Valentine's Eve: Family Picks

Valentine's Eve: Family Picks

By now you may already have tickets for your daddy-daughter dance or date night, but if you missed the deadline there are lots of other fun things to do with your little ones this Valentine Eve weekend!

Fly a model plane, take them to see some Austrian horses, make a Valentine, build a Lego robot or celebrate the Korean New Year!

Dancing horses: The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, 7:30 p.m. Friday, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. Admission charge.

See these amazing horses perform in their 40th anniversary show. Tickets are available at the Arena Box Office, 1-877-77CLICK or Prices range from $12.25 to $23.50.

For information: Visit or

Look! Up in the sky! Hobbico/Great Planes Indoor Electric Airplane Festival. 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, UI Armory, 505 E. Armory Ave., C. Admission charge, kids free.

This “ultimate indoor flying event” features events like the “helicopter smackdown,” a blackout night fly and world-class air show, plus launches and seminars. Open flying starts at 8 a.m. each day, and a “Kids’ Make-It-Take-It” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Concessions and vendors will be available.

Admission $5, or free for kids under 12.

For information (and a full schedule): Visit

Clifford! 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' children’s program, 10 a.m. Saturday,  Westville Public Library 233 S. State St., Westville. Free.

Children ages 5 to 8 can enjoy a story time, game and light refreshments. Seating is limited so call ahead to check availability.

For information: Call 267-3170 or visit

'Paper Locket': Valentine Creations for Kids, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Indi Go Artist Co-Op; 9 E. University Ave., C. Free.

Create your own whimsical valentines, sip on pink lemonade and let your imagination go wild with all things paper and sparkle!  Parents are welcome to lend a hand or enjoy the sights and sounds of “Paper Locket: A Photographic Collection.”

For information: Call 815-257-1647 or 217-979-0920, or visit

‘Silverlicious' is here! Book celebration, 2 p.m. Saturday, Border’s, 802 W. Town Center Blvd., C. Free.

Celebrate the brand-new release from author Victoria Kann, who brought us the delightful “Pinkalicious” series. In “Silverlicious,” Pinkalicious loses her sweet tooth and turns to the Tooth Fairy for help. (Sounds like we have to get this one, too!)

On Saturday, ages 4 to 8 can enjoy games, songs, crafts and more.

For information: Call 351-9011

Children’s Theater: ‘Ugly Duckling,’ 2 p.m. Saturday, ‘Henry Box Brown,’ 6 p.m. Saturday, C-U Baha’i Center, 807 E. Green St., U.

The Soul Miners Children’s Theater Co. of Champaign-Urbana presents two stories of unity and justice. Classes will perform musical productions from the New York Children’s Theatre Co.

A new version of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ is directed by Katie Baldwin, and tickets are $3 to $5. The story of ‘Henry Box Brown,’ who “mailed himself to freedom,” is directed by Christopher Brown. Tickets are $5 to $7. Children ages 2 and under may attend either show for free.

The shows will be perfomed again on Feb. 19-20.

For information: Visit the company’s website

Korean New Year! 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Free.

Enjoy a fun-filled hour of storytelling, music, games and craft time to celebrate the 2011 Korean New Year. The program is coordinated with the Korean Cultural Center at the University of Illinois.

For information: Call 367-4057 or visit

Legos! Lego Robotic Fun Day, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, 200 W. Green St., C. Free.

First Lego League is a robotics program designed to get kids excited about science and technology, while teaching life and work skills. Local First Lego teams of fourth- through eighth-graders will show off their Lego robots and help children build and program a working Lego robot.

Activities will be repeated throughout the afternoon, with options for younger and older children. The lineup also includes engineering demonstrations and robot-themed stories.

For information/schedule: Call Children’s Services at 403-2030 or visit

‘Bee My Valentine’: 2 p.m. Sunday, UI Pollinatarium, 606 W. Windsor Road, U. Donation requested.

Youre kids can check out the bee museum while they make bee-themed gifts for their Valentine — rolled beeswax foundation candles and paper valentines. All for a $5 donation.

For information: Call 265-8302 or visit


Check the Are We There Yet? blog every Friday for upcoming family friendly events, pulled from our News-Gazette online calendar, e3 magazine and other sources. To submit an item, e-mail me at, or use the calendar on the News-Gazette home page,

Photos: At top, John Redman of Mahomet, does a pre-flight check of his plane at the 2007 E-fest in Champaign. At bottom, Sojung Park and Hannah Hart of Stratton Elementary School cheer their robot as they prepare for the 2006 Regional Lego Robotics Compeittion at Urbana Middle School. Robert O'Daniell/News-Gazette


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