Now that school is back in session, we’re guessing that most of you are probably going to want to dedicate your weekends to spending time with your family. It’s no secret that this area is full of family, friendly activities, but with so many options, it can be hard to choose what to do! To help you out, we’ve put together this list of five of our favorite Springfield area activities that the entire family is sure to love!
Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
500 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, MO 65807
Cost: Admission to both the aquarium and the wildlife gallery: adults – $39.95, kids – $23.95.
If you haven’t been to Wonders of Wildlife yet, add it to your to-do list right now! With over 1.5 million gallons of habitats, and over 800 species of animals, kids will feel like they are in an under- water adventure as you walk through the aquarium. The life-like displays in the wildlife galleries will make them feel like they are on a real life African safari or on a hike through the mountains. Plus, many of the displays are interactive, giving them the opportunity to touch, explore, and learn while they play. Adults will love this because it is packed full of history, art, and adventure. Wonders of Wildlife is the perfect family adventure that is both fun and educational all at the same time!
Photo via Wonders of Wildlife
Dickerson Park Zoo
1401 W. Norton Rd., Springfield, MO 65803
Cost: Adults: $14, kids: $9, seniors: $11.
Who doesn’t love the zoo?! Dickerson Park Zoo is another activity that is perfect for both children and adults alike! With over 500 animals and more than 160 species, DPZ is the perfect place to let your animal-loving little one get up close and personal with wild animals from all over the world. The zoo also offers several educational programs and special events that allow guests to learn and interact with the animals. Plus, Dickerson Park Zoo is a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) and Species Survival Plans.
Photo via Dickerson Park Zoo’s Facebook
Discovery Center Springfield
438 E. St. Louis St., Springfield, MO 65806
Cost: Adults: $12, kids $8, seniors: $10.
The Discovery Center is an interactive science museum that has a new hands-on activity around every corner! Your kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even know that they’re learning too! But it’s not just for kids! If you love science and learning, you’ll love it too! With exhibits on everything from machines and space, to the human body and even something for your smallest scientists, the Discovery Center is definitely the perfect activity for the entire family!
Photo via the Discovery Center’s Facebook
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park
3825 W Farm Rd 146, Springfield, MO 65807
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park is a 207 acre park that offers a wide variety of educational and recreational activities that your family will love! The park includes a visitor’s center, a gift shop, an animal barn with lots of animals to see and pet, a fishing pond, a farm themed playground, a walking trail, an antique tractor that is perfect for taking photos, and much more! The farm park also offers a variety educational programs, and you can rent a room or other areas of the park for your own event. As we are heading into the fall months, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a family day at the farm park; get lost in a corn maze, pick a pumpkin from their heavily-stocked patches, take a hayride, bounce on inflatables and so much more!
Photo via Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park’s Facebook
Springfield Botanical Gardens
2400 S Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO 65807
Cost: Most areas are free. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is $4 for adults, kids 12 and under are free.
The Springfield Botanical Gardens are the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Take your dog for a walk, let your children play at all of the different playground areas, stroll through a variety of themed flower gardens, check out the butterfly house, shop at the gift shop, and more! The Botanical Gardens also offer several different educational tours and programs, as well as, the opportunity to rent a variety of areas within the park for your own special event.