Take a trip to Branson with the kiddos this Wednesday morning, and catch Madagascar 3 for free! See what happens when four furry friends journey through Europe and join a traveling circus, all while trying to get home to the Big Apple. Get in line early, and enjoy the show.
Let your little one learn their way around the kitchen this Tuesday at Hy-Vee’s Little Chefs Summer Camp. Culinary pros-in-training shop for groceries, explore the store, prepare lunch and learn about healthy cooking. What’s better than an extra hand in the kitchen? Sign your child up today at customer service.
Come out swinging this Monday, and watch the Springfield Cardinals take on the Tulsa Drillers at Hammons Field. It’s also Pasta Express $1 kids toasted ravioli night, so grab the whole family for a night at the ball game. Go Cards!
Slap on your Cardinals gear this Sunday, and let your little ones race the bases after the Redbirds take on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. It’s also Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday, which means a free ice cream party before the game.
Soak up some fresh air this Friday night, and grab the whole family for a showing of E.T. at Founders Park. Watch as 10-year-old Elliott forms a bond with a friendly alien named E.T. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show.
This Thursday, head to Cooper Tennis Complex and watch the Springfield Lasers take on the San Diego Aviators. Aviator tennis star Daniela Hantuchova hits the court against the home team for what’s sure to be a great matchup. Go Lasers!
Get in an outdoor yoga sesh this hump day in honor of Springfield Craft Beer Week. Where better to strike a pose than Mother’s Brewing Company’s backyard? It’s free, and after you tap into your inner om, you can tap into a tasty pint of beer! You’ll be over the mid-week hump in no-time.
Go au naturel this Tuesday, and head to STAXX for a hands-on class all about essential oils. Make your own deodorant and bug spray using the magical oils, and learn all about their qualities and benefits. Lavender, tea tree, lemongrass... the list goes on!
Have your mind blown this Monday as MaMa Jean’s Natural Market and the Springfield–Greene County Library team up to present TED Talks. Geek out with your fellow science lovers as you watch the short, powerful talks devoted to technology, entertainment and design. Prepare for some in-depth discussions!
Kick off Springfield Craft Beer Week this Sunday at the Kegs & Eggs beer brunch. Five locally sourced courses are paired with five Mother’s Brewing Company brewskies, and all proceeds benefit the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition. Claim your spot ASAP by calling 417-862-0423!
Become besties with 417-land’s beautiful butterflies this Saturday at the Sister Cities Fiesta and Butterfly Festival. The event mixes in a celebration of Mexican culture and beautiful butterflies through art, dancing, live music, crafts, a costume contest and more. Did we mention there’s a caterpillar petting zoo? Too cute!
Sample more than 100 craft beers from some of your favorite local breweries at the Craft Beer Bash, Springfield Craft Beer Week's grand finale. The day starts with brunch and live music at Springfield Brewing Company, and then craft beer lovers take their talents to Park Central Square for a sud-filled day of fun. Bonus: It’s free to get in!
Slip into your safari chic attire, and head to Ball of the Wild benefiting Dickerson Park Zoo. Get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s adorable residents, enjoy goodies from 10 food vendors and dance the night away to the music of Party Planet and a mariachi band flown in from Mexico. See you there, party animals!
Root on the Redbirds, and add a Kolten Wong bobblehead to your collection this Thursday at the Springfield Cardinals game against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. It’s also Buck a Brat night, so bring your appetite!
Venture to Branson this Wednesday for some family fun and Free Movie Wednesday at the IMAX’s Elite Cinema III. Hotel Transylvania hits the screen for an animated, vampire-filled comedy. Seats are limited, so grab the little ones and get in line early!
Ready, set swim! Get competitive this Tuesday, and suit up for the Doling Family Center’s Aquathon Series. Participants age 5 and older are placed in age groups for swimming and running races in this four-week series. Beat the summer heat, and get in shape.
