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Movie & Music in the Park
Movies and Music in the Park is back for the summer! See the flyer below for all the event dates, times and locations.

Check out What's Happening with the Springfield Figure Skating Club!
The Springfield Figure Skating Club (SFSC) is one of our long-time partners and user groups at the Nelson Center Ice Rinks.  Check out this month's newsletter to see all that they have going on and save the date for their upcoming events!  Click on the image below to open up their newsletter.

Pool Passes on Sale
Splash into Summer Fun! Our outdoor pool passes are on sale now. We have individual, senior and family passes for Nelson Center Pool and Veterans Memorial Pool. There is also a Hopper Pass which will give you access to BOTH pools all summer long! Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to purchase your pool passes. See the flyer below for details.

Orchid Info and Repotting Workshop
The Garden welcomes members of the Prairie State Orchid Society for a program on basic orchid care and repotting of orchids. Members will be on hand on Saturday, April 22 from 9am-12pm to repot your orchids and give advice on your orchids particular needs. Some of the members will have their personal orchids on display. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Teddy Bear Tea Party
In this one-day Saturday class on April 29 from 10-11:30am, children can bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal. We will do fun activities with our special friend, including games, songs, and an art project. Call the director to sign up at 217-546-3970. This is a child-only class.

Free Figure Skating Event
Skating is a blast! Give the ice a try on Saturday, April 29 from 11:00am - 1:30pm at the Nelson Center in Rink 2. From 11:00am-Noon there will be a Demonstration and a Free Skate. In order to receive free skating you must arrive at the Nelson Center by 11:00am. From Noon-1:30pm there will be a Discount Public Skate. If you were at the 11:00am demonstration you can stay and skate for FREE! Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 for more information. Add our Facebook Event to your calendar.

Out and About
This is our last Out & About trip! Join us at the Saint Louis Zoo on Sunday, April 30. We will meet at Erin's Pavilion at 9:00am and then head out to the zoo.

We take one-day trips outside and around our area. Any admissions are included in the fee. These trips are available to anyone with our without a disability. You must register at least two weeks in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

May Free Dance
Bring your dancing shoes to Erin's Pavilion on May 5 and join in on our FREE dance with Special Recreation. The dance runs from 7:00-9:00pm. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Dr. Dolittle Day
Join us on Saturday, May 13 from 11am-4pm for a fun-filled day for all ages! There will be animal programs, turtle races, face painting and much more. It is only $5 per adult and $2 per child. Call 217-585-1821 for more information. Add our Facebook Event to your calendar.

Sangamon Valley Iris Society Plant Show
Beautiful examples of iris from the gardens of the Sangamon Valley Iris Society members will be on display on May 13 from 12:00-4:00pm. Call 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

City Recess: School's Out
School's about out for the Summer! Unplug those devices and meet us at Lincoln Park on Saturday, May 20 from 11am-3pm to get outside and play... It's FREE!

Visit with all of the Park Facilities & Program Directors. Come learn about all the fun you can have all Summer long! Add our Facebook Event to your calendar.

Concessions will be available for purchase from Hy-Vee!

Activities Include:

  • Tug-o-War
  • Play with Preschool & Funshop
  • Botanical Garden Plant Crafts
  • Fitness & Soccer
  • Pickleball
  • Bicycle Club Demos
  • Disk Golf
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • FREE Ice Skating
  • Golf
  • DekHockey
  • FootGolf

FREE Days at the Zoo!
Mark your calendars.... You will want to take advantage of our NEW Free Day Schedule at the Henson Robinson Zoo.

Each year we offer free days at our zoo. They have traditionally surrounded events that happen a couple of times each year. But this year we have an exciting NEW Free Day Program! Plan your next outing and take advantage of one of these free days to visit the Zoo.

Third Thursday Free Days
Every third Thursday from June to September will be a free day.

FREE Saturdays!
Plan a Free Saturday at the Zoo on one of these dates listed below.
Saturday, May 27
Saturday, July 22
Saturday, August 26

Henson Robinson Zoo Day
Friday, June 16

For more information contact the Zoo at 217-585-1821.

April Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can print off and stick on your fridge!

