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


IMG_2489.JPGI have been going crazy keeping track of all of my kids’ puzzles. I couldn’t stand how all of the boxes were various sizes, some torn up, some non-existent.

I finally found a solution that worked: the Iris Extra-Large Photo Keeper from Hobby Lobby (or this one from Michael’s) – don’t forget your coupons!

These storage boxes have 16 boxes — they worked with all of the 24-48-piece puzzles I had on hand. I’m so excited to start tossing all of those old boxes in the trash!



It’s hard to believe that it’s almost Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss your chance to get {{adorable}} photos of your sweetheart! This photo session is a quick and painless photo session that you will LOVE. Rhiannon is amazing with kids — she does all of our family photos!  Check out Lollipop’s adorable inspiration board on Pinterest!


Your Valentine Short & Sweet Session includes:

  • 15-20-minute photo session (1-3 kids)
  • 5+ retouched, high resolution files
  • Quality print orders with no markup

Book now - spots fill up FAST!

  • Where: Columbia, MO
  • When: Sunday, February 1, 2015
  • Cost: $125
  • Event WebsiteLollipop Photography
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


The first Saturday of each month, Home Depot offers a free Kid’s Workshop where children can gain hands-on experience using tools to build a wooden project.  In addition to the craft, children receive a free apron, pin, and certificate of completion.


The next Workshop is February 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Kids can build their very own heart box in time for Valentine’s Day! The workshop is free and designed for ages 5 – 12.

Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.

Please register online to help Home Depot better plan our craft kit quantities needed.

  • WhereHome Depot
  • When: February 7 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event Contact: 573-814-1900
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Back by popular demand, CPS Planetarium is bringing Prismatic Magic’s full-color laser light show system to their 40-foot dome in January.

On Saturday January 10, at 2 & 3 p.m., visitors can learn how laser technology has enhanced the study of astronomy and space exploration in the free “Lasers in Space” show.  This 45-minute show includes a star tour and a couple of musical interludes to provide visitors with a brain break. Reserve seats for Lasers in Space at

For those interested in music under the stars, the planetarium will be open Thursday-Saturday nights, rocking out to music from the Beatles (7 pm Jan 8), Pink Floyd (7 pm Jan 9), popular Top 40 hits (Laser Mania at 6 pm Jan 10) and Led Zeppelin (7 pm Jan 10). During these shows, full-color lasers will dance across the star-filled dome in time to the music. Each show is different, just as each song is different.  A star tour follows each musical presentation.  A donation of $5 per person is requested for these hour-long shows.  Reserve seats for the show of your choice at

Finally, on Sunday, January 11 at 2:00, escape the winter cold and join us for a “Laser Summer Jam” and beach party – with hula hoops, beach balls, and hot summer music brought to life by dazzling full-color lasers.  A donation of $5 per person is requested for the Laser Summer Jam.

Visit for more information and to reserve a seat for the show.

  • January 8 - LASER BEATLES - 7 pm $5/person
  • January 9 - LASER PINK FLOYD (The Best of Echo) - 7 pm $5/person
  • January 10 - FREE! Lasers In Space  2 & 3 pm – FREE!Discover how lasers are transforming the study of astronomy and space exploration. Along the way take a few brain breaks and enjoy some of today’s most out-of-this-world tunes set to dazzling laser-light.
  • January 10 - LASER MANIA (Today’s Top Hits) 6 pm $5/person
  • January 10 - LASER LED ZEPPELIN 7 pm $5/person
  • January 11  LASER SUMMER JAM & BEACH PARTY 2 pm $5/person

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:




Registration required. Ages 9-12 years. Winter Day Adventure is for YOU! Come celebrate the year with “seasoned” naturalists exploring and discovering nature at Runge on and off the trails. Identify an animal track; learn to read a trail map; read animal signs; peer into a frozen pond; climb on a 150-year old log. Please dress for the weather. Bring a lunch and water bottle. We will come indoors for activities and to warm up with hot chocolate.


  • Where: Runge Nature Center
  • When: Friday, January 2, 2015, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event Contact: 573-526-5544
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Visit Runge Nature Center over the holidays and enjoy simple and relaxing activities connected to nature. Play inside and outside, make something to take home, try a primitive skill, have fun! On-going Activities: Refreshments, Exhibit Hunt, Archeology in a box, crafts, games. Scheduled Activities: 10-11:30am and 1-2:30pm Leatherworking Demonstrations. 11am Aquarium Feeding. 2pm Winter Walk.


  • Where: Runge Nature Center
  • When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event Contact: 573-526-5544
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Centralia’s Tractor Parade: December 19, 2014

December 18, 2014
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The 8th Annual Tractor Parade, sponsored by the Centralia Young Farmers, will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014, and will feature more than 50 tractors and vehicles decorated with lights. The parade route will begin at MFA on N. Jefferson Street, travel north on Jefferson Street to Switzler Street, west on Switzler Street to Allen Street, [...]

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

November 25, 2014
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Only a few days away from one of my favorite days of the year! Thanksgiving! Tonight I’m making one of the easiest recipes – Cranberry Sauce! Seriously, don’t buy that junk in the can. It’s so easy to make it yourself (BONUS:  you can make it ahead!)! Here’s how I do it: 1 cup sugar [...]

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Win Tickets to the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker + Hors d’oeuvres Reception

November 22, 2014
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We’re excited to announce an awesome giveaway from courtesy of Madison’s Cafe to the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker on December 3, 2014 at Missouri Theatre! Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets plus admission to a private hors d’oeuvres reception prior to this wonderful event!  A holiday tradition returns to the Concert Series, presented for the [...]

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