Celebrate summer by winning big during 417 Magazine’s Summer Days of Giveaways! You can enter daily to win prizes including $300 in appliances, a one-year fitness membership, hot yoga classes and more. Each daily winner is then entered to win a new car, so stop what you’re doing, and enter now!
Find some furry friends this Sunday, and head to Dickerson Park Zoo for military appreciation day. Active military and their families get in for free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Say hi to the critters for us!
Detox from the Fourth of July festivities with a nice little trip to one of 417-land’s lovely farmers’ markets. Pick up some produce, fraternize with the farmers or simply take in the scene. Read our Guide to Farmers’ Markets to find your perfect fit.
Take a trip to the movies with the kiddos this Thursday morning, and see Despicable Me 2 at B&B Theatres for only $1 a person! The 2014 Kids Summer Series continues through July 31 with flicks including Rio, Ice Age 3 and others. Get your tickets here or at the box office!
Mix it up this hump day, and check out 311 live at the Gillioz Theatre. What better way to get through the rest of the week than with some rock, rap, reggae and funk all mixed into one? Jam out to tunes including “Amber,” “All Mixed Up,” “Come Original” and more.
Get geeky this Tuesday at the Discovery Center, and explore the NANO Mini-Exhibition. Learn all about nanoscale science, engineering and technology and its real world applications through interactive elements. Explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology with the whole family!
Start the week with some giggles at Missouri State University’s Tent Theatre. The collegiate troupe of actors takes on You Can’t Take It With You, a Pulitzer Prize–winning drama that highlights a zany New York family’s antics. Snag some tickets, take in the beautiful weather under the tent, and enjoy the show!
Face the foam this Saturday at the ColorFoam5k. Run through the water cannon gauntlet, take on mounds of foam and then cross the finish line in a super-colorful fashion. If that isn’t convincing enough, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Springfield Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Get a little weird this Friday, and head to Mother’s Brewing Company’s luscious lawn to catch Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas on the big screen. Travel to Sin City vicariously through the cast members while sipping on Mother’s plethora of brews and soaking up a beautiful Ozarkian evening. It’s sure to be a Friday Flix for the books.
Turn back the hands of time this Thursday, and check out REO Speedwagon live at The Gillioz Theatre. Local musician Nate Fredrick kicks off the entertainment, and opens up the stage for classic tunes including “Ridin’ The Storm Out,” “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Put on your best band tee, and start the weekend early.
Let local sounds fill your lunchtime this hump day at Wednesday Noon in Founders Park. Sit back, and soak up the sun as The Prospex, a group of Jarrett Middle School sixth-graders play some sweet tunes. Grab some lunch, a lawn chair and enjoy the music!
Speed on over to the Park Central Branch Library this Tuesday, and join in on the Under-an-Hour Reading Club. Explore a new magazine article each week, and then spark up some friendly conversation. Read this week’s article, “The Transgender Tipping Point” from the June 9 issue of Time Magazine, and come prepared for some enlightening exchanges.
Is your little one quite the performer? The Skinny Improv is calling all characters ages 12 to 15 years old to its Kid-Prov Summer Camp through June 27. Young stars learn improvisational games and team work, and become more confident through creative activities. The week culminates with a show for family and friends. Break a leg!
Grab the whole family for some souped-up Sunday fun at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Ozark 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals. More than 1,000 4-wheel drive vehicles rally at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds for a weekend filled with powerhouse off-roading. Stick around and watch the XDP monster truck attempt the ultimate high-flying feat: a backflip!
Roam around Springfield this Saturday, and check out the beautiful abodes featured in the Parade of Homes. The annual Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield event lets you tour as many featured homes as you’d like for only $5 through June 29. Find some inspiration, then get started on some home projects of your own!
Kick off your weekend on an om-azing note at Yoga on the Square with instructors Rod Buckner and Miranda Hamilton from the downtown YMCA. Then, get in your dose of night-time fun while listening to the gypsy jazz tunes of Bella Donna at Sounds on the Square. Be there, or be square!
