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Winter Outdoor Ice Skating
Ice skating is currently closed due to the warmer weather. Be sure to check our What's New and Facebook pages daily for updates and always use best judgement before heading out on the ice at our local park ponds.  Make sure you check out the flyer below so you stay safe skating this winter.

Ice Jamz: Teen Night
Spend Friday night ice skating with your friends at the Nelson Center Ice Rink! Enjoy the show, music, games, giveaways and more! This fun event s for teens ages 13-17 and runs from 8-10pm. It is only $10 (if you rent skates) and $8 (if you bring your own skates). Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Winter Beach Party
It may be cold outside, but we are going to warm it up with an indoor beach party on January 21 from 10-11:30am at the Washington park Pavilion Pre-School! In this one-day, child-only, Saturday class, we will incorporate fun activities, such as an art project and a summer cool snack for children ages 3-5. Payment will be due the day of class. Call the director at 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign up.

February Dance

Bring your dancing shoes and let's get ready to boogie at Erin's Pavilion on Friday, February 3 from 7-9pm! It is free and for individuals of all ages and abilities. Come dance and hang out with friends. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever is an activity fair for supervised children ages 5-12 to promote health, fitness and the fight against childhood obesity. The Park District is excited to host this FREE event to the public in conjunction with Mid-West Family Broadcasting and 98.7 WNNS on Saturday, February 4 from 10am-12pm at Erin's Pavilion. Call 217-585-2941 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Prairie State Orchid Society Display & Sale
Exotic tropical orchids are displayed in a juried competition. Orchid experts from the Orchid Society will be on hand to answer questions and sell beautiful orchids at bargain prices. The display and sale will run from Saturday, February 11 (12-4pm) - Sunday February 12 (12-3pm). Add our Facebook event to your calendar. Call 217-546-4116 for more information.

Holiday Camp: Presidents Day
You do not have to have a disability to attend Holiday Camp: Presidents Day on Monday, February 20. An afternoon snack will be provided. The day will include recreational activities as well as arts and crafts projects. Bring a cold sack lunch with a drink each day (no candy and soda please). Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign up or for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

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

Winter Program Guide
Our Winter Program 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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 January 5-April 30. Call 217-525-8847 to sign up or for more information.

Cooking Classes
This class will teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition and healthy eating. Classes are every Thursday for four weeks per session. Sessions are available from January-April. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 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.

Swim Lessons
We offer four different kinds of swim lessons to fit your needs: Parent/Tot (ages 2-4), Group (ages 5+), Semi-Private (ages 3+) and Private (ages 2+). Each class is taught by trained instructors and staff. See flyer below for more information. Call Eisenhower pool at 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

These classes meet once a week for four weeks. We will introduce the foil weapon along with proper techniques for fencing. All fencing gear is provided. Classes start in January and run until the end of April. Classes are Sunday afternoons starting at 1:00pm. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.

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.

Special Olympics: Powerlifting
Bench press, squats and deadlift are all events you can compete in for Special Olympics Powerlifting. Become a member of our powerlifting team. This program begins on January 10 and continues on every Tuesday until June for Summer Games. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Dance Classes
Learn how to dance Ballroom and Latin with us at the Nelson Center on Wednesday nights from 6:00-9:30pm starting on January 11. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 or 217-533-0446 for more information or to sign up.

Funshop is an exciting, interactive, early education program for parents and children “together.” It has been uniquely designed to provide the optimal one-on-one experience between parent and child. The foundation of this innovative program is the firm belief that parents are the child’s most trusted and influential teachers. A ton of tantalizing toys and interest areas will keep young learners engaged through weekly themes and activities in a play-based learning environment. As children engage themselves in self-directed play, small group activities that promote social-emotional skills and language development are facilitated by one of the experienced early childhood educators. Classes begin January 28 and run until May 5. Call 217-753-6234 for more information or to sign up.

What's Cooking?
Children will cook their way through winter to spring from January 23-March 6 every Monday night from 5:30-6:30pm. Participants will measure and mix their own yummy snacks. We will also make a fun art project during each class. Payment will be due on the first night of class. Call the director at 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign up.

Jr. Blues Games with Special Recreation
Hockey is a fast-paced game of agility and speed. Watch the action as the Jr. Blues take on other teams in the Midwest Division. Special Recreation will be attending four Friday night games this season. All participants must register one week in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Pizza and a Movie
We will meet at Erin's Pavilion for a pizza lunch then head out to a local movie theater to watch a movie. Pizza and a Movie is held on Saturdays from 10:30am-3:00pm. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Out and About
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.

Zooper Edventures
Hop on over to the Henson Robinson 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! Pre-registration is required by calling 217-585-1821.

Capital City Lacrosse
WANTED: Players for the 2017 CAPLAX Lacrosse Season! We are looking for ages 6-18 (boys and girls). Deadline to register is February 6 by calling Sean Dickerson at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012. Check out the CAPLAX website for more information.

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tot Classes are a chance for you and your pre-schooler (ages 2-5) 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, Thursday or Saturday session). Call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up. Classes fill up quickly so call soon to reserve your spot(s)!

Imagine Junior Golf Camp
The professional staff from Pasfield Golf Course and Panther Creek Country Club have collaborated to bring your junior golfers a one-of-a-kind winter program! Come join us this off-season for a junior golf camp like nothing Springfield has ever seen before. We have assembled some of the BEST instructors in the area to work with your junior golfer as we cover topics such as: full swing instruction, short game instruction, proper mental preparation, fitness & nutrition, USGA rules of golf, and high school & collegiate preparation. Shoot for the Stars Camp is for ages 8-12 from 8:30-10am for four weeks and Shoot for the Moon Camp is for ages 13-17 for six weeks. Download your registration form today! Call 217-698-6049 for more information.

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 east 24 hours before the class date by calling 217-585-1821.

Spring 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 Leagues start up this spring and registration for adults ends on March 17 and for Jrs ends on March 23. 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.

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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