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Out and About
We take a one-day trip to places outside and around our area. All admissions are included in the fee. You must register two weeks in advance for each program. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to register or for more information. (prices will be updated once tickets go on sale for each venue)

Extreme Haunted Hayrides and Zombie Paintball at Riverside Park
The 2016 season for Extreme Haunted Hayrides in Riverside Park starts Friday, September 30! Gates open at 6:00pm and rides start at 7:00pm. Rides will run every Friday and Saturday night in October. More information can be found on their website or by calling 217-522-7702.

Game Night with Special Recreation
Hockey is a fast-paced game with lots of action. Come on out and cheer on Springfield's semi-pro hockey team, the Jr. Blues, to victory and hang out with friends! All games are at the Nelson Center and you must reserve your spectator seat one week in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Zoolie Ghoulie
Join us on October 21 from 4-8pm and October 22 & 23 from 1-5pm for Zoolie Ghoulie! This is for safe trick-or-treating inside the Henson Robinson Zoo for all ages. There will be costume contests on Friday at 6pm and Saturday & Sunday at 4pm. It is only $4 for trick-or-treaters and $3 for parents/guardians. Call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Monster MASH Halloween Dance

Join us for the biggest dance of the year on Friday, October 28 from 7-9pm at Erin's Pavilion. The Monster MASH Halloween Dance has a ton of spooky Halloween fun! Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and dance the night away with friends with a live DJ. Enjoy refreshments and treat bags. This dance is for anyone ages 7+ with or without a disability. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Check out our Facebook event.

Discovery After Dark
Take a guided nocturnal tour through the zoo after hours. Get behind the scenes, eat a yummy snack, and participate in a question & answer session after the tour. Learn about Halloween animals on October 28 and/or learn about animal enrichment on November 4. Both discovery events are from 7-9pm. You must call the zoo at 217-585-1821 in advance to reserve your spot.

Trick-or-Treat Street

98.7 WNNS, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Springfield Park District are giving children in Central Illinois a safe place to dress up in their favorite costumes at Trick-or-Treat Street 2016.

This event is FREE to attend and is for ages 12 and under (special need consideration)

Over 30 local businesses will be on hand to pass out candy to all entrants (Alternative options will be avilable for children with allergies) - CANDY COMPLEMENTS OF BILL & FRANK VALA

Enjoy the 'Family Fun Zone' inside Erin's Pavilion with arts, crafts & demonstrations from Millburg's TaeKwonDo & Wild Times Exotics Petting Zoo. Check out the BRAND NEW food truck from Hy-Vee too!

Vendors include: Mike Williams, Healthy Home Store, Two Men and A Truck. Spiral Out Tattoo, First Student, Springfield YMCA Gymnastics, Just Kids, YMCA, Koala Sleep Center & More!

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November Dance
Bring your dancing shoes and let's get ready to boogie! FREE dances on the first Friday of every month for individuals of all abilities. Semi-formal dress attire. Popcorn, Kool-aid and water provided. For ages 7 and up. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our event to your calendar.

First Annual Pasfield/Hy-Vee 2-Person Turkey Shootout

Any 2 players may partner up as teammates.

Saturday, 11/12 – 9 Hole Scramble
Sunday, 11/13 – 9 Hole Alternate Shot
Rain Dates – November 19 & 20

Tee Times will start at 10am both days. All teams will be flighted after Sunday’s round.

Entry Fee:
$75.00 per team ($37.50 per person)
Entry fee includes green fees and cart fees for both days & prizes (Prizes include Pasfield Pro Shop credit & turkeys donated by HyVee)

Season pass holders at Bergen & Pasfield Golf Courses may deduct $15.50 per pass from the entry fee.

Registration forms must be turned in at Pasfield G.C. by Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Tee times will be emailed Thursday, November 10. You may also obtain your tee time by calling Pasfield G.C. at 217-698-6049 after 12pm Thursday, November 10.

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

Fall Program Guide
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Facility Guide
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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:

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.

BMX Track
The Springfield Park District and the Springfield BMX Club have partnered together to offer a full BMX track in Riverside Park. This track offers fun and adventure for all ages and ability levels. There is a $60 annual fee to become a member of the Springfield BMX Club. Practices and races run from April 3 - December 14. Practices are on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and races are on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information.

