Festival of Lights Free Ice Skating
Free public skating with a $3 skate rental. Mediacom Ice Park 866-7444
All agesNov. 17, 6:45-8:45 p.m.
Nov. 22, 5-6 p.m.
Dec. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Dec. 25, 5-6 p.m.Free with a $3 skate rental
Evening Strolls through the Garden
Walk through the Japanese Garden and take in winter’s subtle beauty highlighted with festive lights. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515
All agesFridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.$4 per adult, free for 12 and under with paid adult
FOG and SSCA members are free
Candy Cane Lane
Drive through the farm and enjoy dazzling farm-themed holiday displays and more than 10,000 lights. Hot cocoa available for purchase. Friday- Sunday nights only. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 537-5949
All agesFridays through Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 16, from 5-8 p.m.$5 per vehicle
Holiday Train Garden Display
The magic of miniature landscapes and moving model trains transforms the Botanical Center atrium into a holiday wonderland. Presented by the Ozarks Garden Railway Society. Donations accepted. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515
All agesDec. 1-31
Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.Free
Kindergarten/1st Grade Winter Break Camp
Take a two-day adventure exploring animals from all around the world. From the tiniest to the largest, come celebrate animals from all walks of life. Dress for weather and bring a sack lunch. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570
Grades K-1December 27 and 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.$75/FOZ Member
Pre-K Day Winter Break Class
Celebrate animals from all walks of life, from itty-bitty to gigantic, and everything in between! Includes animal encounters, snack and craft. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570
4-5 yrs. who have not started K (no parents)Sat., December 29 from 9 a.m.-Noon$20/FOZ Member
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. Lake Springfield Boathouse 891-1550 Springfield Conservation Nature Center888-4237
All agesSaturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 20 from Noon-3 p.m.Free
Ritter Springs Cave Tours
A true caving adventure awaits you on this tour in Ritter Springs Park. Walk, crawl, and slide your way through Bat Cave on this once a year caving experience. Participants should expect to get completely covered in mud. This tour requires extended amounts of crawling in spaces that might be tight. Spots are limited. Participants encouraged to bring headlamps. Register by January 18.
Ages 12 yrs. and upSaturday, January 19 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 20 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.$10/Person
National Skating Month
Free skating with coaches on the ice to assist new and beginning skaters of all ages. Jordan Valley Ice Park 866-7444
All agesSaturday, Jan. 26 from 1-2:30 p.m.Free, includes skate rental
Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour
This exclusive tour includes a full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area, consisting of a hiking tour that highlights the caves of Ritter Springs Park, a walking tour through Giboney Cave in Doling Park, and a boat tour through Sequiota Cave in Sequiota Park. Pack snacks and water. Transportation provided. Participants encouraged to bring headlamps or flashlights. Register by February 8.
Ages 6 yrs. and upFebruary 9 at 11 a.m. (Tour 1) and 12 p.m. (Tour 2)
February 10 at 11 a.m. (Tour 1) and 12 p.m. (Tour 2)$15/Person
Daddy Daughter Dance
Girls, bring your dad, step-dad, grandpa, uncle, or special guy out for a night you’ll always remember. Enjoy a catered dinner, music, dancing, and special surprises with your guest. Event held in the Northview Center Ballroom, adjacent to Doling Family Center. Dance theme is ‘50s Sock Hop. Tickets go on sale Jan. 16. Space is limited. Northview Center 837-5900
3 yrs. and upSaturday, Feb. 23 from 6-9 p.m.$40/Couple
$15/Each Addtl. Girl
Try Hockey for Free Day
Kids interested in ice hockey? Give it a try. We provide coaches and equipment. Skating experience not required, but registration is. Jordan Valley Ice Park 866-7444
10 yrs. and underSaturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.Free
Sequiota Cave Boat Tours
Slowly paddle through Sequiota Cave learning its myths, facts, and history. Dates subject to weather and bat activity. Space is limited. Participants encouraged to bring headlamps or flashlights. Register by March 1 and March 8.
Ages 6 yrs. and upMarch 2-3, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
March 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.$8/Adult
$6/Youth (6-15 yrs.)
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Get your team together and compete in SPARC’s Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Parkview High School. Boys and girls divisions, co-ed teams compete with boys. Register by March 20. Benefits the Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund. SPARC Office 837-5737
Grades 3-8Sunday, March 24
Check-in begins at Noon$50/Team of 304
WOW School at Lake Springfield Park
Have you ever wanted to take your family camping and learn new outdoor skills? Come to Lake Springfield Park for WOW School and join us for an exciting weekend of family camping with over 30 classes teaching outdoor recreation, conservation, nature crafts and much more! Registration opens in February. Space is limited. For more information and to register, visit WondersOfWildlife.org Lake Springfield Park 891-1550
Ages 4 and upFriday, April 5 at 5 p.m. through Saturday, April 6th at 5 p.m.$30/Person - $100/Family of 4
Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival
Celebrate spring with the Springfield Sister Cities Association. Bring a kite to fly or build one with us on the Great Lawn. Whack a piñata nearby. Enjoy Japanese and Mexican children’s crafts at the Botanical Center, and free admission to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden as it reopens for the season. Botanical Gardens 891-1515
All agesSaturday, April 6 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Free admission, $5/Kite Kits
National Zoo Lovers Day & Enrichment EGGstravaganza
Celebrate zoos, and watch the zoo’s animals “hunt” when zookeepers hide papier-mâché eggs filled with treats or use other egg-themed enrichment items. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570
All agesSaturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.$14/13-59 yrs.
$11/60 yrs. and up
Free/2 yrs. and under and FOZ Members
Bass Pro Shops Pre-1840’s Outdoor Days
Come visit the Primitive Skills Village Program Decennial; interactive activities and demonstrations will include Dutchoven cooking, blacksmithing, soap making, woodcarving, and more! Lake Springfield Park 891-1550
All agesSunday, April 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Free
Golf Customer Appreciation and Masters Kick-Off Party
Join the Park Board and kick off the 2019 Masters Tournament at Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course with themed appetizers, demos, contests and other surprises. Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962
All agesWednesday, April 10 from 4-6:30 p.m.Free
Easter at the Farm
A day of family-oriented activities celebrating spring, including arts and crafts, inflatables, yard games and the Easter Bunny. We’ll have more than 20,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes, with individual Easter Egg Hunts throughout the day. Kids are limited to 15 eggs each, while supplies last. Bring your basket, and your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949
3-9 yrs.Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Free (some activities have small fee)