Places to Explore

Family Art Lab and Book Nook (Springfield Art Museum)

Need a fun FREE outing that will give your kids an hour or two of creative play? The Springfield Art Museum has a little section in their Education Wing called the Family Art Lab and Book Nook, a cute area with lots of interactive and imagination-enhancing toys and activities for tiny humans. There’s a quiet place to read kid-friendly art books, some large foam blocks to build and tumble over, magnatiles, dress ups (my kids’ favorite part!), puzzles, art games, and quite a few other things to engage them for as long as they can keep pretending and creating! You’ll probably meet some other kids and their parents/grandparents, too. Drop in whenever you like, and stay as long as you can. It’s free and fun and a great option for the winter months!

What You Need To Know: 
1. Website
2. Hours: Sundays (1-5 pm), Mondays (CLOSED), Tuesdays (10 am – 6 pm), Wednesdays (10 am – 6 pm), Thursdays (10 am – 8 pm), Fridays (10 am – 6 pm), Saturdays (10 am – 6 pm), closed on holidays
3. Address: 1111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield
4. Phone: 417-837-5700
4. Location inside the Springfield Art Museum: Walk all the way toward the back of the museum and go through the glass doors. You’ll enter a little courtyard (something else fun to explore!) and continue toward another set of doors on the far side. The Family Art Lab and Book Nook will be right inside those doors.

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