This Month in Parks - February 2019

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Lifeguard Training at Chesterfield Family Center

Get certified to work as a lifeguard this summer! Class offers certification in Lifeguarding, Water Park, First Aid, CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer. Training includes two full weekends, $160/member, $170/non-member. Scholarships may be available, apply at

Session 3: Feb. 1-2 and 8-9,
Session 4: Feb. 15-16 and 22-23

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Fri., Feb. 1: Kids’ Night at Dan Kinney Family Center

Parents enjoy a night out while the kids have supervised fun with friends 5:30-9 p.m. They’ll enjoy crafts, watch the movie “Rise of the Guardians,” eat pizza and play in the gymnasium. For kids 5-12 yrs., Fee is $7/Member, $10/Non-member.

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Sat., Feb. 2: Police vs. Fire Charity Ice Hockey Game

Enjoy watching hockey and support a great cause! Springfield Police face Springfield Firefighters in this ice hockey game, benefiting the Greene County 100 Club. Don't miss this exciting event! Tickets are $5 and available at Jordan Valley Ice Park. Game begins at 4:45 p.m.

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Sun., Feb. 3 and Sun., Feb. 17: Stingrays and Mini-Rays Swim Teams begin at Chesterfield Family Center

Stingrays swim team is for swimmers 6-18 yrs. to get in shape and train for summer swim teams. Practice is Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 3-28. Mini-Rays gets kids 4-6 yrs. involved in a swim team, with classes on Sunday, Feb. 17-March 31. Fees are $35/Member, $45/Non-member for each program.

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Potting Shed University at the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Master Gardeners of Greene County present gardening skills for life. Sessions run 6-7 p.m. Pay $5 cash at the door, registration opens at 5:30 p.m. Ages 18 yrs. and up.

Feb. 4:  Starting Your Own Kitchen Garden 
Feb. 11:  Mediterranean Herbs
Feb. 18:  Introduction to Plant Propagation

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Tues., Feb. 5: Youth and Home School HorseSHOE begins at Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center

HorseSHOE is the first step in learning safety around horses and basic grooming, saddling and riding techniques. Class size limited to eight students, 7-16 yrs., horses and helmets provided. Available Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., or 10-11 a.m. for Home School kids. Fee: $60/Person.

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Tues., Feb. 5: Kids’ Glow Spin at Chesterfield Family Center

Kids’ spin class in the spin room, with lights, glow sticks, tablets and kid-size spin cycles. Registration required; space is limited. For ages 2-6 yrs. Registration required; space is limited. Weekly class Tuesdays, 9:30-10 a.m., Feb. 5-26. Fee is $10/Member; $20/Non-member.

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Tues. Feb. 5 or Mon., Feb. 11: Tae Kwon Do classes begin

Basic martial arts techniques for ages 6 and up, beginning through advanced. Instructor-led classes emphasize: be polite, be patient, be alert, be brave, do our best, respect yourself and others. Fee is $30/Member, $40/Non-member. Doling Family Center: Tues. and Thurs., 6 p.m., starting Feb. 5; Dan Kinney Family Center: Mon. and Wed., 7 p.m., starting Feb. 11.

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Fri., Feb. 8: Adult Volleyball League Team Registration Deadline

Rally a group of friends to play in the adult volleyball league! Women’s teams play Mon. nights and co-ed teams play Thurs. or Fri. nights. Register your team of 6+ players by Feb. 8 to play Feb. 21-April 15. Game times vary. Fee is $160/Team.

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Fri., Feb. 8: Highest and Longest Ollie Contest at the Springfield Skate Park

An ollie is a combination of popping, sliding and jumping on the skateboard at the same time. For the Highest Ollie Contest, skaters ollie over an adjustable bar without knocking it over. For the Longest Ollie Contest, skaters compete to land the longest ollie on flat ground. For skaters 7 yrs. and up. Contest runs 7:30-9:30 p.m. Prizes awarded to winners of Choose Intermediate and Advanced divisions. Limited skateboard rentals available. Contest is free with purchase of skate session.

