Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, Il 61820
- Friday April 8th, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
- Saturday April 9th, 12:00pm - 12:00am

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

On Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm we will celebrate the traditional Japanese holiday of Hinamatsuri, or Girls' Day, with a craft session. Participants will have a chance to create cherry blossom stamped postcards, create an ikebana (Japanese floral design) arrangement, origami and more! Children (ages up to 12) can be dressed in yukata as well! The children can take pictures with the Prince and the Princess! The afternoon is geared toward girls, but participants of any age are welcome for the crafts. Anybody participating in the crafts and/or yukata must purchase a ticket for $5. Go to our Eventbrite profile page to purchase a ticket for this, or for any other upcoming Japan House ticketed events.

Here is the link to purchase tickets for our Girls' Day event!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 9:30am, Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 9:30am, Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:30am, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 9:30am
Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, Urbana
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For four consecutive weeks, children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to learn, create, and play together with crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive any time between 9:30 and 11:30. $2 donation per family member suggested. Event takes place 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, and 2/17. For further information, contact Julia Robinson at or (217) 244-5590.


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