I’ve had a little trouble adjusting to our school routine this year.
It’s not just the usual end-of-summer shock to the system, when I go from leisurely watering the flowers in the morning to fixing lunches, signing permission slips, searching for errant homework and yelling things like, “We have to leave in five minutes!”
You have no excuses for staying indoors this weekend, with a gorgeous forecast and lots of outdoor events. From music to sweet corn to a crazy obstacle course, it’s time to get outside! Top it off with a kid-friendly concert Sunday afternoon.
You wouldn’t know it’s the end of summer (at least by the school calendar) from the lineup of fairs and festivals this weekend. Start your Saturday in downtown Champaign at the Festival of the Arts, then stroll over to West Side Park for the National Night Out/Family Fun Day.
School has already started for some families in Urbana and elsewhere, but for those of us who are still in prep mode here are some tips for a smooth start to the school year.
My children differ in many ways, not the least of which is clothing.
My son has always pretty much worn whatever I pull out for him every day, aside from that brief period when he was 3 and insisted on wearing a red shirt and black pants every day to preschool like Murray from the Wiggles (whom he called “Maury”).
We got back last Sunday night from a short trip to St. Louis, where we saw some sights, hung with family, went to a wedding and lugged back an old desk for my son's room.
It's a big weekend in Central Illinois, with the Illinois State Fair opening in Springfield and several other festivals scheduled locally. Not to mention some kid-friendly theater, Champaign-Urbana Days and (gasp) back-to-school celebrations. Enjoy your freedom while it lasts, kiddos!
I'm an East St. Louis native, so I fancy myself an expert on all things St. Louis.
I spent the first 18 years of my life, and four summers and several years after college, living in the region, and we still get there 8 to 10 times a year to see family.
Things I will not do the next time we take the kids to the drive-in:
— Go on the opening night of “Cars II,” along with the entire population of Gibson City.
— Go too late on the opening night of “Cars II” with the entire population of Gibson City and have to park along the side of the lot.
OK, I know it’s hotter than blazes outside, but it’s county fair season and that just goes with the territory. You’ve got your pick of fairs this weekend, from the Champaign County Fair to Mattoon's Bagelfest. Or beat the heat with some “Christmas in July” improv, or take in some fun (indoor) youth theater. Stay cool!