"Art for the Ages" Tue.-Sat., 12-4pm through March 2022. An exhibit of work by District 186 students including drawings, paintings in tempera, oil and watercolor and three-dimensional figures. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.
Blind Date with a Book Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm through February. For adults, young adults and preteens. Stop by the M. G. Nelson Gallery to pick up your book. You'll get some clues about the book, but you won't know what it is until you purchase it. Paired with customized chocolate bars from Cocoa Blue Chocolates, it will certainly give you or someone you care about a special night in. $12-$15. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.
Springfield Chess Club Casual games for the public and club members of all ages and skill levels. Meets at 6pm on the second Monday of each month in the multipurpose room of Lincoln Library at 326 S. Seventh St., and on Wednesdays at 6pm in the food court of White Oaks Mall at 2501 Wabash Ave. springfieldchessclub.com. Free. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 217-726-2584.
Lincoln's birthday Feb. 12, Sat. 9am-5pm. Free admission in celebration of the 16th president's birthday. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.
Springfielding the Love Feb. 12-13, Sat. 9am-4pm. Community appreciation weekend. Exhibits, Valentine's Day crafts, STEAM programs and resources for Black History Month. IDPH, CDC and WHO guidelines including masks and monitoring building capacity. Free. Kidzeum of Health and Science Children's Museum, 412 E. Adams St., 217-971-4435.
Winter Farmers Market Feb. 19, Tue. 8am-12pm. Find fresh, winter vegetables, baked goods and local meats. EBT accepted and SNAP recipients can receive a Healthy Ways card that spends like SNAP benefits. Union Station, 500 E. Madison, 217-557-4588.
Little Lincoln's Fireside Tales: Belonging Feb. 22, Tue. 10-11am. Hands-on activities, crafts and exciting books for children five and younger and their caregivers. The theme is "Belonging!" Share stories and activities that show us what it means to belong. In person and via Zoom options. presidentlincoln.illinois.gov. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.
The Boat Show in Springfield Feb. 25, Fri. 2-9pm, Sat. Feb. Lots of exhibitors from across central Illinois. Fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, inboards, runabouts, pontoons, tritoons and more. Concessions. $5 at the door. Ages 12 and under are free. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-341-1730.
Springfield Jr. Blues vs. North Iowa Bulls Feb. 26-27, Fri. 7pm and Sat. 6pm. Adults $10-$12. Children 12 and under $6-$8. Nelson Center, 1601 N. Fifth St., 217-525-2589.
Enchanted: Storybook Ballets Feb. 26, Sat. 10am, 2, 6pm. Delightful children's stories, such as The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty, brought to life. Be transported into the magical world of ballet. Presented by the Springfield Ballet Company and the Springfield Youth Ballet Company. $30 adults and $15 children 12 and under. uispac.com. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
National Skate Day Feb. 26, Sat.11:30am-1:30pm. Get a free ice-skating lesson and enjoy a day at the rink. All ages welcome. Prizes. Limited spots available. COVID guidelines will be followed. Call for more information. Nelson Center Ice Arena, Lincoln Park, 1601 N. Fifth St., 217-753-2800 ext. 2003.
Springfield Jr. Blues vs. Minnesota Wilderness March 4-5, Fri. 7pm and Sat. 6pm. Adults $10-$12. Children 12 and under $6-$8. Nelson Center, 1601 N. Fifth St., 217-525-2589.
Illinois Horse Fair Rodeo March 4-5, Fri.-Sat. 7pm. Presented by the Horseman's Council of Illinois. $15-$20. Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave.
Illinois Product Expo March 5, Sat. 10am-5pm. Explore the foods of Illinois through your taste buds with free samples from vendors. Discover new products, relax in the Illinois Wine Garden and stock up on your long-time favorites. Admission $5, ages 10 and under free. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-725-8047.
WECI Women's Business Showcase March 9, Wed. 4:30-7pm. Celebrating women owned/operated businesses. Mingle with women making their way in the business world. Connect, build new relationships, learn and register to win prizes. Over 50 businesses represented. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-441-2342.
St. Patrick's Day Parade March 12, Sat. at the Craic O' Noon. The parade starts at Jefferson and Sixth streets to west on Fifth to east on Capitol, to north on Sixth to the Reviewing Stand (the family friendly area), then east on Washington to the Horace Mann parking lot. Downtown Springfield.
Winter Farmers Market March 19, Sat. 8am-12pm. Find fresh winter vegetables, baked goods and local meats. EBT accepted and SNAP recipients can receive a Healthy Ways card that spends like SNAP benefits. Union Station, 500 E. Madison, 217-557-4588.
WWE Road to WrestleMania March 19, Sat. 7:30pm. WWE Champion, Big E vs Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley - Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Championship. RAW Women's Champion Becky Lynch vs. Bianco Belair. Many more including RAW tag team champions, RK-BRO. $20-$115. theboscenter.com/wwe. BoS Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.
Springfield Flea Market March 19, Sat. 8:30am-3:30pm. Antiques, vintage, collectibles, crafts, new and used. Illinois State Fairgrounds Illinois Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Springfield Jr. Blues vs. Minnesota Magicians March 25-26, Fri. 7pm and Sat. 6pm. Adults $10-$12. Children 12 and under $6-$8. Nelson Center, 1601 N. Fifth St., 217-525-2589.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella April 1-3, Fri. and Sat. 7pm and Sun. 2pm, April 8-10, Fr. And Sat. 7pm and Sun. 2pm. The Tony Award-winning family fun musical that delights audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. Jaw-dropping transformations, stunning costumes, the pumpkin, the glass slipper and a bit of magic. $18. hcfta.org/tickets. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
USA Boxing April 16, Sat. 7:30pm. Springfield Cobras Boxing presents USA Olympic-style amateur boxing. theboscenter.com. $20-$60. BoS Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.
Moana Jr. April 22-24, Fri. and Sat. 7pm and Sun. 2pm. April 20-May 1, Fri. and Sat. 7pm, and Sun. 1pm. This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Presented by the Springfield Theatre Centre. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
Artsy: An Art Fair for Kids in Care May 1, Sun. Amazing art, hands-on experiences, balloon animals and arm painting hosted by The James Project, a nonprofit foster care and adoption ministry. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.
3, 2, 1 Blastoff May 4, Wed. 10am. A concert for kids by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. ilsymphony.org. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.