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MOPS is one of the best mom organizations ever.

Cider Days-hoping to go this September

Wilson's Creek is perhaps the biggest Civil War site in Springfield.

a fun place to window shop

Nearby fishing spots include Lake Springfield and Rutledge-Wilson Farm (pictured).

B Theatres in Ozark-Nixa offers a dining and show option, great for date nights.

The Minnesota State Fair is probably one of the best. I'm sorry we missed it this year.

I am so super excited to try Silver Dollar City's newest roller coaster, coming next spring!

We've got to Ride the Ducks with the boys some day soon.

Wild Animal Safari looks super fun.

Butterfly Houses are always fun.

Despite the photo, the Ozark Empire Fair opening July 27 promises to have lots of animals and fun stuff for little boys.

Bass Pro is having free "summer camp" activities through mid July.

Lake Springfield is rarely busy, yet it has fun trails, fishing spots, canoes for rent and a nice little park and shelter. It's a favorite summer spot for our family.

We have got to check out movie nights at Founders Park in Springfield.

We have a season pass to Silver Dollar City, and it's awesome!

The Wilderness is a great place to go camping, and it has a free train to Silver Dollar City.

Republic Aquatic Center

Fantastic Caverns

Rutledge Wilson Community Farm is free and looks like a fun place to take the kiddos.

I plan to take the boys to Dickerson Park Zoo this summer.

I definitely want to try the Branson zipline someday.