Kiddos experience the wacky whimsy of Dr. Seuss at Ozarks Public Television’s Seuss Science Day. Youngsters can watch Seuss-themed science demos, meet the Cat in the Hat and hear some of the author’s most beloved stories. Admission is $7 at the door.
Muggles step into the magical world of Harry Potter at the Gillioz Theatre’s Potterfest featuring all eight Potter films, a butterbeer bar, costume contests and more. The wizarding weekend runs through Sunday. Get tickets here.
Love is in the air at Pythian Castle’s Valentine's Dinner and Dance. Enjoy a romantic meal, sip champagne and dance the night away with your sweetie. Dance lessons are available, so don’t worry if you have two left feet. Get tickets here.
Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand-in-hand. Discover delicious recipes at B + B Boulangerie & Fair-Weather Cafe’s chocolate-themed cooking class. Learn to prepare treats like white chocolate and passionfruit eclairs along with chocolate mousse domes. Buy tickets here.
Musicians perform tunes inspired by Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers at this month’s Wild Bob’s Musical Book Club. Brush up on facts about the beloved poet for a mid-concert trivia contest. It’s $5 at the door.
Take in beloved classics on the big screen during Moxie Cinema’s The Essentials film series. Starting Sunday, see flicks starring Katharine Hepburn like Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story and Adam’s Rib.
Party it up for a good cause at the Sneaker Soiree benefitting Girls on The Run of Southwest Missouri. Plus, leave your stilettos at home: this affair’s dress code encourages sporting comfy sneakers with your stylish cocktail attire. Pick up tickets here.
You and your sweetie can get a jumpstart on Valentine’s Day at the VIP Beer, Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Pairings Dinner. Get tickets to the dinner and Saturday’s beer, wine, cheese and chocolate festival here.
Teens learn about galaxies far, far away at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library’s Space, The Final Frontier event. The shindig features out-of-this world activities and crafts focused on space, NASA and famous astronauts.
Mario Kart Tournament
Get your game on at this Mario Kart 64 Tournament benefiting The Kitchen. Bring a canned food item to get in on the fun. The shindig is hosted at Druff’s, so come ready to chow down on grilled cheese sammies.
Celebrating the best of the best in 417-land with some of our 2014 Best of 417 Readers' Choice Award winners. 417 Magazine staff surprised winning businesses and individuals on a party bus! Transportation by Fisk Transportation Group. See the full list of winners here: http://bit.ly/2j58M2e
417 Magazine's sixth annual Whiskey Fest presented by Dapper Barber benefited the Springfield Sertoma Club and featured over 200 whiskeys, bourbons and scotches from around the world. Hosted by White River Conference Center. January 21, 2017. Photos by Eden Garrett.
The eagles have landed in 417-land, and you can admire them up close at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s free Eagle Days event. Read more about what brings the majestic birds to Missouri here.
Get ready to think big at Biz 417’s first-ever Think Summit. Hear 16 bold ideas for improving our region from dynamic speakers like Randy Bacon, Jeff and Michelle Houghton, Uber representatives and others. Get tickets here.
WEDNESDAY, January 11
Learn to craft cute soy candles in stylish mason jars at Art Inspired’s Sip & Create class. It’s $25 and materials are included, but don’t forget to BYOB. Call 417-868-8084 to reserve a spot.
Get your kids out of the house to embrace their inner artist at the library’s free Snow Day Crafts event. Attendees sip hot cocoa and whip up creations like sock snowmen, beaded snowflakes and snow globes.
Snag Some Coffee
Check out 417 Magazine’s guide to the region’s buzzing coffee scene. Then, grab a cup of java and pick up a punch card for DreamIT MakeIT’s Coffee Crawl so you can earn free and discounted java and treats.
SATURDAY, January 7
Flock to free bird-watching outing for kids 7 and up at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Little ones learn how to spy fine feathered friends before setting off to find them on a nature trek. The day ends with games and a meal. Call 417-782-6287 to register.
FRIDAY, January 6
Have a hoot at the Springfield Nature Conservation Center’s free Owl Prowl and Evening Stroll. Bring a buddy and a flashlight and hit the trails to see nesting owls. Then, stop by the nature center to see a live owl from the Dickerson Park Zoo.
WEDNESDAY, January 4
Sample sudsy offerings from top-notch breweries during Beer 101 at Macadoodles’ new store in north Springfield. It’s free and the bevy of beers includes takes on classic wintery brews.
