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Be among the first to play in Mahomet's newest park this weekend at the dedication of Bridle Leash Park! Lots of activities for the younger set, including a Kid-Friendly Haunted Barn. On that theme, you can also decorate a pumpkin in Tolono or enjoy music at the Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur.
Or indulge your artistic side at the Kids@Krannert event, take a 5K walk through a park, learn about the stars at the Champaign Library or celebrate the latest Rick Riordan book (released this week). And if you're hungry after all that, you can sample some free food at a Vegetarian Food Fair on Sunday (just don't mention the "vegetarian" part to your kids).
Art is fun! Kids@Krannert, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Free.
Enjoy a morning of fun for the entire family, with hands-on activities inspired by the bold works of art in the exhibitions “Figures in Chicago Imagism” and “Turn of the Century Posters: Toulouse-Lautrec and Others.” Geared toward ages 3 to 10, activities include demonstrations, art projects, dance, music and storytelling.
For information: Call 333-1861 or visit www.kam.illinois.edu
C-U on the Trails: 5K Fun Run/Walk, 9 a.m. Saturday, Toalson Park, Ashland Park Subdivision Trail, Champaign. Entry fee.
Looking for a fun way to incorporate fitness into your life and learn more about your community parks? Join the Champaign Park District for a 5K Fun Run/Walk highlighting one of the many trails in the Champaign Park District. Refreshments and raffle prizes will follow the event. Open to all ages.
The entry fee is $8 for park district residents and $12 for nonresidents, and includes a race t-shirt. Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at Toalson Park.
For information: Visit www.champaignparkdistrict.com
Pumpkin Palooza: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St. Free.
Children can decorate their own pumpkin and enjoy stories, snacks and games, all with a pumpkin-theme!
For information: Call 485-5558 or visit the Tolono library's website
Reaching Out for Answers: Disability Resource Expo, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. Free.
This event is designed for anyone who'd like to learn more about living with disabilities, including kids! Activities include educational demonstrations, artwork, entertainment and a children's play area with games, prizes, balloon animals, bounce houses, a puppet show, duck pond, bingo, face-painting and hearing screenings, as well as “Michael Powers, One-Man Band.” Volunteers will be on hand for children who need help.
Bonus: A drawing for two season passes to next spring’s Ebertfest in Champaign.
For information: Visit the expo's Facebook page
Let's go to the park: Grand opening of Bridle Leash Park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 906 W. Dianne Lane, Mahomet. Free.
Help dedicate Mahomet's newest park, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, face-painting, bean-bag toss and more. A Kid-Friendly Haunted Barn will be available for $2, with proceeds benefiting the Mahomet Parks and Recreation Department.
The park offers sand volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball diamonds, a playground, horse shoes, walking path, drinking fountains & restrooms.
For information: Visit the parks department's website
Tune time: "Sing Along with Mr. Stephens," 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.
Kids in preschool through second grade and their families are invited to join in this free half-hour sing-a-long with musician Mr. Stephens, who's been singing with chlldren at the Urbana Free Library and area schools for several years. He'll sing fun songs about the ABCs, numbers and chicken feet — easy for young children to learn on the spot!
For information: Visit www.urbanaparks.org
Banjar! Musical show, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.
Clap your hands and sing along with the musicians of Banjar! Bring the whole family to hear Claire Johnson and Ben Leddy share their talents with banjo, fiddle, cello, guitar, and vocals.
For information: Call 403-2030 or visit www.champaign.org
Taste of the Patch: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The Great Pumpkin Patch, 2 miles south of Arthur. Admission charge.
If the corn maze, pumpkins and "Three Little Pigs" aren't enough for you, add live music to the mix at the Pumpkin Patch this weekend. The lineup includes Motherlode on Saturday afternoon (folk, country, blues, pop, rock), and BattleCreek Country Band on Sunday.
Admission is $2 to $5, or free for those 5 years and younger.
For information: Call 800-722-6474 or visit http://the200acres.com
Look! Up in the sky! Staerkel Planetarium Star Search, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.
Find stars, constellations, and planets when Dave Leake, director of Parkland College's Staerkel Planetarium, visits the library. Plus, take a peek at the sun safely through a special filter, draw your own constellations, and make a star finder to use in your own back yard.
"The Lost Hero": Book Release Party, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Border's, 802 West Town Center Boulevard, C, Free.
Meet Jason, Piper, and Leo, three new heroes at Camp Half Blood, in the new book by Rick Riordan. The event includes a book discussion, contests, games, and more celebrating the world first introduced in the Percy Jackson series. Best for ages 8 to 12.
Food fair: International Vegetarian Food Fair, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Lincoln Square Food Court, 300 S. Broadway Avenue, U. Free.
Learn about healthy eating, get some new recipes and try the free samples - all vegetarian! The Food Fair will include cooking demonstrations, prizes, a kid's corner with crafts and healthy snacks, and a complimentary recipe book (limited supply). Hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and sponsored by the Common Ground Food Co-op.
For information: Visit the event's Facebook page
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Photo: Beatrice Ebel Urbana puts the finishing touches on her diorama at the Kids at Krannert children's program in February. News-Gazette file photo by Robin Scholz