Summer Program Guide
Our NEW Summer Program and Facility Guide is here! Make sure you check out our locations to pick up your copy or at any Illinois Times Stand. You can also click the image below and download our free guide right 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 afterschool program for individuals with disabilities starting August 17 (for Chatham Schools) and August 22 (for Springfield schools). This program will focus on fitness, nutrition and health. We will provide a snack, recreational activities and time to do homework. For more information or to sign up contact Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Masters Swim Practice
Have advanced swimming skills and want to practice them with others? Join us at Eisenhower Pool on Sundays from 8-9:30 a.m. and practice with either the aquatics director's workouts or other participant's workouts. This practice will run from September 11 - May 21. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

The Springfield Park District and the Springfield BMX Club have partnered together to offer a full BMX track nestled in upper Riverside Park. This unique BMX course  features a dirt track complete with jumps and turns. The track offers fun and adventure for all ages and ability levels. There is a low $60 annual fee to become a member of the Springfield BMX Club. Look for exciting regional gold cup qualifiers and other major races this year! For more information go to the Springfield BMX Facebook Page. Practices are on Wednesdays from 5-8pm and races are on Sundays from 1-2pm. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information.

Alley Catz Bowling
This year-long bowling program for the developmentally disabled consists of six, 8-week sessions. Alley Catz Bowling League offers a great opportunity for socializing. All participants must register one week in advance in order to participate in a session or bring $2 each week to King Pin Lanes. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Winter Carillon Concerts
Listen to beautiful carillon music from January 4 - April 30 (weather permitting). Music will be played on Sundays at 2:00pm and 4:00pm and on Wednesdays at noon. Call 217-546-3853 for more information.

Game Night
Join us for a night of games! Games will be geared toward the group and played every Wednesday from January 4 - April 26 from 5:30-6:30pm. Play games such as BINGO, Uno, card games, puzzles, Sorry! and more! All participants must register one week in advance. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to register.

Broomball Rentals
Get a team together and come out to the Nelson Center for a game of Broomball. You and your team (ages 7+) will be wearing street clothes and sneakers on the ice... you do not even need ice skates! All equipment will be provided. Games are played on Friday and Saturday nights from January 6 - April 29. Call 217-753-2800 to sign up or for more information.

Popcorn and a Movie
You can share your movie with us or we will choose one for you! The Springfield Park District will come to your individual group home with popcorn and a G or PG movie. This opportunity is available from January 9 - April 30 between 8am and 5pm. You must schedule your date at least three weeks in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

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. Advance registration is required. Please register at least 24 hours before the class date by calling 217-585-1821.

Preschool in the Park
Enroll your child in our Preschool in the Park program at Washington Park for the 2017-2018 year! We have 3-5 year old mixed aged classes and you can pick 2, 3 and 5 day options. Call Debbie at 217-546-3970 for more information.

Private Golf Lessons
Private golf lessons with one of the four Springfield Park District PGA Professionals are available thoughout the spring, summer and fall by appointment. Please contact one of our PGA/LPGA Golf Professionals for more information.

Ballroom Dance Classes
Ballroom Dance class offerings and logistics may change. Always check for current information at or call Ron & Paula at 217-553-0446. These classes will run from April 19 until October 4 at the Nelson Center from 6:00-9:30pm on Wednesday nights. Learn Ballroom, Salsa, East Coast Swing, Cha Cha/Mambo, Waltz, and West Coast Swing. To sign up call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 or 217-553-0446.

Spring and Fall DekHockey Leagues
Dekhockey - a NEW sport outside the Nelson Center in Lincoln Park! Springfield DekHockey is a sport for youth and adults that is literally hockey without skates. The outdoor Dekhockey rink was built right next to the Nelson Center. It will be under lights with a scoreboard and a proshop. Jr and Adult Spring and Fall Leagues registration is open! Contact Springfield Dekhockey at 217-741-1164 & 563-949-6492 to get signed up or for more information. You can also register individually or as a team online at or email at Check them out on Facebook @SpringfieldDekhockey.

Bike and Hike Days
Each season from April-September on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm (modified loop) and on Sundays from 8am-3pm take part in Washington Park Bike & Hike Days. You can now enjoy time during the week! Bike and Hike days are where we give park goers an opportunity for safe recreation by minimizing vehicular traffic.

Special Olympics:Tennis
Learn to hit, volley and serve. Tennis can be great exercise! Become a member of our Special Olympics Tennis team. With singles and doubles. Practices start on April 2 and run through June 1 from 9-10:30am every Sunday. If you are eight or older and love tennis or want to learn more about tennis, than this is for you! The location of our practices has not yet been determined. Please call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours & Educational Programs
Bring your group for a tour of the garden today! Please call ahead to schedule a time. Tours are available Mondays-Fridays between 9:00am and 3:00pm from April through September. These tours are free and are available for any age group. Call 217-546-4116 to schedule a tour.

