Family Picks, midsummer-style

Family Picks, midsummer-style

The summer fun continues with a "Camp Rock!" musical, outdoor markets, fairs and music. Or get an up-close look at some birds of prey, learn about cartooning or superhero science, or take a look back at life on the frontier in the 1700s. Enjoy!

Camp Rock! ‘Disney’s Camp Rock The Musical,’ Champaign Park District Youth Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Admission charge.

Summer camp was supposed to be all about the music and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock’s very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers, and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown.

This new musical based on the hit Disney Channel Original Movies “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” includes more than a dozen songs, including “This Is Me,” “Can’t Back Down,” “It’s On,” and “We Rock.” Tickets are $7.

For information: Call 356-9063 or visit

Sprouts at the Market: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Market at the Square, Lincoln Square Mall parking lot, downtown Urbana. Free.

Children ages 3 to 8 can learn about fresh produce, local farms and nutrition at this series of free events throughout the summer. On Saturday, participants will taste fruits and vegetables, donated by Market farmers, spanning the colors of the rainbow. Nutrition information, or “Sprouts facts,” will also be available at each table.

For information: Call 384-2319 or visit this blog post

Fisher Fair: Community Fair and Horse Show, Friday and Saturday, Fisher Fairgrounds. Admission charge.

Highlights include: tractor pulls at 6 p.m. Friday, the Lawn Mower Demolition Derby at 6 p.m. Friday, Ryan Ideus and Feudin’ Hillbillys at 9 p.m. Friday,  the 5K Run/Walk at Glades Hall/fairground at 8 a.m. Saturday. Also car shows, livestock shows, mutt shows, bingo, food and other activities.

Admission is $8 to $10 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 13.

For information: Call 897-1437 or visit

Moultrie-Douglas County Fair: Friday and Saturday, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur. Admission charge.

Located at Jurgens Park, the fair features livestock shows, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, horse and pony shows, live entertainment, carnival rides for all ages and exhibits for the whole family. Admission is $1 to $2 after 4 p.m.; additional charges for some events.

For information: Visit

I Spy: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., Urbana. Free.

Bring a few objects of your choice to the library and create your own "I Spy"-style scene. For children ages 5 and up.

For information: Call 367-4069 or visit

Birds of prey: "Illinois Raptors," 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield. Free.

See live birds of prey from the Illinois Raptor Center and learn about their amazing adaptations.

For information: Call 896-2455 or visit

Cartoon Fun for Kids: 2 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. Free.

Learn from a genuine cartooning pro when V.G. Myers shares his talents in a program for children in grades 2 to 5.

For information: Call 403-2030 or visit

Superhero Science: 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Free.

Discover the secrets behind superhero special powers with experiments and other hands-on activities.

For information: Call 367-4069 or visit

Family friendly fundraiser: Thrills for Mills Charity Car Show, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Tanger Outlet Center, Tuscola. Entry fee.

Activities include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, music by Star Talent Events, food, games and rides for kids by Action Inflatables. The entry fee $10 ($5 to benefit the Mills Breast Cancer Institute),and the first 125 entries receive $5 Tanger gift card, dash plaque, goodie bag, event T-shirt.

For information: Call 253-2282 or visit this website

Life on the frontier: "Muster at Forest Glen," French and Indian War re-enactment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Pioneer Homestead in Forest Glen Preserve, near Westville. Free.

Costumed re-enactors will portray life on the frontier from 1740 to 1763. A full battle with muskets and cannons is scheduled for 2 p.m. each day. Other activities include the fife and drum corps, cannon demo, historic fashion show and tomahawk throw. Hosted by Vermilion County Conservation District.

For information:  Call 662-2142 or visit this website

Concert in the Park: Decatur Park Singers , 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Hessel Park, Champaign. Free.

Love showtunes? Head to Hessel Park to hear the sounds of the Decatur Park singers.

For information: Call 398-2550 or visit

Coming soon:

Farmer City Fair: July 19-23, 850 N. Grove St. Farmer City. Carnival, children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors selling their wares, and a variety of food and attractions.

It's Magic: "An Evening with … the Magic of Andy Dallas," Fundraising event, July 21, Laborers Union Hall, 108 E. Anthony Drive, U. Admission charge.

First in a series of family events to coincide with Champaign Urbana Theatre Company’s 20th anniversary. Tickets are $12.50 for adults; $7 for children 12 and younger; $30 for a family four-pack. Admission includes a complimentary dessert bar.

For information: Call 344-3884 or visit

'A Little Princess, the Musical’: Danville Light Opera’s Summer Youth Musical. 7 p.m. July 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. July 24, Bremer Auditorium at Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. Admission $5 to $7.

For information: Call 431-1660 or visit

Wrapped Up in Ancient Egypt: 1 to 4 p.m. July 31, Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, Urbana. Admission charge.

Kids ages 8 to 13 can wrap up like a mummy, make Egyptian-style jewelry, handle mummy-making materials, and prepare a tomb for the afterlife!
Pre-registration is encouraged and limited to 75 participants. Each participant must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The cost is $3 per participant.
To register: Contact Kim Sheahan at 244-3355 or

Neighborhood Nights: Urbana Park District’s Concert Series featuring the Blues Deacons, 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 20, Crestview Park, Urbana. Free.

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

For information: Call 367-9575 or 367-1544

Curtis Orchard opens! 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday starting July 20, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Free admission.

Apples, peaches, donuts, pies and slushies, plus activities for kids (some require ticket purchase).

For information: Call 359-5565 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,


Top: Director Andrew Miller, left, adjusts a tie for Omri Schwartz, who plays Jason Gray, at a rehearsal for 'Disney Camp Rock: The Musical' at the Virginia Theatre on Thursday (July 14, 2011). Heather Coit/The News-Gazette

Middle: Ryan Coulter, 5, of Fisher, competes in the Kiddie Tractor Pull at the Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show on Wednesday (July 13, 2011). Robert K. O'Daniell/The News-Gazette

Bottom: Yordana Sawyer of Springfield spins as she waits for the battle to begin at a 2007 Revolutionary War re-enactment at Forest Glen Preserve Pioneer Homestead east of Westville. Holly Hart/The News-Gazette



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