Mid-Missouri Family Calendar

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, instructing a whole new generation to “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do The Circulations,” it’s lighting up stages everywhere, from school multi-purpose rooms to university and regional theatres all around the country - including our very own Columbia Entertainment Company!

Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.”

The Columbia Entertainment Company (CEC) presents Schoolhouse Rock Live this weekend, at their theater on Nellwood (off Vandiver). Tickets are $10 Adults, $7 Students w/ ID & Seniors over 60, $5 children under 12. It is strongly recommended you reserve your tickets in advance, and you can do so by emailing

Show dates and times:
Thursday, July 14 - 7:00 PM
Friday, July 15 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 16 - 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 17 - 2:00 PM

Monday, July 11, 2011

Museum Day 2011 - Free Tickets!

Saturday, September 24th is the Smithsonian Magazine’s 7th Annual National Museum Day and over 1,000 museums nationwide are offering two free admissions per family.

There are 23 museums in Missouri participating, so check the website and order your free tickets today!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Free Bowling for Kids - All Summer!

This summer, AMF Bowling centers are offering free bowling for kids!

Their website says:

Our Summer Unplugged promotion means free bowling for kids ages 16 and under as summer fun takes over the lanes. Parents can get weekly coupons delivered to their email inbox. Discover new, fun ways for your kids to enjoy bowling like never before with special activities and contests during this awesome summer-long promotion.

For details or to register - Free Bowling for Kids

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Father's Day Ideas

Two great Father's Day options are available today online!

The first is a Daily Deal from Inside Columbia - tickets to the BBQ College of Knowledge, scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd at Joe Machens Toyota. Tickets online and at the event are $25, but through the link above, they're just $12.50!

The second deal can be found on Groupon for Columbia, MO - today's deal is for a round of golf at Hail Ridge Golf Course in Booneville for just $25 (vaule up to $50).

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Calendar Updates

While I've been remiss about updating the calendar for the last few months, I've recently updated and WOW what an incredible number of things to do this summer with the kiddos!

As you'll see, I've added the city/town to each title listing since my calendar is for the Mid-Missouri region. That way you'll know where a particular activity is and open for more details if you're interested, rather than open it and see it's too far for your liking.

The calendar includes listings from all around the region - Columbia, Jeff City, Booneville, Fulton, Kingdom City, Moberly and more! If you have an event or activity that's coming up, email me and I'll add it to the calendar.

Additions to the calendar are not contingent upon sponsorship of this site or payment for placement. Listings are free - however, they are subject to review and I include only those that are appropriate for families with children.

Have a great summer everyone!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Halloween Spooktacular

The Missouri Children's Museum will host Holly O. Wene's Spooktacular Mystery Party!

You're all invited and encouraged wear your most fabulous costume, ready to have a blast with fun party games and more! There will be prizes for many categories of costume types and each child will receive a goodie bag at the end of the evening festivities. Snacks and beverages will be served.

We also hear a rumor that Polly Pumpkin will join us - she owns the most awesome pumpkin patch in the whole world - and word has it she is planning to make a special announcement - she's retiring; it's an announcement that, if true, will have our guests trying to solve five mysteries before the end of the evening to see who wins the pumpkin patch!*

Are you up to the challenge of the mysteries? They'll start around 5:30 PM, once our guests have arrived....the spooktacular activities throughout the evening include:

Creative Pumpkin Challenge
Eyeball Hunters
Who Can Make the Witches Brew
What Halloween Thing Am I
What Is It, Feel It
Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt
Amazing Charade Challenge

Snacks and beverages
Cupcake Decorating
Costume Awards & Prizes
Goodie Bags for all children attending

*pumpkin patch is not real, but a prize for the child/team that solves the mysteries.

When: Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Ages: All
Type: Ticketed Special Event

This is a ticketed special event at the MOCM, so entry requires a ticket. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

The MOCM will close at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 30, in advance of the party, to allow time for prepations. Last admission will be at 1:30 PM and does not include admission to the party that evening.

Tickets will be issued by email - when you purchase your ticket, an email confirmation will be sent that you'll need to bring with you for admission the evening of the party. Email confirmations of puchase will arrive within 48-hours of your purchase (or request).

