Family Picks — Mother’s Day edition

Family Picks — Mother’s Day edition

Looking for ways to celebrate Mother’s Day? Plenty to choose from in our Family Picks this weekend.

Moms can choose a free book (to keep!) at the library, see a movie or shop garage sales for a cause, enjoy a concert at Hessel Park or take in “Swan Lake” at the Virginia Theater. Kids can also make some last-minute gifts for mom!

Mother’s Day Weekend Book Giveaway: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Champaign Public Library FriendShop, 200 W. Green St., C

In honor of moms (and aunts, daughters, and grandmas), the Library Friends are inviting every woman who visits the FriendShop on Mother’s Day weekend to choose a book to take home free!

For information: Visit

Mother’s Morning Out Garage Sale: 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Temple Baptist Church, 1100 Broadmoor Drive, C

Proceeds from the sale will fund renovations at the church, where Mother’s Morning Out will move this summer. Items include strollers, car seats, name-brand clothing, baby gear, toys and home furnishings. Half-price sale scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Food and kids activities will be offered.

Children's Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U

Enjoy hands-on kids activities and performances by children in music, theater, poetry, and much more.

For information: Visit

Concert in the Park: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Hessel Park, Kirby Avenue and Hessel Boulevard, Champaign

Enjoy the Edison Middle School Bands at this free annual concert in the park, the first in the Champaign Park District's summer-long concert series.

For information: Visit

Champaign-Urbana Ballet: “Swan Lake,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Virginia Theater, 203 W. Park Ave., C

Performed to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, C-U Ballet’s new production includes staging and costumes by artistic director Deanna Doty and larger-than-life sets by production designer Andy Warfel.

Tickets: $24 for adults, $16 for students/youth, or $16/$12 for balcony seats. (The Saturday afternoon children’s performance is sold out.)

For information: Call 356-9063 or visit

"Babies" and a Benefit: Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Art Theater, downtown Champaign

Treat your Mom to a movie the whole family will enjoy and help children in need at the same time. The Art will donate $1 from each ticket sold Sunday to the Crisis Nursery of Champaign County.

The documentary “Babies” follows four babies from around the world for their first year of life.

For information: Call (800) 237-8752 or visit

And for your kids:

Blossoms for Mom: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Green View Nursery, 2616 N. Mattis Ave., C

Kids can plant a flower for mom in this hands-on event. Admission is $5, and children must have an adult with them. Call ahead to reserve a spot.

For information: Call 356-2020 or visit

Lowe’s “Build and Grow” Clinic: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Lowe’s, 1904 N. Prospect Ave., C

Build a trellis planter for mom! The first 50 children to register and show up by 10 a.m. will receive a kit, aprons and goggles. Best for children in first through fifth grades.

Registration required at:

Make a Mother’s Day Card, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, 2109 North Prospect Ave., C

Make Mom a free handcrafted card, while supplies last.

For information: Call 378-8716

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,

Photo:  Mason Anders, left, and Alexis Hedge are principal dancers in the Champaign-Urbana Ballet's production of "Swan Lake" this weekend at the Virginia Theater. Darrell Hoemann/News-Gazette

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