Here it is, the BIG list of family fun for your summer! Try a few, try them all, just get out and have some fun this summer! Find ideas for hiking and outdoorsy fun HERE and local water fun HERE. Now you can’t say that you have nothing to do this summer huh? 🙂 Well, what are you waiting for? Get to it!
**NOTE- all prices and times are accurate as of 6/14/16.
America’s Incredible Pizza Company
Enjoy the pizza buffet or buy a $10 or more game card to enter the building. Play options include: Bumper Cars, Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Mini-Bowling, Spring Town, Lost in Space ride, Tiny Town, XD Theater, and Plenty of games to play and pizza to eat. Check out their deals HERE. 2850 S. Campbell Ave. Springfield. (417)887-3030.
Chuck E. Cheese
Enjoy the buffet or just go to play. Be sure to check their website HERE for a current 100 tokens for $20 coupon when you visit! 3500A S. Glenstone Ave. Springfield (417)886-2511.
Located in Lebanon, Starlite Lanes offers open bowling on Monday-Friday 12pm-6pm for $2.50 per game, Monday-Thursday 6pm-close( I THINK that close is 12am?) for $3.25 per game, Friday 6pm-close for $3.75 per game, Saturday and Sunday and holidays all day games for $3.75 per game. Shoe rental is $2.00. They also offer bumper bowling and glow bowling during certain times, visit their website HERE for more information. They also have batting cages on site. Starlite Lanes participates in the Kids Bowl Free program during the summer. 1331 Rte 66, Lebanon. (417) 532-4262.
Enterprise Park Lanes
Bowling hours vary here seasonally but in the summer months(June-August) the hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-1am, Friday and Saturday 10am-1:30am(really? Staying open 30 minutes later is a big deal??? Made me laugh), and Sunday 11am-12am. I’d share the cost with you too but honestly it’s darn complicated and I don’t feel like typing it all out. Count on between $3-4 per person per game. You can check out all of the complexities of it for yourself HERE. Shoe rental is $2.50 per person. They also have nightly specials during the week that you’ll want to check out but again the information isn’t concise and would take forever to write out here….bust out your best Google moves and look it up yourself. You can do it, I know you can! Enterprise Park Lanes participates in the Kids Bowl Free program as well. If you haven’t taken advantage of that little bit of summer fun yet I highly recommend that you sign up and get your snazzy bowling shoes on this summer! 1625 S Enterprise Ave, Springfield. (417) 883-0511.
Another local bowling alley. Monday-Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday 10am-12am, Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 2pm-10pm. Weekdays $3 per person per game. Saturday before 5pm $3.50 per person per game, Sunday before 5pm $4 per person per game, Weekend evenings(Friday,Saturday, Sunday) after 5pm $4 per person per game, Holidays $4 per person per game. Shoe rentals are $2.50. Daily specials can be found HERE. Lighthouse Lanes also participates in the Kids Bowl Free Summer Program. 350 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield. (417) 864-6777.
Yet another local bowling alley. Whew! Lots of bowling going on around here. Ok then. Hours vary seasonally here as well but during the summer months(June-August) they are open Monday-Thursday 9am-12am, Friday 9am-1am, Saturday 11am-1am, and Sunday 12pm-12am. Their rates are just as complicated and obnoxious as Enterprise Lanes so again I’ll let you look them up HERE yourself but again that standard $2.50 shoe rental stays consistent and you can once again count on paying between $3-4 per person per game. Sunshine Lanes offers rock-n-bowl, college/military night, and a family Sunday program throughout the week. They also participate in the Kids Bowl Free program. 1500 W Sunshine St, Springfield. (417) 866-7246.
Bowling, Laser Tag, Arcade, Dining…Andy B’s offers a little bit of everything. Our kids especially love playing laser tag with Dad here! Open Monday-Thursday 10am-12am, Friday and Saturday 10am-1:30am, Sunday 11am-12am. With the wide variety of activities they offer you’ll want to check out the website HERE
to find the rates for your experience. Btw, Andy B’s also participates in the Kids Bowl Free
summer program! 1127 E. Battlefield Rd. Springfield. (417)883-1234.
