National Missing Children’s
May 11, 9am-2pm Sat. Color 2K run/walk. All ages. Individuals and teams. Bring your family for child ID kits administered by the Illinois State Police and receive literature. Participants $20, age 18 and under $15. Visitors $5. missinginillinois.org. Washington Park Pavilion, 1400 Williams Blvd., 217-544-1751. 312-620-0788.
Native American Skills – From Forest to Food
May 11, 9am-2pm Sat. Learn to track animals, create and throw a spear using an atlatl, and cook food over an open fire. Ages 9-16. Register before May 9. 309-547-3721. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 North Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, 309-547-3721.
Gold Cup Qualifier BMX Race
May 11, 3-8pm Sat. All ages. Free. Riverside Park, 4105 Sand Hill Rd. 217-931-2680.
SCHEELS Run and Bike Club
May 16-Aug 1, 5:45-8pm Thursdays. All levels of riders and runners are welcome. All ages welcome. All riders are required to wear a helmet. 17 or under must have a parent present. Free. Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., 217-726-6330.
Movies in the Park - The Perfect Game
May 17, 8pm Fri. Bring a lawn chair, sleeping bag or blankets to sit on. Movie begins at sunset, approximately 8pm. springfieldparks.org. Free. Robin Roberts Stadium, 1415 N. Grand Ave. E., 217-753-0700.
Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.
May 17-19 & 23-25, 8pm Thu-Sun. The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 217-632-5440.
Go Fly a Kite - Kite Fly Festival
May 19, 1-4pm Sun. Activities include kite candy drops, face painting, bounce house. Food and drinks will be available. See Chicago Kite Fliers giant kites. Bring a kite or build one and fly it. Bring chairs or blankets and cooler. Free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Road, Sherman. 217-496-2621
World Bee Day
May 20, 10am Mon. Come learn about bees and other pollinators in our B3 exhibit. kidzeum.org. Kidzeum of Health and Science Children’s Museum, 412 E. Adams St., 217-971-4435.
Summer Passport Series
May 27-June 30, 9am-4:30pm Mon-Fri. A series of five search activities will enable families to take a closer look at the exhibits that they love. $5 for ages 19-64, free for members, youth, seniors, military and veterans. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386. 217-782-6044.
May 27-Aug 5, 8am-4pm Mondays. Activities include horse care, riding lessons, games, crafts, hay rack rides, nature hikes and daily trail rides. Learn to groom, saddle and ride. Fees. riversidestable.com. Riverside Stables Horse Camp, 2310 Chinchilla Lane, 217-522-7702.
PJ Masks Live
May 29, 7pm Wed. The series follows the thrilling nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos. Admission. theboscenter.com. Bank of Springfield Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.
Dream with the Prairie Stars
Jun 6, 6-7pm Thu. Learn what it’s like to be a college athlete. Ages 4-11. Free. Preregistration. st-johns.org/go217. UIS Recreation and Athletic Center, 2171 University Dr., 217-206-6073.
Race for Life - BMX Race
Jun 9, 3-8pm Sun. Riverside Park, 4105 Sand Hill Rd., 217-931-2680.
Movies in the Park - A Wrinkle in Time
Jun 14, 8pm Fri. Bring a lawn chair, sleeping bag or blankets to sit on. Movie begins at sunset, approximately 8pm. springfieldparks.org. Free. Comer Cox Park, Capitol Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., 544-1751.
Superheroes Boot Camp Day
Jun 15, 10am-1pm Sat. Climbing and racing activities, map reading, a bounce house obstacle course, and much more. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costume. Admission. Union Square Park, 212 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.
Jun 17, 8:15am-12:15pm Mon. Interactive games, physical activity, art, crafts and storytelling. Incoming 3rd-5th grade girls. $135. gotrcentralillinois.org. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 217-786-2200.
Free children’s basketball camp
Jun 17-20, Mon-Thu. Morning Session 1 ages 7-9 and afternoon Session 2 ages 10-12. Hosted by the Eastview Baptist Church and directed by Sports Ministry of North Texas. eastviewbaptist.church. Free. Wilcox Elementary School Gym, 2000 Hastings, 217-525-3281. 217-522-6631.
Sci-Art Studio Summer Camp
Jun 20, 8:30am-3:30pm Thu. Hands-on science and amazing art including cool kitchen chemistry and one-of-a-kind sculpture projects. Ages 11-14. $60 members, $70 non. museum.state.il.us. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386.
