Summer Activities for Kids in SGF

May 26, 2016

School’s out! That means lots of outdoor activities, picnics, kite-flying, bike riding, park strolling, and some major pool time. There are tons of things going on in SGF this summer season, especially for the kids–including things like art classes, dance camps, free fishing days, and even a peek into the new Wonders of Wildlife museum. If you are looking for some fun things to do with your children, here is our ultimate activities guide for kids this summer in Springfield!


Free Kids Fishing Fun Day
On June 4th, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the Missouri Department of Conservation are hosting the 35th Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park! This a FREE event. It’s designed to teach kids how to fish and encourage them to put their new skills to work throughout the summer. The pond will be stocked full with catfish and bluegill, and every kid can catch and keep up to three fish. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and must supply their own rod and reel, bait and stringer for the fish. The day will include first fish photos, fish weigh-in, instructional fish cleaning and free drinks. Space is limited! Pre-registration is required for this event and no on-site registration is available, so register early at, or call 417-864-1332.


Events at Chick-Fil-A on Glenstone
Our local Chick-Fil-A has several events going on this summer for kids! This first is the Father/Son Campout, June 24th-25th. There will be archery lessons, marshmallow roasting, leather crafts, and you can make your own trail mix. There will be inflatables open until midnight and a “Build Your Own Sundae Party”! The Springfield Police will stay at the camp site and patrol the area all night long and you can come in for a great breakfast in the morning! RSVP here to reserve your spot. Later on in the summer, Princess Night is July 26th from 5-8pm and Action Hero Night is on Aug 30 from 5-8pm.


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Wonders of Wildlife Camps
The Wonders of Wildlife Museum is putting on ‘Conservation EdVentures’ this summer for ages ranging from 4 years old to 8th grade. There are opportunities for overnight camping, cool experiments, survival skills, live animals, and more! All camps include a sneak peak into the Aquarium, a free summer camp shirt, snacks, exciting games, live animal encounters, and tons of fun. Some camp themes include Forest Friends, Club Chemistry, Oceans of Fin, Sharks and Rays, Animal Artist and so many more! To register. Call 417-225-1162 or email for more info.


Creava School for the Arts
Kids can draw, build, collage, paint, sculpt and weave their ideas into masterpieces at Creava’s summer art and clay camps! New art camps begin each week and run Monday through Friday for six weeks, June 6th-July 15th. These new themes each week allow campers to work with clay and a variety of two-dimensional media. Campers who are ages 13 and older may explore hand-building with clay or learn to throw on the potter’s wheel. Each camper will receive plenty of individual instruction! For more information, visit


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The Park Board has all kinds of camps this summer for kids ages 5 to 14. The programs include field trips, swimming, games, crafts, sports, nature activities and team building. Most importantly, they include a safe and affordable opportunity for kids to experience new adventures. Field trips include visits to the Discovery Center, Nature Center, Skateland, Cardinals Games, P3 Pottery, Ha Ha Tonka, White Water and so much more! You can register here!


Dance Camps
There are various dance academies in Springfield putting on dance camps this summer. A&B Dance Center is offering preschool camp for ages 3-5 as well as weekly workshops for beginners and intensives for the more experienced in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap! At Springfield Ballet, in addition to dance, students will enjoy music, drama, nutrition, and anatomy. A special performance is out on at the end of each week to showcase the dancer’s hard work! Check out Credo Dance Academy and Dance Canvas for even more classes.



Discovery Center
The camps at the Discovery Center are sure to interest your child this summer. Kids will get to go deep down underground, learn about zoology, become insect inspectors, experiment with chemistry, learn how to install a native plant garden and much more! The camps start June 6th and run through July 29th and run from 9am – 3pm. Some camp themes include Planet Party, Zany Zoology, Chemistry Concoctions, Summer Playcation, Insect Inspectors, Lab Science, and Coding! You must pre-register and campers must bring a sack lunch with a drink each day. To find more info and register, click here!


Gymnastics Camps
All-Star Gymnastics and Cheer is offering camps for ages 4 – 14 with themes like Pretty Princess Gymnastics Camp (June 6-8), Cheerleading, Tumbling, Stunting Camp (June 13-15), and All-Star Olympics Camp (June 20-22). Dynamics Gymnastics is offering summer clinics for different age groups, taught by experienced ICON cheer staff. Springfield Gymnastics and Aquatics Center has a ton going on as well, including swimming lessons, arts and crafts, ziplining, and horseback riding!


Andy B’s Springfield
Kids can bowl for free this summer at Andy B’s! Starting now until September 1st, you can get two free kids games of bowling a day, all summer for ages 15 and under. You can’t beat this price! It’s a great way to keep the kids active. Just a heads up, this offer is not valid on Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day. You must register here to reserve your coupon.

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