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It’s time to make your Downtown Springfield Summer Bucket List

May 23, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend is here! It started as a day to remember and honor people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It has become the unofficial kickoff for summer. That means it’s time to get your Summer Bucket List ready.
A Summer Bucket List is a great way to make sure you’re taking full advantage of the season. It can also help you squash those complaints of “There’s nothing to do.” Here’s a sample bucket list to get you started.

Take in a movie at Founders Park

The concrete blocks of Founders Park make for a unique movie theater on Fridays and Saturdays in June and July. The Springfield-Greene County Park Board puts on Movies At Founders Park, which has family-friendly films on Fridays and date night movies on Saturdays. All movies are rated PG or PG-13.
The films start at dusk and admission is free. Concessions are available for purchase on-site. Grab your lawn chair and go, but leave your alcohol, pets and tobacco at home. “Mary Poppins Returns” opens the series June 7, followed by “The Greatest Showman: Sing-Along” June 8.

Make a day of Jordan Valley Park

Summer in the Ozarks can be sweltering. You’re going to want to cool off. There are two ways to do that at Jordan Valley Park. Why not try them both in the same day?
The water feature at the park, located across Trafficway from Hammons Tower, has pools to wade in and a big fountain to splash in. You can find some shade while you dry off and enjoy a picnic lunch. Once you’re dry (and warm) head inside Jordan Valley Ice Park for some ice skating. May’s schedule includes two to three sessions each day. You can find out more at the Park Board’s website.

Walk it out on First Fridays

First Friday Art Walk is a Springfield institution. Dozens of venues host original works of art in several different mediums. But things get kicked up a notch in summer when Compass Rose hosts Tumble 2019: A Summer Concert Series.
Tumble includes live music on the Park Central Square, vendors, food trucks. There are also fun family activities and more. And there’s no admission fee! Make sure you’re following Compass Rose on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the details.

Expand your brain

Learning doesn’t feel like learning at Discovery Center Springfield. The interactive, hands-on science museum is committed to inspiring people of all ages with a lifelong love of learning and an appreciation for the world and our place in it.
Discovery Center covers 50,000 square feet in two different buildings. It has plenty of activities to fill the day and engage brains of all ages. That includes a brand new mini-golf course, inspired by the Downtown Springfield Association’s Downtown Open! Discovery Center is open seven days a week and admission ranges from $7-$12.

Find your favorite patio

Ask five different people what is their favorite patio in Downtown Springfield and you’re likely to get five different answers. You might like the view of Park Central East from Big Whiskey’s or Dublin’s Pass. Or you could prefer the people watching on Park Central Square from your seat at Civil Kitchen, The Golden Girl Rum Club, The Coffee Ethic or Queen City Wine Dive. Head west from there and you’ll find seats outside Falstaff’s, Harbell’s, Patton Alley Pub and Lost Signal Brewing Company. And that’s not even all of them!
Don’t have a favorite patio yet? There’s only one way to fix that: assemble your crew and start researching. Our Dining page will help you get started.

Sample the best food and drink the area has to offer 

It’s easy to get stuck in a restaurant rut and not check out some new places, or even go back to old favorites. Taste of SoMo can help you break out of your routine. The food and drink sampling event is Saturday, June 22.
A total of 30 area restaurants have signed up to participate. Just $10 gets you a sheet of 10 tasting tickets. You can enjoy free, live music as you fill your belly and a portion of the proceeds benefit Ozarks Food Harvest. Keep your eyes on the Taste of SoMo website for details, coming soon!

Take yourself out to the ballgame

Enjoy the National Pastime at award-winning Hammons Field. The Springfield Cardinals season runs through labor day and tickets are very affordable. Get a seat behind home plate, or grab a blanket and chill on the outfield berm. Whether you’re a diehard Cardinals fan or a baseball rookie, the Double-A Texas League club puts on an entertaining show.
Need to know more about the Cardinals? We can help you with that.

Get your kicks

Route 66 winds through Downtown Springfield and it’s name was chosen here in the Queen City. That makes it the perfect place for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. The 2019 event will be held Aug. 9-10.
The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival draws tens of thousands of people downtown. There’s a car show, a parade, live music, vendors and a ton of fun. And it’s all free! What a great way to celebrate the end of summer and check that final item off your bucket list!