The Discovery Center is truly a wonderful place to spend time with your child! We like it so much that we are annual season pass holders. All four of our kids love it despite the difference in their ages. The Discovery Center offers several floors of themed exhibits and changes the exhibits frequently keeping our kids engaged each visit. DCS also offers quite a few “special” events throughout the year, giving children an opportunity to explore various aspects of science in a fun way. We’ve enjoyed bubble fest, a Halloween-themed night of activities, and David and I have also participated in adults only nights…who says you can’t play together on date night right? They also offer camps for children during spring break and summer as well. It’s pretty obvious that I’m a loyal supporter but seriously if you haven’t taken your kids here, you’re truly missing out! The Discovery Center is open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-6pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Adults $12, Children(3-15) $8, Senior Citizens $10 and children under 3 are free. *Military families receive free admission at DCS.
Because I don’t want you to miss out on all that the Discovery Center has to offer, I’ll clue you in to this awesome coupon
available via Springfield Missouri Travel and Tourism
. They are my favorite resource for fun things to do in the Ozarks, check them out! 438 E St Louis St, Springfield. (417)862-9910.
Clue Pursuit is Missouri’s first live escape room! These rooms are created for groups of 3 or more people and designed in such a way that you have to work together to find clues and solve the problem to get out of the room in 60 minutes or less. Clue Pursuit offers several rooms of varying difficulty for ages 9 and up. No scares or physical limitations make these a friendly event for pregnant women and senior citizens as well. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled game time. Browse the rooms and reserve your time online HERE
. Prices depend on how many people are in your party. Groups of 3-4 per room are $25/player, 5-6 players are $22 each, and 7 or more players per room are $20 each. Note that Clue Pursuit is a live event and refunds and not given.
1701 S Campbell Ave, Springfield. (417)268-9668
Located in Ozark, Questledge is a hunt of sorts to gather clues and solve the challenge in whatever quest you decide to try. They offer various scenarios for all ages. This sounds awesome for families and groups! I’m looking forward to giving it a go with our crew this summer. Visit their website HERE for information on quests and pricing. 5571 N. 21st Street Ozark (417)582-0779.
The Pythian Castle offers history tours, ghost tours, murder mystery dinners, and a variety of holiday events making it one of the areas best venues for history buffs and thrill seekers. History tours share some of the history of this site. Ghost tours claim that the castle is haunted and offer the chance to explore the spooky grounds and hear some of the scary stories thus far. A murder mystery dinner just sounds fun! This one offers a 3 course meal and interactive show. Holiday events include a huge New Years Eve bash, Valentine’s Cabaret show, and a fancy pants Valentine’s dinner/dance. For more information on scheduling any one of these events please visit the website HERE. We haven’t been able to go yet but I have high hopes to talk David into a Ghost tour this October. (Did you catch that David? I really want to do this!) It sounds so fun! 1451 E Pythian St, Springfield. (417)865-1464.
Jumpin’ Joey’s is an indoor bounce center that offers open play times. Open jump Tuesday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 12pm-6pm. Weekday open jump cost $5.99 for children(2-12 years) and $8.99 for 13 years or older. Weekend jump $8.99 ANY AGE beginning 4pm of Friday and all day Sat/Sun. Socks are required for all participants. 2550 S. Campbell Springfield. (417) 889-5639.
Jump Mania is another indoor jumping option in Springfield. Open jump Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 12pm-9pm and Sunday 12pm-7pm. Weekdays $6.50/child, Weekends(including Friday after 4pm) $9.75/child. All jumpers must wear socks. **NOTE- I feel like I should share that this business does NOT have very good reviews. From what I understand cleanliness, well-maintained equipment, and employee service/supervision are areas of concern. By all means go out and get your own feel of this local business but be forewarned from the experiences of others what you might encounter!
Skyzone is an indoor trampoline park FILLED with trampolines for bouncy fun. They offer several special programs such as toddler time, a teen program, and a workout class in addition to offering open jump which you can buy in 30 minute increments. Be sure to check out the promos page HERE for current specials. Jumpers are separated by age so you CANNOT jump with your young child unless you attend toddler time. You need special socks to jump that you buy on-site for $2/person. These socks are yours to keep and can be used again for future visits. **It is strongly recommended to buy tickets online before arriving to ensure your timeslot** 2765 S. Kansas Expressway Springfield. (417)771-3883.