Platform Tennis League
Students who are looking for a more competitive training program or just simply want one-on-one platform tennis instruction may want to consider platform tennis lessons. Platform tennis lessons are available until November 11 (or the first snowfall) based on your availability. Call the Velasco Tennis Center to schedule a lesson at 217-546-4103.

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.

Manny's Drills
Open for all ages, abilities and genders! Manny's Drills will teach any player to improve his or her skills through repetition. These drills will be available from August 22 - November 10 (or the first snowfall). Call the Velasco Tennis Center today at 217-546-4103.

Cooking Classes
Join us and learn the basics of independent cooking. Or classes run for 4-weeks every Thursday during a particular session. We will teach you how to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, and healthy eating. For anyone with or without a disability. You must register one week in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

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.

Fencing is here for the fall! Sign up for as many sessions as you want and learn the basics or further develop your skills. Classes are held at the Nelson Center on Sunday afternoons. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.

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. They are taking registrations currently for youth leagues for the upcoming season right around the corner starting Saturday, September 10 and adult league team and free agent registrations for season starting Monday, September 5. Contact Springfield Dekhockey at 217-741-1164 to get signed up! Check them out on Facebook @SpringfieldDekhockey.

Preschool in the Park
The Park District offers play-based pre-school programs at both Lincoln and Washington park Pavilions with a curriculum based on the Illinois Early Childhood Learning Standards. The philosophy of the pre-school program is that every child should be given the best chance to grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Call 217-546-3970 with any questions and to get your little one signed up!

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tot classes are a chance for you and your pre-schooler to share a special, fun and educational experience at the zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! (For any class theme, please choose either the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday session). These classes are for ages 2-5 and run from 10-11am. Call 217-585-1821 to register.

Diving Lessons
This program provides the youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn and perfect the sport of one-meter springboard diving. Classes start up on September 6 and we are accepting all levels of ability. There are even private lessons available! Call Eisenhower Pool at 217-525-8847.

Alley Catz Bowling
Every Tuesday afternoon starting September 6, 2016 through November 28, 2017 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.

Aqua Aerobics
These classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. Classes run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am for ages 18 and older. Call 217-525-8847 to register or for more information.

Wednesday Doubles
Want to get together with a friend and play on a doubles league? Purchase a season pass for $60 (seniors) or $40 (adults) and head to the Velasco Tennis Center on Wednesday nights at either 5pm or 7pm. Call 217-546-4103 for more information.

Game Night
We are back for the fall with free nights of fun and games for anyone with or without a disability. From September 7 - November 30 every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm at Erin's Pavilion. In order to participate you must register by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 at least one week in advance.

Project H.O.W.L.
We Help Out Wild Life (H.O.W.L.)! 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. These Saturday afternoon classes are for any child ages 10-12. Call the zoo at 217-585-1821 to register.

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.

Swim Lessons
Whether you work better with a group or one-on-one with an instructor, we have the swimming lesson for you! Parent/Tot, Group, Semi-Private and Private lessons. All lessons will be taught on Sundays at Eisenhower Pool. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

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.

Special Olympics: Basketball
One of America's favorite sports and a great way to get exercise. You can join our Special Olympics Basketball Team or skills. The team and skills starts up on October 8, 2016 and runs until March 11, 2017 on Saturdays from 12-2pm at the Springfield Racquet and Fitness Center. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Special Olympics: Snowshoe
Love the winter months? Then snowshoe is the sport for you! This program will teach even a beginner the fundamentals of snowshoeing. No previous experience is needed! Learn how to race in snowshoes. You do not have to compete in Special Olympics to be in this program.

Cooking thru the Seasons
In this class, the children cook their way through the seasons. Participants will measure and mix their own yummy snacks as we make our way through the seasons. We will also make a fun art project during each class. Class will run every Monday from 5:30-6:30pm starting October 24 and running through December 12. There is a class limit of 12; child-only class (ages 3-5). Call the director at 217-546-3970 to sign up. Payment will be due the night of class.

Register now for the 2016-2017 basketball season! Registration deadline is November 6. These are recreational leagues for men (18+). There will be 10 games per team plus a single elimination tournament. It is $425/resident team and $475/non-resident team. Games start up on November 28, 2016 and run until March 16, 2017. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 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. Call 217-753-2800 to sign up or for more information.

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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