Mid-Mo Kids Easter Guide 2015

by Mid-Mo Kids Guide

Peter Cottontail loves to make a few stops in mid-Missouri at Eastertime! Find out what fun events are happening in Columbia, Jefferson City & beyond to celebrate Easter!banner_easter

Thursday, March 21 – April 4, 2015
Photos with the Easter Bunny
Capital Mall, Jefferson City

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – April 5, 2015

Free Bunny Photos & Easter Activities!
Bass Pro Shops
Stop by Bass Pro in Columbia and get a free 4×6 Bunny photo!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Holts Summit Annual Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m.
Greenway Park and the Civic Center, Holts Summit
Don’t miss the Holts Summit Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Ages 0-10. Have questions? Call City Hall at 896-5600!

Ashland Easter Egg Hunt 1 p.m.
Ashland City Park
Enjoy the Ashland Egg Hunt at the City Park. Ages 8 and under. Free!

Hy-Vee Egg Walk 8-11 a.m.
Hy-Vee | Conley & Rock Bridge
Bring your favorite Easter basket and visit Easter stations throughout our store and receive some special treats! You can even have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Ages 12 and under. Free kid breakfast with paying adult, too!

Easter Egg Hunt 9:30-11 a.m.
Grace Lutheran Church and Early Childhood Center, Holts Summit
In addition to the Easter egg hunt, we will also have activities inside including story time, crafts, and a cupcake walk!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt (12 and under) 7:45-8:15pm
Riechmann Pavilion @ Stephens Lake Park – 2300 E. Walnut
Cost: $7 per child – Pre-registration is required 
Get your flashlight and basket ready for the annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt! Win prizes! Register early, limited number of spaces.7:30 pm for ages 3-5, 7:45 pm for ages 6-7, 8 pm for ages 8-10

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bunny Storytime 11 a.m.
Barnes & Noble, Columbia Mall
Join us for a special Storytime featuring Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt and Richard Scarry’s I Am a Bunny. Peter Rabbit and his friends are getting ready for an Easter egg hunt. Will Mr. McGregor find naughty Peter in his garden? Ages 3 to 5.

Spring Kids Festival 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Columbia Mall
Hop on over to Columbia Mall April 4th from 11am to 1pm for a fun, free, family festival.
There will be crafts, face painting, balloon art, music, giveaways, and the chance to snap a photo with the Easter Bunny.
There will also be special “royal” guests from TRYPS. Bring the whole family!

Jefferson City Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m.
Memorial Park, Jefferson City
This special event will be open to children ages 2 to 7 years old.
Children will be divided into different age groupsRegistration fee is $1 per child and will be accepted at the park the day of the event. All proceeds go to benefit other community projects in Jefferson City.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza (ages 12 & under) 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Douglass Park in Columbia, FREE
Bring your children (ages 12 and under) out for a free, fun, candy-filled Egg Hunt before Easter. There will be 2 separate hunts in different areas designated by age. Enjoy other activities such as coloring, face painting, pinning the Easter eggs and more.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Arrow Rock Easter Parade & Egg Hunt 2 p.m.
Arrow Rock, Missouri
Put on your fanciest or funniest Easter hat and come out for the annual Arrow Rock Easter Parade. Prizes will be awarded for the best hats. Parade and hat judging at 2 p.m., Easter Egg Hunt for the children follows. | Main Street, near the Boardwalk.



Dinosaurs & Cave Men and Our Changing Planet

At CPS Planetarium on March 14, 2015. Doors open at 12:00 pm. Shows at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, & 4:15

Sixty five million years ago, an asteroid impact contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs.  Twenty thousand years ago, much of a cooling Earth was covered in ice. These are just two ways Earth’s surface has changed over the millennia.

Columbia Public Schools’ Planetarium is teaming with the University of Missouri’s Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences and Department of Physical Anthropology to show just how much our changing planet has effected life on its surface.

