Summer Fun Spots – Joplin’s Local Family Fun

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Are you looking for something fun to do? Below we have compiled a list of summer activities that will entertain the whole family. 

Rangeline Golf Course in Joplin see’s a lot of traffic in the spring, summer, and fall months. Families keep coming back for the budget friendly Mini Golf. There are also batting cages for those that would rather work on their skills for baseball season. 

More Information: Rangeline Golf Center

Neosho and Joplin have joined the Kids Bowl Free for this summer. We are super excited for some budget friendly fun.
Registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling daily all summer long!

Neosho: Edgewood Bowl 
Joplin: 4th Street Bowl
Carthage: Grace Lanes

Roller City of Joplin has great events for this summer, and now include Kids Skate Free.
Passes will include children ages 12 and younger,  who are registered. Stay updated on their website and Facebook page for upcoming events and special Toddler Time skate.

To sign up: Roller City Free Skate Registration
Website: Roller City of Joplin
Facebook: Roller City Skate & Play

Kids of all ages love exploring Southeast Kansas Nature Center, and I suspect even the adults do as well. They have an array of wildlife to look at, and hold some great events to keep the kids busy. The nature center is located at Schermerhorn Park where you can swim, fish, and grill. The nature center is opened Tuesday – Sunday, so you can easily make a day of fun with your family. 

More Information: Southeast Kansas Nature Center

You may remember the old Anderson’s Ice Cream when it was located on Main Street, and operated by Raymond Anderson. We are so glad to announce that this is the same genuine ice cream that we all remember and love. They also have train tickets available for the children to ride on a small circle train track! All Aboard Ice Cream Co. is now located at 102 Castle Dr. in Joplin, with Whisler’s Burgers from Carthage, Mo.

More Information: All Aboard Ice Cream Co.

Sweet Caroline’s Cream & Coffee brings to historic downtown Joplin quality old fashion ice cream and treats with a vintage theme. Family owned and close friend operated, Sweet Caroline’s is a classic, old Joplin Mom & Pop shop serving up ice cream specialties including shakes, floats, sundaes, cones and other great tasting treats including coffee and fine chocolates and nostalgic candy.

More Information: Sweet Caroline’s Ice Cream and Coffee

At Shakes you can enjoy a classic frozen custard, grab a concrete, have a shake, grab a malt, and add in some tasty toppings. Whatever you choose from Shake’s, you know will be made to perfection.

More Information: Shake’s Frozen Custard

Andy’s Frozen Custard is an establishment in Joplin located at 2934 S. Rangeline. Andy’s has custom concretes, floats, malts and more for your family. You can also join the Yum Squad rewards program for free treats, exclusive offers, and information.

More Information: Andy’s Frozen Custard

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a great alternative to your typical ice cream locations. You can custom build your cup however you choose, and the toppings are always fresh. The “popping boba” balls are always a favorite, as they burst in your mouth. You can sometimes find dairy free frozen yogurt as well. Orange Leaf is located at 2330 S. Rangeline, and opened 7 days a week!

More Information: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Pineapple Bliss is a fun location with fun concepts like Coconutty Lemondrop, Freezedrop Skittles, and Caramel Apple. Don’t worry, they have classic flavors as well, and the best part is they are allergy friendly!

More Information: Pineapple Bliss

Neosho Big Spring Park is a beautiful park with a huge children’s wading pool, playground, and gardens. You can also feed the ducks and fish, during the warmer months, so don’t forget your quaters!

More Information: Big Spring Park

Central Park features a playground, walking track, gazebo pavillion, seasonal wading pool, fountains, old bandstand and Marlin Perkins tribute statue. You can find this park at 714 South Garrison in Carthage.

More Information: Central Park

The Drive-In is a go to summer spot in the Carthage area. For the price of one, you get two great movies! They have consessions avaliable for purchase, or you can bring your own within the guidelines. The Drive-In is opened every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the summer months. The first movie starts at 8:50pm, but arrive early to get a spot. 66 Drive-In is located at 17231 Old 66 Blvd., Carthage, Missouri. 

More Information: 66 Drive-In

Lamar Drive-In (Barco Drive-In) is another great go to summer spot. Like Carthage, for the price of one, you also get two great movies! The Drive-In is opened every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the summer months. The Boxoffice opens at 8pm and the movie starts about 8:45pm. Make sure to like their Facebook page to recieve Facebook specials! Barco Drive-In is located at 57 South East 25th Lane, Lamar, Missouri.

More Information: Barco Drive-In

Route 66 Movie Theater is an affordable movie theater located in Webb City. They are near many resturants and parks, so you can make a wonderful family day. Be sure to check out their summer movie list that is perfect for the budget! Route 66 Movie Theater is located at 24 S. Main in Webb City, Missouri.

More Information: Route 66 Movie Theater

This is a wonderful addition to summer vacation in Joplin! Summer Movie Express will start in June, with The Iron Giant and Curious George. The movies will only be $1.00, and you can buy snacks at the consession stand. They will run the $1.00 movies every Tuesday, and Wednesday morning. Regal Northstar Stadium is located at 201 N. Northpark Lane, Joplin, Missouri.

More Information: Regal Summer Movie Express

Toddler Time is back at House of Bounce! Every summer Toddler Time is brought back so they can rule the bounce houses without having to worry about getting hurt. House of Bounce keeps their hours updated on their Facebook page so make sure you are following them!

More Information: House of Bounce


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