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Sat. Feb. 9 - Sun. Feb. 10: The Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour

This exclusive tour includes a full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area. Consists of a walking tour of Giboney Cave in Doling Park, a hiking tour highlighting the caves of Ritter Springs 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 Feb. 8. For those 5 yrs. and up (5-17 yrs. with an adult). Fee is $15/Person.

Saturday Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tour 2: 12-4 p.m.
Sunday Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tour 2: 12-4 p.m.

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Wed., Feb. 13: Garden Story Time at the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Preschoolers and their families meet monthly in the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center for a garden-themed story time, followed by a fun activity. Story time begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

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Thurs., Feb. 14-Fri., Feb. 15: Valentine’s Romance in the Garden

Share the evening beauty of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden with someone you love. The garden is decorated in festive lights, with romantic music playing for Valentine's Day. Make it special by pre-ordering a picnic basket ($40), includes admission for two, a snuggly plush throw, sparkling juice and Valentine's cake to enjoy while watching the sunset. Sponsored by Friends of the Garden, with proceeds supporting garden improvements. Admission is $10/person, $15/couple or $40/picnic basket, which includes two tickets. Order picnic basket by Wed., Feb. 13, 10 a.m. at 417-891-1515.

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Thurs., Feb. 14: Kids’ Night at Chesterfield Family Center

Parents enjoy a night out on Valentine’s Day while the kids have supervised fun with friends 6-9:30 p.m. They’ll go swimming, eat pizza and watch the movie, “How to Train Your Dragon.” For kids 5-12 yrs., Fee is $10/Member, $15/Non-member.

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Fri., Feb. 15: SPARC Parents Night Out

Enjoy a date night while the kids play at Sequiota Elementary with SPARC for Hearts, Hot Dogs and Handball! Kids enjoy games, crafts, watch a movie and have dinner with us while you enjoy a night out. Fee is $13/Child and for K-5th graders. Deadline to register is Feb. 13.

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Fri., Feb. 15: Read and Swim at Chesterfield Family Center

A Valentine’s Day event centered around showing kindness, featuring the book, “How Full Is Your Bucket?” Kids ages 4-9 yrs. gather on a carpet for story time and an activity designed to illustrate the importance of kindness, with a big red heart, followed by swim time. Event is 6-8 p.m., parents must be present. Register by Feb. 11. Fee for participants is $10/Member $20/Non-member.

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Mon., Feb. 18: SPARC School’s Out Program

Don’t sit around bored on Presidents’ Day! Join us for a fun-filled day featuring a trip to Jordan Valley Ice Park! Meet and pick up at Sequiota Elementary, bring your lunch, socks and sneakers. Register by Feb. 13 at 417-837-5737. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Ages 5-12 yrs., $12-$17/Child.

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Fri., Feb. 22: Try Archery Program

Visit the Springfield Archery Complex at the Davis Property from 6-7 p.m. to learn how to shoot. Under the supervision of a certified instructor, beginners of any age can shoot a limited number of arrows at a target. Equipment is provided. Fee is $5/One-hour class.

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Sat., Feb. 23: Daddy Daughter Dance in the Northview Center Ballroom

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 from 6-9 p.m. Dance theme is ‘50s Sock Hop. Ages 3 yrs. and up. Hurry and get your ticket today, space is limited. Fee is $40/Couple, $15/Each additional girl.

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Sat., Feb. 23: Try Hockey for Free Day at Jordan Valley Ice Park

Kids age 10 and under interested in ice hockey? Give it a try. Beginning at 1 p.m., coaches and equipment will be available on the ice. Skating experience not required. Free admission but registration is required at 417-866-7444.

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Sat., Feb. 23: Intro to Civil War Era Costuming and Home Arts at Gray/Campbell Farmstead

Experience living history depicting rural Ozarks life from the mid-19th century. Authentic women’s costuming and accoutrements showcased. Discover the life of an apron, quilt patterns and how to construct the Missouri bonnet. Ages 16 yrs. and up, 1-3 p.m. Sewing experience preferred. Registration required. Fee is $15.

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Thurs., Feb. 28: Art-C Paint at Chesterfield Family Center

Spend an evening painting your own masterpiece! Bring a friend or a loved one and create a masterpiece together. For all ages and abilities, but children under 5 yrs. must have an adult with them. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $30/Member, $40/Non-member, $25/Additional canvas.

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