Champaign, Ill. (WCIA) –
Terri Reifsteck with Visit Champaign County shares tips on keeping cool and busy during the dog days of summer.
Let’s start with staying cool—this summer weather has been a tad on the hot side, so we’ve been exploring ways to have fun but stay cool.
• Swimming Holes—All across the region are various community pools to help you stay cool, but these go beyond your average swimming experience. Sholem Aquatic Center & Crystal Lake Family Aquatic Center both have features that make you feel like you’re heading to a water park, with slides, lazy rivers, a climbing wall and other fun features. You can sneak away from the hustle of these pools and check out Monticello, Rantoul and Tuscola’s pools for a less crowded swim. Or head to the beach in Middle Fork!
• Indoor Recreation—You can still burn off plenty of energy without sweating outdoors. If you haven’t been to the Elevate Trampoline Park, now’s the time. They have wall to wall trampolines, a ninja course, basketball hoops, jousting and a area just for the toddlers. Or check out Urbana Boulders where you can climb anywhere from 9-13ft with a padded floor below you. Their routes change often so you can keep going back.
• Museums—I know parents are all over keeping their kids learning in the summer months, and it’s a perfect excuse to stay in air-conditioning. Now is a great time to visit some of the museums on the U of I campus, such as Spurlock Museum who has regular events on Sunday afternoons, or Krannert Art Museum with a variety of art exhibits to explore. Or you can check out local history at the Champaign County History Museum, the Douglas County Museum or the Rantoul Historical Society.
There are still plenty of summer events coming up to keep you entertained.
One of the most unique events, Historic Farm Days returns to Penfield starting today, July 11-14. Tens of thousands flock to the area to step back in time and relive the old days of farming. Horse-drawn tractor pulls, antique tractors and many other demonstrations will be happening, so don’t miss out!
Also this weekend on July 14, the Champaign Park District offers up their Streetfest for the summer. Streets in in Downtown Champaign will close as Sun Stereo, The Mighty Pines, and Jurys Out take the stage. Best part is, the event is free and family friendly, starting at 7:00 p.m.
On the same evening, just down at Barrelhouse, several local and regional breweries are pairing up for the Midwest Beer Fest. 14 breweries including Blind Pig, Big Thorn Brewery, Triptych, JT Walker’s, and Riggs, and more will be on hand to talk about their beer.
And also this weekend, Mahomet will host their annual Auto Fest in their downtown. Over 275 antique and classic vehicles will line the streets alongside food vendors for a fun Sunday!