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JC Parks Events

by Molly Bryan | August 26, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Molly Bryan with JC Parks.

Fall is a favorite season among Midwesterners. Not only is the weather comfortable enough for all activities, but with football and holidays, there is so much to look forward to. JC Parks has many events and activities to add to your calendar this season.

Mighty Machines

10 a.m. - 1 p.m on Sept. 9 in the Dillard’s Parking Lot at the Capital Mall

If there is a Blippi song about it, it will be here! This is a free and fun-filled event for families to see mighty machines that are designed to do amazing things. Large equipment, specialty vehicles, firetrucks and more – there will be plenty for the kids to enjoy.

Capital Arts Chalk Art Fair and Competition

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Memorial Park

Watch the sidewalks come alive! The Chalk Art Fair is a day for art, music, creativity and fun. Drawing is done directly on the sidewalks throughout the park. Your family can choose a square to let their imagination run wild. Prizes will be awarded to winners in different categories, such as elementary, middle school and high school-aged children, as well as group art, amateur artists and professional artists. 

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Porchfest JCMO

1-4 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Forest Hill Ave. & W. Main St.

This event is perfect for people of all ages. Porchfest is a family-friendly event where the community shares its love of playing and listening to music by holding porch concerts in different neighborhoods. The festival is centered around local music, art and neighborly hospitality. The streets will be lined with activities, games, crafts and art, while live acoustic musicians perform on the porches of homes.

Family Skate Night

6-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Washington Park Ice Arena

$1 admission; $1 skate rental

Bring your family and friends to the ice arena for an ice skating party. A fun time for children and adults of all ages, this special session is full of music, games and skating.

The Great Pumpkin Park Party

4-8 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Binder Lake Park

Free admission. Some fees apply to activities.

A spooky good time to be had by all. Enjoy witchy crafts, pumpkin carving, games, treats and fun contests to celebrate Halloween. Once the darkness creeps over, send your pumpkins on a pumpkin float into Binder Lake. Costumes are encouraged!

 Runge in Your Backyard

10 a.m on Oct. 31 at Memorial Park

This free pop-up event with the Runge Nature Center is for kids to discover wild Missouri animals and native species right in their backyard. These Halloween-themed, “not-so-spooky” events will feature hands-on displays, live animals and activities with a special Halloween twist. Costumes are encouraged.


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