Lake Charleston Trails
Visit Lake Charleston for hiking, biking, walking, running, bird watching, fishing. Five trails available, connect to Lakeview Park, Woodyard Park, and Lake Charleston for a relaxing walk, run, or ride! Bring the whole family or take a quiet walk with your Big/Little. Visit the Lake View Trails Charleston Illinois Facebook Page to get up-to-date info on the current trail maps and volunteer opportunities to help make these trails great for everyone! More info at www.charlestonillinois.org.
FREE Movies at the LifeSpan Center
Monday-Friday at 1 pm. Free popcorn and lemonade with movies. For list of movie titles, visit www.colescouncilonaging.org.
Mondays from 4:30-5:15pm and Tuesdays from 10-11am at the Mattoon Library Kids Space for ages 3-7. Visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.
Ninja Warrior Classes
Tuesdays/Monthly 5-6pm or 6-7pm. Wednesdays/monthly 5-6pm or 6-7pm at Phoenix Elite, 1101 N Loxa Rd, Mattoon. Ages 5-12. $50/month. Train like a Ninja Warrior at Phoenix Elite. Class includes strength and coordination training. Obstacles include two warped walls, cargo net, rope swing, spider wall, monkey bars hurdles, and more. More info: 217-345-6897 www.charelstonillinois.org.
Story Time & Snuggles
Last Wednesday of every month at 10am at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Take your little ones to a relaxing morning read filled with crafts and play time. (teddy bears and stuffed animals are allowed) To register online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the nature center at 217-235-4644.
3rd Thursday of every month, 4-6pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Ages 12-17 – Free! Douglas-Hart Nature Center is looking for members for our new Caring for Animals with Respect and Education (C.A.R.E.) Club! C.A.R.E. Club members will learn basic care and handling skills for turtles, salamanders, rabbits, and more! Members who meet volunteer goals will earn a free t-shirt and become Certified Animal Handlers at DHNC.
First Friday of every month at 10am at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Take your little to a fun day of adventures while learning about nature and its inhabitants. 1$ per person. (All ages are welcome, but double check when registering). To register online, email email@example.com or call the nature center at 217-235-4644.
9-10:30am, Saturdays, at Lincoln Log Cabin for ages 14-18yo, 15$/person/class. Special instructor Linda Ross will be teaming up with the Lincoln Log Cabin for teaching yoga to the community while being surrounded and sometimes under baby goats! Join them in a fun time and some stress release. Check out their Facebook for dates.
AMC Sensory Friendly Films
2nd and 4th Saturday each month at AMC Theatre. AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Please check your local AMC theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.
Youth Open Gym
November-March, Noon-2pm (Sundays) for youth in 1st-12th grades at the CHS West Gym 1615 Lincoln Ave, Charleston. 3$ per person/ per session. (Closed Dec 22, Dec 29, Mar 15). Bring your own basketball and come let off steam playing games such as HORSE and Pick Up.
Teen/Adult Open Gym
November-April, 8-10pm Tuesdays, 3$/per person at Jefferson Elementary Gym- 106 9th street Charleston. Bring your own basketball and come play some different games with your pals. Watch the newspaper/Facebook for exact dates.
Lincoln Log Cabin – Saturday Story Series
November 2, at 9:00 AM at Lincoln Log Cabin Visitor Center. Stories feature the reading of a historically-themed children’s book, followed by activities and crafts which help to engage youngsters in our American history and bring the stories to life. The programs, geared towards ages 3-10, are free and open to the public. All youth must be accompanied by an adult.
Miss Brenda’s Preschool Story Time
November 4, 1:15pm – 1:45p Charleston Carnegie Public Library .Miss Brenda’s Preschool Story time will be held beginning September 16, 2019, and end on December 2, 2019. The same program will be presented 3 times. Twice on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:00 am and from 1:15 to 1:45 pm. Repeating on Tuesdays at 10:30. All three story times will be in the Craft Room in Kidspace. Children ages 3-5 are invited to join Miss Brenda for stories and crafts reflecting the fun associated with fall. This is a free program, open to the public. A library card is not needed to attend.
Session 3: November 4-25th, 3:30-5pm (Mondays) for ages 9-14. $25/child. At Jefferson School, Mrs. Cline’s room. The Charleston Rec Dept & CUSD are teaming up to offer a unique LEGO opportunity. Join other LEGO fanatics in learning how to create and program super robots. Sessions will work on improving your programming and building skills. Sign up: 217-345-6897 or www.charlestonillinois.org.
November 5- February 27th 5:30p-7p Tuesday and Thursday. 50$ per person for 1st-8th grade. Join coaches at the CHS West Gym located at 1615 Lincoln Ave. There your littles can learn about wrestling for all skill sets and prep for the season. Sign up: 217-345-6897 or www.charlestonillinois.org.
Wall Hanging DIY
Nov 6th, 6-7:30pm, 25$ per person. Learn some new tips and tricks of weaving and crafts. Learn how to Loom and make a DIY one as well! The event will take place in Charleston City Hall Basement @ 520 Jackson Ave. To register, visit website www.charlestonillinois.com or call 217-345-6897.
Under the Sea Family Dance
November 9th, 7-9pm, ages 4 and up with adults. 25/couple, 10$ additional children. Take your little to a night out dancing and snacking while WEIU TV & FM mixes up some popular hits. Register by Thurs. Nov 5 at 5pm. Event will be at the CHS Cafeteria. Use north entrance. To register, visit website www.charlestonillinois.org or call 217-345-6897.
