This Month in Parks - January 2019

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Jan. 2-20: Family Center Fitness Special!

Ready to get fit? Try out Chesterfield, Dan Kinney or Doling family centers for a free week trial! Then join (or renew) to receive a free bonus month. Offer ends Jan. 20. Some restrictions apply. Visit any Family Center for details. Join us Sat., Jan. 12: Doling Group Exercise Expo: Not sure which class is right for you? This free fitness expo gives a taste of many group exercise classes offered at the Doling Family Center. Come try lots of fun classes to in one stop, 9-11 a.m. for 16 yrs. and up.


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SPARC Winter Basketball

Got kids 3 yrs. to 6th grade? Skills and Drills is a fun program for kids 3-5 yrs. to learn how to play ball. And SPARC Youth Basketball is for those that are K-6th. Session runs Jan. 27-March 2. Fee is $45/Child. Hurry! Deadline to register is Dec. 30.


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Half-price Wild Winter Fun at Dickerson Park Zoo

Zoo admission is half-price through January: $7 for ages 13 and older and $4.50 for children 3-12. May not be combined with other discounts or offers. Dickerson Park Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Petting zoo, giraffe deck and Titus Express Train are closed for the winter.


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SPARC Snow Day Program at Oak Grove Community Center

When Springfield Public Schools are closed for snow or winter weather, kids 5-12 yrs. may enjoy an activity-filled snow day while you work. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Fee is $17/Child/Day. On-site registration only, space limited to 60 kids.


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Kids’ Tennis at Cooper Tennis Complex

Get started on the basics of tennis, with special rackets and balls designed for little bodies. New indoor classes beginning every month. Kids 5 and up may register for beginning classes or Cooper Tennis Academy. Registration required at 837-5800. Beginning classes are $22/Member, $31/Non-member.


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Lifeguard Training at Chesterfield Family Center

Get certified to work as a lifeguard this summer. Taught by certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors. Class offers certification in Lifeguarding, Water Park, First Aid, CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer. Training includes two full weekends, $160/member, $170/non-member. Scholarships may be available, apply at ParkBoard.org/Scholarships.

Session 1: Jan. 4-5 & 11-12
Session 2: Jan. 18-19 & 25-26



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Jan. 3 or Jan. 7: Tae Kwon Do begins at Doling and Dan Kinney Family Centers

Basic martial arts techniques, beginning through advanced, for students of all ages. Instructor-led classes emphasize: be polite, be patient, be alert, be brave, do our best, respect yourself and others. Fee is $30/Member, $40/Non-member. Mon. and Wed. 7 p.m., starting Jan. 7 at Dan Kinney; Tues. and Thurs., 6 p.m., starting Jan. 3 at Doling.


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Saturdays, Jan. 5-26: Winter Skate Camp at Springfield Skate Park

Got a new skateboard? Develop basic skills while creating new friendships and building confidence. For beginner to intermediate skateboarders ages 7-12, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Space is limited, registration required, $45/skater. Scholarships may be available.


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Sat., Jan. 5-Feb. 2: Tai Chi at Dan Kinney Family Center

Relaxation, focus and balance practices for all experience levels. Saturdays, 10 a.m., for 16 yrs. and up. Fee is $35/Member, $45/Non-member.


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Jan. 6: Stingrays and Mini-Rays Swim Teams begin at Chesterfield Family Center

Stingrays is for swimmers ages 6-18 to get in shape and trained for a summer swim team, with three classes a week. Mini-Rays gets kids ages 4-6 involved in a swim team, with classes on Sundays. Includes stroke basics in a swim team-style setting. $35/Member, $45/Non-member.


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Jan. 8 or 10: Family Learn to Swim and Mommy & Me begin at Chesterfield and Doling Family Centers

Family Learn to Swim is for all ages through Level 2 skills, focusing on swim skills and water safety, with classes twice a week for three weeks. Mommy & Me is weekly pre-swim instruction for babies 6 months to 3 years, with a parent, in the water $40/Member, $50/Non-member.


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Tues., Jan. 8-Feb. 26: Archery at Oak Grove Community Center

Learn the basics of archery to help build stronger, more confident and accomplished kids. For Grade 4 and up, $5/class or $20/session


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Wed., Jan. 9: Garden Story Time at Springfield Botanical Gardens

Preschoolers and their families meet in the Botanical Center for a free garden-themed story time, followed by a fun science-based activity. Story time begins at 10 a.m.


