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Things to Do with Kids in Springfield, Missouri

Looking for things to do with your kids around southwest Missouri? Here are a few picks for kid-friendly activities and events year-round in and around Springfield.

by Michelle Lewis, Katie Pollock Estes, Jo Jolliff

Jan 2024

Family at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield MO
Photo courtesy Dickerson Park ZooTake a trip to Dickerson Park Zoo to see more than 450 animals, with something new around each corner.

Events, Education and Excitement

Silver Dollar City

399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy, Branson; 417-336-7100
Silver Dollar City takes you back in time to experience record-breaking thrills, delicious treats and a world of fun. With its wide range of thrill rides, Silver Dollar City holds something for every level of adventurer. The park opens for the season in March, falling at the perfect time for a visit during spring break.

Events at Silver Dollar City in 2024
Spring Break: March 9–24
Street Fest: April 11–29
Summer Nights: July 3 - August 4

Wonderworks

2835 W. 76 Country Blvd, Branson; 417-231-9999
Let your imagination run wild at Wonderworks, a science-focused indoor amusement park that combines education and entertainment in the best way possible. With more than 100 hands-on exhibits you’ll find yourself exploring the principles of nature, experiencing hurricane winds and more right alongside your kiddos.

Events at Wonderworks 2024
National STEM Day: November 8 annually
Homeschool Days: Available January and February

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

500 W. Sunshine St., Springfield; 888-222-6060
Wonders of Wildlife hosts the largest immersive wildlife attraction in the world. Walk through 1.5 miles of exhibits that hold over 800 species. See your kids’ faces light up as they explore some of the most extreme habitats in the world and surround themselves with creatures from the world’s oceans, lakes and streams.

Dickerson Park Zoo

1401 W. Norton Rd., Springfield; 417-833-1570
Take your kids on an adventure to see animals from all around the world without having to leave 417-land. With more than 450 animals from five continents and 1.2 miles of trails, there is something to see around every corner at the Dickerson Park Zoo. The early spring temperatures this time of year are perfect for seeing active animals and making the most of your visit to the zoo.

Indoor Family Fun

Fritz's Adventure

1425 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, 417-320-6138
For little kids, the underground tunnels are perfect for sneakin’ around. Bigger kids can catch a thrill at The Aerodium, a high-flying sky-diving simulator. As an added bonus, the ropes course is just as fun for grown-ups as it is for kids.

Ocean Adventures

2630 S. Duquesne Rd., Joplin, 417-825-1650
The soft climbing play area where everything is toddler size is perfect for little kids. For bigger kids, the 26-foot slide that dumps them into a massive ball pit offers a real rush. If you’re looking for a photo op to go along with the fun, the beach-themed photo booth is waiting for you.

Urban Air

2825 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-210-7889
Urban Air offers everything from a tubes playground where younger kids can race and slide to their hearts’ content to a warrior course where bigger kids can take on a challenging obstacle course. There’s a huge variety of activities that keep kids occupied all day.

The Jungle Gym

3322 S. Campbell Ave., Suite J., Springfield, 417-319-5595
There’s a wide variety of ways kids can climb, swing and slide at The Jungle Gym. There’s even a massive indoor sand pit for plenty of digging fun. But don’t bring your biggest kids because The Jungle Gym is for ages eight and younger.

Andy B's

1127 Battlefield Rd., Springfield, 417-883-1234
Sure, it’s not a playground. But there are a lot of ways to play. Younger kids love bowling with bumpers and ramps for frustration-free fun, while bigger kids can face off in underground laser tag. Plus there’s a restaurant at Andy B’s, so you can keep the kids from slipping into the hangry zone.

Giving Back with Your Kids

Least of These

1720 W. James River Rd., Ozark; 417-724-2500
Foods distributions at Least of These are the perfect activity for families with kids age 12 and older. Volunteers gather all of the needed supplies for families in need. Children living within the Webster County district will help prepare and not deliver to protect the privacy of families served.

Humane Society of Southwest Missouri

3161 W. Norton Rd., Springfield; 417-833-2526
With different volunteer activities for children ages 3 to 17, kids can help serve the Humane Society in a variety of different ways. From reading books to shelter animals so they can hear a kind voice to on-leash walks, kids can learn the importance of caring for animals in the community.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks

949 E. Primrose St., Springfield; 417-875-3500
The current biggest need for families staying at the Ronald McDonald house is the support of their Family Dinner Program. Your kiddos can help you purchase and prepare dinner for the families staying at Ronald McDonald while they focus their time on caring for their sick child or infant.

Convoy of Hope

1 Convoy Drive, Springfield; 417-823-8998
At Convoy of Hope, kids 10 to 17 years old can participate in Hands of Hope nights with a parent or legal guardian. Hands of Hope volunteers serve Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to prepare resources for global distribution.

Looking for more ways to do good? Read our guide to giving back.

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