Party Places for Toddlers in Springfield, Missouri

by Nicole Brown, Demand Media

    The town of Springfield is probably most well-known for its location near the Ozarks, being a stopping point on Route 66 and its role in the Civil War. Springfield is also a family-friendly city with much to offer for kids and families alike. If you are planning a toddler's party in Springfield, there are plenty of options no matter what your toddler's favorite things to do.

    Animals Galore

    Have a party where toddlers can interact with animals. The Dickerson Park Zoo (dickersonparkzoo.org) has been Springfield's only zoo since 1922 and toddler-friendly exhibits and activities. The zoo is home to more than 150 species of animals including lions, kangaroo, reptiles and tropical birds. Toddlers can board the Titus Express train ride and play at Playground Park located next to the zoo. Parties include admission, train ride tokens and a petting zoo and fish food for the party group. Rutledge Wilson Farm Community Park (parkboard.org/info/city_parks/rutledge_wilson/index.html) is a 207-acre farm park in Springfield that includes a milking barn, nature trails, a farm-themed playground and visitor's center. Parents can book a party at the farm for toddlers; parties are set up in one of the farm's classrooms and can accommodate up to 50 guests. In addition to exploring the park, parents can include an animal meet and greet for toddlers as young as two years.

    Discovery Center of Springfield

    Parents who want to incorporate learning and fun can look to the Discovery Center of Springfield (discoverycenter.org). The center is a hands-on museum for toddlers, kids and adults. On four floors visitors can learn about the human body, machines and the environment. Wonderland, which is for kids five years of age and under, lets children build with giant blocks, dress-up in construction clothes and play with a kid-size backhoe and crane. The center features birthday parties that include a party planner, one hour in the center's birthday room and all-day admission to the center for the birthday guests. The Discovery Center also will do all of the set-up and clean-up for you.

    Inflatable Fun

    Toddlers can bounce and play at one of Springfield's inflatable play centers. Air Time Bounce Center (airtimekidz.com) features inflatable slides and bounce houses. Air Time offers parties that are suitable for kids of all ages including toddlers. A typical party includes a private party room, jump time, invitations, balloons and drinks; all parents need to bring are the guests and the cake. Jump Mania (jumpmaniaspringfield.com) features 8,700-square-feet of slides, bounce houses and obstacle courses with a separate area for babies and toddlers to jump and bounce. Parties here include jump time, a private party room and cake and food for the birthday guests; food brought from outside is not allowed.

    Everything Else

    If parents still haven't found something for a toddler party, Springfield has a few more options. All Star Gym and Cheer (allstargymandcheer.com) books birthday parties for children ages two to 12. During a party, guests take part in gymnastics activities, jump on a trampoline and bounce in an inflatable castle. After play time, guests have their own private party area for cake and gifts; the gym provides everything but food and drinks. Incredible Pizza (incrediblepizza.com/springfield/parties) is not just a pizza place but is also a family entertainment center for kids and adults. For toddlers, Incredible Pizza features Tiny Town, a play area made specifically for kids ages one to six. A party for toddlers includes a pizza buffet, invitations, balloons, 90 minutes in a private party room and unlimited rides in Tiny Town.

    About the Author

    Nicole Brown has been a freelance writer since 2007. She works as an administrative professional in the legal field and does freelance writing part-time. She has an associate degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix.