Effingham County Community Events February 2020

Story Time

Every Tuesday, 10:00 am at the Effingham Public Library in the EPL Children’s Programming Room. Join us for stories, songs and lots of fun! *New in 2020! Each week, we will focus on a different letter and each month we will focus on a different color. The color for January is RED. Ages 0-5 with an adult. No Registration Required. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.

Encore Story Time

Every Friday, 10:00 am at the Effingham Public library in the EPL Children’s Programming Room. Join us for an encore performance of our regular Tuesday Story Time fun!  Ages 0-5 with an adult. No Registration Required. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.

World Read Aloud Day

February 1st, 10:00 am at the Effingham Public Library. Join local area teachers from the National Road Reading Council for read aloud stories and cookies in the Children’s Programming Room. No Registration Required. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.

Judy Moody & Stink

February 4th, 10:00 am at the Effingham Performance Center. This show is for kids who are in grades K-3rd grade. Ticket prices are $6. Visit https://www.the-epc.org.  

Cat Café

February 5th, at the Effingham Public Library. Looking to relax this winter? Join us for a One Day Cat Café! We’ll provide warm drinks, snacks, comfortable seating, and, most importantly, cats from the Effingham County Humane Society! Bring a book (or check one out) and settle in! 3 sessions available between 3pm-5pm. Registration Required. Visit http://www.effinghamlibrary.org/ 

Wednesday, 5th  5:00 PM- 5:30 PM

Wednesday, 5th  5:45 PM- 6:15 PM

Wednesday, 5th  6:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Active Story Time

February 6th, 10:00 am and 10:30 am at the Effingham Public Library in the EPL Children’s Programming Room. Think we’re usually a pretty fun place?  Join us for an active story time with Kay Metzelaars. No need to worry about sitting still and quiet when you can be part of the story. Story will begin at 10:00 and repeat at 10:30. Ages 2-5 with an adult. No Registration Required. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.

Annual Effingham RV Show

February 6th-9th at the Village Square Mall. Welcome to the Annual Effingham RV Show! Admission is free! Shriners of Effingham will be cooking the food for sale at the event. All of the food proceeds go to Shriners. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.

Thursday, 6th  10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friday, 7th  10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, 8th  10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday, 9th  12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Big Brothers Big Sisters GLO BINGO Fundraiser

February 7th at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont. Doors open at 6pm, BINGO starts at 7pm. Must be 18 or older to attend. The event will include BINGO with cash prizes, music, cash bar, food for purchase and LOTS of FUN!!! Fee: $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Reserved seating available for purchase online, www.BBBSECGloBingo20.eventbrite.com. Tickets can also be picked up at the Effingham Dairy Queen or the Carriage House in Altamont or contact Christy by phone, 217-540-1413, or email, Christy@joinsomethingbig.org. All proceeds will benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Effingham County program.

Father-Daughter Dance

February 9th at the Effingham Event Center. Spend the afternoon with Dad or Special Guest ~ dancing, dessert, pictures, and fun! Pictures 12:00pm-1:00pm with Dancing from 1:00pm-3:00pm $5.00 Per Person. Return registration form to school or church office with payment by February 6th. Checks should be payable to Sacred Heart Parish. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.

Full Moon Walk

February 9th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Ballard Nature Center. Enjoy an illuminated trail walk in the full moon.  We will have a telescope set up for viewing the moon’s craters. Weather dependent. Pre-register.  Visit www.ballardnaturecenter.org.

Toddler Trot

February 11th & 12th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am at the Ballard Nature Center. Program includes book, games, craft, and walk dependent on weather.  For kids ages 2-5 with adult. Visit www.ballardnaturecenter.org.

Build It!

February 13th, 10:00 am at the Effingham Public Library in the EPL Children’s Programming Room. Come play with all of the library’s Duplos and Lincoln Logs! No Registration Required. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.