Relive pinball and video gaming ’80s-style at this pay at the door arcade. $7.50 admission is good all night. No additional charge for games. Wednesday-Saturday 4pm-11pm. Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. 400 South Jefferson Avenue Springfield. (417) 831-3665.
Mediacom Ice Park
Located in Springfield, Mediacom Ice Park is the place to go for open ice skating, figure skating, or hockey. They offer a little bit of everything at a reasonable rate. The ice park is also available for birthday parties and special events. Open skating is available in various sessions depending on the month, check their website HERE to see when open skate is available this month. 635 E. Trafficway Springfield. (417)866-7444.
Open Tuesday-Thursday 1-3pm($6/skater, free skate rentals), Friday 7pm-11pm($7/skater), and Saturday 2pm-4pm($6 /skater). They also offer a family discount on Wednesday nights from 7pm-9pm($3/skater, free skate rentals, and 5 and under skate free with a paid adult). 5163 S Campbell Ave, Springfield. (417) 881-8011.
Springfield Skate Park
Did you know Springfield has a skate park? The skate park offers 13,500 square-foot of indoor park space and an additional 25,00 square-foot outdoor concrete park set up for all kind of epic stunts. The facility is closed on Monday, open Tuesday-Thursday 3-9pm, Fridays from 3-6:30pm and then again from 7-11pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm(skate only) 2:30-6:30pm and again 7-11pm and Sunday 12pm-4:30pm and again 5-9pm. It is important to note that the facility is closed in the brief breaks between sessions and everyone must leave the skate area. I’m not sure what the deal is with that but rules are rules, deal with it. Members pay $5/session. Non-members pay $10. Helmet rentals $1. Skateboard rentals $5. You can learn more about a membership HERE. 945 W. Meadowmere Street Springfield. (417)868-8758.
NOTE On 6/21/16 the skate park will be hosting a Go Skateboarding Day event from 3-9pm with skating competitions and other stuff to do and see. I’m not talented with a skateboard(or anything on wheels really) but this sounds like a fun time. You gotta respect people that can flip around on those things without getting a concussion. It takes skill. If you are looking for something new or different to see in the area, check it out!
54 holes of glow in the dark indoor putt putt offers a new spin on an old favorite. This facility also offers a laser maze challenge and 3Kick for an additional fee. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm. Adults $9 , children(5-12 years old) $7, children(4 and under) $5, Seniors $5, Military $7. Group pass(5 or more) $8/person. 4121 S. Cox Road Springfield. (417)882-6200.
Fun Acre Mini Golf
Located in Springfield, Fun Acre Mini Golf is pretty self-explanatory…it’s a fun little mini golf course. Not exactly what I’d call spectacular or grand but fun, affordable family entertainment. I like that. 18 holes of mini golf and batting cages. Golf cost $2.50 for adults, $1.75 for children 5-11 years old, and children 4 and under play free with an adult. For the batting cages, one quarter gets 5 pitches and you can get change on site if needed. Hours are 10am-11pm daily during the summer months. Please note that Fun Acre is a CASH ONLY attraction. 2500 S Campbell Ave, Springfield (417)889-1872.
160 Grand Prix
Located in Nixa, 160 Grand Prix has single and double seat go-karts as well as two 18 hole mini golf courses. Riders must be 52″ tall to drive a single kart and 60″ tall to drive a double kart. Single seat karts cost $5. Double cost $6. You can save a little moolah if you bundle 1 single seat and 1 double seat ticket together for $10. Golf costs: Adults and children 10 and up cost $5, 6-9 years cost $3, and ages 1-5 are free with a paid adult. Discounted ticket prices are available when buying for a large group, visit their website HERE for more information. 521 West Guin Rd. Nixa (417)724-8300.
Springfield Cardinals Baseball
The Springfield Cardinals are the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Home games take place at Hammons Field. Tickets can be purchased online at their website HERE, over the phone, or at the ticket office at Hammons Field. Tick prices range depending on location by are usually under $25/person. Season tickets are also available. 955 E Trafficway St. Springfield. (417)863-0395.
