This Month in Parks - April 2019

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Special Events | Kids Activities | Gardening | Fun for All Ages | Adult Sports | Get Outside

Special Events

Sat., April 6: Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival at Springfield Botanical Gardens

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 Center 891-1515

Ages: All Ages
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee: Free, $5/kite kits

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Sat., April 6: National Zoo Lovers Day & Enrichment EGGstravaganza at Dickerson Park Zoo

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

Ages: All Ages
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: $15/adults and teens, $10/children ages 3-12 and $12/60 yrs. and up Free/Children 2 and under, and FOZ members



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Wed., April 10: 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

Ages: All Ages
Time: 4-6:30 p.m.
Fee: Free



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Sat., April 13: Easter at the Farm at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

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

Ages: 3-9 yrs.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: Free (some activities have small fee)



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Sat., April 20: Party for the Planet at Dickerson Park Zoo

Celebrate Earth Day with hands-on conservation learning stations and zookeeper chats. Activities free with paid zoo admission. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

Ages: 3-9 yrs.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: $15/adults and teens, $10/children ages 3-12 and $12/60 yrs. and up, Free/Children 2 and under, and FOZ members



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Sat., April 27: Bark in the Park

A fun and relaxing day in Phelps Grove Park with your family and beloved canine. Enjoy demos and other activities at the Canine Vendor Village. Vendors must register by April 19. Proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park. Phelps Grove Park 864-1049

Ages: All ages
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: Free



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Kids Activities

Fri., April 5: Kids’ Night at Dan Kinney Family Center

Parents may enjoy a night out while kids have supervised fun with friends. Kids enjoy crafts, watch the movie, “A Bug’s Life,” eat pizza and play in the gymnasium. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

Ages: 5-12 yrs.
Time: 5:30-9 p.m.
Fee: $7/Member, $10/Non-member



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Sat., April 6: Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center Fun Show

Introduction to the world of competitive horse showing with three categories: Academic, Fun and All Breed. Open to all current Valley Water Mill Equestrian students, and other riders competing on their own horse. Points accumulate for year-end awards. Equestrian Center 833-3291

Ages: 5 yrs. and up
Time: 9 a.m.
Fee: : $35/Show (must pre-register if riding VWMP-EC horse)



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Sat., April 6: Floating Easter Egg Hunt at Chesterfield Family Center

A hoppin’ good time with a floating twist. We fill the pool with floating eggs for kids to splash, swim, and plunge their way to gathering them up. Bring a waterproof basket to collect eggs. Every participant receives a prize! Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Register by April 1. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

Ages: 6 month-12 yrs., at staggered times
Time: 6 months-age 4: Noon-1 p.m., 5-8: 1-2 p.m., 9-12: 2-3 p.m.
Fee: $8/Participant, includes an accompanying adult | $2/Spectator, with pre-registered participating youth



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Spring Bike Camp at Springfield Skate Park

Geared toward beginner and intermediate bike riders. Riders develop and enhance basic BMX biking skills while creating new friendships and building confidence. Instruction focuses on control, safety, park etiquette and biking fundamentals. Space is limited, registration required. Scholarships may be available. Springfield Skate Park 868-8758

Ages: 7-12 yrs.
Date: April 9-30 Time: Tues., 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $45



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Sat., April 13: 12th Annual Youth Softball Spring Classic Tournament

Three-game guarantee. Divisions are Coach Pitch and Girls’ Fast Pitch. Classifications are 8U and 10U in Coach Pitch; 10U Modified Pitch and 12U, 14U, High School in Fast Pitch. All tournament spots filled on a first-come basis. Register by April 5. Meador Softball Complex 837-5817

Ages: 8U-18U
Time: Varies, call for details
Fee: $90/Team Coach Pitch | $110/Team 10U Modified Pitch and 12U Fast Pitch | $140/Team 14U and High School Fast Pitch



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Sun., April 14: Stingrays Swim Team begins at Chesterfield Family Center

For swimmers ages 6-18 who would like to get in shape and trained for the summer swim team. A great alternative to the super-competitive aquatics’ arena. Classes are three times a week. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

Ages: 6-18 yrs.
Date: April 14-May 12 Time: Sun., 2-3 p.m., and Tues. and Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $35/Session member, $45/Session non-member



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Fri., April 19: Try Archery Program

Visit the Springfield Archery Complex at the Davis Property to learn how to shoot a limited number of arrows at a target, under the supervision of a certified instructor. All equipment provided. Archery Range 874-2910

Ages: 6 yrs. and up
Time: Fri., 5-6 p.m.
Fee: $5/person



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Family Learn to Swim begins at Chesterfield and Doling Family Centers

Designed to accommodate all ages through Level 2 skills, focusing on swim skills and water safety, with classes twice a week for three weeks.

Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616
Ages: All ages
Date: April 9-25
Time: Tues. and Thurs., 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Fee: $40/Session member $50/Session non-member

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Doling Family Center 837-5900
Ages: All ages
Date: April 8-24
Time: Mon. and Wed., 5:45-6:30 p.m
Fee: $40/Session member $50/Session non-member

Fri., April 26: Kids’ Night at Chesterfield Family Center

Parents, enjoy a night out! The kids will have supervised fun with friends. They’ll go swimming indoors, watch a movie and eat pizza.

Ages: 5-12 yrs.
Time: : 6-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $10/Member, $15/Non-member



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Youth and Home School HorseSHOE begins at Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center

HorseSHOE teaches safety around horses and basic grooming, saddling and riding techniques. Class size limited to eight students. Horses and helmets provided. Equestrian Center 833-3291

SHOE I Session 3: Tues., April 2-23
SHOE II Session 2: Thurs., April 4-25
SHOE II Session 3: Tues., April 30-May 21
Ages: 7-16 yrs.
Time: Youth: 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Home School: 10-11 a.m.
Fee: $60/Person



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Tae Kwon Do begins at Doling and Dan Kinney Family Centers

Designed to accommodate all ages through Level 2 skills, focusing on swim skills and water safety, with classes twice a week for three weeks.

Doling Family Center 837-5900
Ages: 4 yrs. and up
Date: April 2-30
Time: Tues. and Thurs., 6 p.m.
Fee: $30/Member, $40/Non-member

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Dan Kinney Family Center  891-1500
Ages: 4 yrs. and up
Date: April 22-May 15
Time: Mon. and Wed., 7 p.m.
Fee: $30/Member, $40/Non-member

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Tues., April 9: Kids’ Glow Spin begins at Chesterfield Family Center

Kids’ spin class in the spin room, with lights, glow sticks and tablets, kid-size spin cycles. Registration required; space is limited. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

Ages: 2-6 yrs.
Date: April 9-30
Time: Tues., 9:30-10 a.m.
Fee: $10/Member; $20/Non-member



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Wed., April 10: Garden Story Time at the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Preschoolers and their families meet in the Botanical Center for a garden-themed story time, followed by a fun activity. Botanical Center 891-1515

Ages: Preschoolers and family
Time: 10 a.m.
Fee: Free



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Wed., May 1: Art & Swim at Chesterfield Family Center

Kids create and keep their own watercolor artwork using special watercolor pencils and paper while being guided through specific techniques. Each picture is finished using water from the pool, then it’s swim time! Register by April 26. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

Ages: Kindergarten-Grade 5
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $10/Member, $20/Non-member



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Gardening

Mon., April 1: Potting Shed University at Springfield Botanical Gardens

Become a better gardener! The Master Gardeners present, “The Wonderful World of Daffodils.” Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. MU Extension 881-8909

Ages: 18 yrs. and up
Time: Mon., 6-7 p.m.
Fee: $5/person, cash only



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Sat., April 6: Mini Zen Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Create a tabletop or patio container garden of your own design, incorporating elements of a Japanese garden. Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

Ages: 12 yrs. and up
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Fee: $30



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Fri., April 19 Full Moon Hike at the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Experience the sounds of a spring garden under the moonlight. Guided with an interpreter, you will learn the calls of frogs and other wildlife. Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

Ages: All ages
Time: 8 p.m.
Fee: Free



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Sat., April 27: Master Gardener and Garden Society Plant Sale at the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County and other garden societies. Sale includes annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs, grasses, vines, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Master Gardeners accept credit cards. Other societies accept cash or check only. Held rain or shine. Arrive early for best selection. Botanical Center 891-1515

