It's spring in Champaign-Urbana, and that means lots to do this weekend inside and out.
First up is the Boneyard Arts Festival, happenin' throughout Champaign-Urbana and the county this weekend. Enjoy enjoy music, art, theater and more. Check the News-Gazette’s calendar, www.news-gazette.com/calendar, or www.40north.org for more information.
A few highlights for kids:
— “CU Theatresports:” Live comedy improv suitable for all ages is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Class Act in downtown Champaign. Tickets are $5.
— Puppet Bike: This mobile hand-puppet theater on wheels, known for popping up along the Magnificent Mile, will make its local debut at noon Saturday in downtown Urbana. Free.
— Music/dance: The Urbana Free Library will host free performances by local students Friday and Sunday. The Prairie School dance troupe will perform tap, jazz and hip-hop at 4 p.m. Friday, and the Leal School dance troup and chorus will prform from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Other family friendly events this weekend:
— Moms Day concerts: Two popular UI chorale groups will perform Saturday at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Great Hall, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U: the Women’s Glee Club at 2 p.m. (tickets $4 to $10) and the Black Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (tickets $8 to $11).
— Storytelling Festival: An eclectic mix of stories from around the world, from humorous to tragic, will be told by University of Illinois graduate library students, alumni and faculty, 7 p.m. Saturday, Spurlock Museum auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Tickets are $5 to $8 at the door. (Caution: at least one story is not appropriate for children.)
— “Back to the Future,” part of the News-Gazette Film Series, will be shown at at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park St., C. Tickets are $5. Call 356-9063 for information.
— “Ready. Set. Grow!” This United Way event will will showcase information and services available in Champaign County for parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 6, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Lots of games for the kiddos will be available.
— "Seussical the Musical," Central High School's spring musical, is set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for children, $7 for students and $10 for adults. Shows are in the Decker Theater at Central, 610 W. University Ave., C.
Check the Are We There Yet? blog every Thursday afternoon for upcoming family friendly events, pulled from our News-Gazette online calendar, e3 magazine and other sources. I’ll also do a quick radio update of our “Family Picks” at 4:50 p.m. every Thursday on WDWS-AM 1400.
The N-G calendar is easy to use. Look for it on the upper right-hand side of the News-Gazette home page, www.news-gazette.com.