This Month in Parks - November 2018

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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk

Register now for Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition, the 24th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, held rain or shine Thanksgiving morning, 8 a.m., in downtown Springfield. Discount Early Bird registration closes Fri., Nov. 16 (postmarked by Tues., Nov. 13) After that, you must pay full price and register on-site. Proceeds benefit the Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Early Bird registration is $20/adult, $15/child. On-site registration is $30/adult, $25/child.


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Sat., Nov. 3: Autumn Hiking Series at Gorley King Trail

Hit the trail with us this fall, exploring some of the finest scenery in the Ozarks, at Devil’s Den State Park in northwest Arkansas. This trip is moderate-to strenuous in difficulty and six miles long, so physical fitness is a must. Transportation is provided, departing at 8 a.m. and returning by 7 p.m. Bring your own lunch, snacks and water. Register by Nov. 2 at 417-833-8647. Fee is $20/person.


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Mon., Nov. 5 and Tues., Nov. 6: SPARC School’s Out Program

Don’t sit around bored when school is out. Kids ages 5-12 yrs. can join us for a fun-filled day of exciting museum field trips and activities! Held at Sequiota and Truman Elementaries. Please pack a lunch. Drop-off at 7 a.m. and pick-up at 6 p.m. Pre-register at 417-837-5737. Fee is $17/child.


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Mon., Nov. 5: Pony Day Camp at the Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center

When school’s away, it’s time to play! Saddle up at Pony Day Camp, a fun educational day for kids 6 yrs. and up, filled with crafts, stick horse races, horse care, petting ponies and a line lead ride. Bring a lunch, snack and water bottle. Wear jeans, boots/tennis shoes and appropriate outerwear. Space is limited. Drop-off opens at 7:30 a.m. Pick-up before 5:30 p.m. Fee is $35/day.


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Wed., Nov. 14: Garden Story Time at Springfield Botanical Gardens

Preschoolers and their families meet in the Botanical Center for a garden-themed story time followed by a fun activity. Story time begins at 9 a.m. Admission is free.


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Wed., Nov. 14: Try Archery Program

Visit the Archery Range 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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Fri., Nov. 16: Early Bird Deadline for the Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

Hurry! Discount Early Bird registration for Springfield’s annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot closes Fri., Nov. 16 (postmarked by Tues., Nov. 13). Early Bird registration is $20/adult, $15/child. On-site registration is $30/adult, $25/child.


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Sat., Nov. 17: Cruse Dog Park 10-year Anniversary

Bring your best friend and join Cruse Dog Park’s 10th anniversary celebration. Treats for humans and dogs, with on-site membership registration available (bring proof of vaccination.) 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 2100 W. Catalpa, behind Walgreens off Kansas Expressway. New to Cruse Dog Park? Day passes and on-site membership registration available (must provide proof of vaccination.) Dogs are allowed inside Cruse Dog Park only if you're a registered member or with purchase of a day pass (with proof of vaccination.)


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Sat., Nov. 17: Festival of Lights Opening Night on the Park Central Square

Join us for a flurry of events, including carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts, free ice skating, the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, and of course, twinkling lights. Opens Nov. 17 at Park Central Square with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting. Light displays continue daily, 5:30-11 p.m. through New Year’s. At Jordan Valley Park, light shows are programed to music for an enchanting stroll. Mayor’s Tree Lighting is free, check venues for admission prices to other events.


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Sat., Nov. 17, Thurs., Nov. 22: Festival of Lights Free Ice Skating

Ice skate for free (skate rentals $3 or bring your own) during these special open skate times: Sat., Nov. 17, 6:45-8:45 p.m.; Thurs., Nov. 22, 5-6 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Tues., Dec. 25, 5-6 p.m.


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Tues., Nov. 20: Turkey Trot Food Drive at Springfield Skate Park

Skaters of all ages, join us for a free skate session from 3-9 p.m. at Springfield Skate Park when you donate two non-perishable food items, benefitting Ozark Food Harvest, in partnership with the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk.


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Thurs., Nov. 22: Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri! Turkey Trot takes place in downtown Springfield at 8 a.m., with four race categories: Elite, Runner, Walker/Family and Dog. All ages welcome. Proceeds from the race benefit the Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Register online by Nov. 16 or in person only Nov. 21-22, at the Springfield Expo Center. Early Bird registration is $20/adult, $15/child. On-site registration is $30/adult, $25/child.


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Fri., Nov. 23: Drop and Shop at Chesterfield Family Center

Parents, before you shop Black Friday, drop off the kids 5-9 a.m. at Chesterfield Family Center, where they will have breakfast, supervised fun with other kids, movies and crafts. For kids ages 3-11 yrs., must be potty-trained. Fee is $20/Member, $30/Non-member.


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Nov. 26 and 27: Family Learn to Swim starts at Chesterfield and Doling Family Centers

This program focuses on swimming skills and water safety for family members of all ages, through Level-2 skills. Each class takes place twice a week for three weeks. Fee is $40/members, $50/non-members.

Chesterfield Family Center: Tues. and Thurs., Nov. 27-Dec. 13 from 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Doling Family Center: Mon. and Wed., Nov. 26-Dec. 12 from 5:45-6:30 p.m.


Thurs., Nov. 29-Dec. 1: PGA Annual Golf Sale

Save up to 75 percent off new and used golf products, as several area golf courses (including three Park Board courses: Rivercut, Horton Smith and Bill and Payne Stewart) collaborate for their annual holiday PGA sale. Sale will be held at 228 W. Sunshine St. in Springfield. Sale times run Thurs. and Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


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Fri., Nov. 30- Sun., Dec. 16: Candy Cane Lane at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park Begins

Drive through the farm park and enjoy dazzling themed holiday displays, hot cocoa and more than 10,000 lights. Candy Cane Lane runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5/Vehicle.


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Fri., Nov. 30 and Sat., Dec. 1: Evening Strolls through the Garden

Walk through the Japanese Garden and take in winter’s subtle beauty highlighted with festive lights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $4/adult; Free for 12-under with paid adult. FOG and SSCA members free.


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Fri., Nov. 30 and Sat., Dec. 1: Festival of Lights Holiday Skating Exhibition

Holiday themed figure skating show. Presented by Mediacom Ice Park, the Jordan Valley Figure Skating Club, the Skating School of Springfield. Friday show is at 7 p.m. and Saturday show is at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.


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