Park News

NEW Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights

The Springfield Park District is SO excited to announce our NEW Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights event at the Henson Robinson Zoo!  This year we have partnered with a National company to put on the most spectacular sparkling holiday light display and walking tour through the Zoo!  Daily details are being planned every day, so check back for weekend activity updates!  See the flyer below to mark your calendar for the Light Schedule and plan to spend your 2017 Holiday Season with us at the Henson Robinson Zoo! Add our Facebook event to your calendar.


Holiday Carriage Rides in Washington Park
The Park District is excited to announce that the Vintage Carriage rides have been so popular, hat we plan to continue them in the month of December! Plan to bring your family or loved ones out for a charming horse-drawn carriage ride thru Washington park which will be decorated for the holiday season. Pre Reservation and payment is required. Each carriage ride is 30 minutes long and can sit 4-6 people. Time slots are from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Feel free to share your ride with family or another couple! Rides will begin at Washington Park (near the upper lagoon). To reserve your spot, call Red Gate Farm at 217-501-4234 or email manager@redgatefarmllc.com.



44th Annual Winter Holiday Floral Show
The Washington Park Botanical Garden Conservatory will be filled with poinsettias amongst the tropical collection. Poinsettias, tropical plants, and evergreens will overflow the Exhibit Hall for a stunning display. The display will open on December 2 and remain open until December 20. It will be open on Monday-Friday from 12:00-4:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00-5:00pm. Call Washington Park Botanical Garden for  more information at 217-546-4116.



GO!217 Workout in the Park
Get a jump start on those New Year's resolutions BEFORE the holidays! Join us on Thursday, December 7 at 6:00pm for a free workout called RIPPED (resistance, interval, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet). This workout will be led by our friends at FitClub and will be at Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park. Bring water and a friend!

Check out the GO 217 Facebook Page or go217.org for more information. Add the Facebook event to your calendar.



Snowball of Fun!
In this special one-day class on December 9 from 10:00am to 11:30am, we will have fun playing games and making a fun Christmas craft. We will also make a yummy treat. There is a limit of 12 children for this child-only class. Call 217-546-3970 to sign up. Payment is due the day of class. This class is for any child ages 3-5 and is located at the Washington Park Pavilion Preschool.



Santa House
The Springfield Tradition continues in 2017 when Santa will arrive at his home away from the North Pole at Robin Roberts Stadium. His house opens on December 9 and will be open everyday until December 22. Mondays through Fridays from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Admission is FREE and photos with Santa are $5 (no charge if photos are taken with your own camera). Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



Holiday Extravaganza
Join the Springfield Zoological Society at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday December 10 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. There will be food, 100+ vendors and entertainment. Email springfieldzoologicalsociety@gmail.com of you are a vendor. This event benefits the Henson Robinson Zoo Re-new the Zoo Campaign. Add the Facebook event to your calendar.



Caroling at the Carillon
Join us on December 10 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm as we celebrate the season around a roaring bonfire singing holiday carols to the bells of the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. The Rees Carillon Society, the Carillon Belles and the Springfield Park District are looking forward to seeing you there! This is a FREE event and there will be free refreshments to enjoy. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



Special Recreation Winter Camp
This is an all-day camp for individuals with or without disabilities. This camp will run Monday through Friday from December 21 through January 2. Our Winter Camp is one day at a time so feel free to sign up for all or just one of the days. Scheduled activities begin at 8:30am and end about 5:00pm (we will be open from 7:30am until 5:30pm with self-selected activities). An afternoon snack will be provided. Bring a cold sack lunch with a drink each day. We will be closed all day Christmas Day and New Years Day. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



Nelson Center Winter Camp
The Springfield Park District offers the perfect day care solution for working parents. This camp is perfect for children ages 5-12. The camp runs December 22, 2017 through January 2, 2018 from Monday-Friday from 7:00am to 5:30pm at the Nelson Center. There will be no camp on December 25 and January 1. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



GO!217 Workout in the Park
Work on those New Year's resolutions! Join us on Thursday, January 4 at 6:00pm for a free workout. This workout will be at Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park. Bring water and a friend! Check out the GO 217 Facebook Page or go217.org for more information.



Free January Dance with Special Recreation
Bring your dancing shoes and let's get ready to boogie for our monthly semi-formal dance at Erin's Pavilion. This dance is free to individuals of all abilities ages seven and up! Come dance and hang out with friends on Friday, January 5 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



Parents' Night Out with Special Recreation at Erin's Pavilion
Need an evening without the kids? The Springfield Park District’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too!

For our first Parent's Night Out we will be at Erin's Pavilion from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Saturday, January 13. It will have a bounce house, fun games and stations with different activities. This program is available to anyone ages 12-21 with or without a disability. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up (you must register at least 2 weeks in advance).



