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5 locations to go to in Springfield throughout Missouri State Household Weekend – Information-Chief


As new Missouri State Bears proceed to get settled into their properties, many could also be welcoming members of their household for a go to quickly. The college’s Household Weekend kicks off Friday morning.

The college has a tentative schedule deliberate for the weekend, together with check-in on the Plaster Pupil Union, Foster Recreation Middle open home, Bear Put on Bingo on Friday, Household Weekend Welcome Brunch, Bear Household Tailgate, soccer recreation on Saturday, and Glowing Sunday Brunch on Sunday.

For a full record of university-planned Household Weekend occasions, go to the Missouri State website.

Between these festivities, there’s loads extra to discover all through Springfield. The Information-Chief compiled a listing of 5 locations to take a look at whereas of us are right here for the weekend.

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Get in contact with nature at Wonders Of Wildlife Nationwide Museum and Aquarium

The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is part of Springfield’s Bass Professional Retailers, solely a five-minute drive from Missouri State’s campus. 

The vast majority of W.O.W. is organized into two everlasting exhibitions. The Wildlife Galleries characteristic exhibitions just like the Native American Corridor, Theodore Roosevelt’s Cabin and Polar Expedition and Penguin Cove. Aquarium Adventure options the Nice Ocean Corridor, Open Ocean, a 360-degree round aquarium with over 6,000 herring swimming in formation, and IGFA Fishing Corridor of Fame.

Special exhibitions at W.O.W. are 12 months of the Chook and Nature’s Greatest Images. The 12 months of the Chook exhibit is in partnership with the Nationwide Audubon Society and Geese Limitless, telling the story of the Migratory Chook Treaty Act. Nature’s Greatest Images was beforehand solely displayed on the Smithsonian Museum of Pure Historical past in Washington, D.C. The brand new 10,000-square-foot gallery options images and videography.

W.O.W. single-day tickets vary between $32.50-48 per grownup and $19.50-24.95 per baby ages 4-11. Two-day tickets can be found for $60 per grownup and $40 per baby. Further ticket add-ons are additionally obtainable.

Tickets will be bought in-person or on-line at wondersofwildlife.org/tickets-pricing/.

Wonders of Wildlife is situated at 500 W. Sunshine St. The museum and aquarium is open 10 a.m. to five p.m. Monday by way of Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to six p.m. Sunday.

Extra:Wonders of Wildlife receives accreditation with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Recognize native, regional artistry on the Springfield Artwork Museum

The Springfield Art Museum includes rotating art exhibitions and a permanent collection. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

Not too removed from Missouri State’s campus is the Springfield Art Museum, which incorporates rotating artwork exhibitions and a everlasting assortment.

Throughout Household Weekend, the museum’s exhibitions will embrace “Humanities, Vol. 1,” “Humanities, Vol. 2,” and “Creating an American Id.”

“Humanities, Vol. 1” options work chosen by museum employees, board and committee members that highlights the individuals who preserve the museum shifting ahead. The exhibit contains 49 works from artists reminiscent of Julie Blackmon, Paul Cadmus, Dwaine Crigger, Morgan Frew and Thomas Hart Benton.

“Humanities, Vol. 2,” options work from the museum’s assortment, chosen by three native artists: musician Jin J. X, poet Kate Murr and dancer Sarah Wilcoxon. The exhibit will showcase the gathering items subsequent to new items from every artist in their very own medium.

Extra:Springfield Art Museum receives $5 million gift toward Master Plan, expects 2028 completion

“Creating an American Identity” is an ongoing, semi-permanent exhibit on the museum. The exhibit presents a timeline of the shift of what “American identification” means and appears like. It contains 75 works from an array of mediums. Guided excursions can be found upon request.

The Springfield Artwork Museum is situated at 1111 E. Brookside Drive and open 10 a.m. to six p.m. Tuesday by way of Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The museum’s campus is at present underneath partial renovation, however it’s nonetheless open to the general public.

Golf with your entire household

Whether or not it’s on the driving vary or putt-putt course, there are a number of {golfing} alternatives for households in Springfield.

BigShots Golf

BigShots Golf is a 12-acre interactive golf driving vary, together with 56 bays and a six-hole mini-golf course. BigShots affords a ball-tracking system and Reside Play, permitting clients to play interactive video games with digital targets. The vary additionally contains full-service meals, a sports activities bar and out of doors patio.

BigShots is situated at 1930 E. Kearney St. and is open Sunday by way of Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday by way of Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pricing ranges between $29-53, relying on the time of day one performs.

