Classes & Activities

What We Offer

X-Time offers a variety of classes and activities, so children can explore new areas and embrace their curiosity. 

X-Time began offering free, online classes during the pandemic, taught by university professors, published authors, business owners, and teachers. Over forty online classes were offered, with more than 300 student registrations. Topics included engineering, creative writing, performing arts, math, martial arts, yoga, acting, cooking, coding, gymnastics, and so much more.

X-Time now offers in person classes and activities! Come join X-Time for STEAM activities at park district events, the Urbana Farmers’ Market, and classes at its X-PLORE Station in the Martens Center in Champaign. All classes and activities are free, and check out the schedule below for more information.

upcoming classes:

Full STEAM Ahead
Thursday, March 16th, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm

Come join us for an engaging science-inspired free class led by X-Time and the University of Illinois at the Martens Center. To register, please visit: 

Full STEAM Ahead
Thursday, April 6th, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm

Come join us for a free, hands-on STEAM activity and “soar” to new heights! To register, please visit:


“My daughter loved the STEM building challenge with toothpicks and marshmallows led by X-Time at the park district event. The volunteers were so nice and encouraging. We can’t wait to do another class!” Erin 2022

“X-TIME is such an amazing online opportunity!! The various classes are very engaging! The 30 minute time frame is just right! My children(6 and 8) love getting to see new faces in our community and they love the learning activities!” -Robyne 2021

previous classes:

Full STEAM Ahead at the Martens Center

Building Challenges at Champaign Park District Flannel Fest

Aerodynamics with Paper Airplanes at Urvana, Urbana Park District’s Mobile Unit

Nature-Inspired Art at Champaign Park District West Side Arts

Martial Arts lead by Dragon Claw Academy

Acting lead by Class Act

Creative Writing with Alice McGinty

Yoga lead by Amara Yoga

Gymnastics with Champaign Gymnastics Academy

Music lead by Sam’s Cello Studio

Ballet with Champaign Ballet Academy

Math with Grace Jaffe, PhD candidate at the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics

Little Medical School

Halloween Party

Martial Arts lead by Leaders for Life

Hip Hop lead by Urbana Fine Arts

Create & Communicate with Confidence lead by Erin Tarr

Winter Celebration

Does this have DNA?

Drawing Class for Kids

Valentine’s Day Party

Dance Class lead by The University of Illinois Department of Dance

The Science and Engineering of Chocolate lead by Dr. Kim and Dr. Dave Henthorn from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Spanish lead by Maestra Flores

Biology Bites lead by three University of Illinois graduate students in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Creative Writing lead by children’s author Ted Sanders

How to Plant lead by the University of Illinois Horticulture Club

Cardboard Automata and Light Up Name Plate Creation with the Fab Lab

Young Artists Studio: Paper Cut-Outs with The Urbana Free Library

Science Exploration with the University of Illinois Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (GEEB)

Paper Art: Winter Scene Kit with The Urbana Free Library

Mammal Fun! with The Urbana Free Library

Jump into Science: Crystallization with The Urbana Free Library

PoeTREE Fun! with The Urbana Free Library

Free Comic Book Day with The Urbana Free Library

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