Weekly carillon concerts
Wednesdays, 12pm, Sundays 2pm and 4pm. Throughout the year you can find Carlo van Ulft, the park district's carillonneur, playing a variety of classical, folk and popular music. When the carillon is being played, a monitor at the base of the tower allows you to see Carlo in action. Free. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. springfieldparks.org. 217-544-1751.
Feb. 7, March 6 and April 3, 7-9pm, Fri. Free dances on the first Friday of every month. Popcorn and drinks are provided as well as music that will make you boogie. Each dance has a different theme so dress the part, if you like. This is a great program for everyone in the community to experience inclusion and dance the night away with participants of all abilities. Ages 8+. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St. springfieldparks.org. 217-585-2941.
Beyond the Beanstalk: You Don't Know Jack
Feb. 7 and 8, 7pm and Feb. 9, 2pm, Fri-Sun. The grandpa of a modern-day family tells his grandkids four stories of Jack, one from each stage of Jack's life from a young teen to senior. These humorous, magical stories come alive on stage with witches, kings, princes, princesses, flying ships and a lot of surprises. $15. Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. 217-523-0878.
Sensory-friendly roller skating
Feb. 8, 4:30-6:30pm, Sat. For children with autism and their families. Members of Mid-state Mayhem will be present to help kids skate. Admission and skate rental will be paid by Autism Support of Central Illinois. Skateland South, 1500 Recreation Drive. autismcil.org. 217- 585-1421.
Feb. 8, 10am-12pm, Sat. Sure, building a snowman is cool but have you built something at a Lego day? The library will have plenty of Legos to build whatever you can imagine. Free. Chatham Area Public Library, 600 E. Spruce St., Chatham. chathamlib.org. 217-483-2713.
Indoor Nerf Battle
Feb. 9, 1-3pm, Sun. Bring your Nerf guns. All bullets and protective eyewear will be provided. A play area with balloon activities will be provided for younger children. Drinks and concessions will be available for purchase. $10 per family. Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd. 217-787-2323.
Fabulous Folktales Museum Play Date
Feb. 11, 10-11am, Tues. What do the Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Hood and Anansi the Spider have in common? They are all characters in folktales. Storyteller Mike Anderson will join us for this special museum play date. You will hear traditional stories from around the world mixed with songs and activities. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 217-782-6044.
Feb. 12, 9am-5pm, Wed. Family fun and a free admission day. Visits from President and Mrs. Lincoln, musical performances throughout the day and arts and crafts. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 212 N. Sixth St. presidentlincoln.illinois.gov. 217-558-8844.
Kids Fun Fair
Feb. 15, 2-5pm Sat. Carnival games, prizes, face painting and your favorite princesses, Paw Patrol and Sesame Street characters. Snacks and cupcakes will be available for purchase. Family admission is $15 is online (eventbrite.com) or $20 at the door and includes up to two adults and five children. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St. springfieldparks.org. 585-2941.
What I Give My Daughters
Feb. 15, 12-2pm Sat. Join the Mocha Moms of Central Illinois for a dynamic conversation and art workshop with Dr. Kantara Souffrant on sharing words of wisdom with mothers and caregivers to inspire and uplift young girls. Free. Registration is required. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 309-431-1410.
Illinois Drill Team Association State Finals
Feb. 14, 6pm and Feb. 15, 8am-8pm, Fri. and Sat. Drill team competition state finals. Bank of Springfield Center, One Convention Center Plaza. idta.org. 800-745-3000.
Doll-i-Day "Bee" Yourself
Feb. 16, 1-4pm, Sun. Fun, food, games and a chance to win the American Girl 2020 Doll of the Year. Photo booth, hair station, nail-painting station, makeup station, raffles for other dolls, games, movies and crafts. Call for ticket info. $25. Hamilton's, Jacksonville, 110 N. East St. 217-245-6000.
LLCC Campus Visit Day – Spring Edition
Feb. 17, 10am-12pm and 5pm, Mon. For prospective students and their families. Free. Lincoln Land Community College, A. Lincoln Commons, 5250 Shepherd Rd. llcc.edu. 217-786-2577.
ISPE Bridge Design Contest
Feb. 21, 6pm, Fri. See a display of model bridges designed and built by area high school students in a contest sponsored by the Capital Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE). The exercise included researching engineering principles, exercising physical skills, teamwork and ingenuity. White Oaks Mall, 2501 Wabash Ave. 217-787-0110.
Black History Bowl
Feb. 22, 1-4pm, Sat. Watch area high schools compete for the Bowl trophy. Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave. spiaahm.org. 217-391-6323.
Empower All Abilities Conference
Feb. 22, 8am-12:30pm, Sat. Practical information about your child's education. Physicians, psychologists, attorneys, advocates and other professionals will discuss mental health, behavior, transition to adulthood, special education, advocacy and more. Community resource fair with exhibitors. Childcare provided at no charge. Southeast High School, 2350 E. Ash St. 217-525-3060.
Feb. 22, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm, Sat. This hour-long child-friendly production tells the story of Princess Aurora, who was cursed by an evil fairy to sleep for 100 years, only to be awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince. Presented by the Springfield Youth Performance Group. Adults $15, ages 12 and under $10. Hoogland Center for the Arts, LRS Theatre, 420 S. Sixth St. hcfta.org. 217-523-2787.
Little Lincoln's Fireside Tales
Feb. 25, 10am, Tue. Abraham Lincoln loved reading and saw it as his opportunity to advance and achieve his goals. Children ages 5 and younger are invited to an exciting story time with the presidential library's education staff and special visitors. This event is offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St. presidentlincoln.illinois.gov. 217-558-8844.