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is great for families because it celebrates past athletic achievements and encourages future athletes as well. The 2-story building houses over 4,000 pieces of sports memorabilia as well as several interactive exhibits where visitors can race in a NASCAR simulator, toss a football around, shoot some hoops, and bat against a Major League pitcher. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. Adults $5, Children (6-15) $3, Children under 5 are free, Seniors (55+) $4, Students $3, Family of 4: $14, Groups of 10+ $2/person. 3861 East Stan Musial Drive Springfield. (417)889-3100.
Lake Springfield Park, Boathouse and Marina
Lake Springfield offers fishing, hiking trails, picnic pavilions and playgrounds, canoe and kayak rentals, a community room and a small shop for bait and the like. If you opt to rent a kayak or canoe for the day you can borrow a life jacket and paddle the James River Linear Park Water Trail(about 4.5 miles long). Renters must be over 18 years old and minors must be accompanied by an adult. The park is open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm from October-May and Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 11am-6pm from June-September. 5324 S. Kissick Ave. Springfield (417)891-1550.
In addition to offering some of the best dance and gymnastics classes available in the Ozarks, Dynamic Gymnastics opens up their facility to preschoolers for an open play time every Monday and Friday from 11am-noon. Cost is $5/child. Open gym is not available during the months of June and July. Dynamic Gymnastics also has a new Ninja Zone class that combines tumbling, obstacles, and the ninja-like actions you’d expect from such a class. They’ve recently added a mini Ninja class for 3-4 year olds as well. During the summer months be sure to check out their dance workshops and summer clinics! 2100 East Pythian Street Springfield OR 3624 West Republic Road Springfield. (417)890-0846.
Valley Mills Park Equestrian Center
This public equestrian facility offers horsemanship classes, summer and day camps for children, a literacy program for first graders, birthday packages and facility rentals to the average joe. IF you happen to be a horse lover, they have even more to offer in the way of the indoor and outdoor arenas, and a 10 acre obstacle course available for your use during open riding times. Open riding times and lessons vary depending upon the seasons, if you are interested in more information about this facility please call their offices. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm. 4007 N. Farm Road 171 Springfield. (417)833-3291.
Sac River Stables
Sac River Stables offers horse boarding, riding lessons, horse training, birthday parties, summer day camps and scout badge programs to the Springfield area as well as seasonal Night Out at the Stables events and homeschooling riding lessons. If you have a horse lover at home I urge you to check out lessons here! 5798 North Farm Road 125
Springfield. (417) 742-4200.
Davis House Archery Center
The Davis House Archery Center offers both recreational and competitive archery for all ages. They offer indoor and outdoor ranges including a wooded walking course. Open to the public Monday-Friday 12pm-7pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm. $5/hour or with a $15 monthly membership. You must have prior experience to use the ranges during open practice times. However, they do offer occasional “try archery” sessions open to all ages for a small fee and they offer classes for beginners ages 8 and up. Check their website HERE for more information on those programs. 5780 South Farm Road 141 Springfield. (417)874-2910.
Located in Niangua, Bailey’s Battlefield hosts private paintball and Airsoft groups. They also have a big Airsoft game once a month. For more information email email@example.com or call the phone number provided. 1300 Kilburn Bridge Rd, Niangua. (417) 839-9299.
Warrior Sports is an indoor obstacle course gym setup in Springfield. If you’re looking for a new workout or even a fun place to burn some energy with the kids Warrior Sports has you covered. Open gym times are from 2pm-9pm Monday-Firday and 12pm-9pm Saturday and Sunday. Drop-ins $10, 5 visit punch card $40, 10 visit punch card $80 and they provide monthly memberships that start at $40. They also offer a variety of classes you can learn more about by visiting their website HERE. 425 W. Plainview Rd. Springfield. (417)894-7319
This zipline, located in Lebanon, offers an adreline rush for local thrillseekers. Open 7 days a week, 10 am -8 pm, hours can vary in early spring and fall so it’s not a bad idea to give them a call before heading out. Reservations are recommended. The zipline costs $40/person. Groups of 8 or more receive a $5 discount per person. Visit their website HERE for more information on tips and restrictions when booking your tour. 4 NRO Road Lebanon. (417)532-0041.
