This Month in Parks - May 2019



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Special Events

Sat. and Sun., May 4-5: Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street

The largest fine arts festival in southwest Missouri, featuring original art from more than 120 juried artists from across the country. Proceeds benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council. Historic Walnut Street 864-1049

Age:All ages
Time:May 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fee:$5, Kids 5 and under free



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May 5-19: Gigs in the Garden Concert Series

Musical guests perform at the Peace Through People Pavilion. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Donations benefit garden projects. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age:All ages
Time:Sun., 2 p.m.
Date:May 5 - Barack Hill, singer/songwriter
May 12 - Layton Hollow Gals, Americana trio
May 19 - Betsy Mace and Jeremy Chesman, classical harp
Fee:Free admission, $10 suggested donation



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May 12-17: Bike, Walk and Wheel Week

Presented by Hy-Vee. Use Springfield’s active transportation options at least once this week to get around town.Ozark Greenways 864-2015

Age:All ages
Time:Schedule at your own pace
Fee:Free



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May 17-18: Romance in the Garden

Enjoy the full moon and serene landscape of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at dusk. Tiki torches and lanterns light the pathway. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden 891-1515

Age:17 yrs. and up
Date:May 17-18
Time:7:30-9:30 p.m.
Fee:$10/person or $15/Couple



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Sat., May 18: Dirt Day at Lafayette Park

The Woodland Heights Neighborhood presents this garden-themed event with activities and demonstrations from garden professionals and clubs, plant exchange, green living, interactive garden art, kids’ dinosaur dig and birdhouse painting. Lafayette Park 864-1049

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



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May 25: Outdoor Pools open

Fassnight, Grant Beach, Silver Springs, Meador and Westport outdoor pools and McGee/McGregor Wading Pool are open Memorial Day weekend through mid-August. Aquatics Hotline 864-2099

Age:All Ages
Date:Open daily Sat., May 25- Sun., Aug. 11
Time:1-6:30 p.m.
Fee:$2.50/ages 3-17 and seniors, $3/adults



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May 27: Discount Splash & Sizzle Swimming

Outdoor pool admission is $1, or free with a canned food donation. Memorial Day at Fassnight, Grant Beach, and Meador. Aquatics Hotline 864-2099

Age:All Ages
Time:1-6:30 p.m. at Fassnight, Grant Beach, and Meador
Fee:Free



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Kids Sports and Activities

Mon., May 6: Doling Youth Intermediate and Advanced Dance

Teens and preteens continue developing ballet and jazz skills, while also incorporating contemporary elements. Prerequisite: Kids Dance or other dance experience. Doling Family Center 417-837-5900

Age:11-18 yrs.
Date:May 6-June 24 (no class May 27)
Time:Mon., 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Fee: $30/Member, $40/Non-member



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May 7-May27: USTA Junior Team Tennis

Co-ed team tennis league for juniors. USTA membership required. USTA Missouri District Office 837-5826

Age:18 yrs. and under
Time:Varies, call for details
Fee:$55/player



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Tues., May 7: Youth Beginning Tennis

A comfortable and easy approach to learn the basics of tennis in a group setting. Additional programming available for ages 5 and up. Registration required. May-August at Gillenwaters. Cooper Tennis Complex 837-5800

Age:9-12 yrs.
Time:Tues. or Thurs, 6-7 p.m.
Fee:$22/Student



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May 7-28: Kids’ Glow Spin

Kids’ spin class in the spin room, with lights, glow sticks, tablets and kid-size spin cycles. Chesterfield Family Center 417-891-1616

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



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Fri., May 10: Kids’ Night

Join us for movies, pizza, crafts, basketball, bouncy castle, games and more. Dan Kinney Family Center 417-891-1500

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



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Fri., May 10: Register for Youth Summer Softball

Seven-game competitive or recreational softball league. All softball programs filled on a first-come basis. Register by team, about 10+ players, by May 10. Killian Sports Complex 837-5817

Age:8U-High School
Time:May 28-July 21
Time:Varies, call for details
Fee:$290/Team 12U Fast and 10U Modified Pitch
 $315/Team 14U and High School Fast Pitch



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Fri., May 10: Register for Summer Recreational Youth Baseball League

Seven-game youth baseball recreational league. Classifications are T-Ball, Coach Pitch in 6-9, Modified Pitch 9, and Player Pitch in 9-14. All baseball programs filled on a first-come basis. Register by team, about 10+ players. Register by May 10. Cooper Sports Complex 837-5817