Be a beach bum (for good reason) this Thursday at Developmental Center of the Ozarks’ Beach Bash. Sip on booze infused lake water, soak up the sun and bid on auction items while raising money developmentally and physically disabled individuals in 417-land. See you at party cove!
Pick up some peaches, and head to the Gillioz Theatre to see The Presidents of the United States of America live. The Seattle-based three-man band hits the stage to play radio smashes like “Lump” and “Peaches.” Grab your tickets now, and prepare to rock out.
Want to get away for the weekend with the family? Enter to win an all-inclusive Branson getaway with the whole gang courtesy of Dixie Stampede! See the excitement of Dixie Stampede first-hand, get your adrenaline pumping at Silver Dollar city, stay at the lavish Thousand Hills Resort and more.
Send your little caterpillar off to Birds, Bugs & Butterflies Camp this Monday with the Springfield–Greene County Botanical Center. Each week of the camp series, kiddos explore different aspects of gardens through keepsake crafts, field studies, garden games and botanical snacks. Call 417-891-1515 to reserve a spot!
Get your daily dose of gossip and giggles this Sunday at Springfield Little Theatre’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Get to know the frosted hair donning, beer drinking, canned cheese eating, quirky residents of the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park. It’s the last SLT show of the season, so get it while it’s hot!
Grab your crew, and head to Park Central Square for a day of local jams and crawdad consumption at the River Jam & Crawdad Boil. Check out vendors, craft beer, wine and tunes from Honky Suckle and other local musicians. Come hungry for some fresh crawdads! Yum.
Pull on your gardening boots, and join Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition for the annual Cocktails & Wellies on the Lawn fundraiser. Munch on hors d’oeuvres made with locally-grown produce, sip on Mother’s Brewing Company beer, and treat your ears to the sweet tunes of local musicians. May your wellies be festive, and your cocktails cold.
Amateur gardeners, have no fear—Gardening Basics 101 is here! Learn all the nitty-gritties necessary to survival as a first-time gardener, and then get started on your very own projects. Bonus: It’s free! Watch your black thumb turn green in no-time.
Soak up the beautiful weather while enjoying some quality song and dance at Missouri State University’s Tent Theatre. Students first take on Forever Plaid, a story of a group of friends who find eternal fame for their singing abilities. Enjoy the show!
Love dogs? Take your puppy love to the next level, and watch talented canines soar, spin, jump and fly at Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience. Talented pups showcase their skills with tricks, stunts, hilarious antics, dances and athletic feats while entertaining the whole family. Prepare to be amazed!
Unleash your artistic side this Monday, and head to the Springfield Art Museum to see the annual Watercolor U.S.A. exhibition. The nationally recognized juried exhibition features hundreds of paintings and some of the country’s top artists. Enjoy an art-filled night at the museum before the display closes shop on August 3.
Head to the Top of the Rock in Branson, and prepare for some top-notch golf watching at Big Cedar Lodge’s Legends of Golf tournament. Legendary pros including Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson hit the links for the final round of the tournament. Practice your best golf clap, and enjoy a day at the beautiful par-three course.
Bait your little one’s line, and head to the 33rd annual Kids Fishing Fun Day at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. Anglers in training cast into a bluegill and catfish-stocked pond before weighing and learning how to clean the swimmers with Missouri Department of Conservation helpers. It doesn’t get much better than catching your first fish!
It’s all downtown this Friday, with First Friday Art Walk and Gig Salad’s kickoff to the Sounds on the Square series. Immerse yourself in art and culture in gallery venues, then head to Park Central Square to hear some sweet tunes from Candy Coburn. Grab your family, friends or lover for a beautiful night out in 417-land!
Kick off your weekend early, and head to the Gillioz Theatre to see the legendary Marshall Tucker Band live. Michael “Supe” Granda from the Ozark Mountain Daredevils gets the ball rolling with his band Supe & The Sandwiches, then the Marshall Tucker Band hits the stage with hits like “Can’t You See” and “Heard it in a Love Song.” Happy listening!