Rutledge Wilson Farm Park
This community park, located in Springfield, celebrates the agricultural history in the area by offering a selection of educational and recreational opportunities for guests to enjoy such as: demonstration crops and gardens, visitor’s center/gift shop, animal barns, hiking trail, playground and fishing pond. Hours vary with the season but during the summer months they are open daily from 9am-5pm. Download the visitors guide HERE. Rutledge Wilson Farm Park often offers special activities throughout the year, especially in the fall and summer months. Currently, they are hosting family fishing nights once a month. Find more information about the fun family fishing nights HERE. 3825 W. Farm Road 146
Wild Animal Safari
Located in Strafford, Wild Animal Safari offers animal tours(either in your own vehicle or on a provided shuttle led by a tour guide) that showcase 70 various species. You can also stroll through the walk-about to see some of the smaller animals. While you are there you can visit the Café, Gift Shop, and Safari Kid’s Adventure Zone that features rides for the youngest adventures. June-mid August they are open daily 10am-7pm. When school resumes the weekday hours change to 10am-6pm and they stay open until 7pm on weekends only. When you order tickets HERE you can get a small discount—Adults $18.45 / Seniors and Children $15.45 and they offer a Missouri Family Pack( 2 adults/2 children 3-12 years) for $63.95. 124 Jungle Dr. Strafford. (417)859-5300.
National Tiger Sanctuary
The National Tiger Sanctuary is located off Hwy BB in Saddlebrooke. The NTS is an awesome non-for-profit organization that provides a permanent home for these big cats. The NTS is dedicated to protecting these animals and sharing their love and knowledge with the rest of us by providing various educational opportunities at their facility. The NTS offers several guided tour options, from your basic tour up to an entire day with the Director behind the scenes! Read about the tour options HERE. 518 State Highway BB Saddlebrooke. (417) 587-3633.
Dickerson Park Zoo
I love this little zoo! We’ve been going here for years, even before we lived in Missouri. I just like it. Probably because of the giraffes. My husband has a thing for giraffes and we have enjoyed taking all of our children to the viewing deck to feed them when we visit. Some of my favorite memories! 🙂 The zoo offers a variety of animal exhibits to explore, a very nice playground to relax at, the aforementioned giraffe feedings, a train ride for children, a small splash pad during warm weather, and an impressive array of seasonal events geared towards family fun. Our family especially enjoys participating in the summer classes, member events, and zoo boo(definitely better suited for our younger children but still fun). 1401 W Norton Rd, Springfield. (417) 833-1570.
Missouri Institute of Natural Science
The Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum features hundreds of fossil specimens to explore including animals, plants, and minerals. My daughter is especially interested in dinosaur fossils, making this one of her favorites! Riverbluff cave is also on site and usually is open for tours but right now it is closed to visitors. You can follow the museum on Facebook to be notified of when it will be open again. Open Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm and Saturday(March-October) 9am-4pm/ Saturday (November-February) 10am-2pm. Closed on Sunday. Hours can chance when short-staffed. It is recommended to call ahead of your visit. The museum is free to the public , donations are accepted and of course appreciated! 2327 W. Farm Road 190 Springfield. (417) 883-0594.
America’s only ride-thru cave is located in Springfield. That’s kinda cool. It’s said that the cave was discovered in 1862 by an Ozark farmer’s dog actually. I think that’s a fun bit of knowledge. Fantastic Caverns is open daily(except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day) from 8am- “dusk”. Tours run every 20-30 mintues and last about an hour. Adults $23.50 /Children(6-12) $16.50/ 5 and under are FREE with a parent. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Season passes are also available. 4872 North Farm Road 125 Springfield. (417)833-2010.
First Friday Art Walk
On the first Friday of the month Springfield host an art walk in downtown Springfield from 6-10pm. Art varies each month but area artists come out to display and discuss their amazing talents! Visit their website HERE or their Facebook page HERE for more details on this months highlights. (417)862-2787 Ext 25.