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Tues., Jan. 15: Pickleball for Beginners at Doling Family Center

Try one of the fastest growing sports in America, a cross between tennis and Ping-Pong, played on a short court. All equipment provided. Tuesdays 7-8 p.m., Jan. 15-Feb. 5, for 10 yrs. and up. $20/Member, $30/Non-member.


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Tues., Jan. 15- Sat., March 9: Learn to Skate or Learn to Play Hockey at the Ice Park

Eight-weeks of group skating or hockey instruction, plus eight free public session passes. Taught by USFS and PSA coaches. For all ages. $90 includes skate rental. $16 USFS annual membership required.


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Thurs., Jan. 17: Indoor Wiffleball League begins at Doling Family Center

Bring the back yard indoors, with minimum 3-person teams. Register by Jan. 13. For ages 14 yrs. and up. Thursdays 7:30-9:30 p.m., Jan. 17-March 7 (no games Feb. 14) $110/Team.


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Thurs., Jan. 17 and Jan. 31: Homeschool Horticulture at Springfield Botanical Gardens

Plant-based science programs that supplement home school STEM curriculum. Registration required, space is limited. Thursday 10 a.m., Kindergarten Jan. 17; Grades 1-2 Jan. 31. $3/student.


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Fri., Jan. 18: Kids’ Night at Chesterfield Family Center

Parents enjoy a night out from while kids 5-11 yrs. have supervised fun with friends, swimming, a movie, and pizza. 6-9:30 p.m. $10/Member, $15/Non-member.


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Fri., Jan 18: Try Archery at the Springfield Archery Complex at the Davis Property

Beginners 6 yrs. and older may shoot arrows at targets, with instructor supervision, 5-6 p.m. All equipment is provided. $5/One-hour class.


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Sat.-Sun., Jan. 19-20: Eagle Days at Lake Springfield Boathouse

Learn about eagles and other migratory birds visiting Lake Springfield this winter. Bring binoculars, telephoto cameras or small telescopes, or use equipment provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Indoor eagle programs, crafts and activities also offered by MDC staff and Dickerson Park Zoo at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Free for all ages.


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Sat. & Sun., Jan. 19-20: Ritter Springs Cave Tours

Walk, crawl and slide your way through Bat Cave on this once-a-year caving experience at Ritter Springs Park. Bring headlamps or flashlights and plan to get completely covered in mud. Register by Jan. 18 at 417-833-8647. For ages 12 yrs. and up, $10/person.


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Mon., Jan. 21: SPARC School’s Out Program

Join us for a fun-filled day of exciting field trips, tons of camp-style activities and memories that will last a lifetime! Held at multiple locations. Registration required. For ages 5-12 years old, $12-17/day.


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Mon., Jan. 21: Volunteer Orientation at Springfield Botanical Gardens

Green thumbs not required! If you have a heart for Springfield Botanical Gardens and want to share it with others, learn more about our wide range of opportunities! 10 a.m. and noon. Registration required. Free.


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Jan. 22-Feb. 26: Dog Obedience at Oak Grove Community Center

A great start for you and your dog, with beginning and advanced classes. Proof of vaccination required. Beginning obedience is Tues., 6-7 p.m., $99/6-week session. Advanced obedience is 7-8 p.m., $110/6-week session.


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Wed., Jan. 23: Yoga & Swim at Chesterfield Family Center

A new kid-friendly yoga and swim program to help with balance, control, focus and strength. For grades K-6, 6-8 p.m. Register by Jan. 18. $10/Member, $20/Non-member.


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Sat., Jan. 26: National Skating Month Event at the Ice Park

Free skating (and skate rental!) with coaches on the ice to assist new and beginning skaters of all ages. 1-2:30 p.m.


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Thurs., Jan. 31: Art-C Paint at Chesterfield Family Center

Spend an evening creating a painting, for all ages and abilities! Children under 5 yrs. need to have an adult with them. Bring a friend or a loved one and create a masterpiece together, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Price is per canvas: 30/Member, $40/Non-member, $25/additional canvas.


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