This Month in Parks - June 2018

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Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis return to Springfield July 18- 31

The Springfield Lasers professional tennis team brings rising international stars and familiar faces to Cooper Tennis Complex this summer for the 23rd season of World TeamTennis. Jack Sock returns to Springfield for a second season on Fri., July 20. All players are internationally ranked and in the top 200. Don’t miss your chance to see hard-hitting world-class tennis, right here in Springfield. Kids’ Night is Sun., July 22, with FREE admission for kids, activities start at 4 p.m. View full schedule, meet the players and buy tickets here.

Home season dates:
Wed., July 18, 7 p.m., vs. San Diego Aviators
Thurs., July 19, 7 p.m., vs. New York Empire
Fri., July 20 with Jack Sock, 7 p.m., vs. Orange County Breakers
Sun., July 22, 6 p.m., vs. Philadelphia Freedoms, Kids’ Night activities start at 4 p.m.
Sat., July 28, 7 p.m., vs. New York Empire
Mon., July 30, 7 p.m., vs. Washington Kastles
Tues., July 31, 7 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Freedoms



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Tae Kwon Do at The Park Board Family Centers

Learn basic martial arts techniques, beginning through advanced, ages 6 yrs. and up. Instructor-led classes emphasize: be polite, be patient, be alert, be brave, do your best, respect yourself and others. $30/Member; $40/Non-Member

Doling: Session runs Tues. and Thurs. at 6 p.m.,
July 3-31.
Dan Kinney: Session runs Mon. and Wed. at 7:30 p.m.,
July 16-August 8.
Chesterfield: Session runs Wed. and Thurs. at 6:30 p.m.,
July 18-August 9.
Little Dragons, martial arts for kids 5-6 yrs., teaches self-control, following directions and discipline. $30/Member; $40/Non-Member
Dan Kinney: Session runs Mon. and Wed. at 6:30 p.m.,
July 16-August 8.
Chesterfield: Session runs Wed. and Thurs. at 5:30 p.m.,
July 18-August 9.



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Wed., July 4: Red, White and Zoo at Dickerson Park Zoo

Free zoo admission for active military personnel (with military ID) and veterans and their immediate family members from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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Wed., July 4: Splash & Sizzle discount swimming

Admission to the Park Board’s outdoor pools is free all day July 4 with a canned food donation for Ozarks Food Harvest, as part of the Park Board’s Splash & Sizzle program. Fassnight, Grant Beach and Meador pools are open 12-5:30 p.m. Admission is $1 on July 4 without the donation.


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Thurs., July 5, and Wed., July 11: Youth Adventure Days with Outdoor Initiatives

These day trips are especially for kids who crave outdoor adventures. Each day is packed full of outdoor adventures. Sign up for one or both days, $30 each! Register by two days prior to each program. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thurs., July 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – 417 Paddle Skills Day
Wed., July 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – Floating the Buffalo River



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Youth Beginning and Intermediate Tennis classes

Youth ages 9-12 yrs. learn the basics of tennis in a group setting at Gillenwaters Tennis Complex. New classes start each month and are a great price at just $22/student per month. Classes are on Tues. or Thurs., 6-7 p.m. for beginning and 7-8 p.m. for intermediate.


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Fri., July 6-Sat., July 28 Splash & Sizzle discount weekend swimming

Admission to the Park Board’s outdoor pools is free every day after 5:30 p.m. with a canned food donation for Ozarks Food Harvest, as part of the Park Board’s Splash & Sizzle program. Pools stay open late on weekends in July: Grant Beach, Westport and Silver Springs are open until 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays all month. Meador stays open until 8 Saturdays only. And Fassnight pool is open until 10 Saturday nights! Regular pool hours are 1-6:30 p.m., and regular admission is $3/adults, $2.50/youth and seniors.


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Fri., July 6-Sat., July 28 Movies at Founders Park

Enjoy new release and classic movies in an outdoor setting at Founders Park. Fridays are Family Night; Saturdays are Date Night. All movies are G, PG, or PG-13. Movies begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.) Concessions available, bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Free admission. Movie titles include:

Fri., July 6 – Despicable Me 3
Sat., July 7 – Pretty in Pink
Fri., July 13 – The Lion King
Sat., July 14 – Dirty Dancing
Fri., July 20 – Cars 3
Sat., July 21 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Fri., July 27 – Coco
Sat., July 28 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi



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Fri., July 6 and July 20: Family Fridays in the Garden

Bring the whole family for an evening to discover plants, animals and the history of the Springfield Botanical Garden. Meet on the Rooftop Plaza at the Botanical Center at 7:20 p.m. on Fri., July 6 to learn about Neat Natives and/or Fri., July 20 to learn The Secret Night Life of Plants.


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Fri., July 6: Racquet, White and Blue at Tom Watkins Park

Come play free tennis from 6-8 p.m. at Tom Watkins Park in cooperation with USTA! Grab your family and friends and join in on a celebration on the court with music, snacks and having fun playing tennis. Check out the brand-new playground, disc golf course and restrooms! All equipment is provided.


