So as this weekend marks the official start to summer bliss, we thought we would take a look at what is opening up to the public this coming weekend, in addition to our usual round-up of notable events. Consider this just a mini-preview of Summer 2019!
Illinois State Museum at 502 S Spring St will have its Museum After Hours event, this time focused on prohibition. Organizers say they are turning the museum into a speakeasy to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment from 5 pm to 8 pm. What a great way to kick off a long holiday weekend!
Illinois Products Farmers Market at the Shed at the Illinois State Fairgrounds at 801 E Sangamon Ave will shine on Thursday May 23 as it will every week this summer! Each Thursday there is music, Illinois beer and wine as well as local food truck vendors. Products on sale range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products that are produced here locally!
Holiday Pool opens on May 25 and is located in Holiday Park at 800 S McGregor. Summer hours are noon to 7 pm on weekdays and noon to 6 pm on weekends. The pool features a zero depth children’s pool with spray features for kids 5 and under. There is also a small waterslide, deep water, picnic table area with vending machines and a grassy recreation area.
O’Neil Pool also opens on May 25. Located at 1515 W Chestnut St, the pool’s hours are noon to 7 pm on weekdays and noon to 6 pm on weekends. The pool is 25-meter in length for competitive swimming and also has two flume slides and a diving board. There is a separate small wading pool for infants and toddlers.
Urbana’s Downtown Get Down 2019! on Saturday night is the first in a series of four downtown street festivals in downtown Urbana (400 S Vine) that are sure to draw a crowd. The festivities will kick-off with a container garden party at Cunningham Township building across from the Urbana Free Library on May 25. The “bring your own container” event includes a BBQ and live music from Karena Tse, running from 4 pm – 7 pm.
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Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center, 1401 N Broadway, opens up on May 25 at 11 am, but will not be open for full summer hours until after May 30 once school is out! The Cadillac of town pools, this outdoor facility boasts a climbing wall, diving board, sand play area, a vortex and a streambed for extra fun water play! Oh and there’s slides (yes three of them!) of course.
Sholem Aquatic Center at 2205 Sangamon Dr opens on May 25 at 11 am and has reduced admission (as does Crystal Lake) to both Urbana and Champaign residents. Now Sholem is the perhaps the water slide king of the county, so hang on for a 197 foot-long zip in a fully enclosed body slide that empties out into the splash pool. There are other features such as a lazy river, but the yellow slide is the most popular!
Prairie Farm is right next to the pool complex at Centennial Park and opens to public on May 25 from 1 pm to 7 pm. The petting area will be available from 3 pm -5 pm. From llamas and miniature horses to goats and sheep, this children’s farm has it all — including a farm-themed play area and a pond!
The Art of the Brick is a LEGO art exhibition that opens on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Should there be rain this weekend, this museum located at 222 SW Washington St, has something for everyone including the kiddos with great areas to play. This exhibit also has an interactive LEGO gallery too. The exhibit itself has more than 100 works of art made from LEGO bricks including van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”
Spirit of Peoria will take it’s first moonlight cruise of 2019 on May 24. Showcasing Peoria’s evening skyline, a trip down the Illinois River on an old-fashioned red paddle-wheeled boat is truly memorable. The journey begins in front of the Peoria River Front Museum.
Scovill Zoo at 71 S Country Club Rd. opens up for its full daily summer hours this weekend (9:30 am to 6 pm). From the reptile building to the mini-farm and especially the mini-train that traverses the whole park, there is never a dull moment to be had at this zoo. Don’t miss the prairie dogs!
Cookin’ with the Chorale is a great picnic in the park with the Greater Decatur Chorale. The Chorale has more than 70 members and has been providing vocal music to the community for more than 30 years. Concessions and hot grills for cooking will be available at 5 pm. The event is held at the Fairview Park Pavilion #1 at 1455 W Fairview Park Dr.