Visitors at 1984 pay an entry fee of $10, which allows them to play any of the arcade's classic video games free of charge. 

As the temperature drops, many students will still be looking for ways to have fun and stay active in their community while also keeping warm. There are many indoor activities and businesses across the city for students with all interests and budgets to experience and explore.


Located between the Missouri State University campus and Park Central Square at 400 S. Jefferson Ave., 1984 is a nostalgic arcade filled with classic video games and pinball machines from the ’70s and ’80s, along with occasional games that debuted in the 1990s. According to the arcade’s website, 1984 has “on average 79-80 video games and 16-17 pinball machines.”

There is no cost to play individual games at 1984, but there is a $10 admission fee for visitors. 1984 is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4-11 p.m. 

For more information, visit

Jordan Valley Ice Park

Not only is Jordan Valley Ice Park home to the MSU Ice Bears, it also hosts public skates for anyone in the community to take part in. The park charges $7 admission for adults per session and $6 admission for students who present their student ID. 

A full schedule of public skate times at Jordan Valley Ice Park can be viewed at For more information on the park, visit

The Springfield Art Museum

Housed just south of campus at 1111 E. Brookside Dr., the Springfield Art Museum boasts free admission, but still accept donations from all patrons. 

According to the museum’s website, a group of women first known as the Art Study Club deeded the museum to the city in 1946. The museum has been welcoming traveling art exhibits to Springfield for nearly 100 years. 

The Springfield Art Museum is open to visitors Sunday from 1-5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 12-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

To learn more about the museum and view current exhibits, visit

Firehouse Pottery

For those looking for an activity farther from the MSU campus, Firehouse Pottery is located at 4150 S. Lone Pine Ave. Firehouse Pottery is a pottery painting studio where visitors can select a pre-casted pieces to paint. The studio will then glaze and fire the piece for pick up at a later date. 

There is no studio fee, so painters only pay the price of their selected piece. 

According to the studio’s website, “The average painter spends $25. Prices range $8 and up.” 

Firehouse pottery is open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 12-6 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 12-8 p.m.

To learn more, visit

Springfield Escape Room

The Springfield Escape Room offers another experience for groups of friends looking to have fun while staying warm. The escape room is located in the Kickapoo Shopping Center at 3554 S. Campbell Ave. and allows for visitors to “solve puzzles, crack codes and find clues,” according to the room’s website.

For groups of two or three people, booking a room costs $30 a person. For groups of four or five people, the booking costs $28 per person. Groups of six or more pay $25 a person, and large groups of more than 20 people can book a room for $23 a person. Walk-ins are accepted on availability; however, visitors can also pre-book rooms through the business’ website.

The escape room is open Monday and Tuesday from 4-7:45 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 4-8:30 p.m., Friday from 1-10:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30-8 p.m. The escape room is also open weekdays for large groups to book. 

To learn more, visit

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