Story Time with the Illinois State Treasurer
Jun 20, 11am Thu. Read “Franklin Wants a Pet” and learn all about spending and saving money. Museum admission. kidzeum.org. Kidzeum of Health and Science Children’s Museum, 412 E. Adams St., 217-971-4435.
Paint the Street
Jun 22, 11am-10pm Sat. Purchase a 6x6 foot square of street to paint solo or with your family and friends. Free admission. To paint: $35 advance, $40 at door and $45 professional. All supplies included. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield, Inc., 3 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-544-1723.
Jun 23, 1pm Sun. Learn all about princess etiquette and even meet a princess in person. Museum admission. kidzeum.org. Kidzeum of Health and Science Children’s Museum, 412 E. Adams St., 217-971-4435.
Art + Science + Play Summer
Jun 24, 8:30-11:30am Mon. Creative art and science. Projects will include learning about the power of the sun with sun prints, getting messy with tie-dye. Ages 4 and 5. $90 members, $115 non. museum.state.il.us. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386.
LSCA Activities Camp
Jun 24, 9am Mon. Woodworking, science, performing arts, team sports and culinary arts. $105.00 includes lunch + $9 canteen card (snack time). lscacamp.org. Lake Springfield Christian Assembly, 1674 Lick Creek Lane, Chatham, 217-529-2625.
Jun 24, 9-4am Mon. PodCamp for 7-8th grade students. Learn everything about podcasting from start to finish. $300. nprillinois.org. NPR Illinois, One University Dr., WUIS-130, 217-206-9847.
Chatham American Legion Homecoming
Jun 27-29, 5-11:30pm Thu-Fri, 1-11:30pm Sat. The old-fashioned street festival with good food, cold beverages, great bands, carnival rides and fun for the whole family is back for its 72nd year. $20 wristbands for unlimited rides 6-9pm and 1-4pm Saturday. chathamlegion.com. Free. Chatham Town Square, 101 W. Mulberry, Chatham, 217-483-4084.
Olympic Race Day - BMX
Jun 30, 2-7pm Sun. Riverside Park, 4105 Sand Hill Road. All ages. Free. 217-931-2680.
Extreme Explorers Summer Camp
Jul 8, 8:30am-3:30pm Mon. From sculpture design to discovering glaciers, go beyond boundaries you never imagined. Ages 8-11. $150 members, $180 non museum.state.il.us. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386.
Junior Police Academy
Jul 8, 8am-3pm Mon. This program gives children ages 8-12 an opportunity to learn about the Springfield Police Department by providing activities at the police academy. Apply by June 28. Free. springfield.il.us. Springfield Police Academy, 3501 Color Plant Rd., 217-788-8415.
Movies in the Park - Mary Poppins Returns
Jul 12, 8pm Fri. Bring a lawn chair, sleeping bag or blankets to sit on. Movie begins at sunset. Free. carillon-rees.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853.
Jul 13, 10am-12pm Sat. Discover the importance of victory gardens during World War II and create a mini-victory garden to take home with you. Ages 8-12. $12.50 members, $15 non. alplm.org. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.
Archery Summer Camp
Jul 15, 8:30am Mon. Campers will learn archery and hone their skills. Novice to experienced. $175.00 for 5 days, lunches included + $15 canteen card (snack time). lscacamp.org/summercamp. Lake Springfield Christian Assembly, 1674 Lick Creek Lane, Chatham, 217-529-2625.
Kidzeum’s One Year Birthday Celebration
Jul 20, 10am-5pm Sat. Celebrate with us at our summer birthday bash featuring all types of fun events. The party will last all day. Museum admission. kidzeum.org. Kidzeum of Health and Science Children’s Museum, 412 E. Adams St., 217-971-4435.
Jul 22, 9am-4pm Mon. For 9-12th grade students interested in podcast and audio/video production. Introduces participants to the development, production, execution and marketing of podcasts, and to audio storytelling. $400. nprillinois.org. NPR Illinois, One University Dr., WUIS-130, 217-206-9847.
Movies in the Park - Incredibles 2
Aug 2, 8pm Fri. Bring a lawn chair, sleeping bag or blankets to sit on. Movie begins at sunset. springfieldparks.org. Free. hensonrobinsonzoo.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.
Back to School Bash
Aug 3, 10am-1pm Sat. Celebrate the summer with hands-on activities that make you wish you could have class every day at Abe’s Museum. Ages 8-12. Free. alplm.org. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.