Thank you!

Thank you to our safety experts, participants, volunteers, donors and attendees - you helped make the 21st annual Playing It Safe a success! Despite the rain and early storms, we were able to continue our event inside Leonhard Rec Center - and later outside - hosting more than 700 children and families. Please take a look at our event photos on Facebook. We'll see you in 2018!

What You Learned at Playing It Safe

  • 911, what you need to know! (Metcad 911)
  • Animal Control (Urbana Police)
  • Bike safety inspection (Carle Security)
  • Build-your-own first aid kit (Carle Trauma Services)
  • Call before you dig / underground dangers (J.U.L.I.E.)
  • Carle Arrow Ambulance
  • Child passenger and work zone safety (Illinois Department of Transportation)
  • Child seat safety check by certified technicians (Safe Kids)
  • Crime scene unit (Champaign Police)
  • Easing parental stress for safe & healthy kids (Crisis Nursery)
  • Emergency kits (Carle Therapy)
  • Emergency preparedness (American Red Cross)
  • Emergency trivia (Champaign Co. Medical Reserve Corps)
  • Fire safety house (Champaign Fire)
  • Fire trucks
  • Firearm safety (Urbana Police)
  • Food allergy awareness (Carle Food Allergy Education Program)
  • Head and brain safety (Carle Stroke)
  • Healthy eating and movement (Child Care Resource Service)
  • Hearing safety (Carle ECHO)
  • Helmet fitting and sales (CU Safe Routes to School)
  • Illinois Child ID station (Eastern Area Masonic Lodge)
  • Internet safety (Office of the Attorney General)
  • Keep your money safe and growing (U of I Extension)
  • "Life Goes On" organ/tissue donation registry (Illinois Secretary of State)
  • Never leave a child alone / Trunk entrapment (Safe Kids)
  • Pet poison prevention (ASPCA)
  • Playing it safe with health insurance (Health Alliance Medical Plans)
  • Poison safety and prevention (Illinois Poison Center / Carle ER)
  • Preparing for bad weather (CCEMA)
  • Proper handwashing (Carle Nursing)
  • Proper hydration (Carle Sports Med)
  • Railroad safety (Operation Lifesaver)
  • Seatbelt check (Safe Kids)
  • Self defense with radKIDS
  • Sharing the road (Champaign County Farm Bureau Women's Committee)
  • “Spot the Tot” blind spot awareness / OnStar (Safe Kids)
  • Storm simulator (Urbana Fire)
  • Stuffee (Carle)
  • SWAT Team and weapons display (Champaign Police)
  • Sun safety (Carle Pediatrics & NICU)
  • Water safety (Carle Pediatrics & NICU)
  • Water rescue (Champaign Park District)

family Fun & Entertainment

  • Action Inflatables bounce house
  • DJ Fireproof, Phil Edwards
  • "I Played It Safe!" photo opportunity
  • Mommy & baby feeding area
  • Prizes - hourly, grand prize, and giveaways

Prize Donors

  • Applebee's Grill in Champaign
  • AMC Champaign 13
  • Cardinal Pool
  • Champaign Cycle Co
  • Champaign Park District
  • Champaign Walmart
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Cookies by Design
  • C-U Safe Routes to School
  • Durst Cycle and Fitness
  • Great Harvest Bread Co
  • I-Power School of Gymnastics
  • Kurt Lenschow, State Farm Agent
  • Meatheads Burgers and Fries
  • Neutral Cycle
  • Old Orchard Lanes
  • Putt Zone Fun Center
  • Safe Kids Champaign County
  • Savoy Walmart
  • Skateland
  • Target
  • Urbana Walmart
  • University of Illinois Campus Ice Arena
  • Za's Italian Cafe

Event Donors

  • Action Inflatables
  • Champaign Park District
  • Champaign Public Works
  • CUMTD
  • Health Alliance
  • Hendrick House
  • Herriott's Rents Tents Events
  • Home City Ice
  • Prairie Farms Urbana
  • Republic Services
  • Sonic Drive-In

Event Partners

  • Safe Kids Champaign County
  • WDWS/WHMS/WKIO
  • Sonic Drive-In