The Best Places for Family Time in Springfield

Avoid the weekend doldrums by taking the family to one of Springfield’s educational and fun attractions. Springfield has a little something for everyone—science buffs and art enthusiasts alike.

By Katie pollock Estes

Jan 2019

sting rays at wonders of wildlife in Sprinfield
Photo courtesy Bass Pro Media CenterInteract with sting rays at Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, MO.

Discovery Center of Springfield

438 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield
Admission: $8 for kids, $12 for adults
Balance on the high-wire bike, run in a giant hamster wheel, dig for dinosaur bones and get hands-on with four floors of kid-friendly and educational science installations.

Springfield Art Museum

1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield
Admission: Free (donations accepted)
There are more than 10,000 works in Springfield Art Museum’s permanent gallery, which means there is a ton to explore. Now through March 17, see the El Grabado: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking exhibit.

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

500 W. Sunshine St., Springfield
Admission: $9.95–23.95 for kids, $14.95–39.95 for adults
Plenty of stunning wildlife galleries and awe-inspiring aquarium exhibits contain enough immersive educational fun to fill a whole day. Purchase admission to both, or save a little money and focus on one.

History Museum on the Square

157 Park Central Square, Springfield
Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for kids
The History Museum on the Square is undergoing a huge expansion, but in the meantime you can visit the historic Fox Theatre to check out the Memories of the Mother Road–Birthplace of Route 66 exhibit.