Feb. 28 and March 27, 7-9pm, Fri. Skating, light show, music, games, giveaways and more. Make it a family night, date night or a night out with friends. All ages are welcome. Ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission $9. Skate rental $2. Nelson Center, 1601 N. Fifth St., 217-753-2800.
Children's book sale
March 7, 10am-2pm, Sat. Hosted by the Friends of Lincoln Library. Lincoln Library, Defrates Reading Room, 326 S. Seventh St. 217-753-4900.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!
March 8, 4-5pm and March 9, 10am and 12:30pm, Sun. and Mon. Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs and feathers. Based on the book by Mo Willems. This show will be most enjoyed by children ages 5 and older. Adults $20 and youth $15. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza. uispac.com. 217-206-6160.
March 13, 6-9pm, Fri. Simultaneous showings will be in both a room with a sensory-friendly environment and also a room that does not have sensory-friendly environmental adjustments. Popcorn and water will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring blankets and chairs. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St. springfieldparks.org. 217-585-2941.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
March 13-15, 7pm Fri. and Sat., 2pm Sun. Hoogland Kids and Teens will bring this family favorite to the stage. Told entirely through song with the help of a narrator, Joseph is a reimagining of the biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. hcfta.org. 217-523-2787.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 14, at the Craic O'Noon, Sat. Inflatables, bagpipes, Irish dancers and more. Downtown Springfield, Old State Capitol Plaza. 217-544-1723.
Spring opening day at the zoo
March 21, 10am, Sat. Help kick off the zoo's 50th year celebration. Ages 2 and under are free, ages 3-12 $4.50, adults $6.25 and seniors ages 62+ $4.75. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr. springfieldparks.org. 217-585-1821.
March 21, 10am, Sat. The Easter Bunny will arrive at White Oaks Mall on the lower level of the Macy wing. Visits with photo opportunities will be available Mondays-Saturdays, 11am-8pm and Sundays, 11am-6pm through Apr. 12. White Oaks Mall, 2501 Wabash Ave. 217-787-0110.
Dance upon a Dream
March 24, 6-8:30pm, Tue. Celebrate the dazzling world of Disney through dance. This show will feature video and music with a twist from the most beloved Disney films including Beauty and the Beast, Moana and Cinderella. Ages 6+. $35 park district residents, $40 non-residents. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St. springfieldparks.org. 585-2941.
Caring Easter Bunny
March 29, 9-11am, Sun. Caring Easter Bunny is an event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity with visit with and have photos taken with the Easter Bunny. Environmental adjustments will be made to support their sensory, physical and developmental needs. White Oaks Mall, 2501 Wabash Ave. 217-787-0110.
Health Care Expo
April 7, 6-8pm, Tue. Lincoln Land Community College's many health care career programs will be showcased. Prospective students will learn about the variety of health care degrees, certificate and short-term program opportunities. Includes tours of LLCC's health professions labs along with displays, presentations and opportunities to speak with health care program directors. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road. llcc.edu. 217-786-2200.
"Negro Leagues Beisbol"
April 11 through June 23 during regular museum hours. A traveling exhibit developed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to honor and explore the connections of African American baseball history with Hispanic cultures, communities and countries. The deep, rich history has its origins in the late 1800s. The exhibit features profiles of significant baseball players, a timeline of American and Hispanic baseball history and detailed baseball histories of several countries. Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave. spiaahm.org. 217-391-6323.
MasterChef Junior Live!
April 16, 7pm, Thu. The family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun. Tickets $39+. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza. uispac.com. 217-206-6160.
Teen Summer Job Fair and Expo 2020
April 17, 6-8:30pm, Fri. The expo will feature many local employers and youth service organizations and is geared toward teenagers age 16-19 seeking jobs or volunteer opportunities. Parents are welcome to accompany their teen participant. Refreshments will be available. Free. Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois, 300 S. 15th St. bgccil.org. 217-544-0548.
April 17, 7-9pm, Fri. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. Alas, Pinkalicious needs a way out of her pink predicament, and joined by her family, they find unity and appreciation in the quirks that define us all. Springfield Theatre Center, 420 S. Sixth St. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. 217-523-2787.
Earth Awareness Fair
April 18, 1-5pm. Sat. This free, family-friendly event will feature more than 40 exhibitors highlighting topics including recycling, reuse, energy efficiency, alternative energy, native plants and habitats, local and organic foods and water conservation. The afternoon will also feature live music, games, crafts, activities and programs. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Hosted by the City of Springfield Office of Public Works. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza. springfield.il.us. 217-789-2255.
Young Eagles Rally
April 25, 10am, Sat. Free airplane rides around Springfield and the surrounding communities for kids ages 8-17. They will also receive a free student pilot kit from Sporty's Pilot Shop, as well as a student membership with EAA. Scheduled rain date is May 2. Hosted by EEA Chapter 770. Lincoln Land Community College aviation hanger, 815 N. Airport Drive. Pre-registration is required. youngeaglesday.org. 217-725-0495 or 217-483-3238.
Dr. Doolittle Day
April 25, 1-4pm, Sat. Learn all about what the zoo does to care for the animals. Demonstrations such as training and farrier work, and activities for animal health and wellness care. Adults $5, children $2. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr. springfieldparks.org. 217-585-1821.
First home baseball game of the season
May 20, 6:30pm, Sat. Springfield Sliders will take on the Danville Dans. Adults $8.00, seniors, military and children ages 4-12 $5.00, ages 3 and under are free. Robin Roberts Stadium, 1415 N. Grand Ave. East. springfieldsliders.com. 217-679-3511.