Moms Weekend Plans Made Easy!

Yeah you’re super excited Mom’s coming for Moms weekend, but do you have anything planned for her arrival other than showing her around campus? Don’t fret we have some ideas to keep you and mom entertained!


1.     Downtown Champaign

When was the last time you ventured over to the incredible Downtown Champaign? With its vibrant downtown lights, its art sculptures, and of course its incredible dining scene you’re not going to want to pass up this experience with Mom for the weekend. What’s that? Your mom hasn’t been to Downtown Champaign, yet? There’s something there for every mom. Even the “cool” ones.


2.     Petals and Paintings | April 8-10 

This highly anticipated and incredibly creative art exhibit brings world-class painted art to life with amazing floral arrangement doppelgängers! These aren’t just any run of the mill floral arrangements either. These are crafted from award winning Midwest florists who have an eye for intricate floral designs. Sons, imagine the look on Mom’s face when you selflessly inform her you have plans to stop by Petals and Paintings for her delight! Don’t you think your mom deserves to be surrounded by flowers for at least part of the day she is in town? We do! 


3.     Allerton Park

We’re pretty lucky to have the University of Illinois owned Allerton Park and Retreat Center right here in the Greater Champaign Area. Located not too far away, in a town called Monticello, lies a magical estate with sweeping gardens and sculptured art. This estate is so magical that it is one of the formal seven wonders of Illinois! For those parents from Chicagoland, let them know that these are the same Allerton’s as the famous Allerton Hotel, Downtown Chicago! This definitely isn’t your conventional day-to-day sightseeing and is sure to keep Mom interested!


4.     Brunch

Get a few extra hours of sleep this weekend and convince mom to go for brunch rather breakfast. We’re pretty certain you both win with this one. With so many different places to choose from we would like to mention one of our favorites that actually has a Bottomless $8 Mimosa Bar..this is of course none other thanBig Grove Tavern located in Downtown Champaign! We wouldn’t be giving Champaign-Urbana brunch its true credit without mentioning brunch destinations such as V. Picasso, Radio Maria, Miga, and the beloved Silvercreek and Courier Cafe over in Urbana. Plan ahead for this one and make a reservation where possible. Mom will be super excited you made plans ahead of time! 


5.     Market Place Shopping Center

Does your mom love to shop? Take a trip over to Market Place Shopping Center where you can find over 100 different stores! You’re thoughtful idea of heading over to Marketplace might just land you an unexpected shopping spree! But don’t forget…it’s the quality time with Mom that matters most. 


6.     Movies 

If the weather isn’t all too great, don’t forget that Champaign County has two massive and completely redone, state of the art movie theaters right here in its backyard with plenty of room to fit hundreds and hundreds of moms this weekend. Consider heading over to Savoy 16 + IMAX to check out My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Mia Madre, or even the New Batman V Superman movie! If Mom would prefer to have a glass of wine with her movie, we recommend heading over the Carmike Cinema instead…


7.     Boneyard Arts Festival | April 7-10

Nearing the end of the festival, but still just as great as its opening day is the Boneyard Arts Festival! This festival brings art to life and displays it in unconventional arenas such as salons, businesses, and cafes as well as more conventional locations. You can expect to see stationary and performing art at this festival. That itself will keep Mom on her toes, which we heard you’re pretty good at anyway!


8.     Prairie Fruits Farm Open House | April 9 

Head over to one of our greatest gems, Prairie Fruits Farm, and admire nearly a hundred new baby goats! This experience will spark some of the childhood memories your mom has with you as you tour the farm and interact with the goats. Rest assured knowing that there will be breakfast tastings available for purchase as well as their ever popular and acclaimed goat’s milk products such as their incredible gelato and of course their cheeses! This unique attraction will create nothing less than a unique memory for both of you.


For more ideas on what to do for Moms Weekend, be sure to check out our Events Calendar and Directories on our website. We hope that everyone has a great time with their moms this upcoming Moms Weekend and give her a great taste of the Outside of Ordinary.