Enjoyable Acre

Fun Acre, proper off Campbell Avenue, contains an 18-hole mini-golf course and batting cages. Mini-golf admission is $3 per grownup, $1.75 per baby ages 5-11, and free for kids 4 and underneath. Batting cages are 25 cents, which supplies gamers 5 pitches. Enjoyable Acre solely takes money and pre-approved checks.

Enjoyable Acre is situated at 214 W. Glenwood St. and open Monday by way of Friday midday to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Getaway Golf

Situated a bit farther from Missouri State’s campus is Getaway Golf, a travel-themed miniature golf course. Featured holes embrace the Golden Gate Bridge, Gateway Arch and Statute of Liberty. One course admission is $11 per grownup, $9 per baby ages 4-12 and free for kids 3 and underneath. Snow cones, drinks and popcorn are additionally obtainable.

Getaway Golf is situated at 3833 E. State Freeway D (Sunshine Road). The golf course is open Tuesday by way of Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Swing Proper Golf

One other course on the town is Swing Right Golf, which affords a driving vary, golf simulators, mini-golf course and disc golf. Driving vary admission is between $8-13, relying on the variety of balls one purchases. Mini golf admission is $7 per grownup and $4.50 for kids underneath 11. Disc golf is $5 per spherical and simulators vary between $20-33, relying on the variety of holes one performs.

Swing Proper Golf is situated at 444 E. Farm Highway 192 and open Sunday and Monday midday to six p.m. and Tuesday by way of Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Eat, store and lodge alongside Historic C-Road

Grab a quick coffee or sandwich at Big Momma's on Commercial Street.

Historic Industrial Road was Springfield’s authentic downtown and town’s first historic district. As we speak, the six-block stretch contains native eating places, retailers and group areas.

When rolling by way of for meals, Historic C-Road affords a wide range of completely different ethnic eateries, from Café Cusco to That Lebanese Place to Van Gogh’s Eeterie. For a fast espresso or snack pitstop, strive Eurasia Coffee and Tea or Big Momma’s Coffee and Espresso Bar. And if you happen to’re on the lookout for a spot to remain, Culture Boutique Hotel affords six lodge rooms above Eurasia.

Extra:Proposed C-Street development would replace vacant building on edge of historic district

C-Road’s eclectic choice of retail retailers could enchantment to all family members. Classic lovers could get their repair at VTG 315, Hakaar’s Bazaar, Gypsy Girl Junk or MJ’s Flea Market. For extra boutique-style procuring, go to Cymphony’s, Soozeezbees, Ms. Gilmore’s Vintage Suitcase, Footbridge Trading Company or Springfield Mercantile Co.

A signature aspect of Historic C-Road is the C-Road Metropolis Market, open Thursday 4-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market options an array of home made and domestically produced items and artwork. The market is situated at 321 E. Industrial St.

Springfield’s CultureFest is happening on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. alongside Historic C-Road. The competition will embrace instructional cubicles, hand-crafted items and worldwide meals. The occasion is free.

Channel your internal baby at 1984

1984 in downtown Springfield is full of vintage video arcade games.

Situated in downtown Springfield, 1984 is a two-story arcade stuffed with classic video video games and pinball machines. Common basic video video games embrace House Invaders, Asteroids, Tetris and Q*bert. However there are greater than 70 to select from.

Entry admission is $10, which incorporates limitless entry to all video video games. Pinball machines are pay-as-you-go and vary between 25-50 cents.

Every recreation’s excessive rating record is reset every day, because the video games are shut off every night and don’t comprise an inner battery. This implies new excessive scores will be set each night time the arcade is open.

To trace these, two tv displays are displayed all through the arcade with every system’s excessive rating. When a participant units a brand new excessive rating, the participant’s title will likely be added to the scoreboard. As well as, the participant will obtain a excessive rating “Brag Button” and a free admission go for the subsequent go to.

For these on the lookout for an additional problem, the arcade additionally has a Legend’s Board, which shows the names of gamers who’ve the very best excessive scores on every recreation system. Gamers who beat these scores obtain a legends “Brag Button” and the selection of 10 free passes or a free 1984 t-shirt.

Situated at 400 S. Jefferson Ave., the arcade is open 4-11 p.m. Wednesday by way of Saturday.

Greta Cross is the trending subjects reporter for the Springfield Information-Chief. Observe her on Twitter and Instagram @gretacrossphoto. Story concept? E mail her at [email protected]



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