As a new mom, I find myself looking at and experiencing the world in a different way than I did before my son was born. Instead of attending events as a way to entertain myself and my husband, we attend to entertain, stimulate and educate our little man, Carson.
Luckily, Springfield has plenty of events and activities that do just that, and we’re looking forward to experiencing them through the eyes and giggles of our son.
One of the events is Sounds on the Square, a free concert series in Park Central Square in downtown Springfield. Carson likes anything he can do outdoors! We can enjoy dinner at one of the outdoor cafes and listen to a variety of music performed by local artists. As musicians ourselves, we have a great appreciation for the performing arts and love that Springfield has this wonderful event. The performances begin at 5 p.m. Fridays and 6 p.m. Saturdays June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and July 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24.
Another event we’re looking forward to is Dairy Days, June 5-6 at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. We’ll learn all about dairy cows and the milking process and even get to see a cow and other farm animals up close. Although I live in Springfield now, I grew up around my grandpa’s farm, so milking a cow is nothing new to this city girl! I am, however, excited to introduce Carson to his first cow. In fact, the Farm Park has all kinds of events and activities for families with young children, including Family Fishing Night on June 11 and Young Sprouts on June 12.
Carson is too young to play in the giant pile of snow at Snowfest June 19, but he – and we – will enjoy watching all the other kids slipping and sliding on a warm summer day at Jordan Valley Park. It will also be fun to watch kids playing in the jets of water shooting randomly into the air in the park’s fountain.
Springfield has lots of other activities to entertain children, including Dickerson Park Zoo, the Discovery Center, JumpMania, Mediacom Ice Park, the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, Springfield’s Incredible Pizza Company, Ted E. Bear’s Toy Factory, Wild Animal Safari and others.
We’re looking forward to exploring all of them with our little man this summer and in the years ahead.
Written by Laura Whisler, director of marketing, Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.