Artivities, located in downtown Springfield, is a wonderful spot for the artistically inclined. Artivities offers art for all ages and abilities with many wonderful programs including several geared for children at a reasonable rate. Your child can participate in art camps(with many options on both class type and price), art classes, art lessons, and birthday parties, Artivities also offers Littles Classes for young artists in training and a wide variety of classes for adults. Find more information on programs of interest to you by visiting their website HERE. 209 W. Commercial Street Springfield. (417)399-4580.
RSVPaint is geared more for adults but they do offer a few family painting sessions as well suited for children(accompanied by an adult). Daytime sessions on Saturdays and Walk-in Wednesday sessions are for the whole family. View their calendar HERE to find your favorite upcoming session. It is strongly encouraged that you rsvp online for your session to guarantee your spot! 440 S Campbell Ave Springfield. 417-413-4331.
At Firehouse Pottery ceramic art is made easy. Pick your piece, find a seat and an employee will share a quick overview of the process for you so you can set to work on your masterpiece. Choose from mugs, dinnerware, plates, figurines, ornaments, and holiday décor. The studio provides hundreds of paints, stamps, stencils and other resources to help you add the special touches to your piece that make it unique to you. When you finish your piece take it to the counter, pay, get your pick-up date and be on your way. No need to even clean up your mess! Your piece will be ready in about a week. Prices vary but mugs start at $8, figurines at $11, plates at $12 Mugs start at $8, animal figures at $11, and plates at $12. Please note that there is a studio fee of $6/painter as well. 4150 S Lone Pine Ave, Springfield. (417) 881-8381.
Springfield Art Museum
The art museum in Springfield offers traveling exhibitions as well as their own collection. Current exhibitions include Watercolor U.S.A, Warhol Uncanned, and String Theory. While browsing the art with your kiddos(because kids are totally welcomed and encouraged at the museum!) be sure to stop by the family art lab and book nook. The museum also offers family art days that feature activities and demonstrations pertaining to their theme that month where kids can explore art concepts with a hands on approach. I recommend taking along sketch books for kids(take one for you too)when you go, you never know when inspiration will strike! The museum also offers art camps and classes. Visit the website HERE for more information. Visiting the museum is free but donations are welcome. Springfield Art Museum is open Sunday 1pm-5pm/ Closed on Monday/ Tuesday-Wednesday 9am-5pm/Thursday 9am-8pm/ Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm. 1111 East Brookside Drive Springfield. (417)837-5700.
Route 66 Car Museum
A new Route 66 Car Museum is set to open of the 15th of this month in Springfield. The museum will feature 67 unique classic cars. Admission is $15 for adults. Discounts will be available for veterans and children but not many details on hours/admission have been released yet. 1624 W. College St. Springfield.
Railroad Historical Museum
This non-profit museum is located at Grant Beach Park in Springfield and operated entirely by volunteers to preserve railroad history. The museum is made up of 4 antique train cars with photos, artifacts, paintings and equipment as well as hands-on activities for kids and adults alike. Private tours, birthday parties, and field trips are available at this unique site upon request. The museum is open seasonally on Saturdays(May-October) from 2-4pm. Admission is free. Being located within Grant Beach Park makes the museum a great addition to a picnic or pool day! 1300 N. Grant St. Springfield. (417)833-0994.
History Museum on the Square
The History Museum on the Square is currently undergoing some exciting renovations. During this time the current exhibit, 200 Years at the Center of Everything, is still on display inside the Fox theatre. Museum hours are from Monday to Saturday 10:30am-4:30pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and 2 and under are free. This Museum houses 100,000 artifacts that preserve and showcase Springfield’s history. The renovations hope to add over 55,000 square feet of exhibit space, high tech displays, traveling exhibitions from around the nation, and walking tours through the downtown district. 157 Park Central Square Springfield. (417)831-1976.
