Kids experience the world through play and activity. Parents and caregivers encourage healthy growth and development through play and fitness. There are many opportunities to get kids moving through creative and active playtime, individual and team sports, and physical activity. Whether it is an indoor play space, an organized sports team, or a trip to your neighborhood park, start your kids on a path to a lifetime of fitness. Let’s get a move on!
3444-O S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield • 417-368-2908
Explore, socialize, and discover through play in Imaginasium’s 3,200 square-feet of indoor play space. Children ages crawling to age 8 will build gross and fine motor skills through active play and dramatic play. Imaginasium is open Monday through Saturday for open play. Memberships are available, and birthday parties will make your child’s day extra special. New this fall: parents’ nights out.
Itty Bitty City
3640 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield • 417-202-2025 • ittybitty.city
Itty Bitty City was created to provide a place for young children to do what they do best: play. Whether they are building with the Big Blue Blocks, putting on a stage performance, creating art in the Playology Lab, or role-playing as an active member of the Village, children and their family members are playing, learning, and building memories through every experience at Itty Bitty City. Special play area specifically for babies age 1 and younger. Play for a day or purchase a membership for year-round fun.
Ozarks Regional YMCA
The Ozarks Regional YMCA operates eight family centers, including two Springfield locations. The Y is the starting point for many youth to become and stay active and develop healthy habits they’ll carry throughout their lives. Whether it’s the confidence that comes from learning to dribble a basketball or positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y helps build the whole child from the inside out. The Ozarks Regional YMCA is a nonprofit organization that believes no one should be denied access to membership and/or programs due to the inability to pay. These funds are subsidized through the United Way of the Ozarks and through the Y Impact Campaign.
Sac River Stables
5798 N. Farm Road 125 • Springfield • 417-742-4200 • sacriverstables.com
Trot on over to Sac River Stables for fun fitness in the saddle. Brushing horses, saddling, and riding in the indoor and outdoor riding facilities are great ways to exercise, stay flexible, and use those horseback riding muscles. Follow Sac River Stables on Facebook to learn more about the facilities and programs.
Springfield-Greene County Park Board
417-864-1049 • parkboard.org/fitness
The Park Board Family Centers at Chesterfield, Dan Kinney, and Doling have several programs that will keep kids active. Dan Kinney Family Center has tae kwon do and Pickleball. Doling Family Center has kids’ dance and choreography, tae kwon do, Pickleball, Generation Pound and indoor swimming. Chesterfield Family Center has Pickleball, and indoor swimming. See center for ages and details.
The Jungle Gym
3322-JJ S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield • 417-319-5595 • TheJungleGym.org
Encouraging kids to be active starts with basic playtime. The Jungle Gym’s indoor playground creates a fun, gross motor skill experience for children from crawlers to age 8. The Gym is open Tuesday through Sunday for playtime on swings, slides, a trampoline, and a sandbox with almost two tons of sand. Play all day for one price–come and go as you need to for lunch and nap time. The Jungle Gym offers monthly and annual memberships to keep the fun coming day after day.