Earnie Bohner, co-owner of Persimmon Hill Farms, shares tips on how to grow blackberries, and our editorial director and the culinary whizzes at The Cooking Channel share delicious recipes for the summer fruit.
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Bird lovers, you don’t want to miss this month’s Hillbilly Gardeners meeting! Missouri’s favorite feathered creature, the bluebird, soaks up the limelight as its nesting and eating habits are highlighted by Larry Dobson, vice president of the Missouri Bluebird Society. Pick out your favorite blue outfit, and pay homage to our beloved state birdy.
Laugh it up with your lady friends this Tuesday at SPANK! Harder. The raunchy Fifty Shades of Grey parody follows two men competing for a woman's affection with laugh-out-loud comedy and musical numbers. Snag your tickets now!
Spice up your summer, and enter to win Boulevard’s Ultimate Kansas City Experience. Just tell us your favorite Boulevard brew for a chance to win a tour of Boulevard Brewing Company, tickets to a Kansas City Royals game, a tour of a Fox Sports Midwest broadcast, an Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que gift card and more. Enter now!
Kick off June with a little Sunday funday action at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s Summer Oasis Bash & Sports Auction. Help raise funds for the Hall of Fame while enjoying great food, great drinks and some quality elbow rubbing.
Support the Springfield Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, and head to its sixth annual gala featuring the award-winning Motown group Spectrum. Get all snazzed up, and prepare for an exceptional evening of food, wine, auctions and live entertainment benefiting the symphony’s community outreach and education programs.
Streak on over to Mother's Brewing Company's backyard, and enjoy the great outdoors, delicious beer and tasty food truck treats while watching Old School. Follow Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson as the relive their glory days as frat stars. Bring a blanket and your sense of humor, Blue.
Hey, yogis! Enjoy the best of both worlds this Thursday at Farmers Market of the Ozarks' all-new Yoga and Local Hour from 4 to 8 p.m. Pssst, there are even free wine samplings from Missouri wineries. Only one question remains: Wine pre- or post-yoga?
Make a difference this World Hunger Day, and head to Convoy of Hope for One Night to Feed One. Listen to CEO and co-founder Hal Donaldson’s first-hand stories from the field and enjoy a tasty dinner while supporting children suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Talk about inspiring!
Don’t let unsightly spider veins ruin your summer! Enter to win a free spider vein treatment from Citizens Memorial Hospital, and say hello to beautiful legs just in time for warmer weather. Enter to win here.
Get to know 417 Magazine’s 10 Most Beautiful Women of 2014 finalists this Monday, then vote for your favorites. Read about each woman, her philanthropic passions, hobbies and more before voting ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30. Make your vote count now!
Tour the Springfield St. Jude Dream Home this Sunday, then buy a ticket for a chance to win the $375,000 house to help save kids’ lives. You can also register to win a $10,000 furniture shopping spree while you’re touring the home. Stay tuned until June 29 when the winner is announced.
Take a little road trip, and catch the last weekend of Eureka Springs’ May Festival of the Arts. Check out gallery walks, musical performances, live demonstrations and more during the artistic celebration. Saturday brings the North Main Art & Music Fest, an interactive sound sculpture experience you don’t want to miss.
Release a balloon—or a few—in memory of someone you love at Lost & Found Grief Center Memorial Balloon Release this Thursday. The fifth annual balloon release is followed by a 5K run and walk through downtown Springfield. Register today, and join hundreds of 417-landers in celebrating a lives that are loved and missed.
Kick off summer and patio season this hump day at 417 Magazine’s Summer Fun Launch Party! Enjoy specials on Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, live music by Barak Hill, appetizers and the chance to win a Leinenkugel’s stand-up paddleboard. Bonus: You’ll be the first to see our June issue packed with summer activities! Be there, or be square.
