Music, medieval science and magic: Family Picks

Music, medieval science and magic: Family Picks

Your kids can channel their inner Mad Scientist, do a little magic or create art with their ears. Plus, a premiere U.S. Air Force brass band performs — for free! It's all happenin' this weekend.

Houdini Hoopla! Magic show, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St., Tolono. Free.

Celebrate Harry Houdini’s birthday with magic at this month’s funtime!  

For information: Call 485-5558 or visit

Auditory art: Art Lessons for Children, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Auditorium, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Free.

Sam Bowman and Rich Hacker, two art education majors from the University of Illinois, will help kids learn how to use their ears instead of eyes to make art.

For information: Call 367-4069 or visit

Weekend Wizard: “Moo Moo Cheerio DIY,” 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Free with museum admission.

Grab your wizard hat every Saturday for a Do It Yourself project and science experiment. The program is free with museum admission of $3 to $4.

For information: Call 352-5895 or visit

Medieval Science: Mad Scientist Workshop, 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday,Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. U. Free.

The Fairy Tale Ball is right around the corner (April 1) and to prepare, the library will be wheeling out the catapults and other wonders of medieval science.

For information: Call 367-4069 or visit

Brass band: U.S. Air Force Brass in Blue ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Free.

One of the premier brass ensembles in the Midwest, the U.S. Air Force Brass in Blue debuted in February 2007 and features brass, pecussion and a vocalist. Several EIU musicians will also be featured at the concert.

Selections will include  in “America the Beautiful,” “Overture to ‘Candide’” by Leonard Bernstein, “Extraordinary Machine” by Fiona Apple, “Buzzin’ the Bee” by George Gershwin, “The Frim Fram Sauce” and “Amazing Grace.”

Tickets are free, but there is a limit of four per household.

For information: Call 581-3110 or or visit this website


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: Magician J.R. Thomas shuffles a deck of cards with one hand, above, as he prepares to perform a few tricks, top. Robert K. O’Daniell/News-Gazette

At bottom, the U.S. Air Force Brass in Blue ensemble. Courtesty Eastern Illinois University website

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