Let Campus Recreation help make your next party one to remember! Whether you want to glide on the ice at the Ice Arena, splash in the water at the Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE) indoor pool, or dangle in the air at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) rock climbing wall — there’s bound to be a party to meet your needs. Plus, with flexible party packages available, you can customize a plan that fits your event perfectly.

Past gatherings have included birthday parties, post-graduation celebrations, scouting events, and community and church socials, but we’re available for other occasions as well.

CRCE Aquatic Center

Want to throw a pool party regardless of the weather outside? Then celebrate your special occasion with a party at CRCE’s Aquatic Center complete with a heated leisure pool, waterslide and bubble benches. Each two-hour party package includes access to the pool area, as well as a private party room.

For more info about your Aquatic Center party, please call (217) 244-3998 or view the Party Agreement (PDF).

Please note all pool party packages are scheduled during Campus Recreation operating hours.

Scheduled pool parties will take place during open swim hours and other Campus Recreation members will be permitted access to the aquatic center. Pool party reservations do not constitute as a private rental for the pool area, but reservations will have exclusive access to our private party room.

CRCE Aquatic Center parties are not available at this time.


  • Maximum of 15 swimmers.
  • Members: $115
  • Non-Members: $145


  • Saturdays/Sundays:
    1-3 pm or 4-6 pm

ARC Climbing Wall

Throw a party that’s anything but ordinary at the ARC’s state-of-the-art Climbing Wall. Our packages include 2 hours of climbing with 2 qualified belayers and a party area adjacent to the wall. Additionally, all equipment is provided and included in the price.

Recommended for ages 7 and up.

For more info on the Climbing Wall, please call (217) 244-3998 or view the Party Agreement (PDF).


  • Maximum of 20 climbers
  • Members: $150
  • Non-Members: $195


  • Saturdays/Sundays:
    Noon – 2 p.m.

Interested in more climbers or different times? Email us at outdoorrec@illinois.edu.

ARC Instructional Kitchen

Host your next party in the Kitchen! Baking together is a great way to celebrate or just spend time with friends. This party combines food, fun, and wellness for all ages. During this party, participants will utilize the ARC Instructional Kitchen to make their own personal pizzas, decorate their own cupcakes, try out a variety of healthy snack options, and learn how nutrition is fun and tasty! Parties are 2 hours and all food is included.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

For more info on the Instructional Kitchen, please call (217) 244-3998.

*Please contact us with any food-related allergies or sensitivities a minimum of two weeks in advance of your requested reservation. We will do our best to accommodate but we have a predefined menu for birthday parties. Please contact Alana Harris at apharri2@illinois.edu for any additional questions.


  • Maximum of 8 participants ages 6-7, 10 participants ages 8-9 and 12 participants ages 10-12 years old.
  • Members: $135
  • Non-Members: $170


  • Saturdays/Sundays:
    10 am-Noon or 1-3 pm

Ice Arena Skating Party

Have the coolest party ever! All packages are available during public skating times. Other special discounts from the Center Ice Cafe may be available for your group.

To make arrangements and reserve your Skating Party, call (217) 333-2212 or complete the online Skating Party Request Form.

Basic Party Package

  • $60 Members – up to 8 skaters
  • $75 Non-Members – up to 8 skaters
  • Each Additional Skater:
    $5 Member / $5.50 Non-Member


  • Admission and skate rental.
  • Private area will be available throughout the skating session.
  • 1 reserved table per 8 people.


  • All parties require a $50 deposit and children must be escorted by their guardians to the party location.
  • An expedited processing fee of $25 will be added to parties booked within 10 days for Climbing Wall, Aquatic Center, Kitchen and Ice Arena Deluxe parties. With the exception of Ice Arena Basic parties, no other party reservations will be taken within 2 days of the requested date.
  • Call for special accommodations for groups of 20 or more.
  • *No substitutions can be made. Outside food is allowed. Prices do not vary.
  • *Cancellation Policy:
    • If the party is cancelled 10 days or more before the scheduled date, a full refund will be given.
    • If the party is cancelled within 3-10 days of the scheduled date, a 50% refund will be given.
    • If the party is cancelled within 2 days of the scheduled date no refund will be given.

These packages not fitting your needs? Check out our Facility Rentals to see what else is available for groups.