Calling all Joplin parents! Take your little one to Creation Station this Tuesday at the Spiva Center for the Arts to let them try their hand at drawing, sculpture, clay, photography, printmaking, painting and more. There are even scavenger hunts through the galleries! Space is limited, so call 417-623-0183 to preregister.
Turn that Monday frown upside down with some Cardinals baseball at Hammons Field. The Redbirds take on the Northwest Arkansas Travelers to round out the four-game series. Wear your red, and root on the home team!
Kick off the Cyndi Sullivan Memorial Tee Up Fore Teal golf tournament this Sunday at Highland Springs Country Club. Socialize and enjoy some adult beverages before teeing off for the big tournament on Monday. Grab your clubs, sign up your team and help raise money for women battling gynecologic cancers throughout the Ozarks .
Put on your toe tappin’ shoes, and head to Chesterfield Village for a day of blues at the Stomp the Blues out of Homelessness Blues Festival. Help raise awareness and money for 417-land’s homeless population while enjoying great music, food and beverages. Bring and lawn chair, and sit back and relax.
Grab your honey, and head downtown to see Springfield Little Theatre's newest show all about love, laughter and life. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change hilariously depicts the trials and tribulations of single life, dating, marriage, loss and heartbreak. Prepare to laugh, and snag your tickets today.
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week with MaMa Jean’s Natural Market and more than 80 ice-cold brewskies. The American Craft Beer Tasting event at MaMa Jean’s on East Sunshine Street brings together local and national breweries and some tasty treats to accompany your sips. We’ve saved the best info for last: It’s free.
Seafood and summertime go hand in hand! Let Hy-Vee’s Chef Marty teach you tricks on how to select and prep the food of the sea during this Wednesday’s Seafood Cookery class. Call 417-881-1950 today to reserve your spot.
Give your mom the royal treatment she deserves, and nominate her to win a relaxing day at Downstream Casino Resort’s Nee Spa. The winning lady will get to choose from two amazing prize packs valued at more than $200. Nominate your mom today!
Hop on your two-wheeled ride this Monday, and take part in Bike to Work Week. Thousands of 417-landers took part in last year’s challenge, and now it’s your turn to help reduce pollution and traffic congestion. Take the challenge, and leave your car behind at least one day this week!
Show that lovely lady who brought you into this world some love on Mother’s Day, Branson-style. We’ve wrangled up some of the best brunches B-town has to offer, just for you. Once you’re done feasting, make a day out of it, and listen to Toe Jam live at Lindwedel Wine Garden while sipping on some vino. Thank goodness for moms, right?
Cruise downtown to the Park Central Square for Tour de Ozarks: a day of bicycles, brews, music and good, old-fashioned Ozarks fun. Choose from four bike ride routes that take you around 417-land, check out kid-friendly activities, listen to live music or simply soak up spring in the Ozarks. Sign up for your ride of choice today!
Bust out your bib, and chow down on some ribs at the 15th annual Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival. Sample chicken, pork and beef all weekend long while enjoying live music from the likes of Members Only, The Detectives, Cruize Control and other local talents. Plus, the festival benefits seven local charities. We will definitely see you there.
Get your hands on a designer handbag while supporting local educational programs at the second annual Hamels Handbag Happy Hour. More than 70 designer bags are up for grabs! Browse the selection while sipping on wine and snacking on hors d’oeuvres.
Enter to win the ultimate couples makeover from Studio 417 Salon, 417 Blow Dry Bar and Hudson Hawk at the brand new Farmers Market this hump day. One lucky lady will receive a haircut, color and style, brow shaping, an airbrush tan and makeup while her suitor gets groomed at Hudson Hawk. Snap a pic of you and your lover, and enter to win!
Ladies, take a trip Down Under this Tuesday with Mercy Women’s Heart Center Cooking School. This month’s class focuses on how you can make heart-healthy Australian cuisine at home. Grab your girlfriends, and have some fun in the kitchen. Call 417-820-3666 to reserve your spot today.