To all the teachers, parents, youth activity coordinators, and childcare facility owners–anyone who plans and manages field trips and excursions for children–this guide is for you! These area businesses and organizations offer great resources for you! The list is long: field trips about animals and conserving our planet, on-site and classroom programs that encourage scientific discovery, and abundant fun and physical activity! Start planning your adventures for 2019-20 today, and remember to tell these folks you found them in Kids Directory!
All-Star Gymnastics & Cheer
1347 N. Ashley Dr. • Nixa
417-725-1304 • allstargymandcheer.com
All-Star field trips allow children to be active in a gymnastics setting that includes in-ground trampolines, balance beams, bars, and a 50-foot trampoline! All-Star accommodates groups of up to 50 for ages 2-12 years. Field trips begin with stretch activities and incorporate gymnastics games and free time.
Dickerson Park Zoo
1401 W. Norton Rd. • Springfield
417-833-1570 • dickersonparkzoo.org
Dickerson Park Zoo customizes in-classroom, pre-trip, and onsite programs to expand the educational content of field trips (additional programming fees apply). Presentations include Animal Ambassadors (live animals), biofacts (skins, sheds, teeth, and other items), and animal facts.
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
2038 W. State Hwy 86 • Lampe
877-459-5687 • dogwoodcanyon.org
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a one-of-a-kind experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers of all ages. Inspiration will flourish as the Dogwood Canyon Foundation teaches students about the importance of protecting and conserving the great outdoors by taking the cause into the classrooms of the Nature & Conservation Center, the Campfire Club Amphitheater and the interactive Treehouse.
Gold Medal Gyms
6840 W. Republic Rd. • Republic
417-732-4100 • goldmedalgyms.com
Gold Medal Gyms hosts school field trips to introduce kids to gymnastics. Activities include time on familiar gymnastics equipment and trampolines, and in play pits. Prices start at $7.50 per person for one hour of gym time. Discounts available for larger groups.
Itty Bitty City
3640 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
417-202-2025 • ittybitty.city
Itty Bitty City offers a playful learning experience for groups of 10-80 participants ages 8 years and younger. Explore play spaces to learn through dramatic play, role play, creative play, and science and art activities. Itty Bitty City is aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards GLE curriculum as well as CDC developmental milestones.
Jordan Valley Ice Park
635 E Trafficway • Springfield
417-866-7444 • ParkBoard.org
The Ice Park can accommodate any size group ages 4 and older. Pricing starts as low as $4 per person for groups of 25+. Tour the facility including the ice plant that keeps the ice frozen and learn how the Zamboni cleans and resurfaces the ice. As a treat, group may ice skate after the tour.
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park
3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 • Springfield
417-837-5949 • ParkBoard.org
Groups of 10-250 participants. Classes accommodate up to 60 students at a time. The Farm Park has developed fun and engaging programs for Pre-K through 5th grade. Students learn about farming, planting, and animals. Classes are 30-60 minutes and meet in the climate-controlled barn classroom.
Sac River Stables, LLC
5798 N. Farm Rd. 125 • Springfield
417-742-4200 • sacriverstables.com
Sac River Stables can accommodate group sizes of eight participants and larger for ages 3 years and up. Trot over for some horse play including riding, grooming and visiting the beautiful horses at this CHA-accredited and Girl/Boy Scout approved indoor riding facility.
Springfield Art Museum
1111 E. Brookside Dr. • Springfield
417-837-5700 • sgfmuseum.org
The Springfield Art Museum offers customized, interactive tours for grades K-12 at no cost to participating schools or homeschool groups. Tours may include observation, discussion, creative writing, or drawing prompts; responding to art through movement or drama; collaborative group work; and independent exploration of the galleries. Tours can be designed to support a wide range of curricular goals and modified for students’ special needs.
Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic Ave. • Springfield
417-891-1515 • ParkBoard.org
Staff-guided programs for groups 10-100; $2/student. Topics include seeds (plant reproduction), soil science, exotic pests (weeds and disease), and the plants we eat. Guided garden activities at the Butterfly House, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden (April-October) and the gardens. Gray-Campbell Farmstead is especially for 5th grade. Self-guided activities: playgrounds, and prairie, forest, stream, and pond lessons.
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
4601 S. Nature Center Way • Springfield
417-888-4237 • mdc.mo.gov/Springfield
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center provides educational field trips for all ages Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., year-round. Free guided programs typically last one to two hours and cover a variety of nature-related topics while tying into school curriculum. Programs require a minimum of two-week notice. Registration for the next calendar year begins on Sept. 1.
Springfield Little Theatre
311 East Walnut • Springfield
417-413-2287 • springfieldlittletheatre.org
Springfield Little Theatre offers highly discounted group tickets to special daytime performances for area schools, homeschool groups, and daycare centers. The SLT education staff can coordinate a workshop, “play-in-a-day” experience, over-the-top theatre party, or guided tour of the beautiful, historic Landers Theatre for your student group.
Valley Water Mill Park Equestrian Center
4007 N. Farm Rd. 171 • Springfield
417-833-3291 • ParkBoard.org
Groups from 10-60 participants, ages 5 and up. Field trips subject to weather and availability; signed liability waivers by parent or guardian required. Grades 1 and 2: “Pony Tales Literacy Program” uses the excitement of horses to motivate kids to learn to read. School visit with pony and program culminates with field trip to VWMP-EC. Each child receives a forever book. Farm tours are available where students learn about nutrition, grooming, saddles and tack, farrier care, safety, prey vs. predator, and healthcare. Other experiences (horseback lead line rides and hayride to Watershed Center) are available for additional fees.
Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
500 W. Sunshine St. • Springfield
888-222-6060 • wondersofwildlife.org
Wonders of Wildlife understands that educational experiences should be fun, affordable, and empowering. Their priority, as the most immersive nonprofit conservation attraction in the world, is to inspire the next generation of conservationists. As the youth of today grow into tomorrow’s leaders, they need values that promote the wise use and respect of the land, air, water, and wildlife. Wonders of Wildlife has created world-class conservation education programs and experiences that align with state and national learning standards so you can feel great about the journey.