It has been forecasted to be a rainy weekend in Springfield! We know all too well about the inconsistent weather of the Ozarks and what a hassle that can be on our plans, especially if our plans involve being outdoors. Thankfully the SGF community provides awesome activities to do when it isn’t so nice outside. Here are some of the best things to do in Springfield on a rainy day.
Askinosie Chocolate is a local chocolate factory and is a Springfield staple. Thankfully for us, they offer public tours of the factory even on rainy days. You can get a peek inside the place and learn about the chocolate making process. Their doors are open for tours every Tuesday at 3:30pm, and some Saturdays during the holiday season. After going on the tour, you get a 10% discount in store!
You can experience the Mother’s Brewery tour every Saturday at 2pm, 3pm, or 4pm. It is first come, first serve, so show up at least 15 minutes early to ensure your spot. Mother’s Brewing Company is completely local. The tour is a unique opportunity that Mother’s offers to the public to learn about brewing, taste the craft beers and to see the brewery.
Right now, there’s a great exhibit called Four by Four: Midwest Invitational which features some incredible contemporary art from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. There’s some great paintings and sculptures in this 4-state competition and you can cheer on a Missouri artist’s work as she vies for the top prize!
Growing up is no fun. Forget about the bills and the responsibilities for a bit and go see SLT’s Peter Pan. The show runs until October 9th with plenty of showings on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This would be a great time for the whole family!
Go check out the awesome facilities at the Library Center on South Campbell. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and learn some new things! For the Star Trek fans out there, check out the documentary “For the Love of Spock” on Friday, September 23rd at 6:30. It’s an in-depth look at Leonard Nimoy as told by his son.
There’s always something cool going on at the Discovery Center. There’s a parent-child duo workshop on Saturday, September 24th where kids and their folks can dissect an owl! Plus, there’s all the exhibits. The high wire bike never gets old!
Polish up your home’s feng shui with some renovated furniture from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. This store feature new and lightly used home materials, furniture, appliances and much more! The proceeds from sales all go to the cause of Habitat for Humanity, which helps people attain sustainable living conditions for families in need.
If you’re up for a mental challenge, check out the Springfield Escape Room. Grab a few friends or relatives and get locked in on one of its elaborate puzzles. You can save the whole world with only your wit, solve the mystery of the missing musician or try to escape from Licastro’s Lair. All of them are challenging endeavors that are sure to be a memorable way to spend a rainy day!
Channel your inner Kandinsky and learn to paint at Painting with a Twist. There are all sorts of classes available for a group of you and your friends to attend. You can learn some great brush techniques and sip on some wine while you do it!
This is a unique place for people of all ages to spend time on a rainy day. 1984 is a vintage arcade in downtown Springfield and costs a flat fee of $7.50 to get in the gate and play all of the games. It’s a fun and unique place for all ages to have fun when the weather isn’t so great outside.
Painting your own pottery is a wonderful rainy day activity and is great for families, date night or if you’d like to make a personalized gift for someone. Springfield offers several places to go, such as Firehouse Pottery located in the Galloway area, P3 on Republic Road, and Paint Your Own Pottery located on Walnut Street downtown. Firehouse Pottery offers ½ off of the studio time if you check in on Facebook while you’re there.
Going to the movies is a great choice for a rainy day and Springfield offers tons of options at affordable prices. The IMAX at Springfield 11 is a popular spot to see your favorite movies on the big(gest) screen. The Moxie offers independent films; there’s no other place like this in the SGF community.
Lighthouse Lanes and Andy B’s are two great places to bowl in Springfield. Lighthouse Lanes has a “Glow Bowl” that’s awesome for kids. The new Andy B’s (formerly Battlefield Lanes) is a fun place for people of all ages. They feature updated bowling lanes, a VIP area, tons of modern arcade games and an underground laser tag arena.
If you’re into antiquing and thrifting, it’s a perfect activity for a rainy day. There are plenty of places to find antiques all over the Springfield area. Urban Flea Market on Trafficway is a popular spot to find what you’re looking for, and they have a vast array of furniture as well.
Relics Antique Mall has rows upon rows of antiques and features a tea room in the middle of the building. STD Flea Market has two locations downtown and are great spots to find good deals.
Ozark, Missouri has some fantastic antiquing stores as well, like Spring Creek Antiques and Riverview Antique Center.
This is a really fun activity on a rainy day, especially for the kids. Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park relatively new to Springfield. They host birthday parties, group events and offer multiple exercise classes for all ages. They have different lengths of jump time starting at 9 dollars for 30 minutes. They even have special socks to enhance your jumping experience.