Make and Take
November 9, 10:30am – 4:00pm or while supplies last. Kids under eight, please bring a grown-up to help. Drop in to make one, some, or all of our crafts, then take them home! Located in the KidSpace Atrium at the Charleston Library. Info: 217.345.4913 KidSpace: 217.345.1514 Fax: 217.348.5616.
Girls on the Run
November 9, at 9:00 am at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA, 221 N 16th St Mattoon, IL 61938. Girls on the Run of East Central Illinois will host its 5k event to celebrate Girl-Hood. During the ten-week program, girls participate in lessons that foster confidence, build peer connections and encourage community service while they prepare for an end-of-season celebratory 5k event. Come and support fellow girls!
Mattoon Veteran’s Day Parade
November 11 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Ceremony at Peterson Park (6th Street and Broadway Avenue) at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome following the parade to meet at Peterson Park and participate in the Veteran’s Day Ceremony.
November 11 from 10a.m. – Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 4-6. Fee – $6/Non-Member, $4/Member. You will go where the wind blows to find Leaf Man on this morning adventure that includes story time, leaf collecting, leaf matching, and a leaf craft! It will “leaf” kids wanting to explore more in nature! Registration required. To register online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the nature center at 217-235-4644.
November 11 from 10a.m. – 3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. Fee – $12/Non-Member, $10/Member. What a great way to honor Veteran’s Day by learning about a symbol of our freedom – the Bald Eagle! Participants will use their eagle eye to spot the differences between our raging raptors . . . eagles, hawks, and falcons. Please dress for indoor and outdoor play. Participants must bring a sack lunch. Registration required. To register online, email email@example.com or call the nature center at 217-235-4644.
Family Movie Toy Story 4
November 12, 4pm – 6pm located in the Charleston Carnegie Public Library. Families, come and watch “Toy Story 4” Rated G, with us on the Big Screen in Rotary Room. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks! Children under 8 must bring an adult. This program is open to the public; no library card required.
Teen Movie Shazam!
November 14, 4:00pm – 6:30pm. Charleston Carnegie Public Library. Teens, come and watch “Shazam!” (PG-13) on our big screen in Rotary Room B. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks! This free program is for teens ages 13-18.
Kids Chess Club
November 16th and 30th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the Mattoon Public Library in the Programing Room. Kids Chess Club is an opportunity for kids from grades 2 through 12 to come and play against other players of their own age or to learn the basics of the game.
November 19, 4pm – 5pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library. Craftivity is for Middle and High Schoolers and this craft will be Pendulum Painting! In the spirit of friendship and collaborative art, we are going to create a giant painting using a suspended bottle of paint whirling around & flinging paint.
November 21, 4pm – 5pm. Charleston Carnegie Public Library in Rotary Room A. This event is for Grades K-8. Kids under eight, please bring a grownup. If you love Legos, join us as we build together, take on challenges, show off building skills, and just have fun.
November 22-December 25. Holidays in Mattoon mean Lightworks in Peterson Park. Drive through Peterson Park to see the light displays, many animated. Open each evening at 5pm till 9pm Sun.-Thurs. and till 10pm Friday and Saturday. FREE admission, donations welcome.
Candy Cane Christmas Parade
November 23rd at 1pm. Parade line up begins at noon at 21st Street and Western Avenue. Line up for the holiday festivities in Mattoon! For more information, visit www.mattoon.illinois.gov.
THE TURKEY BALL
November 27 from 10a.m. – Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 4-6. Fee – $6/Non-Member, $4/Member. Gobble and wobble during the turkey ball! This turkey ball will be featuring a story, craft, game, dancing and other totally turkey activities. It wouldn’t be complete without a classic Thanksgiving treat – pumpkin pie! Registration required. To register online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the nature center at 217-235-4644.
GOBBLE ‘TIL YOU WOBBLE
November 27 from 10a.m. – 3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. Fee – $12/Non-Member, $10/Member. During school breaks kids need to run wild – just like turkeys do! Join us for a fun day of games, crafts, and outdoor exploration as we “hunt” for a Thanksgiving turkey. Plus, kids will make tasty treats to enjoy at their family Thanksgiving celebration. Please dress for indoor and outdoor fun. Participants should bring a sack lunch. Registration required. To register online, email email@example.com or call the nature center at 217-235-4644.
Santa Will Be at the Cross County Mall from November 29th- December 24th.
Lincoln Log Cabin – Old Fashioned Christmas on the Prairie
December 7 at 3:00 PM at the Lincoln Log Cabin. Get away from the bustle of holiday chores and come out to the farms to relax or take a brisk walk around the farms. Let the kids make some crafts, enjoy hot wassail and cookies in the Visitor Center, walk to the Lincoln Farm and smell gingerbread baking and enjoy caroling in the Visitor Center. The Goosenest Prairie Gift Shop will also be open for you to pick up those unique gifts you’ve been looking for. For more information, http://www.lincolnlogcabin.org/.
Family Movie The Polar Express
December 10, 4pm – 6pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library. Families, come and watch “The Polar Express” Rated PG, with us on the Big Screen in Rotary Room B at our Family Movie Afternoon. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks! Free program open to the public, no library card required. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Teen Movie Elf
December 12, 4pm – 6pm at Charleston Carnegie Public Library. Teens, come and watch “Elf” (PG) on our big screen in Rotary Room B. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks! This free program is for teens ages 13-18.