Virtual Experiences

 

Looking to practice social distancing, but also want to explore the greater Champaign County area? We put together an inside look at what makes our community Outside of Ordinary, from outdoor spaces to arts & culture. Check out our virtual tours, alongside what our area attractions are offering to keep you engaged.

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Virtual Tours

ARTS & CULTURE

MUSEUMS

OUTDOOR SPACES

AGRICULTURE ADVENTURES

BREWERIES

CULINARY SCENE


COMMUNITY VIDEOS

OUTSIDE OF ORDINARY

MAKING MEMORIES

WHERE THE MUSIC NEVER STOPS

OUTSIDE OF ORDINARY MAKERS: THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH

OUTSIDE OF ORDINARY MAKERS: RIGGS BEER COMPANY

OUTSIDE OF ORDINARY MAKERS: PRAIRIE FIRE GLASS

OUTSIDE OF ORDINARY MAKERS: HOPSCOTCH BAKERY

OUTSIDE OF ORDINARY MAKERS: WOOD N' HOG BBQ

 

 

Virtual Experiences

Krannert Art Museum

This fine arts museum, located on the University of Illinois campus, created multiple ways to continue to engage in their exhibits and programs. For those educating children at home, check out their teaching resources such as Art for Kids and coloring activities. Or, for those needing some art in their lives, explore their collections, from African American Artists to East Asian Arts.

Because you can't get to Yoga at KAM, they are now doing it virtually every Friday at noon. Check it out on Facebook!

 

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

As the largest performing arts center on a university campus, Krannert Center offers over 300 performances. As everything shuts down, Krannert Center is offering opportunities to engage in past performances. They've curated a list of performances from past artists and also have playlists from past ELLNORA artists, Kronos Quartet and more.

Check out their classes from Mark Morris Dance Group and some virtual program for families.

Spurlock Museum

Known for their engaging events to enrich us in world heritage and culture, the Spurlock Museum has created a number of activities to stay engaged. Storyteller Kim Sheahan offers her talent every Wednesday and Friday, telling stories on Facebook Live at 11:15 a.m. While we all need a break and mindfulness, they continue to offer their Mindful Meditation virtually every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

You can also virtually explore their permanent exhibits, from Egyptian Mummification to Buddhism in Mid-20th Century Thai Villages.

Museum of the Grand Prairie

A favorite for families, the Museum of the Grand Prairie offers interactive exhibits for kids and all ages to discover what life was like in the prairie. Join them for regular Virtual Exhibit Tours on their Facebook page. Or look into their collections as they post their #CollectionsCorner daily, showcasing an item for the collection, telling its story.  And don't forget to check out their special virtual concert series, Soloists for Suffrage!

William M. Staerkel Planetarium

Located at Parkland College, our beloved planetarium consistently entertains and educates audiences. During this time, they're offering many virtual shows via Zoom and  several at-home science projects:

Urbana Free Library

The library is offering numerous ways to stay engaged at home. Get lost in their local history and genealogy digital exhibits, filled with photos and information about the history of Champaign County. Kids can earn virtual badges for their reading with their Grow at Home reading programs. 

With virtual events happening daily, there's something for every member of your family!

 

 

 

Champaign Park District Youth Programs

The Champaign Park District is offering two unique summer youth programs you can enjoy from home! Keep an eye on their website for updates on in-person programming and other virtual options.

C-U Comedy

This local comedy club will be launching C-U Comedy TV this month, with episodes from stand-up comedians to give us all some laughs while at home. 

Subscribe you their YouTube Channel for new videos every Tuesday, plus a new series, "Getting the Light," a Q&A comedy-related show!

Urbana Park District

Get outdoors and enjoy these spring days after you view this virtual wildflower walk through Busey Woods. Judy Miller from the Anita Purves Nature Center will take you on this tour through one of Urbana's many wooded areas.

Check out the Urbana Park District's Facebook page for other virtual events!

Aikman Wildlife Adventure

Go on a Sofa Safari to visit your favorite animals at Aikman Wildlife Adventure. Get up close and personal with bears, camels, porcupines and more!

Follow Aikman on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates!

University of Illinois

Get a tour of the University of Illinois right from your couch. Learn some fun facts about the Quad, have a virtual reality experience made from students, or go on a photo tour of the state's leading educational institution.

University of Illinois Extension

The University of Illinois Extension is offering a variety of webinars, tip sheets, blogs, and podcasts to help the community.  These resources can be found on their website and Facebook page. 

 

Virtual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

Saturday, August 2 will be our virtual lineup of amazing past performances with the help of the Sousa Archives & Center for American Music - One Community Together Program.  You will be able to tune in via the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Facebook page.

Virtual C-U Black and African Arts Festival

Festival dates are September 12-13th, 2020. However, we will host a variety of activities throughout the week (Sept 7-11) leading up to our official festival dates. This includes Youth Day- Kid's Corner activity packet & Online meet-up, local restaurant specials, Wellness Wednesday, Civic engagement day, and Black Friday Rep Your Roots Day.

CU Pride Fest 2020

Pride Fest is going virtual! Stay apart but rise with your local LGBTQ community with a variety of programs, conversations, and creative celebrations of an inclusive, uplifting community. Explore the Pride Guide and more ahead of the event from September 25-27.

 

 

 

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