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2018 Movie & Music Series Schedule
It's that time of year again!  Find your fun, find your smile when you join the Springfield Park District all summer long at any one of our FREE Movie & Music events in the parks.  Check out the schedule below for full details!  And we want to give a SHOUT OUT to our most generous sponsors.  Without these organizations and local businesses, we would not be able to put on this summer series for the community for FREE!

Summer Pool Passes
Splash into Summer Fun with the Springfield Park District Summer Pool Pass! These passes are for our two outdoor pools (Nelson and Veterans Memorial Pools). You can have a pass for one or both! See the flyer below for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

Special Recreation June Dance
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 and ages! Come dance and hang out with friends. This dance is on June 1 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Cops and Bobbers Fishing Clinic
Join us on Sunday, June 3rd from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the lake at Southwind Park. This event is free for ages 7-12 years old. Registration is from 9:00am to 9:15am. For more information contact Officer Mike Badger at 217-741-0988 or Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

International Carillon Festival
The International Carillon Festival, first held in 1963, is lauded as one of the world’s most important and prestigious carillon events. Enjoy five evenings of FREE Carillon Music at the Springfield Park District’s Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. This year’s carillonists include Freek Bakker (The Netherlands), Sue Jones, IL, Caleb Melamed, IL, Jesse Ratcliffe, VA, Tim Sleep, IL, Carol Anne Taylor, TX, Carl Van Eyndhoven (Belgium) and Carlo van Ulft, IL. Please bring a picnic dinner as well as lawn chairs and blankets. Carillon Concerts start at 6:30 PM. Wednesdays no concerts. All evenings the carillon concerts are preceded by music provided by local musicians. This year we host the Trinity Summer Band, The Springfield Municipal Band, The Springfield Saxes, The Cast from Mamma Mia at the Legacy Theatre and last but not least the Illinois Army National Guard’s 144th Army Band. Enjoy the ever-popular firework display on the last concert day, Friday at dusk. For complete schedule, visit Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Frank Coffey Memorial Golf Tournament
There will be four age/gender divisions: Boys and Girls 8-11, and Boys and Girls 12-15. All players are flighted after the first round and compete on the final day against other players within their respective flights. In addition, ALL players receive a gift for participating. Call 217-698-6049 for more information or to sign up. Download the registration form and drop it off/send it to Pasfield Golf Course.

May 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.

Summer Program and Facility Guide
Our Summer Guide is here! Make sure to pick up a copy on Illinois Times stands around Springfield. 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:

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.

BMX Track

The Springfield Park District and Springfield BMX have partnered together to offer a full BMX track and an all-inclusive BMX program that provides recreational programs for children and adults. The track itself is nestled in upper Riverside Park. This unique BMX course features a dirt track complete with jumps and asphalt turns. Springfield BMX strives to provide a high quality ABA (American Bicycle Association) program, in fact, riders from Springfield BMX compete in top level competition such as: Worlds, Nationals, and State Championships. Winning titles in all three and have for years! Check out their Facebook page: Springfield BMX

Open from March 2018 - November 2018
Practices: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm - $5 fee 
Races: Sundays (registration 1-2pm) - $12 fee

USABMX Membership: 
Cost: $60 
Can be purchased at the track during operating hours. 
Contact: Jeremy Barlow Track Operator at 217-931-2680, email or Eve Barlow Track Operator 217-685-9193

Track Hours:
Closed Jan-Feb 
Reopens March 2018 
The BMX Club operates the track at Riverside Park seven days per week

Public Hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays - Dawn to Dusk 
Wednesdays - 5:30-7:30pm

Riders are required to have helmets, closed toe shoes, long pants and it is recommended to have long sleeves.

Have fun and take part in this new, competitive, recreational, exciting, and fast paced sport! Dekhockey is a form of off-ice hockey played on foot, using a ball, in a rink with a sport court surface. Making it an accessible sport since it requires no skill to ice skate. Dekhockey is a non-contact sport, allowing talent and coordination to become dominant factors. Running, stick handling, passing, and shooting are the basics needed for this fast and exciting game. A sport in which the whole family can participate!

We have leagues that run from April-October. To register online individually or as a team go to or email for a registration form. If you have any questions please call 217-741-1164. Follow Springfield DekHockey on Facebook.

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, available starting on April 28 with district competition in July and could end up running to Fall State Games in September. Practices will be held on Saturday mornings at Lincoln Park from 8:00am to 9:30am for ages eight and up. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours
Bring your group for a tour of the Garden today! Available from April 30 through August 31 for all age groups. Please call ahead to schedule a time, 217-546-4116.