Holiday Camp: Martin Luther King Day
Want a break from your child on your day off? Or does your child get the day off but you do not? Send them to our holiday camp! You do not have to have a disability to attend. An afternoon snack will be provided. The day will include recreational activities as well as arts and crafts projects. Bring a cold sack lunch with a drink each day. No candy or soda please!

Our first camp of the year will be on Monday, January 15 from 8:00am to 5:30pm at The Nelson Center. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign your child up (must register at least 2 weeks in advance).



December Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can print off and stick on your fridge! Click the image below for a print-friendly version.



Fall Program and Facility Guide
Our Fall Guide is here! Make sure to pick up a copy from us at the Illinois State Fair in Conservation World. This is a MUST HAVE resource for everything Springfield Park District! Click the image below to download a pdf to your computer.



Event and Program Listings
To help you better find what fun event or program you are looking for, we have created this quick alphabetical listing:


After School Recreation PowerPlay! Beyond School
We will be offering an after school program for individuals with or without disabilities. This program will focus on fitness, nutrition and health. We will provide a snack, recreational activities and time to do homework. Chatham Schools (Erin's Pavilion) will begin this program on August 16 and District 186 (Nelson Center) will begin on August 21. Both school districts' after school programs will run from 2:00-5:30pm Monday-Friday. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign your child up. You must sign up at least 2 weeks in advance.



Zooper Edventures Classes
Take a walk on the wild-side and have a Zooper Adventure! Kids ages 5-6 or 7-9 will have a wild time in the classroom with fun theme-related games, crafts, a zoo discovery walk, and other fun learning activities! Advanced registration is required. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to register.



Masters Swim Practice
This is a practice written, run and organized by participating master swimmers. The participants can attempt to complete workouts assigned by the Aquatics director and/or participants. This program is offered for advanced swimmers at Eisenhower pool. Masters Swim Practice is on Sunday mornings from 8:00-9:30am from September 10, 2017 through May 20, 2018. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up for a year lap pass.



Fall Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours
Bring your group for a tour of the Gardens today! Please call ahead to schedule a date and time. Tours run from September 11 through December 19 from 9:00am to 3:00pm Mondays-Fridays. Tours are free and are available for any age group. Call 217-546-4116 for more information or to schedule a tour.



Springfield Jr Blues Home Schedule
Check out the image below and find out when you will be able to go cheer on the Springfield Jr Blues this season! Call 217-525-2589, visit their website at www.jrblues.com or download their app!



Project H.O.W.L.
In Project H.O.W.L. we "Help Out Wild Life!" In our zoo classroom, we will learn about animals and their ecosystems, and on zoo grounds, we will present enrichment items to enhance those animals' lives and stimulate new behaviors. See the flyer below for classes and dates. Classes are for ages 10-12 and are on select Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Call 217-585-1821 in advance to register your child.



Weekly Carillon Concerts
Carlo van Ulft, the Park District's carillonist, plays a wide variety of classical, folk and popular music year-round. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Fall concerts will be played from October 1 through December 31 on Sundays at 2:00pm & 4:00pm and Wednesdays at noon.



Fall Golf Rates
Fall Golf Rates will go into effect on October 2, 2017. Bunn and Lincoln Greens will be $24 for 18 holes riding and $16 for 18 holes walking. For all four golf courses (Bunn, Lincoln Greens, Bergen and Pasfield) it will be $14 for 9 holes riding and $8 for 9 holes walking. Rates are valid all day, seven days a week.



Special Olympics: Basketball Team and Skills
One of America's favorite sports and a great way to get exercise. You can join our Special Olympics Basketball Team or Skills. Practices start on Saturday, October 14, 2017 and run until March 10, 2018. Practices are at the hdfkjlhfksdljfhdlxhlh from 12:00pm until 1:30pm. This program is for anyone with or without a disability and is eight years-old or older. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Special Olympics: Swim Team
This is an opportunity to learn and practice swimming and stroke skills for all abilities. With athletes working toward Special Olympics competition. You do not have to complete in Special Olympics to be in this program, but you must know how to swim. Practices start on December 3, 2017 and run until June 10, 2018 on Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm at Eisenhower Pool. This program is for ages eight and up. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Learn to Play Hockey: Winter Session
We are excited to announce that we have recently become a Chicago Blackhawks Rink Partner! We will participate in their MinorHawks Learn to Play Program to cross promote the sport of Youth Hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks Organization, the Springfield Park District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association!

Basic hockey skills are introduced, to boys and girls, with our 8 class program. Beginning students start in LTP 1 and must receive a passing grade to advance to Learn to Play 2 hockey or to our House Leagues. LTP 2 is a feeder program into our Lower/Upper House Leagues and Travel team. Register for the Early Bird and save $10.00!

