SPARC (School-Parks Are Reaching Communities) is a partnership between the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Springfield Public Schools, promoting opportunities for youth and families through after-school and recreational enrichment, summer camps, intramural sports and more. Most SPARC programs are conducted at school-park sites. Scholarships may be available. Visit ParkBoard.org/Scholarships for details.
SPARC offers sports leagues in basketball, soccer and volleyball. Visit our sports page for information and registration forms on current leagues offered.
Before and After School Programs
SPARC Before and After School Program is a licensed child care program that provides a great opportunity for your child to learn and grow both before and after school through a variety of clubs, sports, enrichment activities, homework help, and mentoring. The program provides:
- Snack Time: A healthy after school snack and 100% Juice are provided.
- Social Time: A chance for friends to catch up, talk about their day, and unwind.
- Games and Activities: Every day provides a different activity, or choice of activities that work on a core physical, mental, or enrichment element. SPARC focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship, strategy, critical thinking, and more!
- Homework Time: We give the students a chance to work on any homework from the day, study for any tests, or ask the staff for any specific help with an assignment.
- Special Events: Movies, pizza parties, and cookouts!
AGEGrades K-6TIME6:30 a.m.-School Begins; School dismissal-6 p.m.BEFORE & AFTER SITESHarrison, Truman, Watkins, Westport, & Wilson’s CreekAFTER ONLY SITESCherokee, & WilliamsFEEBEFORE SCHOOL: $16/Week/Child (4 days); AFTER SCHOOL: $32/Week/Child (4 days)
SPARC will provide a safe environment and assistance with virtual learning every Wednesday. Each child needs to bring their school-issued supplies and headphones to participate in virtual learning activities. Masks are required. This program is only available to students currently enrolled in SPARC Before and After programs. View flyer.
AGEGrades K-8TIMEWednesdays, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.LOCATIONHarrison, Truman, Westport, & Wilson’s Creek (Details vary; see flyer for details)FEE$20/Child/Day
School’s Out Program
Don’t sit around bored while school is out. Join us for a fun-filled day of field trips, camp-style activities and memories that last a lifetime! Due to ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts, only students currently enrolled in SPARC before- and after-school are eligible for single-day programs (Jan. 18 and Feb. 15.)
AGE5-12 yrs.DATEMon., Jan. 18; Mon., Feb. 15; Spring Break (March 12, 15-19)TIME7 a.m.-6 p.m.LOCATIONFeb. 15 at Wilson's Creek; Spring Break location TBAFEE$20/Child per day
Counselor in Training
Is your teen looking for a great summer experience where they’ll have fun working with elementary age children while learning valuable leadership skills? The CIT program is a wonderful opportunity where teens will assist with daily operation of our summer camp programs. They will help facilitate activities with the kids while gaining self-confidence, job experience, and a sense of responsibility. Successful participation as a CIT in the summer SPARC program can be used as work experience, professional reference, and a lead toward future employment. View flyer.
AGE13-15 yrs.RESERVEby Fri., March 5DATESMay 24-Aug. 13FEE$30/Week
Ritter Springs Challenge Program
The Ritter Springs Challenge program will inspire your team to effectively communicate, support each other, solve problems together, and develop stronger relationships. Individually, we will build everyone's self-confidence, awareness of strengths and limitations, trust, stress management skills, and respect for each other. The highlight of our program is our Challenge Course set in the quiet and natural setting of the 245-acre Ritter Springs Park. Our Challenge Course provides a low risk, but challenging element to our teambuilding program that will have your group walking cable ropes, negotiating obstacles, and balancing on elements built close to the ground. Call to schedule for your team or group 874-2412
View Participant Information Letter | View Registration Form | View Liability Waiver and Medical Release Form
Ages 5 yrs. and upBy appointment, year-round
Time varies, call for details$50 non-refundable deposit
$15/ person for 3-hour session
$25/ person for 6-hour session
Art-C Paint - March
Attention artists! ART-C at Home is here to help you create your very own canvas masterpiece with no experience required. Register for this step-by-step virtual painting class which includes an art kit with everything you need: canvas, paint, brushes, and an apron! A video tutorial by a certified art teacher will be available for download immediately upon packet pick-up, March 23 or 25. View flyer.
AGE5 yrs. and upRESERVEby Fri., March 19PICKUPTues., March. 23 at Oak Grove Community Center; Thurs., March 25 at SPARC OfficeFEE$30/Kit