Bike and Hike Days
Each season from May through September plan to take part in Washington Park Bike & Hike Days! You can now enjoy time during the week. We give park goers an opportunity for safe recreation by minimizing vehicular traffic. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm enjoy our modified loop and Sundays enjoy our full loop from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Private Tennis Lessons
For students who are looking for one-on-one tennis instruction. Private Tennis Lessons are available throughout the season based on your availability. Minimum 4 sessions; lesson times can be broken up in 30 minute segments. Please call the tennis pro shop to schedule a private lesson.  Lessons are available from May 1 through September 27 from Monday through Friday at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 to schedule a lesson.

Pee Wee Tennis Lessons
These lessons offer a great way to introduce children to the sport of tennis through fun interactive games and drills geared toward children. Lessons run Mondays through Fridays from May 1 through September 27. Times are 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 to schedule a lesson for your three to seven-year-old.

Manny's Drills
Through repetition the student will improve her skills for better enjoyment of the sport. At the end of drill, the student will participate in games designed for the improvement of their game. This is for new or returning players. Drills begin on May 1 and run through September 27 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Mondays through Thursdays. Contact the Velasco Tennis Center at 217-546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

Diving Lessons
This recreational diving program will provide the youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn and perfect 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 (email: Patrons will receive a discount for each additional child that your family signs up under the same household up to three children. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

These hockey games are pick-up style hockey games organized by the participants. Full Gear is Required. Fee is per game. Games are played at the Nelson Center. See flyer below for dates, days and times. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

Carillon Weekly Concerts
The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is one of the largest and finest of the worlds carillons. Located in historic Washington Park, the Rees Carillon is the site of numerous free public concerts, exciting community events and the world-renowned International Carillon Festival held each June. Carlo van Ulft, the Park Districts 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. Go to for more information on the carillon or call 217-546-3853.

Aqua Aerobics

Aqua Aerobics at Eisenhower Indoor Pool are classes designed to improved cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15am - 10:15am. Participants can pay for the full month or purchase day passes for $5 each. For more information, please call Eisenhower Pool at 217-525-8847. Or simply register for the next month online!

Adult Learn to Play Hockey
A drop-In program that offers 1st time and novice hockey players a chance to get on the ice and experience the GREAT sport of Hockey! MUST have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey gear. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

Try Out Pickleball
Pickleball has started! Join us and come learn the basics of pickle ball from members of the Springfield Pickleball Association. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports of today. We will provide paddles and balls, all you have to do is show up and have fun! Connect with the Springfield Pickleball Club.

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 May 2 through August 29. 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 May through August. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Developmental Rat Hockey Parent/Child
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 May 5 through August 25 on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturdays are from 5:15pm to 6:15pm and Sundays are from 4:15pm to 5:15pm. Children 10 years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult of ages 16 or older. Full gear is required. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

Carillon Tower Tours
The Rees Carillon is a 12-story tower with observation decks, offers spectacular views of Washington Park and Springfield from the city’s highest point of elevation. The beautiful 67 cast bronze bells range in weight from 22 pounds to 7.5 tons! Enjoy an insider view of this extraordinary architectural landmark and rare musical instrument. Allow 30 minutes. Tours cannot be purchased in advance. Tours are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Large groups please contact us in advance. Last tour at 5:30 PM. Call 217-546-3853 for more information or to schedule a tour.

This is a pick-up style hockey game that is organized by the participants at the Nelson Center. You MUST have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey gear. Fee is per game. Games start on May 6 and run every Sunday until August 26 from 9:00pm to 10:30pm. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

The Springfield Park District is proud to partner with the Capitol Fencing Academy to offer this unique class. These classes meet once a week for four weeks at the Nelson Center. For more information see the flyer below or call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012.

Tennis Camp
This camp is designed to prepare students to compete at a higher level including competitive high school teams, summer USTA tournament and/or local, regional or national tournaments. Conditioning will be taught through consistency drills and education on the impact of proper nutrition. Additionally, the code of behavior during practice and competitions will be taught. Choose which session(s) best fit your schedule. Camp will run from May 29 through August 30 at the Velasco Tennis Canter in Washington Park. Camp will be from Monday through Friday from either 9:00am to 10:30am or from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. This camp is for ages 7-18. Call 217-546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

Manny's Try Tennis
Local tennis pro Manny Velasco will educate students on specific parts of the sport, with individual attention placed on strategies, basic strokes and conditioning. Basic equipment repair is included in the class. Try-outs will be held for this class. Class will be held Mondays through Tuesdays from 8:00am to 9:00am at the Velasco Tennis Center in Washington Park. This is a free class that will run from May 29 through August 17.

