Children's Activities in Springfield, Missouri

Children's Activities in Springfield, Missouri
Springfield, Missouri, has an extensive park system, with 92 public parks and a number of summer and year-round activities for young and old alike. Activities range from walking and bike trails through organized events. This makes Springfield a great place to plan a family outing or an extended vacation.

Nathaniel Green/Close Memorial Park

This lovely park boasts extensive green space, playground equipment, pavilion, picnic areas and Japanese Stroll Gardens. Located to the Northwest of Springfield, it is adjacent to the Close Botanical Gardens.

Nathaniel Green/Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic
Springfield, Mo.
417-864-1049
parkboard.org/info/city_parks/index.html#nathanael

Dickerson Park Zoo

A regional favorite for school field trips and family outings, the zoo has well kept grounds and animals for everyone's enjoyment. It has a picnic area, food venders (for humans and animals) and a petting zoo.

Dickerson Park Zoo
1401 West Norton Road
Springfield, MO 65803-1023
417-833-1570
dickersonparkzoo.org

Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is a great place for indoor, rainy day fun that will education as well as entertain. Stocked with hands-on activities for preschool through elementary age children, it also hosts school field trips, educational events and movies, and has a lab for scientific lectures and learning.

Discovery Center
438 East Saint Louis Street
Springfield, MO 65806-2312
417-862-9910
discoverycenter.org

Fassnight Park

Located in the center of town this community park has a swimming and wading pool, playground equipment and a natural stream. During the summer, the Springfield Parks Board sponsors swim lessons at this location.

Fassnight Park
S. Campbell and Meadowmere
Springfield, Mo.
417-864-1049
parkboard.org/info/city_parks/index.html#nathanael

Lake Springfield

On the south side of Springfield is an extensive nature park equipped with walking trails and a pavilion. Lake Springfield also has areas for fishing and boating.

Lake Springfield
2312 E. Lake
Springfield Park Road
Springfield, Mo.
417-864-1049
parkboard.org/info/city_parks/index.html#laFayette

Ritter Springs Park

Located North of Springfield, Ritter Springs has beautiful natural streams and rock formations as well as playground equipment and picnic areas.

Ritter Springs Park
3683 W. Farm Road 92
Springfield, Mo.
417-864-1049
parkboard.org/info/city_parks/index.html#ray

Schools, Parks are Reaching Communities (SPARC)

The Springfield Park Board and Springfield School District (SPARC) hosts a broad variety of activities for after school and summer vacation. Specific events and programs may be found by going to the SPARC website and clicking on the local school district hosting the program. Programs are also planned and hosted at the six community centers of Chesterfield Family Center, Doling Family Center, Northview Center, Oak Grove Community Center and Tom Watkins Center.

SPARC
300 E. Harrison
417-837-5737
http://www.parkboard.org/info/youth_programs/index.html

Article Written By Daisy Peasblossom Fernchild

Daisy Peasblossom Fernchild has been writing for over 50 years. Her first online publication was a poem entitled "Safe," coming in 2008. Her articles specialize in animals, handcrafts and sustainable living. Fernchild has a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Arts in library science.

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