All aboard! This past weekend we took a drive up to Moberly to check out the Magic City Line Mini Train! What an amazing little treasure!

The train, rails, and gardens were built by volunteers. You can see how much the volunteers love seeing the smiles on the little faces going by!

The Magic City Line transports passengers of all ages. It’s a one+ mile trip through Rothwell Park. The train even has special seating for the elderly and for those with disabilities.

The train operates Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m., April through October. You can call the volunteer number to make sure it is open if the weather is questionable. Rides start at 1 p.m. with the last train departing the station at 4:15 p.m. Across the street from the train depot there are several swings and a playground! I love that they also have swings for smaller kids.

Directions – The Mini Train is located in Moberly’s beautiful Rothwell park. Enter from Highway 24 on the west edge of Moberly. Go past the municipal pool, 4-H grounds and the you will find the train depot next to the campground.

Moberly Mini Train 2014-09-07 15.25.47



You can now register for the Lowe’s Build & Grow Kid’s Workshop that will be held on September 13, 2014. Your child will receive a free project, apron, patch, and a certificate of completion. Use the link below to register. Remember these events seem to fill up fast!


Your child will love building and playing with these binoculars. Sign them up today!

  • Where: Lowe’s Stores
  • When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar



Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive. See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares. A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured.

Enjoy entertainment on two stages including music, dancing and storytelling. Saturday Evening Ghost Stories (8 – 9:30 p.m.) are sponsored by the Mid-Missouri Organization Storytellers. Tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walter’s Boone County Historical Museum and Village. Great food and a beautiful park setting will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!

Be sure to print the full schedule and map of the park before you go!

  • Where: Nifong Park, Columbia
  • When: Saturday & Sunday, September 20-21, 2014
  • Cost: Free admission!
  • Event WebsiteCity of Columbia
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar



During August and September all children 13 & under eat FREE at Madison’s when ordering from the new & expanded “Kids Menu.” Dine in only. Must be accompanied by an adult.


Looking to learn more about an amazing preschool in Jefferson City? Stop by Courtyard Early Learning Center’s GRAND REOPENING on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.!

Check out Courtyard’s amazing facilities, grab some cake & punch, and buy a raffle ticket to enter to win a free week of care!


Introducing young children to the wonders of the night sky is the goal this month at Columbia Public Schools Planetarium.

Saturday September 13, 2014, the 2:00 pm planetarium show will be Night Sky Wonders, a presentation designed specifically for preschool and Kindergarten-aged children and their parents.  Night Sky Wonders is a live, interactive show that introduces young children to constellations, planets, stars, and much more in an engaging, entertaining environment.

The 3:00 pm show will be Magic Tree House Space Mission, a show best suited for first, second, and third graders and their parents.  Based on the books by Mary Pope Osborne, this show takes kids along with Jack and Annie as they use the magic tree house to find answers to six questions about outer space.  After the mission is complete, a star tour will follow.

Planetarium shows are free although donations of $2 per person are always welcome.  To reserve a seat for a specific show, please visit our website:

Planetarium hours for September 13, 2014:

Doors open 1:45 pm.

2:00 pm – Night Sky Wonders – for preschool and Kindergarten-aged children.

3:00 pm – Magic Tree House Space Mission – for grades 1-3.

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


We are excited to announce we are able to offer Mid-Mo Kids Guide readers with another exclusive discount courtesy of the Sprint Center!


Save $5 per ticket on dates listed below!

September 11, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
September 12, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.
September 13, 2014 | 1:00 & 5:00 p.m.

Full Price:      Discount:
$24                     $19 (see below note regarding $12 child’s tickets)
$17                     $12

To purchase discount tickets click here or type the following into your browser:

Special offer code: midmokids

** A $12 child’s ticket is available for 9/11, 9/13 (11 a.m.) & 9/13 (5 p.m.).A child’s ticket is valid for children 2-12 years of age.  If you are interested in purchasing this price level please call Kerri to order both the adult tickets and child tickets.  The discount link only allows you to purchase the adult pricing.

Notes to consider:

  • An additional convenience fee of $3/ticket will apply.
  • Offer expires September 2 (while supplies last)
  • Children 2 years of age & older require a ticket.
  • Additional shows times are available at the full ticket price. Call Kerri for details.

If you encounter any problems ordering or have questions please feel free to contact Kerri Troyer at or via phone at 816.949.7175


Puppet Storytime With Tom Skinner at Barnes & Noble in Columbia: August 30, 2014

August 27, 2014

Gerald the Elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together that they will no longer need their best friends. See what happens when a local comedian (and employee) reads Mo Willems new book My New Friend Is So Fun! Where: Barnes and Noble, Columbia When: Saturday, August 30, 2014 [...]

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FREE Fall Movies in Columbia & Jefferson City! September-November 2014

August 20, 2014

Capital 8 in Jefferson City and Forum 8 in Columbia will feature 9 weeks of FREE fall movies for all ages! All movies start at 9 and 10 a.m. Tickets are first come, first serve. September 6-7, 2014 | Night at the Museum September 13-14, 2014 | Walking with Dinosaurs September 20-21, 2014 | The Croods September 27-28, 2014 [...]

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Kid’s Fest at AMF Town & Country Lanes in Columbia, Saturday, August 23, 2014

August 17, 2014

Kids and teens can bowl for free for one hour including free shoe rental! Plus there will be $1 hot dogs and soft drinks. Special Kids Fest discounts for adults, too! Where: AMF Town & Country Lanes When: Saturday, August 23, 2014 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: Free! Event Website: Website

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