Age:6-14 yrs.
Date:May 28-July 20
Time:Varies, call for details
Fee:$285/Team T-Ball, Coach Pitch (6, 7, 8, 9)
$320/Team Modified Pitch 9, Player Pitch (9, 10)
 $335/Team Player Pitch (11, 12, 14)



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Fri., May 10: Register for Summer Competitive Youth Baseball League

Competitive leagues with a fourteen-game guarantee. Register by team, about 10+ players, by May 10. Cooper Sports Complex 837-5817

Age:10-13 yrs.
Date:May 28-July 20
Time:Varies, call for details
Fee:$630-$730/Team



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May 13-Aug. 13: Summer Junior Golf Special

Enjoy unlimited golf all summer, weekdays, noon to close at Horton Smith, Bill & Payne Stewart and Rivercut. Does not include range balls, carts or amenities. Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962, Horton Smith Golf Course 891-1639, Rivercut Golf Course 891-1645

Age:17 yrs. and under
Time:Mon.-Fri., Noon to close
Fee:$99



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May 13-July 25: Jr. Bears In-House Hockey League

A ten-week non-checking league designed to develop and improve hockey skills. Jordan Valley Ice Park 874-2933

Age:8-17 yrs. 
Time:Varies, call for details
Fee:$110/Player, must have current USA Hockey Membership



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Wed., May 15: Try Archery Program

Allows beginners an opportunity to shoot a limited number of arrows under the supervision of an instructor. Equipment is provided. Archery Range 874-2910

Age:6 yrs. and up
Time:6-7 p.m.
Fee:$5/One-hour class



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Fri., May 17: Register for Park Board Sluggers T-Ball & Coach Pitch

T-ball and coach-pitch leagues designed for kids to learn and play the game. Includes t-shirt and ribbon. Register by May 17. Killian Softball Complex 837-5817

Age:4-9 yrs. 
Date:June 8-Aug. 27
Time:Varies, call for details
Fee:$45/Child



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Sat., May 18: Equestrian Center Show Series

An introduction to the wonderful world of horse show competitions, with three categories: Academic, Fun and All Breed. Equestrian Center 833-3291

Age:5 yrs. and up 
Time:9 a.m.
Fee:$35/Student or rider 



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May 18-19: Weekend Golf School

14 hours of instruction in one weekend, taught by Rick Grayson, PGA Golf Pro. Rivercut Golf Course 823-7888

Age:15 yrs. and up
Time:8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee:$295



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Mon., May 20: Stingrays Swim Team Parent Info Meeting

Be part of a team, compete in swim meets and make new friends. Parent info meeting Mon., May 20, 7-8:30 p.m. at Chesterfield Family Center.

Age:5-18 yrs.
Date:May 28-July 11 (no practice July 4)
Time:Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and/or Tues.-Thurs., 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Fee:$75



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Fri., May 24: End of School Jam

After a long school year, come hang out and compete in outdoor skate contests. Includes Game of S.K.A.T.E, High Ollie and a Street Plaza contest. Register for Intermediate or Advanced. Springfield Skate Park 868-8758

Age:7 yrs. and up, choose Intermediate or Advanced division
Time:7:30-10 p.m.
Fee:Free with purchase of session



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Tue.: May 28: Register for Beginner Junior Golf Clinic

Ten days of group lessons cover the basics of proper golf swing, chipping, putting and golf etiquette. Register by May 28. Horton Smith Golf Course 891-1639

Age:7-15 yrs.
Time:June 17-21 and 24-28
Time:Mon.-Fri., 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Fee:$80/Player



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Fri., May 31: Kids’ Night

Parents enjoy a night out while kids have supervised fun with friends, enjoying games, activities, swimming indoors and pizza. Chesterfield Family Center 417-891-1616

Age:5-11 yrs.
Time:6-9:30 p.m.
Fee:$10/Member, $15/Non-member 



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May 31: Register for 38th Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day

A morning of learning and fishing in our stocked pond. Space is limited. Register by May 31 at ParkBoard.org. No event day registration. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 864-1049

Age:3-15 yrs.
Date:Sat., June 1 • Rain Date: Sat., June 8
Time:8, 9:15, 10:30 or 11:45 a.m.
Fee:Free



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May 31: Register for Run for Fun Club

Hop into summer with free kid-friendly creative exercise activities, promoting healthy lifestyles and getting kids running. Register by May 31. Westport School-Park Track 864-1049

Age:Grades 2-6 
Date:June 1-July 27
Time:Sat., 10-10:45 a.m.
Fee:Free



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Gardening

Fri., May 3: Family Fridays in the Garden

Bring the whole family for a sunset stroll and evening tour of discovering plants, animals and the history of the garden. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age:All ages 
Time:7:30 p.m.
Fee:Free



