Kids, Springfield Illinois

FREE and affordable summer activities for the kids

Are you already dreading summer vacation and how you might keep the kids entertained? Well, we’ve put together a list of affordable activities that are right on your doorstep. 

Lincoln Library in downtown Springfield offers a host of activities during the summer that will not only keep the kids entertained but also encourage them to continue reading while they’re not in school. The Summer Reading 2019 Kickoff is on June 1 with a one-woman stunt show, door prizes, and a photo booth. You can find out more information on the Lincoln Library, The Public Library of Springfield IL Facebook page. 

The Salvation Army Clear Lake Corps and Supportive Services for Veterans are handing out free Mel-O-Cream donuts, coffee, and juice on Friday, June 7 from 8am to 11am at the Old State Capitol Plaza in downtown Springfield. 

Springfield Park District also offers a range of activities aimed at keeping the little ones entertained during summer. Movies in the Park is a popular example. On Friday, June 14 you can see Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time on the big screen at Comer Cox Park from 7pm. If you’re after daytime activities don’t forget the splash pad at Southwind Park as well as the Bike and Hikes in Washington Park every weekday evening. 

Twice every Tuesday, at 9.45am and 10.45am, for ages newborn to three years Chatham Public Library hosts Baby Talk with storytime that focuses on developing pre-literacy skills and introduces a love for books. 

One June 18 Kidzeum of Health & Science in downtown Springfield is opening up for Sensory Friendly time from 5.30pm. Lights and noises will be turned down to allow children with sensory differences and mobility issues to explore and discover the exhibits at their own pace. LINK/EBT cardholders pay just $3 per person for Kidzeum admittance Tuesday to Sunday during regular opening hours. 

Paint the Street 2019 takes place in downtown Springfield on Saturday, June 22 and is always good fun for the youngsters to explore. 

The Old Capitol Farmers Market has theme days, which includes Kids Day at the Market in July, and accepts LINK cards. At home, you can entertain them with coloring, painting, reading, and playing in the yard. 

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