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.
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Pop-Up School's Out
While school is out, kids ages 5-14 enjoy day camp-style activities like groups games, arts and crafts, technology time, playing in the gym and playground time, supervised by SPARC staff. Kids are kept in stable groups of 25 or fewer, based on age. Participants must wear a face covering and bring a lunch. Snacks are provided. Registration required. Space is limited to 50 kids. View flyer. Download Fillable PDF Registration form.AGE5-14 yrs.DATEMon., Jan. 24TIME7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.LOCATIONWestport K-8 School, 415 S. Golden Ave.FEE$20/Child/Day; Scholarships may be available.
Pop-Up Virtual Learning
In the event that Springfield Public School goes virtual, SPARC will provide fun-filled activities and assistance with birtual learning instruction. Students will need their chromebook, passwords, charging cables and headphones, a mask, as well as a lunch and water bottle. Registration is required. View flyer. Download Fillable PDF Registration form.AGE5-14 yrs.DATETues., Jan. 25-Fri., Jan. 28TIME7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.LOCATIONWestport K-8 School, 415 S. Golden Ave.FEE$20/Child/Day; Scholarships may be available.
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. Click here for more details. 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.LOCATIONSHarrison, Truman, Watkins, Wilson's Creek, Carver, Cherokee, Pipkin (a.m. only), WestportFEE$20-40/Week; view flyer for details. Scholarships may be available.
- Before & After School Details
- Before & After Enrollment Form (if not registering online)
- Credit Card Authorization Form
- SHINE Scholarship Form
- Parent Handbook
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 FormAges 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
Come join us in a safe environment for a fun-filled day of camp-style activities for memories that will last a lifetime! Choose one day or two for an awesome adventure! Participants will play exciting active games, create unique arts and crafts, and explore through safe science and sensory experiments. Bring lunch, a water bottle, and masks are recommended.AGE5-12 yrs.DATEMarch 11, 14-18TIME7 a.m.-6 p.m.LOCATIONTBAFEE$20/Child/Day; Scholarships may be available.