TUESDAY, January 3
School's Out Workshop
All the world’s a stage at Springfield Little Theatre’s School's Out Workshop featuring games, dancing, crafts and a stage show for pint-sized performers. Call 417-869-3869 to reserve a spot.
Kids craft colorful treats at Bon Bon's Candy House’s Trolls-themed candy-making class and learn how to make goodies like rainbow candies, gummy kabobs and chocolate suckers. Call 417-883-3900 to get in on the sugary action.
Toast 2017 in style at Savoy Ballroom’s NYE Masquerade Ball featuring hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, a champagne toast and balloon drop. Call 417-865-2255 for tickets. Or check out other 417-land shindigs.
FRIDAY, December 30
Slither over to Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s free Missouri Snakes event for ages 5 and up. Learn about the fascinating reptiles, see local species up close and feel their scaly skin. No registration is required.
Explore what lies beneath 417-land in Smallin Civil War Cave’s Winter Solstice Tours. Enter the cave through its massive 55-foot-tall entrance, see eye-popping rock formations and a Native American petroglyph. Hump day is the last day to get in on the fun.
The weather outside is frightful, so sneak away to The Butterfly Palace to admire thousands of snow-white butterflies and explore a mirror maze along with a rainforest science center. Get tickets here.
Restaurateur Mike Jalili is sharing the recipes behind some of the most popular dishes at his three restaurants: Touch Restaurant & Oyster House, Flame Steakhouse and Black Sheep Burgers and Shakes. Grab your apron, and prepare to be delighted by culinary creations such as bacon-wrapped dates, the Cowboy Carl Burger, scallop pasta and more. Not a fan of cooking? Join us for 417 Magazine’s Cooking Class on January 17, and let Jalili do the work for you.
Make merry Italian style at Vito’s Kitchen’s Feast of the Seven Fishes. The lineup features seven seafood dishes and an authentic Italian dessert. Hurry and call 417-569-7555 to reserve a spot for $50 per person.
Pick up last-minute gifts at Farmers Market of the Ozarks’ pre-Christmas market. Browse goodies from local vendors under a heated pavilion, sip hot cocoa, listen to jolly holiday tunes and visit with Santa Claus.
Youngsters party with their favorite princesses at Springfield Little Theatre’s A Frozen Frenzy. Little ones strut their stuff in a costume contest, take part in a Frozen sing-along, get their faces painted and more. Buy tickets here or call 417-869-1334.
Craft gorgeous glass ornaments during this open studio session at Creative Escape Glass. It’s $15 to make one ornament, $27 to make two and $38 to make three. Come ready with some ideas for your design or follow a provided pattern.
Sneak a peek at Springfield Ballet’s new staging of The Nutcracker at this affair featuring an exclusive dress rehearsal of the show and a swanky Hotel Vandivort reception, plus dinner and activities for your kiddos. Pick up tickets to the party here. Get tickets to the The Nutcracker, which runs Friday through Monday, here.
Bring your little ones to the Gingerbread Build-Off featuring a reading of the classic “Gingerbread Man” story and activities like decorating a life-sized gingerbread playhouse and creating Christmas ornaments. The free event is perfect for ages 6 and under.
Get in the holiday spirit at Springfield Little Theatre’s presentation of A Christmas Story, a wacky yuletide classic about a little boy’s quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Pick up tickets here or call 417-869-1334.
Get to the art of the matter at Missouri State’s free WinterFest Visual and Performing Arts Festival. Check out creations in all mediums by regional artists and listen to performances of cheery seasonal tunes by local ensembles.
Sport your tackiest Christmas jumper at the Strike Zone’s Ugly Sweater Party. Bowl a few frames and have festive refreshments like Grinch Punch and S'mores Shots. It’s free to attend, but bring a few bucks for bowling, snacks and drinks.
Winter is coming, but you don’t have to be a seasonal scrooge. Check out our guide to having the Best Winter Ever in 417-land, then take our Santa-themed quiz to find out if you made the nice list this year.
Shop small at the Pickwick Place Holiday Bazaar. Peruse locally made goodies like jewelry, holiday decor, housewares and yummy bath products from vendors like Serindipology and Moon City Goods. Plus, take a pic with jolly old Saint Nick.
Feeling lucky? Bet big for a good cause at The Hamels Foundation’s Chips for Charity. The event combines the glamour of ritzy Las Vegas casinos with the allure of Hotel Vandivort, and proceeds benefit local schools and students. Get tickets here.