Family Picks: Boneyard Arts and more!

Family Picks: Boneyard Arts and more!

Whew! Prepare for the busiest weekend in months as C-U celebrates the Boneyard Arts Festival, Brain Awareness Day at the children’s museum and Moms Weekend on campus. Music, art, theater and science to boot!

Boneyard Arts Festival: Friday through Sunday, downtown Champaign, downtown Urbana and venues throughout the county. Most events free.

The ninth annual festival will feature a range of performing and visual artists at more than 100 different venues in downtown Champaign (Friday), downtown Urbana (Saturday) and throughout the county (Sunday) — Mahomet, Rantoul, Sidney, St. Joseph and Homer Lake. It is presented annually by 40 North 88 West Arts Council of Champaign County and sponsored by The News-Gazette and Krannert Center.

For information: Visit or check out the “E3” cover story in Thursday’s News-Gazette.

Also: Pick up free maps and schedules distributed in Wednesday’s News-Gazette or at information tents during the festival, or download a free guide-to-the-arts iPhone App by — keyword ‘40N’ in the App Store.

  Some family highlights:

  • Class Act/Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. Class Act is hosting street art and puppet-making from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. At 5:30, guests will then march in a parade from Class Act to the Orpheum, 346 N. Neil St., C., where a “Punch and Judy” puppet show with Ginger Lozar will take place at 5:45 p.m. Visitors at the Orpheum will also paint catapaults, make buttons and stained-glass art in the courtyard from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday. (The open house and parade are free; admission for the puppet workshop at Class Act and the puppet show at the Orpheum is $5, or $10 for a family of four plus $2 for additional guests.) Call 352-5895 or 378-2942 or visit or
  • Hip-Hop: 8 p.m. Friday, jim gould, 1 E. Main St., C. Floor Lovers will perform hip hop-style break dancing. At 8:30, light up the night with glowstick art.
  • Homer Lake: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Boneyard Arts Festival at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S Homer Lake Road, Homer. Local artists will have one-of-a-kind works on display and for sale, from sculpture to photographs and handcrafted furniture. Create your own works of art with items from nature or take a guided hike. You can bring your own camera and art supplies. The duet Road Song (Ann Schuldt & John McMahon) will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Call 896-2455 or visit
  • Battle of the Books: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Yankee Ridge and Leal Elementary Schools have teamed up this year to hold a Battle of the Books. Almost 50 students in grades 3 - 5 will battle today. Call 367-4069 or visit

Japan House: Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Free.

Watch a presentation on wagashi, the art of making traditional Japanese sweets, by Boston-based Glenn A. Sorei Pereira, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy tea ceremonies throughout the day, guided garden tours at 1 and 3 p.m., and Japanese floral arrangements on display.

For information: Visit

Brain Awareness Day: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Free.

Enjoy demonstrations, activities, games and a little help from some brainy individuals from the UI’s Neuroscience Program. You can put on gloves and hold a real brain, make your own brain model and take it home, or put on a special headband and elevate the balls on a platform with your thoughts.

For information: Call 352-5895 or visit or

Gotta dance! Urbana elementary dance and chorus performances,  1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium, 210 W. Green St., U. Free.

At 1 p.m. Yankee Ridge Chorus and Dance groups will perform songs and dances that they have learned during after school enrichment classes; at 2 p.m., Leal School kindergarten through second-grade dance students will perform: and at 2:30 p.m.Leal's third-through fifth-graders will perform.

For information: Visit

Easter Egg Hunt: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Prairie Fields Park, Prairie Rose Lane, Savoy. Free.

Find special eggs for a chance to win prizes including a $100 Best Buy card, a $75 Wal-Mart card and a $50 Toys R Us card. Free for ages 2 to 10. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Register in advance at or 2-2:30 p.m. at the park. Sponsored by: First Wesleyan Church,  Urbana.

For information: Call 367-4566 or visit

UI Women’s Glee Club: Mom’s Day Concert, 2 p.m. Saturday, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Admission charge.

Tickets are $4 to $10.

For information: Call 333-6280

UI Black Chorus: Mom’s Day Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Admission charge.

The celebrated chorus will perform “Ovation: Mom, Take a Bow.” Tickets are $8 to $11.

For information: Call 333-6280 or visit this website

‘The Little Prince’:  7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission charge.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's fable of love and loneliness involving a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert and a little prince. Tickets are $6 to $12. A post-performance talkback with the director and cast will be held after Friday night's performance.

For information: Call 351-2528 or visit

‘Pirates of Penzance’: Spring musical, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C.

Gilbert and Sullivan's popular comic opera. Tickets are $7 to $10.

For information: Call 819-5721

‘Grease’: 7 p.m. Friday and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Centennial High School, Aldridge Auditorium, 913 Crescent Drive, C.

The musical about two lovers in a 1950s high school is best-suited for older children. Tickets are $5 to $8.


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: Large Scale Painting artist Brian Sullivan puts the finishing touches on a sculpture in front of his studio on Grandview Drive in Champaign on Thursday in preparation for the Boneyard Arts Festival this weekend. Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette

Bottom: UI Professor Roberto Galvez holds a preserved human brain, used for educational purposes, at the Orpheum Children's Museum, which will host a brain-awareness event on Saturday. John Dixon/The News-Gazette

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