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Seasonal Closures
Our 2016 Park Season is coming to a close. Keep in mind that most of our water spigot access, drinking fountains and restrooms will be winterized soon.

Holiday Lights
Plan to be at the Henson Robinson Zoo this holiday season to take the walking experience and behold the splendor of hundreds of colorful twinkling lights as you stroll through the pathways around the Zoo. Holiday Lights runs from December 2-4, 8-11 and 15-23 from 5-8pm each night. There will be fun crafts in our education room for the children. Children will love the zany 3D glasses (for purchase) that make the view of the colorful lights come to life with reindeer and candy cane shapes! There are three different weekends and dates to take advantage of this wonderful holiday tradition.

43rd Annual Winter Holiday Floral Show
The Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall and Conservatory will be filled with poinsettias amongst the tropical collection from December 3-21 from 12-4pm Monday-Friday and 12-5pm Saturday & Sunday. Poinsettias, tropical plants, and evergreens will overflow the Exhibit Hall for a stunning display. For more information on this free event call 217-546-4116.

Holiday Carriage Rides
Carriage rides around Washington Park are back for December! Each ride is 30 minutes long. Dates for available rides are December 9, 16, 23 and 30. Spots are going to fill up quickly... call 217-501-4234 to reserve your spot.

Busy Elves Workshop
Sign your little one up to be a busy elf! On Saturday, December 10 from 10-11:30am at the Washington Park Pavilion Preschool your little one will be playing games and making a Christmas craft & yummy treat! Call 217-546-3970 to sign up!

Santa House

The Springfield tradition continues in 2016 when Santa will arrive at his home away from the North Pole at Robin Roberts Stadium. Admission is FREE and you can take photos with your own camera for no charge. There will be a photographer there taking pictures and they are $5 and come with a magnetic frame. The Santa House will be available from December 10-23 from 5-8pm on Monday-Friday and 12-5pm on Saturday & Sunday. Call 217-544-1751 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Caroling at the Carillon
Sing holiday carols accompanied by the Carillon next to a roaring bonfire. Cookies and hot chocolate plus a special visit from Santa courtesy of the Rees Carillon Society. Call 217-546-3853 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Nelson Center Winter Camp
The Springfield Park District offers the perfect day care solution for working parents. Camp will run from December 19-January 2 at the Nelson Center from 7am-5:30pm each day. There will be no camp on Christmas and New Years Day. Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 to sign your child up.

Special Recreation Winter Camp
Will your child be out of school for the holidays while you are stuck at work? No need to worry! We have Special Recreation Winter Camp for your child from December 22-January 3 from 8am-5:30pm each day (no camp on December 25 & January 1). Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign your child up.

Sustainability 101: Introduction to Sustainable Choices at Home, School, and Business
Does your student have interest in recycling, sustainability and making the earth a better place?  Don’t have them just sitting around the house over Winter Break... enroll them in Sustainability 101!

Learn the basics as instructor Wynne Coplea and guest presenters “make sustainable explainable!” Sustainable choices are intentional, with outcomes that are good for us personally, for our schools and for businesses. Have fun seeing sustainability in action in Springfield at our field trip destinations. Class runs on December 28 & 29 from 9am-3pm on both days. Pre-registration is required. Call 217-585-2941 to register.

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

Fall Program Guide
Click on the image below to download our FREE Fall Program Guide!

Facility Guide
Click the image below to download our free 2016 Facility Guide!

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.

Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours/Educational Programs
Have a group of kids that would love to learn about the garden? Getting family together and in need of finding fun activities to do? We offer FREE tours of the Gardens Monday-Friday between 9am and 3pm from now until December 20. You must call ahead to schedule a time. 217-546-4116.

Alley Catz Bowling
Every Tuesday afternoon starting September 6, 2016 through December 5, 2017 (no bowling on July 4) from 3:15-4:45pm enjoy a great time bowling with others. You can either pay weekly or pay for an 8-week session. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

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.

Zooper Edventures Classes
Join the Henson Robinson Zoo on Saturdays from September -December from 1-3pm for Zooper Edventures Classes. Your 5-6 year-old or 7-9 year-old will discover more about animals and their ecosystems. They will also have fun with animal games, crafts and zoo exploration. Advanced registration is required. Please call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information or to register.

Springfield Jr. Blues Home Game Schedule
Here are all the home games for the Springfield Jr. Blues. Season tickets can be purchased here.

Fall Carillon Concerts
Listen to beautiful music two days a week! (and did we mention it's FREE?!) Join us on Sundays and Wednesdays at Washington Park to hear the beautiful bells play from October 2 until December 28. Call 217-546-3853 for more information.

Speical Olympics: Swim Team
An opportunity to learn and practice swimming and stroke skills for all abilities. With athletes working toward Special Olympics competition. Practices starts on December 4 at 4pm at Eisenhower Pool. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign up.

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.

Aqua Aerobics
Aqua Aerobics classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. Classes run monthly from January through April and are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am each day. Call 217-525-8847 to sign up or 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.

Learn to Play Hockey
This is an eight-class program co-sponsored by the Springfield Park District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association. We introduce basic hockey skills to boys and girls. Students must receive a passing grade to advance to Learn to Play 2 Hockey or to our House/Travel teams. Learn to Play 2 is a feeder program into Lower/Upper House Leagues and Travel team. Register by December 25 and save $10! Classes start up on January 4 & 7 and run until February 22 & 25. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

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.

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 dek hockey rink was built right next to the Nelson Center. It will be under lights with a scoreboard and a proshop. Contact Springfield Dekhockey at 217-741-1164 to get signed up! Check them out on Facebook @SpringfieldDekhockey.

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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