Virtual Kid’Athlon is a mini-triathlon for kids ages 5-12 years. Complete and time your own events in swimming, biking and running throughout the month of September. Compete on your own pace and own course. See suggested routes and locations below. After completing all three race segments, log your results here to show off your times! Pre-registration required.
AGE5-12 yrs. oldDATESept. 1-30FEE$20/child
Wednesdays: Hungry Humpdays at the Zoo
Every Wednesday in September, bring four canned/nonperishable food items per person to receive $3 off admission (may not be combined with any other discounts or coupons). All food donations help support Ozarks Food Harvest during Hunger Action Month.
AGEAll agesDATEWed., Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30TIME9 a.m.-5 p.m.LOCATIONDickerson Park ZooFEE$15/adults and teens, $10/children 3-12 yrs., $12/60 yrs. and up, Free/Children 2 and under and FOZ members
Gigs in the Garden Concert Series
Musical guests perform outdoors each Sunday in October. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Donations to Friends of the Garden benefit garden projects.
AGEAll AgesDATESept. 20: Marideth SiscoOct. 4: Kevin CottOct. 11: The Fresh Faces: Ivy Nix, Aaron Mayer, Avery MannOct.18: The Breakfast SidesOct.25: Kentucky 31TIMESun., 2 p.m.FEEFree
Pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
AGEAll agesDATESept. 26-Oct. 25TIMETues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.LOCATIONRutledge-Wilson Farm ParkFEEFree admission, pumpkin prices based on weight.
Corn has never been so ear-resistible! Get lost in our corn maze (may take an hour).
AGEAll agesDATESept. 26-Oct. 25TIMETues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.LOCATIONRutledge-Wilson Farm ParkFEEFree
Ritter Springs Camping Weekend
A fun overnight campout at beautiful Ritter Springs Park. Includes canoeing, hiking, archery and more. Dinner & breakfast provided. Some camping equipment available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships may be available to youth 18 years and under. Register by Oct. 1.
AGEAll agesDATEOct. 2-3TIMEFri., 5 p.m.-Sat., 12 p.m.LOCATIONRitter Springs ParkFEE$10/Person
Swim in a pool full of pumpkins and pick out the perfect one! Then take home a decorating kit with paints and stickers to decorate your pumpkin. View flyer.
AGE2-14 yrs.DATESun., Oct. 18TIME4-5 p.m.LOCATIONDoling Aquatic CenterFEE$10/Member, $20/Non-member
Training for the Trot
Be a part of Springfield’s Thanksgiving Day Tradition! Get ready for the 26th Annual Turkey Trot 5K by training with a group at Dan Kinney Park. 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. Program fee includes registration for Turkey Trot and a Training for the Trot t-shirt. Training will be held outside and will observe physical distancing. Register by Oct. 1. Download registration form.
AGE16 yrs. and upDATEOct. 1-Nov. 19TIMEThurs., 5:30 p.m.FEE$45/Participant
26th Annual VIRTUAL Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
Join Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition VIRTUALLY! All participants receive a memorable virtual long-sleeved t-shirt. Run or walk at your own pace and upload your time for prizes. Trophies for overall winners and medals for each age group. Build up your Thanksgiving appetite while benefiting the Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Bring five items or five pounds of food to donate to Ozarks Food Harvest.
AGEAll AgesDATENov. 26-29FEE$20/Adult, $15/Child