**NOTE- the current exhibit will only remain on display until the 18th of this month, check it out while you can!
Did you know that Marshfield is home to MSU’s Baker Observatory? Baker Observatory maintains two large telescopes and many smaller telescopes for astronomical studies. The observatory is used for labwork by beginning and intermediate students and for research purposes by advanced students and faculty. Currently 3 astronomers work within this department at MSU and occasionally they allow the public to come out and learn a bit as well. I think this is cool! Finally something fun about Marshfield and it’s a surprisingly well-kept secret. Boo on you Marshfield for not doing more to promote these events, especially for a town so proud of your space-related history…seems kinda like something you’d want to put out there! The observatory typically hosts these events 2-3 times a year with the next one tentatively planned for late September. Go like their Facebook page though because they hope to add more frequent public observing nights in the future. Please bear in mind that this facility is an academic resource and should be treated with RESPECT at all times. Don’t bug these people while they are studying. Not cool. When headed out to the public events, take the time to read and learn about the facility and event expectations. You can find that helpful information HERE.
Askinosie Chocolate Factory
Love chocolate? Me too! Springfield is home to the Askinosie Chocolate Factory. For a bit of fun check out their factory tours on Tuesdays at 3:30pm. Tours last about 45 minutes and go over the history and practices of the tour and include a few yummy samples along the way. Tour guests receive a 10% discount on the day of their tour as well, pretty sweet! Tickets cost $5/adult and $4 for children and students. 100% of the profits from tours support Chocolate University. Children 5 and under are not recommended since it is a factory setting but they are allowed as long as they are held or secured in a stroller for the entire tour. Open toe shoes are not allowed on the tour and it is important to know that the large magnets used in the factory can affect pacemakers and the like. Touring a Chocolate factory kinda makes me think Willy Wonka…I’m there! YUM.
Sequiota Bike Shop
David and I visited this shop just a couple of weeks ago. I loved it! We enjoyed our meal to go because they were PACKED on a Sunday afternoon(yay for them!) but here’s the basic deal: They have a little itty bitty restaurant where the small staff run around like crazy trying to get awesome(and kinda pricey for a sandwich) food out to their customers while said customers hopefully find a comfy seat outside under their covered patio or in the backyard seating in a pretty shaded space under the beautiful summer sky. I noticed that they had a couple of yard games to enjoy and a bar outdoors as well. Of course they also have bikes to rent! That’s what we did. We hopped on a tandem and took off to the park. Ok…so maybe “hopped on” doesn’t fully do justice to just how tricky or alarming riding tandem was but it was a great experience to have. I’d do it again. I may or may not have nearly ran us into a tree in a panic the first time around though…be warned. Standard men’s and women’s bikes are $15 for the first hour and $7.50 for each additional hour. Tandem bikes are $25 for the first hour and $12.50 for each additional hour. 3521 S. Lone Pine Springfield. (417) 881-4488.
Rosewood Farms(Home of Grandpa Joe’s Chocolates)
We love Rosewood Farms! Granny showed us this hidden treasure last spring and I’m oh so glad she did! I LOVE their salted caramel truffles…I haven’t had a bad chocolate there yet and doubt I ever will but I big fat puffy <3 those truffles! Located just past Hartville, this business is quite literally out in the middle of nowhere…driving along Hwy 5 you begin to see signage for coffee, chocolates, gifts…it seems so out of place and bizarre to have a retail business out in the countyside but I’m really glad that they are there! It’s a quaint little place with adorable jewelry and clothes that I wish I could fit myself into amid pretty décor and gift items. Walk in the door and your nose is assaulted with the delicious smells of chocolate and COFFEE. Be still my heart, I love a good latte. We’ve gotten to know the owners a bit during our visits and I have to say that they are some of the kindest and most personable people I’ve met in the area, super sweethearts. I loved hearing their story of ending up in Missouri and the details of how they make their chocolates. Fun Fact: they make the chocolate in a bunker underground to keep the chocolate at idea temperatures during the process. I think that’s neat. It’s fun to imagine where the bunker may be located while wandering the gardens around the shop. 7345 Highway 5 Hartville. (417) 741-6915.
Pineapple Whip!!!! Any good summer roundup for Springfield MUST include Pineapple Whip. I don’t know why I love it so, I just do. Lovely, perfect, super smooth pineapple whip…ahhhhh. Pineapple Whip is open summers Monday-Thursday 12pm-10pm and Friday and Saturday 12pm-10:30pm. Visit their website HERE for information on what flavors can be found where. Get some! Now. Why are you still reading this? GO. 3 locations: 1517 W Battlefield, 3850 South Campbell,1310 S Glenstone Ave. Springfield.