Early Bird - September 22 to October 6

Non-Members $5.00 per person, age 3+
Members: Free upon request

Advance - October 7 to October 29

Non-Members $7.00 per person, age 3+
Members $3.50 per person

At the Door - October 30

Non-Members $8.00 per person, 3+
Members $5.00 per person

Age 1 & 2 $1.00 for all advance and at door tickets; Infants FREE

For more information please see:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Attention Mid-Missouri Homeschoolers

The Missouri Children's Museum offers a wide range of learning opportunities for homeschool families throughout the year - from traditional learning toys to a well stocked arts & crafts center, from our homeschool programs led by a homeschool mom to challenging activities and classes for all, we're one place you'll enjoy again and again throughout the year with your children.

On Thursday, September 19th, come for a visit during our free Open House - from 11:00 to 1:00 homeschoolers can tour our facility with their children, speak with our homeschool program coordinator, and play-to-learn with their children.

Admission: Free (from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

The Missouri Children's Museum is located at EXIT 133 off I-70, in the farmhouse on the corner just before Slumberland at 8700 I-70 Drive SE. For additional information please call 573-886-7529.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mother's Day Brunch

(H/T to Inside Columbia)

Treat the well-deserving mother in your life to something she’ll really enjoy — a delicious brunch. These restaurants are open on Mom’s special day:

• Huevos rancheros, brioche French toast and buttermilk pancakes are just some of the items on the brunch menu at Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar (29 S. Eighth St.). Patrons will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; entrée prices vary.

• Mom can kick back with a Bistro Mary, mimosa or espresso martini to go along with her brunch at Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro (12847 W. Highway BB, Rocheport). Diners are welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; entrée prices vary.

Grand Cru Restaurant (2600 S. Providence Road) serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults can enjoy the roasted turkey, roast beef and strawberry crepes for $21 per person; children ages 4-10 may eat for $10.50.

• Order the French toast bread pudding or lobster brioche this Sunday at Mackenzie’s Prime (131 S. 10th St.). Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; entrée prices vary.

Boone Tavern (811 E. Walnut St.) offers a breakfast buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., including peel-and-eat shrimp, chocolate-covered strawberries, honey-glazed ham, omelets, waffles and other scrumptious dishes. The buffet costs $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and $8.95 for children ages 3-12.

Courtyard by Marriott (3301 LeMone Industrial Blvd.) holds its fourth annual Mother’s Day buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast items include waffles, omelets and biscuits with gravy; brunch options include canapés, roasted chicken with herbs, chilled shrimp and more. Adults eat for $18.95, seniors for $16.95 and children ages 6 and older for $9.95.

• Brunch at Hemingway’s Wine & Bistro (3910 Peachtree Drive) includes eggs, pastries, crepes, carved pineapple ham and more. Columbians are welcome to come dine between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Brunch costs $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children ages 6-12.

Mother’s Day Buffet is served in the Windsor Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Executive Center (2200 I-70 Drive S.W.) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet costs $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $9 for children ages 4-12. Offerings include a breakfast station complete with omelets and waffles as well as other entrées such as Mom’s Old Fashioned Pot Roast and artichoke chicken.

Jack’s Gourmet (1903 Business Loop 70 E.) whips up Mediterranean quiche, beef tenderloin, danishes and other goodies for a Mom’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost of the meal is $18.95 per person.

The Upper Crust Bakery and Café (904 Elm St., Suite 108) offers two different seating times for brunch at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Moms can look forward to a fruit display, carved rosemary and cracked pepper crusted sirloin and a dessert bar for $17.95 per adult and $9.94 for children ages 4 and older.

• No matter whether she orders a seafood and egg crepe, Benedict of beef tenderloin or something else entirely, each mother at the Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at The Wine Cellar & Bistro (505 Cherry St.) receives a complimentary glass of champagne with her meal. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entrée prices vary.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Summer Camps 2010

It's that time of the year again - time to think about where to register the kiddios for summer camp! This year there are alot of options (as always) and some new ones too! Below you'll find a list of summer camps and links to the website for information (or contact information).

Missouri Children's Museum : Offering a variety of camps this summer, including ROBOLAB LEGO Robotics. Campers can register for morning, afternoon or both sessions + lunch bunch. Summer camps include LEGO building, Big Thinkers, Fabulous Fun and more!

Little Gym : Once again offering uniquely themed summer camps and the option to register weekly or for just a few days! The Little Gym has a neat way they schedule - two days a week camp is in the morning, three days it's in the afternoon. Themes this year include Heros, Under the Sea, Time Travelers and more!

Camp MAC : Missouri Athletic Club (@ Wilson Fitness on Forum) offers morning and afternoon camps for kids age 5+.