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Sat., July 7: Giboney Cave Tour

Explore the myths, facts, and history of Giboney Cave at Doling Park. Shoes will get muddy on Walking Tours. Clothes will get very muddy and wet on the in-depth Tunnel Tours. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Dates are subject to weather and bat activity. Register by Fri., July 6. At 833-8647. Tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (tunnel tour). Walking Tour is $4/Person, $12/Family of 4; Tunnel Tour: $6/Person, $20/Family of 4.


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Sun., July 8-29: Rugby Ready at Dan Kinney Family Center

Kids 10-14 yrs. can play non-contact rugby Sunday’s from 3-5 p.m. and learn fundamentals of the game in a safe and positive environment with a certified coach. Fee is $40/participant.


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Mon., July 9: Learn to Grow in the Gardens

Meet a Master Gardener for a guided garden tour and learn about Container Water Gardening from 6-7 p.m. at Springfield Botanical Center. Pay $5 at the door.


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Junior Golf Camps

PGA instruction of basic golf fundamentals for juniors. Includes putting, chipping, full swing and proper etiquette and course play.

Rivercut Golf Course with Rick Grayson: July 9-13 from 9-11:30 a.m.; $175/week (10 yrs.+)

Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course: July 16-20 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.; $75/week (7-15 yrs.)


Swim Lessons at Fassnight

Beginner to advanced lessons and for Parent & Child and Youth. Hurry! Only two sessions left before outdoor pools close: July 10-19 and July 24-Aug. 2. Lessons run Tues. or Thurs. 10:15-11 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.; 6:45-7:30 p.m. or 7:45-8:30 p.m. Sign up online here.

Tues., July 10: National Teddy Bear Picnic at Springfield Botanical Gardens

Bring your favorite teddy bear for an evening (6-8 p.m.) at the Peace Through People Pavilion celebrating National Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Bring your own picnic or purchase sandwiches from Parks Concessions and enjoy music, games and crafts. Join us in reading, "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich." Stay for a free screening of Paddington at 9 p.m. Free admission but registration requested here.


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Fri., July 13: Kids' Night Out at Dan Kinney Family Center

Kids ages 5-12 get to have a night that’s all about them, while parents enjoy date night or just peace and quiet. When they join us for kids night (5-8:30 p.m.) they will enjoy pizza, watch the movie “Boss Baby,” make a craft and more! $7/member or $10/non-member.


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Sat., July 14- Sun., July 15: Buffalo River Paddle Trip

Astonishing views such The Narrows and Skull Bluff await you on this 19.6-mile overnight trip from Mt. Hersey to Bakers Ford. Transportation and boat included. Major gear available for rent. Suggested gear lists and meal planning help available. Must be 15 yrs. and up (15-17 yrs., with an adult). Limited space. Register by July 11 at 833-8647. $50/Person.


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Sat., July 14-Sun., July 15: Weekend Golf School at Rivercut

Want to learn to play golf? This is the perfect chance. Get 14 hours of instruction in one weekend taught by Rick Grayson, PGA Golf Professional. Includes notebook, DVD and take-home drills. Golf School runs 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. both days and is $295/weekend.


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Mon., July 16: Try Archery Program at the Archery Range

Allows beginners of any age an opportunity to shoot a limited number of arrows, under the supervision of an instructor. All equipment is provided. Fee is $5 for a hour-long class, 6-7 p.m., at the Archery Range at the Davis Property, 874-2910.


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Wed., July 18 Opening Home Match for Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis

The Springfield Lasers professional tennis team brings rising international stars and familiar faces to Cooper Tennis Complex this summer for the 23rd season of World TeamTennis. All players are internationally ranked and in the top 200. Don’t miss your chance to see hard-hitting world-class tennis, right here in Springfield. View full schedule, meet the players and buy tickets here.


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Fri., July 20: Youth Fall Softball registration deadline

Recreational league (8U-14U) with a five-game guarantee. Register by team, about 10+ players, by July 20. Fall season runs August 6-Sept. 14. Fees vary. Call Killian Sports Complex for more info: 417-837-5817.


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Sat., July 21: Summer Skate Camps on Saturdays

Geared toward beginner and intermediate skateboarders. Riders develop skateboarding skills including park etiquette, skateboarding fundamentals and safety. Skate Camp runs Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., July 21-August 11. Space is limited. $45/participant.


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Sun., July 22: Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis FREE Kids Night!

Got kids that want to have fun and watch professional tennis? Join us at Cooper Tennis Complex at 4 p.m. where all kids get in FREE. Activities run from 4-5:30 p.m. including tennis clinic and games, face painting, balloon animals, and free snow cones from Kona Ice. Stay for the tennis match at 6 p.m. and then kids get to join in with the players at half-time for the dance party!


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Tues., July 24 and Thurs., July 26: SPARC Fall Soccer and Volleyball Registration Events

Sign-up onsite for youth fall volleyball and/or soccer at Truman Elementary on Tues., July 24 and at Harrison Elementary on Thurs., July 26 from 4-6:30 p.m. Fee is $45/child per sport. Fall season runs Sat., Sept. 8-Oct. 13.


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Sun., July 29: World Tiger Day at Dickerson Park Zoo

Educational animal presentations highlighting tigers. Wear your stripes for $2 off general admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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