Events


  1. 6K Social Distancing Fun Run


    6K Social Distancing Fun Run is a FREE event designed to get people out and competing while still practicing safe social distancing. Runners compete at their own pace on their own course and submit results once they complete their run. The leaderboard will be updated weekly so runners can keep track of how well they are doing. T-shirts available starting at $20.

    All ages
    May 1-Aug. 8
    Free

  2. Run for Fun Club


    Hop into summer with free kid-friendly creative exercise activities, promoting healthy lifestyles and getting kids running. The Run for Fun Club takes place every Saturday in June and July at Westport School-Park. Water and snacks provided. Register by May 31 at ParkBoard.org/RunForFun.

    For ages 6-11 yrs.
    Saturdays, June 6-July 25
    10-10:45 a.m.
    Free

  3. Family Fishing Night


    Bring the whole family for a relaxing evening of catch-and-release fishing, plus Cow Train and a campfire. Bring your own bait and gear. Limited fishing rod rentals available. Bring your own food to roast over the campfire. Disposable roasting forks provided or bring your own. Drinks and ice cream may be purchased in the Gift Shop. Ages 2 yrs. and younger are free with paid adult. Call 417-837-5949 to register. Registration required by 5 p.m. the day before event. Space is limited to 50 people. View flyer.

    For all ages
    Fridays, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14
    Bring your own gear: $5/Participant
    Rent our gear: $10/Participant

  4. Virtual Butterfly Festival

    Join Friends of the Garden online and on social media to celebrate and learn about gardening, nature and pollinators. Featuring a butterfly magic show with the Instars, garden storytime with the library, a kids pollinator costume contest and more! For a full schedule of events, please click here.

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    For all ages
    Mon.-Sat., July 13-18
    Free

  5. Teddy Bear Picnic


    Bring your favorite stuffed bear and celebrate National Teddy Bear Picnic Day at the Peace Through People Pavilion at Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Register for a 45-minute session that includes story time, a craft, a game, scavenger hunt, photo ops and popsicles. Bring along a picnic to enjoy before or after your session. Event is free but registration is required. To ensure social distancing, each adult is limited to bringing two children. Deadline to register is July 8. Confirmation email will be sent out July 8.

    All ages
    Fri., July 10
    11 a.m.-1:45 pm. Register for a 45 minute session
    Free

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