Saturday, Sept. 30 Harvest Fest Kicks Off at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

Five weekends of fall-themed fun at the farm! Meander through the corn maze, take a hayride, pick your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch, ride the Cow Train or Grain Train, try your luck at carnival games, bounce on inflatables and much more as you enjoy this Midwest fall tradition! Event runs weekends Sept., 30- Oct. 29. Sat., 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sun., Noon-6 p.m. Bring your McDonald’s receipt for a free corn maze admission!

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Sat., Sept. 30 Deadline for Training for the Trot

Nervous about running a 5K? This is designed for individuals who want to run a 5K race for the first time, get back to running or who want to train with a group. We help you get ready for the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K by training with a group at Dan Kinney Park. Training is Thursdays at 6 p.m. from Oct. 6-Nov. 16. Program fee includes registration for Turkey Trot and a Training for the Trot t-shirt. Register by Sept. 30. Fee $45, which includes Turkey Trot registration.

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Saturday, Sept. 30 McDonald's Day at the Zoo

Half-price zoo admission for all on Sat., Sept. 30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Tae Kwon Do at Dan Kinney, Doling, and Chesterfield Family Centers

Basic martial arts techniques, beginning through advanced students. Instructor-led classes emphasis these essential training principles: be polite, be patient, be alert, be brave, do your best., respect yourself and others. Fee is $30/members or $40/non-members.
Dan Kinney Family Center: Oct. 9-Nov. 1; Mon. and Wed., at 7:30-8:30 p.m. for 6 yrs. and up. - Read More

Doling Family Center: Oct. 3-26; Tues. and Thurs. 6-7 p.m. for 6 yrs. and up. - Read More

Chesterfield Family Center: By Next Level Sport Karate: Oct. 4-26; Wed. and Thurs. 6:30-7:30 p.m. for beginners, and 7:30-8:30 p.m. for advanced and for 7 yrs. and up. - Read More






Tues., Oct. 3 Horseback Riding Introduction with HorseSHOE

Come to Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center where children (7-16 yrs.) can learn safety around horses and basic grooming, saddling and riding techniques. Eight students/class. Horses and helmets provided. Session runs Tuesdays, Oct. 3-24; Homeschool session from 10-11 a.m. and youth 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fee: $60/4 group lessons

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Wednesday, Oct. 4 Wild Things at Dan Kinney Family Center

Each Wednesday in October from 4:30-5:15 p.m. children 2-6 yrs. will listen to a new book about nature, have a nature inspired craft and lead participants in a nature walk through Dan Kinney Park. Fee is $10/session for members or $15/session for non-members.

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Friday, Oct. 6 Romance in the Garden Moonlight Masquerade

Dress in costume surrounded in the romantic setting of the Japanese Garden. Take a rare nighttime stroll from 6-9 p.m. in the beautiful Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, decorated with candles, lanterns and music playing. Floating wishing lanterns available for purchase. Admission is $10/individual or $15/couple, extra fee for pre-ordered picnic baskets. Pre-order picnic basket and tickets through friendsofthegarden.org

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Saturday, Oct. 7 Twilight Masquerade for Families

Bring the kids, come in costume or make a costume in the decorated Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and enjoy the garden from 5-7 p.m. Floating wishing lanterns available for purchase. Music from favorite movies and musicals will be playing.

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Thursday, Oct. 12 Trail of Honor Dedication

Join Ozark Greenways, the Missouri Veterans Commission, and the C.W. Titus Foundation from 2-3 p.m. for the dedication of the newest trail section of the James River Greenway, the Trail of Honor, located in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. This is the first recreational trail in the country spanning a veteran’s cemetery. Winding along the serene James River valley, this portion of greenway will be a contemplative place through which to honor veterans who served in all our nation’s military branches. Come to this patriotic celebration by bike or on foot, if possible. Free event.

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Saturday, Oct. 14 Stroll-A-Thon and Bike It!

Come to dressed for Halloween and decorate your ride for a parade at Dan Kinney Family Center from 9-11:30 a.m. Games, snacks, and prizes for best costumes and decorations. We'll also focus on safe riding in driveways, roads, and neighborhoods. Free event for the whole family!

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Saturday, Oct. 14 CODP Golf Tournament

Support area athletes with the Greater Springfield Community Olympic Development Program’s Golf Tournament. Check-in 11-11:45 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. 4-person scramble. $25/Junior (7-12th grade) or $100/Junior team; $85/Adult or $340/Adult team. Door prizes, silent auction, and prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin. Entry includes range balls and lunch. Juniors may play with adults.

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Thursday, Oct. 18 Roadmap to Learning Adventures at the Botanical Center

Are you a teacher? Please join us for this free session for teachers on resources in our community to assist in planning field education and hands-on learning from 4-6 p.m. Learn what the City of Springfield, the Park Board, museums and other area attractions can offer for your classes.

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Friday, Oct. 20 Ozark Highlands Trail Backpacking Trip

Rated as one of the top-ten hiking trails In the U.S., the OHT offers 165 miles of trail through beautiful Ozark hardwood and pine forests. For this excursion, we will backpack 14 miles from Haw Creek Falls Recreation area to Chancel Trailhead in the Hurricane Creek Wilderness Area. Trip runs Fri., Oct. 20 at 12 p.m.- Sun., Oct. 22 till 5 p.m. This is a moderate-to-strenuous level trip, so physical fitness is a must. Transportation included. Major gear available for rent. Gear lists and meal planning help are available. For 16 yrs., and up (16-17 yrs., with an adult) Fee $50/Person.

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Saturday, Oct. 21 Kids' Beginning Dance at Doling Family Center

Basic Ballet and Jazz. Ages 5-10 yrs., with less than two sessions of dance experience. Session runs Oct. 21-Dec. 9 (No class Nov. 25), Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. Fee is $30/Members; $40 Non-Members.

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Saturday, Oct. 21 Tiny Dancers at Doling Family Center

Kids 3-4 yrs. can learn the basic movements of ballet while having a lot of fun. Session runs Saturdays, Oct. 21-Dec. 9 from 9-9:45 a.m. Fee is $30/Members; $40 Non-Members.

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Sunday, Oct. 22 Garden Concert Series at Springfield Botanical Gardens

Come listen to Patrick Mureithi perform at 3 p.m. at the new Peace Through People Pavilion inside Springfield Botanical Gardens. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Concert is free but a $10 donation is appreciated and benefits garden projects.

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Monday, Oct. 23 Try Archery Program

Allows beginners of any age an opportunity to shoot a limited number of arrows under the supervision of an instructor. Archery session runs from 6-7 p.m. and equipment is provided. Fee is $5/one-hour class.

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Friday, Oct. 27 Kids' Night Out at Dan Kinney Family Center

Parents, need a night out without the kids? Leave your kids (ages 5-12) with us at Dan Kinney Family Center while you have an evening to yourself, Fri., Oct., 27 from 5-8:30 p.m. Kids will enjoy crafts, pizza dinner and watch the movie Hotel Transylvania. Fee is $7/member or $10/non-member.

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