Learn to Play Hockey 1 classes are 45 minutes in length and Learn to Play 2 classes are 1 hour in length. Learn to Play 1 is for beginners and Learn to Play 2 is for advanced beginners.

See flyer below for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.



Stick-N-Puck
This is a drop-in hockey session designed for participants to practice hockey skill development at the Nelson Center. Sometimes games are played and organized by the players. Players MUST have full hockey gear (we do not provide hockey equipment). This program is for ages 15 and up and starts on January 1 and runs until April 30 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm Mondays through Fridays. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.



Adult Skills Development
Learn and work on the basics of hockey in a drop-in atmosphere. A great early morning workout! This program is for beginners on up! Players must have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey equipment. This program runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:00am to 7:30am at the Nelson Center from January 2 through April 26 for ages 15 and up. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.



Alley Catz Bowling
Yearlong bowling program that consists of six, 8-week sessions. You can pay $2 per week or $16 per session which is 8 weeks. If you choose to pay weekly, you must have your money ready that day or you will be charged the session rate. The Alley Catz bowling league offers a great opportunity for socializing. You can register the day of at the bowling alley. This program is for anyone ages 8 and up with or without a disability. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Diving Lessons
This diving program will provide the youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn, perfect and compete in the sport of one-meter springboard diving. Our instructors, Elisha Herr & Matt Woodson will be coaching all levels of participants. (Participants must pass a swimming skills test prior to participating in this program. Level placement is determined by Coach Elisha – e.b.herr@gmail.com). Sessions begin in January and end in May (one session per month). See flyer below for exact dates and times. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.



Bingo Night
Join us for a night of fun and play BINGO! We play cover all, four corners, and regular Bingo. Join us for FREE on Wednesdays at Erin's Pavilion from 5:30pm to 6:30pm from January 3 through April 25. All participants must register one week in advance! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking! This class with teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition, and healthy eating. All participants must register one week in advance! There will be one session of classes each month on Thursdays from January through April. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Aqua Aerobics
These classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. For ages 18 and older. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am at Eisenhower Pool. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.



Broomball Rentals
Groups can play broomball and organize their own teams while wearing street clothes and shoes on the ice. Ice skates are not needed. Equipment provided. Rentals are available from January 5 through April 27 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up for a rental.



Learn to Skate Academy
Our Learn to Skate Academy is a 6 class program, co-sponsored by the Springfield Park District. We teach a step by step progression of skills which develops the student’s techniques in an enjoyable and social atmosphere. Beginners start in Snowplow Sam 1 or Basic 1. Beginning skaters do NOT need expensive equipment. In most cases you can start by using skates from our rink or by borrowing a pair from a friend. Be sure to dress in warm and comfortable clothing. As you learn more, you will likely want to invest in your own skates and equipment. Register for the “Early Bird” Discount ($60/resident & $70/non-resident) by December 27! Students must receive a passing grade within their skill level in order to advance. Enrollment numbers are limited. DON’T WAIT OR YOU MAY BE TOO LATE, REGISTER TODAY! See the flyer below for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.



Winter Adult Learn to Play Hockey
This is a drop-in program that offers first-time hockey players a chance to get on the ice and experience the GREAT sport of Hockey! We will use the first 30 minutes to instruct participants on how to skate properly, allowing the remainder of the time for practice and/or pick-up games. Rental Skates are provided and players must have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey gear.  Limited space available. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to get signed up.




Jr. Blues Games with Special Recreation
Hockey is a fast-paced game of agility and speed. Watch the action as the Jr. Blues take on other teams in the Midwest division. Anyone ages seven and older with or without a disability can attend. All games will be played at the Nelson Center. All participants must register one week in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.



Swim Lessons
Eisenhower Poll will have three sessions of swim lessons throughout winter and spring. There are four separate lessons to choose from: Parent/Tot, Group. Semi-Private and Private. Choose the the lessons that is right for you. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.



Fencing
These classes meet once a week for four weeks. We will introduce the foil weapon along with proper techniques for fencing. All fencing gear is provided. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.




Special Recreation visits the Hoogland
Springfield Special Recreation goes to local theater at The Hoogland Center for the Arts to enjoy some performances by local actors. Each show will be from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Sundays. Any admissions are included in the fee. You must register 2 weeks in advance for this program by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

The True Adventures of Aladdin on January 18. This is a play that follows the story of Aladdin and is performed by young actors.

Beauty and the Beast on March 25. The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairy tale.

Robin Hood on April 22. This is a play that follows Robin Hood and his merry men as they combat the sleazy Sheriff in thrilling sword fights to help the people of Sherwood Forest.



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