Springfield on a Student Budget

Free and Inexpensive Things to Do in Springfield

Discounts & Student Specials
Activities & Attractions

Movies & Films
Music, Theatre & Art
Outdoor Recreation
Free Events Downtown

Discounts & Student Specials


Orange Leaf Yogurt


Thursday Night is College Night: FREE 3 oz yogurt w/ student ID


Orange Leaf is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop that allows customers to mix and match yogurt flavors and choose unlimited toppings from a vast toppings bar for truly individualized frozen treats. Cost is based on the weight of your creation, but Drury students can enjoy 3 ounces free on Thursday nights at the East Republic Road location in Springfield!


Wednesday Night is College Night: Several specials w/ student ID

Enjoy the trendy atmosphere of one of Springfield's most popular Japanese restaurants. The sushi at Kai often receives rave reviews, and on Wednesday night students can enjoy specials tailored just for them. Just be sure to bring your Drury ID.


Gem of India


10% off w/ student ID

Love Indian food? Visit Gem of India for a 10% student discount and for sizzling cuisine. Enjoy the hot buffet or order from the menu. Gem of India also offers free delivery.


Cold Stone Creamery


Tuesday Night is College Night: Buy 1, get 1 free w/ student ID

Who doesn't love ice cream? And better yet, who doesn't love custom ice cream that's mixed and prepared on a frozen granite stone? Cold Stone Creamery offers such creations, and on Tuesday nights they sweeten the deal for Drury students - just flash your Drury ID, buy a "Love It" size (that's a medium!), and get one free.


Battlefield Lanes


Wednesday Night is College Night: Bowling $1.79/game, free shoe rental, 1/2 price pool and $1 small sodas w/ student ID

The only thing that makes a night of bowling better is a night of cheap bowling at one of Springfield's favorite bowling alleys. Centrally located Battlefield Lanes offers college night on Wednesdays, where students can enjoy games for just $1.79 and free shoe rental! Plus, pool is half-price and you can stay refreshed with $1 small soft drinks.

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$5 all you can play


Located in downtown Springfield, 1984 is a open-play video game arcade that features classic games from the 1980s. A $5 admission at the door is all that's required with unlimited play on all games except for pinball machines, which cost a quarter per play. Classics include Frogger, Asteroids, Tempest, BattleZone and more! Non-stop 80s music, videos and blacklight decor add to the retro theme of 1984. Cash only


Fun Acre Miniature Golf


$2.25 per game

This enjoyable miniature golf course is located in south Springfield and is the perfect place for inexpensive fun. For less than $3, enjoy a full miniature golf course with friends. A quarter-operated batting cage is also located at Fun Acre.


Nixa Aquatics Center


$5 admission

Located just south of Springfield in Nixa, the Nixa Aquatics Center is the perfect place to spend hot days cooling off and splashing around. More than just a swimming pool, the center features two large water slides, diving board, spray areas, tumble buckets, basketball goal and more.

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Movie Theatres


The Moxie Cinema


$7 with student I.D.

Located in downtown Springfield, the Moxie Cinema is a theatre that shows independent films in a quaint setting.


The Palace


$3 with student I.D.

Love going to the movies but hate first-run ticket prices? The Palace is the place for you. While the movies here have typically been out for awhile, you can still catch the films you wanted to see but missed out on with their first run. The Palace is located in Springfield enchanting Chesterfield Village, so you can grab dinner or go shopping after the show.


Springfield 8


$7 with student I.D.

Located in southeast Springfield, Springfield 8 shows first run movies in a quiet location on the eastern edge of town.


Campbell 16


$7.25 with student I.D.

As Springfield's largest first-run movie theatre, Campbell 16 offers plenty of variety on major motion pictures. The theatre is located on the south side of town.


Hollywood Theatre 14


$7.25 with student I.D.

With its central location near Drury in downtown Springfield, Hollywood Theatre is a favorite first-run movie theatre for DU students.


Sunset Drive-In in Aurora


$6.50 person for two full feature films

If you don't mind a short road trip for a great deal, plan a visit out to the Sunset Drive-In movie theatre in Aurora, about 45 minutes from campus. The ticket cost is just $6.50 per person, but that price includes TWO films instead of one. Make a full evening of it and enjoy movies under the stars. You can bring in your own food and drinks (alcohol is not permitted), and can even set up a grill to cook on during the show. Cash only.

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Music, Theatre & Art





The First Friday Artwalk - or simply Artwalk, as it's commonly known - is a favorite tradition in downtown Springfield. The event takes place the first Friday of every month, and features art, music and performances at 25 venues through the city's art district.


Springfield Little Theatre


 $9 admission with student I.D.

Catch the latest in live theatre entertainment at the Springfield Little Theatre. When possible, $9 tickets are available to students 30 minutes prior to performance time. Must present 1 valid school I.D. per ticket purchase.




Springfield  Symphony Orchestra


Prices vary depending on seating level

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra hosts performances and special events throughout the year.


Springfield Art Museum


Free admission, donations appreciated

Nearly 9,000 art pieces are housed in the Springfield Art Museum, including special collections on watercolor, sculpture, prints and paintings.



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Outdoor Recreation


Springfield Conservation Nature Center



Looking for a natural adventure right in Drury's backyard? Conveniently located near the intersection of James River Freeway and Highway 65 in southeast Springfield, the nature center is home to 80 acres of forests, creeks, fields and hills on the banks of Lake Springfield. Nearly three miles of trails, including some paved, make getting out into the outdoors easy and fun. You're likely to come across deer, turtles, foxes, raccoons and other wildlife in this peaceful outdoor sanctuary.


Ozark Greenways



Explore the city (and beyond) on foot or by bike with the Ozark Greenways trails. From rugged rural trails like the 35-mile Frisco Highline Trail to the urban paths like the 8-mile Galloway Creek Greenway, you'll be able to enjoy fresh air and the sights of Springfield safely and comfortable. Other popular trails include the 8-mile South Creek Greenway, which runs through McDaniel Park and Nathanael Greene Park, and the South Dry Sac Greenway, which is located on the city's northeast side.


Japanese Stroll Garden


$3 admission

Relax and unwind as you get lost in the 7.5 acres of Springfield Japanese Stroll garden. This beautiful retreat on the west side of town features trees, flowers, water features and peaceful paths.

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