Springfield Illinois, Uncategorized

FREE activities available to the public in Springfield and Jacksonville

Each month there are free activities available to the public in Springfield and Jacksonville that many may not know about.  Here are some highlights for this month and next month – be sure to check some of them out!


Saturday, February 9 from 2pm to close

The Barnes & Noble Kids’ Book Hangout in Springfield

Grades 1 to 6 discover your favorite book with 20% off all young reader titles

Enjoy fun games and activities and more surprises, FREE book swag and confetti cupcakes for a $1.


Lincoln Library, The Public Library of Springfield, IL

Spring story time with reading, writing, talking, singing, and play!

Toddler story time Mondays at 10.15am

Infant story time Mondays at 11am

Preschool Storytime Thursday at 10.30am

No registration required.


Tuesday, February 12

FREE admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum to celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday

10am to 2pm Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln will be on site

10am to 3pm games, crafts and history detective for kids

1pm to 2pm Navy Band Great Lakes Woodwind Quintet & Brass Quintet performance


Tuesday, February 12 7pm to 7.30pm at Jacksonville Public Library 201 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL

Kids’ Corner: Stir It Up

This is a monthly cooking group for kids and their adults. In February the group is making snack mix squares and decorating recipe boxes.


Thursday, February 14

Senior Services of Central Illinois in Springfield

1950s and 1960s Valentine Fun Day from 11am to 1pm in the dining room.

There will be a twist contest, mashed potato contest, swim dance contest, green rivers, and cherry cokes.


Prom it Forward

The downtown YMCA in Springfield wants each girl to find the perfect prom dress, shoes, and accessories for their big night.

There are three different days where dresses and accessories will be available in exchange for a minimum donation to Strong Kids. Girls are welcome to shop on more than one occasion. Shop dates are:

February 24 from 1 to 3pm

March 24 from 1 to 3pm

April 28 from 1 to 3pm

For more information contact Allison Buzick at abuzick@springfieldymca.org


Saturday, March 30th from 1pm to 3pm at the downtown YMCA 701 S. 4th St

Junior Leagues Kids in the Kitchen

The Junior League of Springfield is inviting Springfield and surrounding area children and their families to participate in its 2019 Kids in the Kitchen event. Kids will learn about making healthy choices. The four activity stations will include healthy habits for eating, hand washing, exercising, and more. Ages five to 12. FREE admission.

Register online and obtain more details at Facebook.com/JLSIL


St Patrick’s Day craft class at Jacksonville Public Library Meeting Room

Wednesday, February 20

Contact Bridget on 217-243-5435 for more information

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