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Free Fun in 417 with Kids: March 13 – 20

This Week:

Thursday, March 13th – Spring Break Crafternoon @ The Library Station in Springfield1-4pm
Grades K-5. School can be fun, but it also gets boring. Drop by anytime to make awesome crafts. We’ll haul out the good stuff– glitter, glue, feathers, sand, sequins, who knows?

Thursday, March 13thSpring Break Crafternoon @ The Library Center in Springfield, 2pm
Grades K-5. Get ready for the first day of spring by making something pretty. We’ll provide the supplies and you supply the ideas!

Friday, March 14th – Movie Making 101 @ The Library Center, 6pm
Grades 6-12. Want to learn how to make and edit your own digital videos? Come to learn the basics and leave knowing how to make a work of art. GreeneTeen members, learn how to make video book reviews for the blog! A Teen Tech Week event.

Friday, March 14th – Ozark Trail — 350 Miles and Growing @ Springfield Conservation Nature Center6:30-8pm
Ages 7-adult. The Ozark Trail, which now exceeds 350 miles, provides a backcountry experience through the Missouri Ozarks. Learn about this near-wilderness experience that offers exciting trips lasting from a day to three weeks from Executive Director Matt Atnip and President and Planning Chair Steve Coates. They will provide an overview of the existing trail and plans for expansion. Brochures, maps, and trip planning expertise will be available in break-out sessions following the presentation. Call 888-4237 to register.

Friday, March 14th – St. Patrick’s Day Story-time @ Barnes & Noble in Springfield10am
Pre-K. Join our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We will read St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell. Snacks will be served and we will have an activity. Don’t forget to wear something green!

Saturday, March 15th – Build Your Own Book: A Book Arts Workshop for Middle School Children and Parents @ The Library Station in Springfield, 10am-2pm
Grades 6-8. Professor Judith Fowler, Missouri State University Department of Art and Design, and her team will lead children in composing, illustrating, decorating and binding books of their own making. They will be joined by MSU Library Science Professor David Richards, who will show samples of writing from ancient civilizations, and Joel Chaston, MSU Distinguished Professor and specialist in children’s writing. Sponsored by the Missouri Center for the Book, National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri State University Libraries and Art on Wheels.

Saturday, March 15th – Folkloric Dancing @ Park Central Branch Library, 3pm
All ages. Yolanda Lorge and Group Americano Latino Dance Troupe will enchant you with an afternoon dance! This program is part of The Missouri Immigrant Experience series.

Saturday, March 15th – Nixpo Business Expo @ Nixa High School, 9am-3pm
Learn about products and services offered by Nixa chamber members.

Saturday, March 15th – Nature and the Arts: Artist in Residence — Ann Grotjan @ Springfield Conservation Nature Center1-4pm
Stop by anytime to watch potter and sculptor Ann Grotjan create her unique form of artwork. Intricate carving and nature-related details set her work apart from others. Pieces will be available to purchase. All ages. No registration required.

Saturday, March 15th – Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Events, 12n-4pm
Food booths and vendors open at Jefferson Avenue Footbridge and Park Central Square at 12 noon. At 12:30, check out the Irish Pet Contest at Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. The parade begins on commercial street at 2pm and ends at South Avenue and Elm Street.

Saturday, March 15th – Bluebird Workshop @ Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson, 10-11:30am
Families, ages 6 and above. If you enjoy having bluebirds in your area, here is your chance to learn more about them and why they are the state bird of Missouri. Each family will get the chance to assemble their own bluebird house and take it home. Each family will make one house and must make their own reservation. All you need to bring is a hammer and an interest in bluebirds. Call (417) 334-4865 ext 0 to register.

Sunday, March 16th – SRO Lyric Theatre’s Operazzi @ Creamery Arts Center in Springfield5-7pm
All ages. Free opera, jazz and musical theater open-mic night. Anyone who would like to sing should bring a song in their key. Call 863-1960 for more info.

Monday, March 17th to Friday, March 21stSpring Break-Out The Backpack Scavenger Hunt @ Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center near Joplin, 8am-4pm
Ages 4-12. Come anytime during the week to enjoy a scavenger hunt along the trail and borrow a backpack filled with supplies to help you explore the creatures and plants that live at Wildcat Glades. Call 417-629-3423 for info.

Tuesday, March 18th – Missouri Snakes @ Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Nature Center near Joplin, 2-3pm
All Ages. Here’s your chance to find out what role snakes have in nature and why snakes maybe aren’t as scary as you once thought. Learn about these fascinating, often misunderstood reptiles. Observe snakes up close and maybe even touch one! Call 417-629-3423 for info.

Go Here for events for Kids and Families at Springfield-Greene County Libraries.

Go Here for events for Teenagers at Springfield-Greene County Libraries.

Go Here for events at Christian County Libraries.

Go Here for Barnes and Noble storytimes.

If you have a free event that you’d like to share, please let me know!

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