Come take a ride through our solar system this month at the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium.

On May 14th at 2:00 pm, the show will be Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (for ages 7 and up).  Using the imagination of two children, visitors are launched into space onboard a cardboard rocket.  Then, with a magical library book as a guide, guests will visit each planet in the solar system.  Then after returning to planet Earth, there will be a tour of the night sky.

At 3:15 pm, the show will be Chronicles of a Journey to Earth (for ages 10 and up).  Ever wonder why the Moon changes shape in the sky or why it is hotter in the summer and colder in the winter?  In addition to a brief tour of the solar system, this show focuses on the Earth, Sun, and Moon and how the three interact to produce eclipses, moon phases and more. A star tour will follow the presentation.

 Reservations for planetarium shows are encouraged. To reserve seats, visit

Planetarium shows are free although donations of $2 per person are encouraged.

Saturday May 14, 2016

Doors open at 1:30 pm.

2:00 pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (for ages 7 and up).

3:15 pm – Chronicles of a Journey to Earth (for ages 10 and up).

CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S Providence Road in Columbia Missouri.  The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month.   During the school year, groups can reserve a weekday show by phone (573) 214-3148, or email:




In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Goodrich Quality Theatres’ family-friendly movie series, film selections will be shown every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:00AM ONLY for nine weeks. Those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Club (FMG) will be able to see any movie below free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket.mm_onesheet_flat_600x859Don’t worry, its easy to become a member for FREE today or at the theater! CLICK HERE to sign-up now.

In addition to the family-friendly line-up, we’ve added a throwback film during the last weekend! So, pick your favorite, Share with your friends on Facebook, and join us every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:00AM at all participating GQTI locations. First come, first served!


3/4-3/6: Home
3/11-3/13: Goosebumps
3/18-3/20: Minions
3/25-3/27: Pan
4/1-4/3: Hotel Transylvania 2
4/8-4/10: Max
4/15-4/17: Ice Age: Continental Drift
4/22-4/24: Norm of the North
4/29-5/1: The Princess Bride (1987)


Elf on the Shelf Ideas

by Mid-Mo Kids Guide

Since we are only a few weeks away from our elf’s (Bop) return; I thought I would share a few of Bop’s antics from last year.

What are some of your favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas?

Some of Bop’s favorite tricks from last year included:

  • Hanging out in a bowl of cereal
  • Story time with stuffed animal friends
  • TPing the Christmas tree
  • Snow angels in sugar
  • Hiding in the fridge or freezer (he loves the cold, after all)
  • Marshmallow snowball fight!
  • Building (powdered donut) snowmen
  • Drinking green “Elf Milk”


Come celebrate STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – with Columbia Public Schools Planetarium as we host the 2nd annual Columbia STEM Expo under the dome and throughout the hallways of Rock Bridge High School.

Saturday November 14, 2015:

Doors & exhibits open from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

In the hallways of Rock Bridge High School, visitors will learn about volcanoes, earthquakes, fractals, computers, 3-D printers, rockets, dinosaurs, how much they weigh on other planets, and much more.   Displays and hands-on exhibits will be presented by Missouri Seismic Safety Commission; Missouri Geological Survey (Mo DNR); Hickman High School’s Math Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta; Boy Scouts of America; Central Missouri Astronomical Association and University of Missouri Departments of Geological Sciences, Integrative Anatomy, BioChemistry, Engineering, Education, Advanced Nanostructures Research Group, and 3D Printing Club.

In the dome, visitors can see one of two offerings – Forces of Nature, which focuses on the geology of the planet we live on; or Chronicles of a Journey to Earth, which explains why we have eclipses, seasons, moon phases and more.

The Columbia STEM Expo and planetarium shows are free, but donations of $2 per person are welcome.  To reserve a seat for one planetarium show, visit

Planetarium Show Schedule for Saturday November 14, 2015:

12:15 – Forces of Nature (geology)

1:15 – Chronicle of a Journey to Earth (astronomy)

2:15 – Forces of Nature (geology)

3:15 – Chronicle of a Journey to Earth (astronomy)

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:



Goodrich Quality Theaters has changed up their FREE FALL MOVIE program this year. The NEW FreeQuent FMG Movie Series is for those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Club (FMG) will be able to see any movie below free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Admissions must be redeemed in a single transaction. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket.

Become a member today! CLICK HERE to sign-up.

The FreeQuent FMG Movie Series is Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at all GQTI locations. First come, first served!


September 12 – 13:  Penguins of Madagascar

September 19 – 20:  The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

September 26 – 27:  Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

October 3 – 4:  Home

October 10 – 11:  Annie

October 17 – 18:  The Nut Job

October 24 – 25:  Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Oct. 31 – Nov. 1:  Minions

November 7 – 8:  Shaun the Sheep Movie




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!


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


FREE Storytime at Barnes & Noble in Columbia: June 13, 2015

June 8, 2015

Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Barnes & Noble’s Picture Book of the Month, Touch the Brightest Star. In this interactive bedtime story, touch, tap, blink and whisper to make magic happen in the nighttime sky. Where: Barnes and Noble, Columbia When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 | 11 a.m. Cost: Free Event Location: Barnes & [...]

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$1 Kids Summer Movies in Columbia & Jefferson City: June 15 – August 14, 2015

May 29, 2015

Capital 8 in Jefferson City and Forum 8 in Columbia will feature 9 weeks of summer movies for kids! All movies start at 10:00 a.m. and run Monday through Friday. Tickets are just $1 for all ages! 6/15 – 6/19 | CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2  6/22 – 6/26 | SMURFS 2  6/29 – 7/3 | PIRATES! [...]

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Columbia Public Schools Planetarium Shows: June 13, 2015

May 27, 2015

On the second Saturday of June, visit the planets with CPS Planetarium. At 2:00 pm, The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket show takes visitors on a tour of our solar system.  Along the way, kids learn planet facts from a rather unusual tour guide.  This show is great for elementary school aged kids. At 3:00 pm is [...]

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