Champaign-Urbana Weekend Planner – Indoor Fun Abounds

Families can choose from a myriad of events and activities this weekend in Champaign-Urbana

Get ready because there are a number of options waiting for you this weekend in Champaign-Urbana when it comes to family fun! There are crafty things, sporty events, musical happenings and all kinds of STEM-related fun, too! Ready for more good news? Much of it is FREE! But you do want to plan ahead because there are a lot of “registration required” events in this category of free family fun this weekend. thanks Lyric Theater @ Illinois for presenting this weekend’s planner


Carnival! is a party celebrating the end of the holiday season before the introspection of Lent begins, culminating in Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday.” In New Orleans style, they will celebrate with jazz bands, themed food, gaming tables, acrobats, and a lobby parade. They’ll crown a King or Queen of the festivities and enthrone them onstage. Food and games are included in the ticket price, with a cash bar available.

Carnival! is a chance to celebrate through food, drink, games, and music, so bring your Mardi Gras masks, dress up, and head to the Krannert Center Lobby at 6 pm Enjoy an appetizer and a drink while trying your luck at the gaming tables before following their jazz band and acrobats into the Great Hall. Dessert will be served at intermission, and the guest who receives the special piece of King Cake will be crowned the Sovereign of Carnaval! Don’t miss the family-friendly fun.

Carnival! is a concert celebrating music in or from the French language: from operatic favorites Carmen and Roméo et Juliette to cabaret singers Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel to musical theatre’s Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera, and more. Accompanied by the beauty of an orchestra in Foellinger Great Hall, the company of Lyric Theater @ Illinois students will dazzle, delight, and entrance you in authentic French style.

Find more info on the website, Facebook or Instagram.

Dates/Times – Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19
6 pm – Music, fun and games in the Krannert Center lobby
7:30 pm – Concert, Foellinger Great Hall

Did you know? Summer break is just about three months away! We share that not to freak you out, but to help you plan ahead. chambanamoms has released our official round-up of area summer camps† Learn about everything from weekly themes to whether a camp goes swimming to COVID-19 protocols in place… basically everything you want to know when it comes to camp in Champaign-Urbana!

While there is a great deal of information in there already, many camps are still finalizing their information and we are adding camps daily to the list, so check back again soon! Let’s look ahead to warmer days, chambana!

Would you like your camp to be listed in our summer camp promotion? Please contact Mindy now, as it is not too late to share your summer camp with chambanamoms readers in 2022!

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A few events to check out this weekend

Looking for something to do with your family? You’ve come to the right place! Our events calendar aggregates family-friendly events happening in the Champaign-Urbana metro area. We know you’re busy and looking for a bang for your buck, so we put an emphasis on including free and low-cost events that you can plan to attend on the fly. Please note that events are subject to change without notice.

Thank you to OSF HealthCare for presenting the Chambanamoms events calendar. For more information, visit OSF here.

Find the complete event calendar by clicking here now.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Bonus! Presidents’ Day – No School

Monday, February 21, 2022


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1914 Round Barn Road

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10 weekly classes, welcoming environment and experienced, motivating instructors.

First class is free!

Class schedule:

  • 5:30 am M/W/F
  • 11 am Fri/Sat/Sun
  • 6:45 pm Mon
  • 5:30 pm Tu
  • 4:15 pm Wed
  • 6:30 pm Thurs

Check out the Jazzercise Champaign Facebook page, or email for more info.


Carle Auditory Oral School

Carle Auditory Oral School’s early childhood school program is now accepting Fall 2022 applications for children between 3 and 5 years of age. Originally designed to support children who are deaf and hard of hearing in developing listening and spoken language skills, their small class sizes and passionate staff provide all students with hands-on learning opportunities and a solid foundation in literacy. Call (217) 326-2824 to schedule a tour, or check out their website at to learn more.

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