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, south on Allen Street to Sneed Street, then east on Sneed Street to Jefferson.

This is a wonderful Christmas event you won’t want to miss!  The tractors & floats will be lighted and the kids can also visit Santa after the parade!  Don’t forget your bags for candy & camera!

  • Where: Centralia Town Square
  • When: December 19, 2014 | 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


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
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) package of fresh cranberries
  • couple orange peels
  • dash or two of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla (add after removing from heat)

Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat & simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries pop, stir occasionally. (I’ll usually add another 5 minutes to let it thicken) Stir in 1 tsp of vanilla. Chill.

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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 TheatreEnter 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 FIRST time ever on the stage at Missouri Theatre. It’s the must-see event of the season! Celebrate with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring Tchaikovsky’s score, the magic of larger-than-life puppets, and a growing Christmas tree to life.

Giveaway Ticket Details:

We have a 4-pack of tickets plus admission to a private hors d’oeuvres reception to giveaway to one lucky Mid-Mo Kids Guide Reader. The tickets are for the show on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Missouri Theatre.

If you chose to do the additional (optional) entries, be sure to follow the instructions! We will check! If you don’t complete the entry, it won’t count & you won’t win!

This giveaway starts NOW and ends Thursday, November 27, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. CST. The winner will be notified via email on Thanksgiving Day, so be sure to check your email!

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They’re back – ELK!

All ages. No registration required. Do you need an alternative from shopping or a holiday retreat? Come to Runge and learn about Missouri elk. Interactive exhibits, discovery table, and activities offered. Don’t miss relaxing by our fireplace and viewing the serenity of our wildlife viewing area.


  • Where: Runge Nature Center
  • When: Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event Contact: 573-526-5544
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Celebrate Santa’s Arrival on November 22, 2014 at Capital Mall! Watch Santa ride in on a horse drawn carriage sponsored by Fischer Farms. Santa will arrive by carriage starting at 11:00 a.m. on mall property. Parents are welcome to bring children and greet Santa as he arrives to the Food Court entrance.

Cubby Caboose will pick up Santa, and take him to his “home” in the mall. Immanuel Lutheran School from Honey Creek will sing Christmas songs around the Tree at Center Court as Santa arrives.

  • Where: Capital Mall, Jefferson City
  • When: November 22, 2014 | 11 a.m.
  • Event WebsiteCapital Mall
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Join the Mayor in kicking off the holiday season with the 9th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. There will be entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Shows begin at 5:30pm with the tree lighting at 6:30pm. Don’t miss this Jefferson City Holiday Tradition.

  • Where: Rotary Centennial Park, Jefferson City
  • When: December 4, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Bass Pro Shops’ Santa’s Wonderland returns to Columbia for lots of Christmas fun! You can get a FREE 4×6 photo with Santa, enjoy free crafts, games & activities! The wonderful is amazing and fun for kids of all ages!

Check out the full schedule below for hours and events!


  • Where: Bass Pro, Columbia
  • When: November 15 – December 24, 2014
  • WebsiteBass Pro – Columbia
  • Cost: Free!
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


goumikids Newborn Hat & Mittens Set Giveaway

November 10, 2014
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It’s November (seriously, I can’t believe that!) so it seems like the perfect time to do a giveaway to keep your little one warm! Enter goumikids! goumikids is an awesome mom-owned company that makes beautiful products that work. They are also passionate about thier giving to efforts that make life better for our fellow moms, [...]

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Columbia Public Schools Planetarium Shows: November 8, 2014

November 3, 2014

Come celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at Columbia’s STEM Expo at Rock Bridge High School on November 8, 2014 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Columbia Public Schools (CPS) Science Department is teaming up with organizations from around the state to bring in interactive displays and booths highlighting topics ranging from volcanoes, earthquakes, rockets, dinosaurs, robotics, [...]

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Halloween Freebies for 2014: Kids Eat or Play for Free (or almost free)!

October 28, 2014

Bass Pro - Get a free 4×6 photo + decorate a mini pumpkin on Halloween + costume parade and trick-or-treating! Visit their website for more details. Bob Evans:  Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree – now through October 31, 2014! Print your coupon before heading out! Chipotle:  $3 Burritos - This Halloween, come into any Chipotle dressed in [...]

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