Ages: All ages
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: Free admission, prices vary per plant



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Volunteer Orientation for the Butterfly House at Springfield Botanical Center

Green thumbs not required! If you have a heart for Springfield Botanical Gardens and want to share it with others, learn more about our wide range of opportunities! Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: 18 yrs. and up
Time: Wed., April 17, 5:30 p.m. and Sat., April 20, 9 a.m.
Fee: Free



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Fun for All Ages

Mon., April 1: Ready to Run Club begins at Dan Kinney Family Center

If you don’t yet love running, you will this spring. For runners of all abilities, encouraging running for recreation, health and competition. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

Ages: 14 yrs. and up
Time: Mon. and Wed., 6:15 a.m.
Fee: $10/Member, $20/Non-member



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Miracle League Begins

Spring and fall leagues held at the Betty and Bobby Allison Miracle League Ball Field in Dan Kinney Park. Seven-week leagues for youth and adults with disabilities. Scholarships may be available. Volunteer coaches and buddies are needed, training is provided! 2701 S. Blackman Rd. Miracle League Ball Field 837-5808

Age: 5 yrs. and up with disabilities
Date: Spring season begins week of April 15
Time: Varies, call for details
Fee: $30/Player



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Adult Sports

Fri., April 19: Try Archery Program

Visit the Springfield Archery Complex at the Davis Property to learn how to shoot a limited number of arrows at a target, under the supervision of a certified instructor. All equipment provided. Archery Range 874-2910

Ages: 6 yrs. and up
Time: Fri., 5-6 p.m.
Fee: $5/person



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Family Learn to Swim begins at Chesterfield and Doling Family Centers

Designed to accommodate all ages through Level 2 skills, focusing on swim skills and water safety, with classes twice a week for three weeks.

Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616
Ages: All ages
Date: April 9-25
Time: Tues. and Thurs., 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Fee: $40/Session member $50/Session non-member
Doling Family Center 837-5900
Ages: All ages
Date: April 8-24
Time: Mon. and Wed., 5:45-6:30 p.m
Fee: $40/Session member $50/Session non-member

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Get Outside

Sat., April 6: Giboney Cave Tours at Doling Park

Explore the myths, facts and history of Doling Park’s Giboney Cave. Shoes will get muddy on Walking Tours, and you will get very muddy and wet on the in-depth Tunnel Tours. Dates subject to cancel due to weather and bat activity. Register by April 5. Giboney Cave, Doling Park 833-8647

Ages: 5 yrs. and up
Time: Sat., 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Fee: Walking Tour: $5/Person, $16/Family of 4
Tunnel Tour: $7/Person, $24/Family of 4



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Sun., April 7: Bass Pro Shops Pre-1840’s Outdoor Days at Lake Springfield Park-CANCELLED

Due to the forecast, the Bass Pro Shops Pre-1840’s Outdoor Days this Sunday, April 7 will be canceled. If you've already registered for WOW School on Friday and Saturday, the activities will still go on.Come visit the Primitive Skills Village Program Decennial; interactive activities and demonstrations will include Dutch oven cooking, blacksmithing, soap making, woodcarving, and more! Lake Springfield Park 891-1550

Ages: All Ages
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: Free



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Sun., April 7: “Southeast Neighborhoods Kickball Tournament” at Meador Park and Sports Complex

Delaware Neighborhood Association has issued a challenge to Meador Park Neighborhood Association to play kickball. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. for Delaware vs. Meador Park and Rountree vs. Phelps Grove. A championship game will follow. All residents, families with children age 8 and up, businesses and landowners are invited to play, cheer or just come hang out with neighbors. The event is free. Burgers, regular and veggie, will be served; donations are appreciated. Contact delawareneighborhood@gmail.com for more details or sign up on your neighborhood association’s Facebook page. Meador Park 864-1049

Age: All ages, ages 8 and up to play
Time: Noon-6 p.m.
Fee: Free



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Fri., April 26: Arbor Day Movie Night at the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Free screening of the film, “The Sandlot,” at the Peace through People Pavilion. Come early for information on the emerald ash borer, tree activities and take-a-ways. The movie begins at dark. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Botanical Center 891-1515

Ages: All ages
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: Free



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