Beginner Development Tennis Camp
Designed for children that wish to compete in local and regional tournaments or preparing to try-out for high school tennis. Consistency drills. Basic drills to develop singles and doubles strategies. One day a week for competition. For ages 5-10 years old. Mondays through Fridays from 10:30am to 11:30am. May 29 through August 17 at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

The Funshop program offers a unique education based environment where parents and children can engage in interactive play. Most of the program is devoted to self directed play however, each class also features small-group activities designed to develop social and language skills. At least one parent, relative, or caregiver must accompany each child to every class. Funshop is located in Lincoln Park right next to the Nelson Center. Orientation is May 30 and May 31. Classes begin on Monday, June 4 and run until July 14. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-753-6234 for more information or to sign up or email

Special Recreation at Sliders baseball Games
Summer time and baseball games go together so come on out and cheer on the Springfield Sliders Baseball team. Games are played at Robin Roberts Stadium and start at 6:00pm each night. See the flyer below for dates. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up (must register at least one week in advance).

Zoo Camp
Does your child love learning about animals? Then join the flock for an adventure at the zoo! Games,  crafts,  zoo hikes and other fun learning activities help us to explore the animal world on zoo grounds and our air-conditioned classroom. We have Half Day camps from June 6 through July 27. Classes are split into 3 day sessions from Wednesday through Friday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. There are also Full Day camps from 8:30am to 4:30pm on June 1 and July 6. See the flyer for more information. Call 217-585-1821 to sign up.

Zoooper Edventures
Hop on over to the Zoo to discover more about animals and their ecosystems in Zooper Edventures. Have a wild time in the classroom with fun animal games and crafts! Explore the Zoo and observe some beastly behavior! This is a drop off class, and only students ages 5-6 are allowed. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.

Junior Zoo Keepers
This eight class course challenges teens, ages 13-17, with hands-on activities that allow them to learn about how Henson Robinson Zoo makes conservation, education, animal care, and animal enrichment our top priorities.  Junior Zookeepers will not only expand their knowledge about animals and conservation issues, but also acquire handling experience with some of our education use animals. Our activities will also help to develop students' collaborative work skills and oral communication skills. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.

Camp L.E.A.P.
Camp L.E.A.P. is a Special Needs Summer Day Camp and is a program of adaptive recreation for individuals with disabilities. Students are grouped by age into multiple classroom settings. This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE program however, so children with all abilities are welcome, we just have a special focus for those with special needs. Activities include: arts and crafts, daily walks in the park, swimming, guest speakers, field trips, games, daily playground activities, bowling and much more! The Fee(s) listed are per week. Sign up for 1 or for all 10! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Nelson Center Summer Camp
Get more than you pay for at the Nelson Center Summer Camp. All these activities for one low price! The Nelson Center Summer Camp is for children ages 5-12. This 10-week camp will keep your children happy, healthy and moving all summer long with great Park District recreational activities such as daily swimming, swim lessons, ice skating, disc golf, floor hockey, arts & crafts, themed weeks, field trip and camp t-shirt, nerf wars, nature programs, science projects and so much more! Campers are divided into appropriate age groups for daily activities. When comparing other summer camps to ours, ask yourself "what other summer camp provides ice skating and swim lessons in their weekly price!?" Space will fill up quickly so sign up now. For more information or to sign up, call 217-753-2800 and ask for Marty.

Free Style
This is for intermediate to advanced skaters or individuals taking private skating lessons. (there will be no class the week of July 23-27). Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Junior Golf Camp
The Springfield Park District Junior Golf Camps consist of 9 hours of instruction by PGA & LPGA Professionals that will cover all facets of golf including etiquette, Rules of Golf, putting, chipping, and full swing instruction as well as an opportunity to play in a scramble format (amount of time on the course varies by age). For more information please contact Lance Flury, PGA Professional at Pasfield Golf Course by phone at (217) 698-6049 or stop by Pasfield Golf Course at 1700 West Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62704. Registration is open. Registration forms are available for download here. Online registration is NOT available for this event.

Pasfield Summer Junior Golf League
Junior Golf League is an 8-week summer program that provides junior golfers the opportunity to play in a weekly organized 9-hole golf league with various formats of play. This is NOT an instruction-based program. Some experience on the course is highly recommended. Parents are asked to assist whenever possible in escorting the kids around the course. There will be no play on Friday, June 15th. Online registration is NOT available for this event. Registration is now open and you can print off the form here. Call 217-698-6049 for more information.

Preschool Summer Fun Camp
The children will participate in art projects, music and movement, snacks and outdoor play. Registration will be on-going till we fill up. Camp starts on June 12 and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until July 19. Pick the time that works for you! Child-only camp for ages 3 1/2 to 5. Call 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign up.

Cooking Summer Style
This class is double the fun! Students will participate in hands-on cooking experiments. The children will measure and mix their own yummy snacks. We will also make a fun art project during each class. There is a limit of 12 students per class. Registration is on-going until we fill up. Call 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign up.