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Sat., May 11: Iris Show

Learn more about irises and artistic flower arrangement designs. Presented by the Iris Society of the Ozarks. Botanical Center 891-1515

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



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May 5-19: Gigs in the Garden Concert Series

Musical guests perform at the Peace Through People Pavilion. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Donations benefit garden projects. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age:All ages
Time:Sun., 2 p.m.
Date:May 5 - Barack Hill, singer/songwriter
May 12 - Layton Hollow Gals, Americana trio
May 19 - Betsy Mace and Jeremy Chesman, classical harp
Fee:Free admission, $10 suggested donation



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Sat., May 18: Native Plant Market and Butterfly House Season Opener

Meet with local vendors and experts about native plants that attract wildlife and encourage living lighter on the Earth. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age:All ages
Time:8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee:Free admission, price varies per plant



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Adult Sports

May 1-24: Small Group Training

A four-week course designed to improve mobility, strength, flexibility and overall physical performance through a comprehensive training plan designed by a certified coach. Dan Kinney Family Center 417-891-1500

Age:18 yrs. and up
Time:Wed., 10 a.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.
Fee:$40/Member, $50/Non-member



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Mon., May 6: Adult Beginning Tennis

A comfortable and easy approach to learn the basics of tennis in a group setting. Registration required. May-August at Gillenwaters. Cooper Tennis Complex 837-5800

Age:18 yrs. and up
Date:New classes start each month.
Time:Mon. or Wed., 6-7 p.m.
Fee:$20/Student



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Mon., May 6: Adult Intermediate Tennis

For accomplished adults who can play and keep score. Registration required. May-August held at Gillenwaters. Cooper Tennis Complex 837-5800

Age:18 yrs. and up
Date:New classes start each month.
Time:Mon. or Wed., 7-8:30 p.m.
Fee:$30/Student



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Tue., May 7: Cooper Adult Tennis Academy

Specialized tennis training for adult players, NTRP levels 3.5 and up. Cooper Tennis Complex 837-5800

Age:18 yrs. and up
Date:New classes start each month
Time:Tues., Noon-2 p.m.
Fee:$40/Member, $56/Non-member (monthly) $16/Member, $18/Non-member (daily)



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May 14-June 18: Total Yoga

One-hour mix of yoga and Pilates, ideal for improving balance, coordination, peace of mind and overall health. Doling Family Center 417-837-5900

Age:18 yrs. and up
Date:New classes start each month.
Time:Tues., 9 a.m. or 6 p.m., or Thurs., 6 p.m.
Fee:$35/Member, $45/Non-member



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May 14- June 11: Yoga

Five-week sessions of yoga accommodating any level of experience. Chesterfield Family Center 417-891-1616

Age:12 yrs. and up
Time:Tues., 7 p.m.
Fee:$35/Member, $45/Non-member



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Wed., May 15: Registration Deadline for Southwest Missouri Senior Games

Competitive events for athletes age 50 years and up, including track and field, bowling, golf, swimming, Pickleball, basketball skills, table tennis, washers, baggo, horseshoes, bocce, Kubb, archery, 8-ball and more. May serve as preparation for Missouri State Senior Games. Northview Center 837-5808

Age:50 yrs. and up
Date:May 29-June 1
Time:Varies, call for details
Fee:$10/Athlete (some events have additional facility fee)



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May 16-June 13: Yoga

Includes proper breathing techniques and gentle, yet powerful yoga poses to help reduce stress and increase flexibility. Dan Kinney Family Center 417-891-1500

Age:16 yrs. and up
Date:May 16-June 13
Time:Thurs., 6:05 p.m.
Fee:$35/Member, $45/Non-member



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Fri., May 17: Register for Adult Mid-Summer Softball

Seven-week adult softball league. Divisions are men’s, women’s and coed. Register by team, about 10+ players, by May 17. Killian Sports Complex 837-5817

Age:14 yrs. and up
Date:May 28-July 19
Time:Varies, call for details
Fee:$235/Team



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Fun for All Ages

May 1-30: Miracle League Ball Buddies Needed

Buddies are needed through the remaining Spring Miracle League season. Dan Kinney Park 417-837-5808

Age:12 yrs. and up
Time:Varies, call for details
Fee:Free



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May 2-30: Tae Kwon Do

Build self-confidence, learn self-defense, achieve new skills and make new friends. Beginners and advanced welcome. Doling Family Center 837-5900

Age:5 yrs. and up
Time:Tues. and Thurs. from 6-7 p.m.
Fee:$30/Member, $40/Non-member



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May 8-June 26: Wednesday Concerts at Noon at Founders Park