  • Watch Earth’s Wild Ride planetarium show and see a tour of the night sky.
  • See dinosaur fossils
  • Compare your foot print to those of a dinosaur
  • Learn how cave men lived
  • Paint a cave mural
  • and more …

Admission to this event is free, but donations of $2 per person are welcomed.

Please reserve your seats online at http://cpsplanetarium.org or call 573-214-3148.

Exhibits, displays, and hands-on activities will be set up outside the planetarium doors from 12:00-4:30pm. Planetarium shows begin at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, and 4:15.  Reserving a seat online athttp://cpsplanetarium.org or by calling 573-214-3148.  Reserving a seat will assure you a space in a particular show but not a specific seat.

CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S Providence Rd in Columbia Missouri.  The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month.   School groups and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone (573-214-3148) or email:planetarium@columbia.k12.mo.us



Stop by Orscheln Farm & Home on Saturday to make FREE crystal play dough! Supplies will be provided!

  • Where: Orscheln Farm & Home
  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Stop by Barnes & Noble on February 7th at 11:00 am for Storytime and activities featuring Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! Ready Rabbit, it’s time to get ready! Join us for a fun reading of Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! And see if he is able to get ready for school in time.

  • Where: Barnes and Noble, Columbia & Jefferson City
  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Event Location: Barnes & Noble in Columbia
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Capital 8 in Jefferson City and Forum 8 in Columbia will feature 10 weeks of FREE spring movies for all ages! All movies start at 9 and 10 a.m. Tickets are first come, first serve.


2/28 & 3/1: The Boxtrolls
3/7 & 3/8: Dolphin Tale 2
3/14 & 3/15: Earth to Echo
3/21 & 3/22: The Book of Life
3/28 & 3/29: Rio 2
4/4 & 4/5: Mr. Peabody and Sherman
4/11 & 4/12: How to Train Your Dragon 2
4/18 & 4/19: Penguins of Madagascar
4/25 & 4/26: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Kid combos are available popcorn, soda, & candy or popcorn, water, & healthy snack.

  • Where: Forum 8 in Columbia & Capital 8 in Jefferson City
  • When: Saturday & Sunday, February 28 – April 26, 2015 | 9 & 10 a.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteGoodrich Quality Theaters
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


February is Rocket Month at CPS Planetarium.

Columbia Public Schools Planetarium is changing its schedule in February, opening on the first Saturday of month instead of the second.  On February 7, 2015, visitors to the planetarium can climb aboard a cardboard rocket and take a ride through the solar system. Before and after the show, guests will get a chance to learn about real rockets from people who build and fly them.

Doors and exhibits will open at 1:30 pm.

“Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” will be showing in the dome at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. This 30-minute show takes visitors on a tour of the planets in our solar system.  A 10-15 minute star tour will follow each presentation. Secret of the Cardboard Rocket is designed for general audiences.

In the hallways outside the dome, there will be rocket displays, hands-on exhibits, and free handouts for people to explore.  Members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics group from MU’s Department of Engineering will be available to answer questions about rockets, from what they’re made of to how they work.

Public planetarium shows are free, but donations of $2 per person are welcome.  To reserve a seat for a show, visit http://cpsplanetarium.org

Show schedule for Saturday February 7, 2015:

Doors & exhibits open at 1:30.

2:00 pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

3:00 pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

 CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S Providence Rd in Columbia Missouri.  School groups and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone (573-214-3148) or email: planetarium@cpsk12.org


Stop by Barnes and Noble in Columbia February 14 at 11:00 am for Valentine’s Day Storytime and activities featuring I Love You Just Like This! There are many ways to say “I love you” – and Elmo and his Sesame Street friends are ready to tell you.282838111

  • Where: Barnes and Noble, Columbia & Jefferson City
  • When: Saturday, February 14, 2015 | 11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Event Location: Barnes & Noble in Columbia
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


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