Girls Golf
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a developmental junior golf program for girls ages 7-17 the program was formed to create a network for girls to learn to play golf, build friendships and sample competition in a positive and supportive learning environment. Girls work with PGA instructors to learn the basics in rules, etiquette, full swing, short game and putting.

Space is limited to the first 32 participants.

Registration forms are due by May 31 (or before all slots are full).

Summer Junior Golf League
The Pasfield Junior Golf League is an eight week program that runs from early June through early August. The program provides junior golfers ages 8-13 the opportunity to play in a weekly organized 9-hole golf league with various formats of play. The junior league is NOT an instructional program. It is recommended that participants have had some experience on the golf course.

Registration begins Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:30am at Pasfield Golf Course. When registration forms become available, you can download them here.

Junior Golf Camps
The Springfield Park District Junior Golf Camps consist of 9 hours of instruction by PGA Professionals that will cover all facets of golf including etiquette, Rules of Golf, putting, chipping and full swing instruction. Kids will also have an opportunity to play in a scramble format.

Pasfield Gold Course
Monday, April 24 at 6:30am
$90/per camp per child (limit one camp per child)

The first three days of camp will be at Lincoln Greens Golf Course and the last day will be at Bergen Golf Course:
CAMP #1: June 5-8 from 9am - 12pm each day
CAMP #2: June 19-22 from 9am - 12pm each day
CAMP #3: July 24-27 from 9am - 12pm each day

Call 217-698-6049 for more information or go to the Camp Registration Page for more information.

Special Olympics: Softball
Catching, batting, throwing! Softball is a team sport and you must have prior experience in order to play. We invite you to join the program starting April 29 with the district competition in July. Practices are on Saturday mornings from 9-10:30am at Lincoln Park Softball Field. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Developmental Rat Hockey
This drop-in hockey program is designed for parents and their children to enjoy the ice together while developing hockey skills. The program runs from April 29 through August 30 on Saturdays from 5:15-6:15pm and Sundays from 4:15-5:15pm at the Nelson Center. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

Private Tennis Lessons
These lessons are for all ages and are for people looking for one-on-one tennis instruction. Private Tennis Lessons are available throughout the season based on your availability. Please call the tennis pro shop at 217-546-4103 to schedule a private lesson.

Women's Tennis Drills
Through repetition the student will improve her skills for better enjoyment of the sport. At the end of the drill, the student will participate in games designed for the improvement of their game. To schedule a day and time call Velasco Tennis Center at 217-546-4103.

Aqua Aerobics
Aqua Aerobics classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. May is our last month of classes. Aqua Aerobics class will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am each day. Call 217-525-8847 to sign up or for more information.

These pick-up style hockey games are organized by the participants. Games run on specific weekdays from May 1 through September 8 at the Nelson Center. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

Carillon and Tower Tours
Go on a tour of the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon and its tower. Make sure you call ahead to schedule a day and time for your tour at 217-546-3853. Tours will be available from May 3 through September 27 on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Save the Date for Pickleball
Pickleball starts on May 3 at 5:30pm at Iles Park! Come learn the basics of Pickleball from members of the Springfield Pickleball Association. We provide the paddles and balls, all you have to do is show up in athletic wear and have fun!

Bingo Night
Join us on Wednesdays for FREE Bingo! We play Bingo, cover all and four corners. Bingo Night will run from May 3 through August 30 from 5:30-6:30pm at Erin's Pavilion in Southwind Park. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Summer Adult Learn to Play Hockey
Drop in for our Summer Adult Learn to Play Hockey program! This is for beginners to learn the basics of hockey. The program runs from May 3 through August 30 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

Diving Lessons
This program provides the youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn and perfect the sport of one-meter springboard diving. Lessons are available to all levels of participants; from Beginner to Competitive (participants must pass a swimming skills test prior to participating in this program). Sessions run monthly from May 2 - August 13. Call 217-525-8847 to sign up or for more information.

Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking in this Thursday night class at Erin's Pavilion! This class will teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use s-mall kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition, and healthy eating. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign up or for more information.

Fencing classes will take place on Sunday afternoons at the Nelson Center. Intermediate classes run from 1:00-2:00pm and beginner classes run from 2:15-3:15pm. These classes are for ages 8 and up. See the flyer below for more information or call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012.

Academy Bullets Swim Club
The Academy Bullets Swim Club is looking for swimmers of all abilities ages 5-18 to join their team. They promote development of strong and well-rounded athletes. Each swimmer will learn the four competitive swimming strokes plus racing turns and starts. "Every Swimmer, Every Day!"

Practices run nightly Monday-Friday and Saturday mornings at Eisenhower pool. For tryout information contact Jeff Skeels at

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