The best things to do in April in Champaign-Urbana


April in Champaign-Urbana usually means FUN OVERLOAD. This year should be no different, and our challenge is to offer unique and interesting choices for family fun. Here are our top picks, brought to you by Busey Bank.

Visit the cherry blossom trees in UrbanaAt the beginning of April

This one implies an appropriate time, as the flowers in Urbana tend to peak during the first two weeks of April. We have an article that provides all the details on how best to enjoy “sakura”, the term for Japan’s national flowering tree.

Cherry blossoms next to a pond at Japan House

Urbana Middle School Broadway on Vine presents Annie Jr.April 7 & 9

Urbana Middle School acting students bring a family favorite, Annie Jr., to two performances at the UMS Cafetorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $3 for students.

Engineering Open HouseApril 8-9

It’s the coolest science fair in the world, and it’s right in our backyard. Even better, it’s free.

Easter egg huntsApril 9

There’s a slew of Easter Egg Hunts going on today – and many more to come. You can get a list of these and other Easter-related events here.

Industrial Donut Third Anniversary CelebrationApril 23

This free event celebrates the third anniversary of the Savoyard company. Enjoy face painting, balloon artists, giveaways and, of course, donuts. One lucky person will win free donuts for the rest of 2022!

Earth day for allApril 23

Find out how to positively impact the community and planet Earth while enjoying a spring walk through Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. There will be live music and art exhibits, activities and demonstrations by local community groups, a bike tune-up station, and more.

Potting corner for childrenApril 29-30 (and May 1)

This is part of Allerton Park’s ninth annual plant sale. Get the kids to get a little dirty and pot their own plant! There will be a children’s potting corner where children (or their guardians) can buy a plant and use Allerton’s potting soil to pot it up in a free terra cotta planter.

outdoor funall month (weather permitting)

It’s spring — get out! The weather during the first week of the month is very promising, so try cycling, walking or hiking; visit a park or playground; fishing, paddling, canoeing and camping; or simply breathe the spring air. We have details of the perfect destinations here.


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