Enjoy Springtime Fun that Will Not Break the Bank

Enjoy Springtime Fun that Will Not Break the Bank

The days are getting longer and the temperatures are inching up. With spring in full swing here in the Ozarks, there are plenty of ways for families to get out and enjoy the season.

To help you out, BluCurrent has put together a local calendar of events featuring some fun, inexpensive things to do with the family in our area this spring.

These activities will let you have a great time while staying on budget and saving for other important things in your life.

April 2017

From Home to Over There: Greene County in the Great War

Now-July 8, 10:30-4:30 p.m., History Museum on the Square

  • Admission: Adults $5; Children 3-12 $3; Members FREE!

  • Learn about local heroes who fought and died in World War I -- and their loved ones back here on the home front.

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    Spring Wildflower Hike

    April 12, 1-3 p.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center

    • Admission: FREE!

    • Take a stroll through the nature center's trails for a close-up look at Springfield's beautiful wildflowers. Ages 8 and up. Registration now open.

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      Jesus Christ Superstar

      April 13-14 at 7:30 p.m.; April 15 at 2 p.m.; Springfield LIttle Theatre

      • Admission: Adult $18-30; Senior/student/military $18-28; Children 12 and under $12-$18; Groups 10+ $14-$25

      • Experience Christ's final days in this dramatic, emotional rock opera.

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        Ozark Whittlers and Woodcarvers

        April 15, 1-4 p.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center

        • Admission: FREE!

        • Stop by and see local whittlers and woodcarvers turn ordinary wood into creative treasures.

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          March for Science

          April 22, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jenny Lincoln Park to Park Central Square

          • Admission: FREE!

          • Join us for this international movement of individuals who value science in their lives and realize that silence is not an option.

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            Cherry Blossom Kite and Pinata Festival

            April 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park

            • Admission: FREE!

            • Celebrate Springfield's Sister Cities Isesaki, Japan and Tlaquepaque, Mexico with kites, pinatas, music, and dancing. Stick around for a dedication concert for the Peace through People Pavilion after the festival.

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              Burgers & Cheers Fundraiser for Child Advocacy Center

              April 22, 5-10 p.m., Ebbets Field

              • Admission: $35; $5 valet parking

              • Come out for great food, music, and fun as we raise much-needed funds for the Child Advocacy Center.

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                Conservation Kids -- Animal Communication

                April 27, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center

                • Admission: FREE!

                • Ages 7 to 12 are invited to learn how animals communicate to each other through sounds, smells, visual cues, and touch.

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                  Natural Communities Hike

                  April 28, 1:30-4 p.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center

                  • Admission: FREE!

                  • Come take a closer look at the ecosystems that call the nature center home. This 3-mile hike is rated easy to moderate in difficulty and is for ages 12 and up.

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                    May 2017

                    First Friday Art Walk

                    May 5, 6-10 p.m., Downtown Springfield

                    • Admission: FREE!

                    • Come out for an evening of original art, music, performances, local history, and much more!

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                      Walk with Compassion to End Child Poverty

                      May 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Jordan Valley Park

                      • Admission: Visit our website for info on registration and donations

                      • All ages are invited to walk with us as we support children around the world who are living in poverty.

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                        Artsfest on Walnut Street

                        May 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Walnut Street

                        • Admission: $3 advance; $5 at the gate

                        • Come enjoy original art, live performances, and delicious food at the largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri.

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                          QCBMF's 8th Annual Beard and Mustache Festival

                          May 6, 2-11 p.m., 319 Downtown

                          • Admission: Entry fee $20; Junior Fake Division $5; Spectator Division $8

                          • Come celebrate the best beards and mustaches in the Queen City as we raise money for Diaper Bank of the Ozarks.

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                            Springfield Ballet's Alice in Wonderland

                            May 11-12 at 7:30 p.m.; May 13 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Springfield Ballet

                            • Admission: Gold -- Adult $20; Students/Seniors/Military $17; 12 and under and Groups 20+ $13; Platinum -- Adults $22; Students/Seniors/Military $19; 12 and under and Groups 20+ $15

                            • Don't be late for this very important date with the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and other beloved characters from this classic tale.

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                              We hope you enjoy these and all the other wonderful local events and fun family activities our community has to offer!

                              It is our privilege at BluCurrent to provide financial services to our neighbors here in the Ozarks.

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