TRYPS : Always fun, silly and full of drama - TRYPS has a great line-up of summer camp themes for the summer. For 2010, kids television shows!

Camp Adventure : CAMP ADVENTURE is a summer day camp operated by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. CAMP ADVENTURE strongly emphasizes outdoor living skills and awareness of nature and the environment. Camp activities encourage use of the senses and development of curiosity.

Mizzou Sports Camps and Clinics : A huge list of summer camp and clinics offered through the University of Missouri!

Summers @ Mizzou : explore campus life while learning about different college majors and career opportunities while having Fun! Ages 12+

Creative Days Art Studio : Creative Days Art Studio has a variety of summer art camps for kids in grades K to 5. Camps are held every other week through the summer with morning and afternoon options.

Columbia Art League Summer Camp : Columbia Art League (CAL) Camps are for kids and tweens who may have a favorite kind of art, yet want to try new materials, and be around other young artists. CAL Camps provide quality art instruction that mixes skill-building with opportunities for creative freedom in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. CAL Camps take full advantage of the original works of art by local artists at Columbia Art League and other cultural resources in downtown Columbia. There is no limit to the number of camps in which children can enroll for their age groups.

Craft Studio : Is your child or teenager looking for something fun and creative to do this summer? The Craft Studio has what you need. Check out our Summer Art Camp schedule and find the right class for your budding artist.

Kindercare Summer Adventures : Back again in 2010, Kindercare offers a weekly theme for each of their summer camps.

MU Adventure Club : Summer Programs are offered throughout the summer in various Columbia elementary schools. Please call 573-884-2582 for more information.

Stephen's College Summer Riding Program : Join the thousands of Columbia community members who have been experiencing the Stephens College summer riding program since the 1940s.

School of Music : at the University of Missouri offers a variety of music camps over the summer. Programs include Piano, Band, Choir, Composition, Strings and Orchestra Chamber!

Columbia Equestrian Center : is again offering summer riding camps in Columbia.

MU College of Engineering : LEGO Robotic Camps

Camp Clover Point 4-H Camping Summer Camp : for Boone and Cooper counties 4-H. Those attending join campers from across the region to celebrate a wide variety of 4-H Projects while enjoying old camp favorites like swimming, canteens and campfire ceremonies!

Camp Hickory Hill : sustains a community, culture and medically-sound program of support for children with diabetes, using their camp environment to foster education, self-reliance, confidence, an active lifestyle and skill in the successful management of diabetes.

Wonderland Camp : provides a fun, educational camp experience for mentally and physically challenged individuals, to offer a respite from daily care giving for family members and health care workers and to provide and nurture a personal development experience for volunteers and staff.

Cub Scout Summer Camps : for boys who are cub scouts to get outside, play games, swim, hike, fish, and take great adventures.


As additional camp schedules are released, I'll continue to update this post, so please bookmark if you'd like to return to read the updates!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Opening Day for the Missouri Children's Museum

The Missouri Children's Museum will open tomorrow, Friday, December 11, 2009. Located at exit 133 off I-70, the MOCM is in an old farmhouse on two acres. For opening day, all indoor exhibits will be open; the outdoor exhibits will open in the spring 2010.

Among the indoor exhibits - a face painting station, the medical center, a messy art room, lots of pretend play, a toddler room, legos, trains and more!

Admission is $7.50 per child (age 1 to 12), adults are $5.00 and infants under 1 are free. Admission includes all activities and supplies, so there are no hidden costs after you've entered the museum. Special opening weekend admission: adults are free with a paid child admission!

The Missouri Children's Museum is the first and only hands-on play-to-learn center in the mid-Missouri region. The hours for the opening weekend are Friday & Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Normal winter hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday noon to 4:00 pm.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Missouri Children's Museum

A new children's museum - Missouri Children's Museum - is coming to Columbia, MO and is scheduled to open this fall.
You can become a fan and follow the progress on their Facebook page, take the survey for families with children, or check back here as more information is released.
The plans include a fully stocked arts & crafts center, hands-on science & math activities, and a variety of other dynamic, interactive exhibits to spark imaginative learning through play.
An online survey was recently created for input from families with children; comments and suggestions are welcome via email too - just drop a note to info@missourichildrensmuseum.com.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Learn Through Play - Columbia, MO

A new learn through play center is coming to Columbia, MO in the near future and you can take a survey to provide ideas and more here:

Play Through Learn Center - Columbia, MO

You can also comment here about what types of things you'd like to see in the future!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

We're Now 100% Blog Format at Mid-Missouri Family

While it too a bit longer than anticipated, we've migrated our resources to a 100% blog format and now have two domains you can find us with:

Our recognized domain name, http://www.midmissourifamily.com/, will continue to work and direct you here....or you can now bookmark MidMissouriFamily.blogspot.com and also find us here!

