Barnes & Noble

Date:     June 2nd 2:00pm

Event:   Beach Theme Storytime

Bring your little ones to Barnes & Noble on Sunday afternoon for a Beach themed storytime. We       will be reading from Splish-Splash Splat, Ladybug, Girl at the Beach, and Bats at the Beach.

Date:     June 7th 11:00am and 3:00pm     June 8th 11:00am    June 9th 2:00pm

Event:   Beat the Heat Story time

 Bring your little ones to Barnes & Noble to beat the summer heat. We will be reading “Summer Vacation” “Road Trip” and “Summer Camp”.

Date:     June 14th 11:00am

Event:   Father’s Day Storytime

Join us in the Children’s department for our 11:00am Toddler Storytime. We will be reading “Kisses for Daddy” by Frances Watts. After Storytime there will be a card craft.

Date:     June 14th 3:00pm

Event:   Father’s Day Storytime

Join us in the children’s department for a Storytime celebrating Fathers Day weekend. We will be reading “Because I’m Your Dad” and will have Father’s Day Cards to decorate after the Storytime.

Date:     June 15th  11:00 and

Event:   Father’s Day Storytime

Join us in the Children’s department for our special “Daddies Do It Different” Storytime. After storytime there will be a Father’s Day card craft.

Date:     June 16th 2:00pm

Event:   “Hop on Pop” Storytime

Children of all ages are invited to experience the joy of reading and storytelling through the classic style of Dr. Seuss. Hop on Pop will be our featured story. After Storytime there will be a craft and cookies!

Date:     June 21st 11:00am

Event:   LeapFrog Letter Factory

We’re having fun with phonics at a Hands-On Learning event with LeapFrog Letter Factory. Kids ages 3-6 are invited to create words and sing alphabet songs!

Date:     June 22nd 11:00am

Event:   Summer Reading Celebration

Come into Barnes & Noble to celebrate Summer Reading. Bring in your completed journals and receive a free book from the list provided on the back of the reading journals. For some added fun we will have games like Book charades.

Date:     June 27th 7:00pm

Event:   Explore the Galaxy with Klutz

Explore the Sky at a Hands-On Learning event for kids 7 and up. Learn fun facts while exploring creativity designing and coloring galactic stickers!

Scholastic Summer Reading:

The Champaign Public Library:

Summer Reading Program

“Fun Stuff”

Book recommendations by grade

“Homework Help”

Half Price Books

By reading for at least 15 minutes each day in June and July children 14 and younger can earn $5 in Half Price Books Back to School Bucks. Children will need to join the Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program. There is a reading log that parents can download. Children can read to parents or have parents read to them to meet the 15 minute requirement.

Chuck E. Cheese

Children who read for 2 weeks in a row can earn free tokens at Chuck E. Cheese. For every 2 weeks of reading children can earn 10 free tokens to be used at your local Chuck E. Cheese location. The form can be printed here. This offer is good through December 31, 2013.

Local Summer Fun including fairs, Twin City Derby Girls’ bouts, and local festivals:

The dates are for 2011, but most of the events and ideas are relevant for Summer 2013. It’s a comprehensive list activities in of C-U (and the surrounding area).

University of Illinois Summer Camps:

University of Illinois Summer Activities:

Ideas for Summer Road Trips around Illinois:

Other ideas for local activities/camps:


Fun Day Trips

Free admission into museums across America thanks to Blue Star Moms: Free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families to more that 2,000 museums across America from Memorial day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. Thanks to Blue Star Moms!


Free Activities

All summer long kids bowl free across the USA. Click the link below for more details and to find a location near you.