Galentine’s Day Party

February 13th, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM at Joe Sippers Café. You are most excitedly invited to celebrate Galentine’s Day with the best bunch of gals around!! My hero, Leslie Knope, throws her annual “Galentine’s Day” party for her female friends, celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day! I want to bring that spirit into our lives!! We all have some seriously incredible gal friends, moms, sisters, soul mates, so let’s get together!! Bring your bestie, bring your smile, bring a small Galentine’s Day gift if it compels you (think: grade school Valentine style), bring your hugs (with recipient consent) and enjoy some empowering time with your Galentines!! Share your visions, cheer on your friends, and catch up on each other’s lives. Emily, owner at Joe Sippers, (high-five to this gal) is providing coffee and tea and a few snacks! Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.

Art and a Story

February 14th, 4:00 pm at the Effingham Public Library at the EPL Children’s Programming Room. Join us for stories and an accompanying art project. This month’s theme is the heart! Ages 5-9. Registration is required and you can register at or call 217-342-2464 http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsRegister.cfm?SiteID=4680&BranchID=1000002280&Branch=EPL%20Children%27s%20Programming%20Room&EventID=403964&PK.

The Unloved Animals

February 14th at 5:00 pm-7:30 pm at the Ballard Nature Center. Kids ages 6-10 are invited to come learn about the less popular animals in nature. Included is a pizza party and Valentine cookie decorating. $5 per child and Pre-register. Visit https://www.ballardnaturecenter.org/events/2020-02/.

Rhyme Time

February 20th, 10:00 am and 10:30 am at the Effingham Public Library in the Children’s Programming Room. Join us for rhymes, songs, and lots of fun! No Registration Required. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.

The Magic School Bus (Lost in the Solar System)

February 20th, 10:00 am at the Effingham Performance Center. This show is for kids who are in grades K-3rd grade. Ticket prices are $6. Visit https://www.the-epc.org.

Funny Business

A Comedy Show at the Effingham Performance Center, Sponsored by the CEO Class. February 22nd, 2020. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Visit www.the-epc.org

Leaping Animals

February 23rd at 1:00 pm at the Ballard Nature Center. It is a leap year!!  Get into the spirit by joining us to learn about animals that leap.  Lots of fun activities and games.  Family program. Pre-register. Visit www.ballardnaturecenter.org.

Sensory Play

February 27th, 10:00 am at the Effingham Public Library in the Children’s Programming Room. Join us for messy, mushy, sensory play.  We’ll have activities available throughout the children’s area. Ages 2-5 with an adult No Registration Required. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.

2020 LETR Effingham Polar Plunge

February 29th, 10:00 AM  at  Lake. #LeapIntoLakeSara on Leap Day, February 29th, 2020 and #BeBoldGetCold for Special Olympics Illinois – Region I! The 16th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at Lake Sara in Effingham provides funding for the year-round Sports Competitions, Trainings, Healthy Athletes’ Initiatives, Family Fun Events, and Young Athletes programs in Region I, including Effingham and the surrounding counties. To register, visit www.plungeillinois.com. For more information, call Vanessa at 217-345-2424 or email vduncan@soill.org.

Special Story Time-Dr. Seuss Day

March 2nd, 10:00 am at the Effingham Public Library in the Children’s Programming Room. Join us for stories by Dr. Seuss and a special craft! Ages 2 to 5 with an adult. No Registration Required. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.

Active Story Time

March 5th, 10:00 am and 10:30 am at Effingham Public Library in the Children’s Programming Room. Think we’re usually a pretty fun place?  Join us for an active story time with Kay Metzelaars. No need to worry about sitting still and quiet when you can be part of the story. Story will begin at 10:00 and repeat at 10:30. Ages 2-5 with an adult. No Registration Required. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.

Art and a Story for ages 5 to 9

March 9th, 4:00 pm at the Effingham Public Library in the Children’s Programming Room. Join us for stories and an accompanying art project. This month, we’ll be talking about trees! Ages 5-9. Registration Required and registration begins Feb. 18th. Visit http://www.effinghamlibrary.org/.  

Build It!

March 12th, 10:00 am at the Effingham Public Library in the Children’s Programming Room. Calling all builders!  Join us for an hour of free building with the library’s many construction toys. Ages 2 to 5 with an adult No Registration Required. Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.