Our new format allows for easier and faster updates, especially to our calendar, and a richer communication format for visitors wishing to leave comments. We hope our readers will continue to visit often and check the calendar - and send us an email if there is an event or activity you know of that isn't yet on our calendar!

Thanks to all of you for making http://www.midmissourifamily.com/ a popular resource for Mid-Missouri families!

This Weekend: Just Between Friends!

Are you ready for some great fall and back-to-school bargains?

If you are, head up to the Boone County Fairgrounds this weekend for the Just Between Friends Fall Consignment Sale Event - there you're find lots of variety for gently-used children's clothes, toys, baby equipment, nursery furniture, outdoor play equipment, DVDs, books and pretty much anything that has to do with raising kids!

The sale runs two days: Friday, September 11th, from 10:00am to 7:00pm and again on Saturday, September 12th, from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

The sale benefits, in part, The Lighthouse Shelter.

For more information, go to www.jbfsale.com.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Playhouse Disney - Live on Tour: October 25, 2009

Celebrate with your Playhouse Disney pals when Playhouse Disney Live! comes to Columbia!
In this brand new live show, you're invited to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as Mickey plans a spectacular music party for all his friends.
The Little Einsteins set off on a musical mission around the world to find a song for the party - with the help of Rocket, of course!
Pooh, Tigger and Darby spring into action to search for music in the Hundred Acre Wood.
Aand Handy Manny and his team of tools find the perfect party beat.
Laugh, sing and play along 'cause your favorite Playhouse Disney pals are live on stage and you're invited to join the party!
All kids one & older must have a ticket.
You can purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster. The show is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2009 at the Hearnes Center at the University of Missouri.

Show time is 1:00pm.

Family Fun Fest: It's a Circus

It's time again for another Family Fun Fest night at Flat Branch Park in downtown Columbia!

If you haven't heard, this new family event transforms Flat Branch Park into fun central with a new theme each month! Entertainment for the entire family features music, special performances, art activities, bounce-houses, hands-on activities, balloon-animals, face painting and guaranteed fun for all ages.

In addition, a bike valet will be available for your bicycle or stroller courtesy of the PedNet Coalition.

This month's Family Fun Fest theme tonight - It's a Circus - can be enjoyed from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Flat Branch Park, 4th and Cherry. Best of all - it's free!

There will be performing dogs, the Big Top Circus Band, magic and clowning around.

Kids Learning to Cook

Learning to cook is more than just following a recipe - there's knife skills, cooking methods, and basic chemistry at work in all good meal preparation! Learning by doing is what cooking is all about.

From September through April, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, kids and parents have the opportunity to learn to cook together at the Armory Sports Center. In this class, you learn to prepare a variety of fun foods - pizza, cookies, cakes, homemade breads. There will be many different kinds of food to try. This will help young people learn there's more to life than the microwave!

The class starts at 6:00pm and is free!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tennis Lessons

Jefferson City YMCA - Firley Center
525 Ellis Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO
573-761-9000 website

Description: The Firley Center offers 4 indoor tennis courts and 6 outdoor courts. Youth must be at least 14 years old to play on the courts without an adult from 5-10 p.m. on weekdays. This rule may be waived if youth have completed a YMCA tennis class. Group and private instruction is available for all ages and skill levels.

Missouri State Fair

Head to Sedalia between now and August 23 and enjoy the Missouri State Fair - open daily - free parking!
Hours, Entertainment Schedule, Competitions, Maps and more on the MO State Fair website!

4th Friday Kid's Night Out: August 28

Each month, on the fourth Friday, the Parks & Recreation Department hosts the 4th Friday Kids Night Out at the Stephen's Lake Activity Center from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

For just $15 per child, kids enjoy three-and-a-half hours of fun making crafts, playing games, having a snack and watching a movie while their parents have some time out on the town!

Pre-registration is required, so if you'd like to sign your child up for the August 4th Friday Kids Night out - call 573-874-7460, or register online!

The program is for children 4 to 10 and potty-trained 3-year olds may join older siblings. It is recommended that children wear play clothes that can dirty (arts & craft projects).