Family Picks: It's a Wonderland

Family Picks: It's a Wonderland

Your options for this weekend just get curiouser and curiouser, from an “Alice in Wonderland” adventure at the Orpheum to a vintage baseball game to a "Furry Friends Overnight." Something for everyone!

Furry Friends Overnight: 5 to 5:45 p.m. Friday, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Free

Who doesn’t love a sleepover, especially Teddy? Bring your stuffed animals to a furry overnight at the library and join them for breakfast the next morning.

For information: Call 367-4069 or visit

A very important date! ‘Alice (and me) in Wonderland,’ 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Admission charge.

Join Alice for a magical adventure and experience the Museum and Orpheum Theatre as an interactive Wonderland! Sip from a “Drink Me” bottle, paint the white roses red, play croquet with the Queen of Hearts, join the Mad Hatter for tea, encounter the Walrus and Carpenter, joust with TweedleDum and TweedleDee, and much more. Suitable for children of all ages.

Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite and are sold in three-hour increments. Member tickets are $8, non-member are $10. Member Family packs are available to members at 4 tickets for $30.

For information: Call 352-5895 or visit the Orpheum's website

Get healthy! Healthy Kids, Healthy Community, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Savoy Recreation Center, 402 W. Graham Drive, Savoy. Free.

Turn off the Saturday cartoons and bring the kids to the Savoy Recreation Center for interactive family fun. Sponsored by the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, the event is designed to promote healthy lifestyles for children and their families and teach them about helpful community programs. Children will learn how to get fit through play and exercise and what foods help or hurt their bodies, and enjoy games, activities and meeting new friends. Adult supervision and tennis shoes are required.

For information: Call 355-5437 or visit

Reel ‘em in! Take a Kid Fishing Day, 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Colbert Park, Savoy. Registration fee.

More fishing this week! Your little angler will learn the basics of fishing at this fishing clinic by the Savoy Recreation Center. The fee includes a special rod and reel for your child, and bait is provided. Ages: 3-7 with a caregiver

The fee is $20 for residents, $26 for nonresidents.

For information: Call 359-3550 or visit

Nature lovers: Kids Only: Soft Walking Adventure, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Homer Lake Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S Homer Lake Road, Homer. Registration fee.

Bring your kids ages 7 and up to the forest preserve for this exercise in nature awareness. Once the hike begins, they will experience the world around them without using spoken words, exploring through sight, sound, smell and touch. This program will enhance observational skills and appreciation for native life that often goes unnoticed.

The cost is $5 per child, and registration is required as space is limited.

For information: Call 896-2455, email or visit

Her royal highness: Storytime With the Queen, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Robeson Pavilion Room A&B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. Free.

Listen to Miss Champaign-Urbana read an enchanting story. Here’s your chance to pose for a picture with a real (beauty) queen!

For information: Call 403-2030 or visit

Bement Old Glory Days: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, City Park, Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Historic Bryant Home and Bodman Street, Bement. Admission for some events.

Enjoy live entertainment, vendors, food, a free petting zoo, antique tractor show, classic car show, wing-eating contest, 5K run/walk, toilet bowl races, cricket-spitting contest and free kids’ activities during the day.

The Bement Lions Club’s 57th annual chicken fry is scheduled for  4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bement Forest Preserve Park. Tickets are $4.50 to $9.

For information: Call 678-2311 or 649-8903 or visit the Bryant Cottage website or the Bement Chamber of Commerce website

Vintage fun: Car show, vintage baseball game, ice cream social. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum, 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. Some admission charges.

Watch the Vermilion Voles Vintage Baseball Club take on the Kennekuk Opossums at 1 p.m. and enjoy ice cream and cake on the bar terrace from 2 to 4 p.m. on the barn terrace; $3 includes house tour.

For information: Call 935-6066 or visit

‘60-style fundraiser: Operation Hairspray: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Rural King, 913 Marketview Drive, C. Free/donations.

This tribute to the 1960s will raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, presented by theater groups and the Rantoul Interact Club. It features a tribute to Vietnam vets; a program about space; tunes from musicals; excerpts from upcoming theater shows; performances by “The Beatles” (a local cover band), the Parkland Pops and the “Tim and Friends” band; theater groups showcasing upcoming shows; and game shows “Let’s Make a Deal” and “Survivor” 1960s-style. Kids can also make their own pet rocks for $1.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Hot dogs and drinks will be sold. (This event ws formerly held at the Rantoul Wal Mart.)

For information: Call 403-1011 or 552-7130

June Jamboree: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Rockome Gardens near Arcola. Admission charge.

This day of music features a variety of Classic Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Gospel music and clogging with stage shows from noon to 6 p.m.  Music provided by Austin City Limits, Petersen Family, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, Templeton Family and The Rural Kings.
Admission to Rockhome Gardens is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and under. For directions: Take I-57 south to exit 203; go 5 miles west and follow the signs to the theme park.

For information: Call 268-4106 or visit or

Community chorus: Band/Chorus Concert at Ogden Community Festival, noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, park east of Ogden Village Hall, 101 W. Main St., Ogden. Free.

The “carTunes” community summer band and “Singin’ in the CAR-us” community summer chorus hold their first concert of the season. Listen to a mix of patriotic, show tune, traditional, and other genres of music at this family-friendly event.

For information: Call 590-4311 or visit

Slow and steady...: 47th annual Turtle Races, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus, 310 Bryan Ave., Danville. Free.

It's the 47th year for the annual Turtle Races, featuring 50 of the fastest terrapins around. They'll race in eight rounds, and in between you can buy pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, chips and drinks. Proceeds benefit groups serving children with disabilties in East Central Illinois and western Indiana.

For information: Call 260-1983

Star Wars! “A New Hope,” Summer Family Movie Nights, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St. U. Free.

Come enjoy a movie outdoors in our Green Street courtyard on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. All movies shown are rated G or PG. Thsi week’s showing: “Star Wars: A New Hope.” There’s free popcorn, but bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The movie starts at dusk, and will be shown indoors in case of rain.

Future dates include: June 25 (How to Train Your Dragon), July 9 (The Wizard of Oz), July 23 (Despicable Me), and Aug. 13 (The Princess Bride).

For information: Call 367-8357 or visit

Puppet show: The Three Wishes, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. Free.

Join local puppeteer Elizabeth Goldsmith-Conley for this interactive puppet presentation of The Three Wishes. Copies of the recently released book and DVD of this amusing folk tale will be available for purchase following the program.

For information:  Call 403-2030 or visit or Elizabeth's website

Concert in the Park: Hessel Park concert featuring pop singer Shara, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Hessel Park, Champaign.

This New York native performs music in influenced by pop, soul, jazz and R&B.

For information: Call 398-2550 or visit or

Coming soon:

Neighborhood Nights! Urbana Park District Neighborhood Nights Concert Series featuring High Cotton, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Southridge Park, Urbana. Free.

Enjoy free popcorn and lemonade, games and activities, and a close-up look at Urbana city vehicles. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. In case of rain, the concert will be the following night.

Next up: Keith Harden in Blair Park on June 22.

For information: Call 367-9575 or 367-1544 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: Lily Wise of Pesotum, cuddles her bears while she listens to a story at the 2010 Teddy Bear Picnic at Savoy Recreation Center. Vanda Bidwell/ The News Gazette

Middle: James Knoblauch of the Vintage Voles in June 2010. Joyce Seay-Knoblauch/Knoblauch Studios

Bottom: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford appear in a scene from the original 'Star Wars' film, now titled 'Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.' Lucasfilm, Ltd. & TM / AP



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