Free half-hour lunchtime concerts in the park, in partnership with Downtown Springfield CID. Bring your lunch or buy one onsite, and enjoy area performers on stage on the site where Springfield was founded. Founders Park 866-7444

Age:All ages
Time:Wed., 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Fee:Free



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May 7-28: Pickleball for Beginners

One of the fastest growing sports in America, Pickleball is a cross between tennis and Ping Pong, played on a short court. All equipment provided. Doling Family Center 837-5900

Age:10 yrs. and up
Time:Tues., 7-8 p.m.
Fee:$20/Member, $30/Non-member



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May 7-28: Couch to 5K

Competing in a 5K can be tough for a beginner. This class helps new runners start training, catering to individual abilities and needs. Dan Kinney Family Center 417-891-1500

Age:All Ages
Time:Tues., 5-6 p.m.
Fee:$10/Member, $20/Non-member



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May 11-June 8: Tai Chi

Relaxation, focus and balance practices for all experience levels. Dan Kinney Family Center 417-891-1500

Age:16 yrs. and up
Time:Sat., 10 a.m.
Fee:$35/Member, $45/Non-Member



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Sat., May 18: Family Movie Night

Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy a free screening of “Hotel Transylvania III, Summer Vacation,” at the Peace Through People Pavilion. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age:All ages
Time:8:30 p.m.
Fee:Free



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May 25: Outdoor Pools open

Fassnight, Grant Beach, Silver Springs, Meador and Westport outdoor pools and McGee/McGregor Wading Pool are open Memorial Day weekend through mid-August. Aquatics Hotline 864-2099

Age:All Ages
Date:Open daily Sat., May 25- Sun., Aug. 11
Time:1-6:30 p.m.
Fee:$2.50/ages 3-17 and seniors, $3/adults



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May 27: Discount Splash & Sizzle Swimming

Outdoor pool admission is $1, or free with a canned food donation. Memorial Day at Fassnight, Grant Beach, and Meador. Aquatics Hotline 864-2099

Age:All Ages
Time:1-6:30 p.m. at Fassnight, Grant Beach, and Meador
Fee:Free



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Get Outside

Sat., May 4: Giboney Cave Tours

Explore the myths, facts, and history of Giboney Cave at Doling Park. Register by Friday prior to each tour date. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

Age:All ages 
Time:1, 2 and 3 p.m., Tunnel Tours are only offered at 3 p.m.
Fee:Walking Tour: $5/Person, $16/Family of 4
 Tunnel Tour: $7/Person, $24/Family of 4



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Wed., May 15: Register for Taum Sauk Backpacking

Backpack 15 miles, Johnson’s Shut-ins to Taum Sauk, passing through the iconic Devil’s Tollgate and Mina Sauk Falls. Register by May 15. Outdoor Initiates 833-8647

Age:15 yrs. and up (15-17 yrs. with an adult)
Date:May 17-19
Time:Fri., 8 a.m.-Sun., 7 p.m.
Fee:$75/Person



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Accessible Rec

Fri., May 3: Register for T.E.A.M. at Northview Center. (Travel, Entertainment, Art and Music Class)

Session activities include: Sports, Games, Arts & Crafts, Exercise & Nutrition, Current Events, Community Activities and more. Register by May 3, 2019. Northview Center 417-837-5808

Age:18 yrs. and up with disabilities
Time:May 7 - June 18, 2019
Fee:$30 per 7 - week session/$5 bus fee if needed



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Fri., May 3: Register for Ceramics

Create your own ceramics. For participants who can understand directions and work independently. No transportation available for Wednesday Ceramics Class. Register by: May 3, 2019. Northview Center 417-837-5808

Age:18 yrs. and up with disabilities
Date:May 8 - June 20
Time:Wed., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 3:45-5:30 p.m.; Thu., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee:$30 per 7-week session/Additional charge for certain items. Support staff welcome to participate but are responsible for their own supplies in addition to the $30 fee.



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Fri., May 3: Register for Chair Yoga

An adaptable version of yoga for all participants. Register by May 3. No transportation available for this program. Northview Center 417-837-5808

Age:18 yrs and up with disabilities
Date:May 31
Time:8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee:$10 per person, includes tram tour



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Fri., May 24: Register for Young Adult Bowling

Enjoy bowling while you meet new friends at this 10-week session at Enterprise Park Lanes. Register by May 24. Northview Center 417-837-5808

Age:16 yrs and up with disabilities
Date:June 3-August 5
Time:Mon., 3:30-5:30
Fee:$6/week for two games and shoes; $6.50/week with bus transportation



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