Check out the fun at the annual Rock Bridge ANimal Hospital Pet Luau! Bounce house, goodie bag, face painting and more!Luau 2014 copy

  • Where: Rock Bridge Animal Hospital
  • Cost: Free!
  • Date: May 3, 2014 | 2 – 5 p.m.
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on, and sit in. This event is free and held rain or shine.  There will be a school bus, CFD Fire Truck, street sweeper, cement mixer, ambulance, HumVee, and a patrol car — just to  name a few!

  • Tons of TrucksWhere: Target wing parking lot at Columbia Mall
  • When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 4-7 p.m. (rain or shine)
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


KHKD4-12713-9148-150x150Kids ages four to 10are invited to Kids Helping Kids Day, a fun-filled day of exploring The Food Bank and learning about volunteerism. You are welcome to help at any of the three sessions, but we ask that you call to reserve your spot.

Each session will include a tour of The Food Bank’s warehouse where you will get to see a giant refrigerator and freezer and tons and tons of food for families in need! After the tour, kids (and parents!) will spend time kickstarting The Food Bank’s 2013 Buddy Pack program by filling bags that will go to children in need all across central and northeast Missouri.  At the end of each session, every youngster will get a surprise for themselves!

Most days, The Food Bank’s volunteer room is only available for children over 48 inches tall. That’s why Kids Helping Kids Day is the perfect opportunity to teach younger children how helping others can be fun AND rewarding!To sign up for a time, please contact Melanie Lake  or 573-474-1020. Please let her know which session you would like to attend, how many children you will be bringing and the ages of the children.

Please Bring (if possible)  one 12 oz. jar of peanut butter per child. Available shifts: 9am-11am; 11am-1pm; 1pm-3pm



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.


March 1-2, 2014 | Barnyard

March 8-9, 2014 | Chicken Run

March 15-16, 2014 | How to Train Your Dragon

March 22-23, 2014 | Madagascar

March 29-30, 2014 | Monsters vs. Aliens

April 5-6, 2014 | Puss in Boots

April 12-13, 2014 | Rango

April 19-20, 2014 |Shrek

April 26-27, 2014 | Spongebob Squarepants

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, March 1 – April 27, 2014 | 9 & 10 a.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteGoodrich Quality Theaters
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar



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Sounds like tomorrow is going to be a SNOW DAY throughout most of mid-Missouri! Here are a few ideas to help you survive a day with stir crazy kids!large_penguin-on-ice

  • Snow Ice Cream! Paula’s recipe is amazing!
  • Blanket Forts
  • Board game tournaments
  • Play in the snow — you an even color the snow with spray bottles filled with water and coloring.
  • Indoor picnic – finger foods + a blanket on the floor
  • Too cold for the little ones to go outside? Bring the snow inside and have some fun in the bath tub!
  • Sock toss – arrange baskets or bags on the floor, stuff socks into balls and toss away! Whoever makes the most baskets, wins!
  • Bake cookies!
  • Dress up & have a photo shoot!
  • Make a snow lantern — make a small, hollow igloo out of snowballs (15-20 softball-sized snowballs work best). Place an LED candle in the middle and watch the lantern glow as the sun goes down!
  • Make bird feeders out of pine cones, peanut butter, and birdseed!
  • Check out the Kansas City Zoo’s Penguin Cam!

Bundle up, stay warm, and have fun!


Stop by Orscheln Farm & Home on Saturday to make a free project to take home! In February kids will be able to make Olympic rings and a torch! All supplies are provided!

  • Where: Orscheln Farm & Home
  • When: Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


It may be too cold to head out to the Kansas City Zoo,  but you and your kids can watch the penguins 24/7 thanks to the new Penguin Cam!  Watch the penguins swim, waddle, eat, sleep and dive into the water!


Did you know that the new exhibit holds more than 100,000 gallons of salt water!  Water cycles through the life support systems every 30 minutes and used saltwater is recycled to conserve fresh water and salt. Two ice flake machines located on catwalk above the viewing window will produce 3” of snowfall per day, perfect for penguins to play!

To find the Penguin Cam, click here or visit the Attractions page of the Kansas City Zoo website!



Columbia Public Schools Planetarium Shows: February 8, 2014

January 29, 2014

The Columbia Public Schools’ Planetarium will be open Saturday, February 8, 2014 for the  “Earth’s Wild Ride” Event: Dinosaurs & Cave Men and Our Changing Planet. 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 [...]

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Mizzou Gymnastics, Bounce House, Face Painting & More!: January 24, 2014

January 23, 2014

The Missouri Gymnastics team is set to host the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, January 24, 2014.Adult tickets for Friday’s meet are available for $5 each, while youth and seniors tickets can be purchased for $3 each. Kids can head over to the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse prior to the competition beginning at 5:00 p.m. [...]

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January 2014 Events at the Museum of Art & Archaeology

January 15, 2014

Saturday, January 18th, 10am-12pm: Art Lab for 6th-8th Graders Let’s Collaborate: We’ll work together to create a large artwork to hang in the new Museum offices! FREE, open to the public, and held at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North, 115 W. Business Loop 70. Please call 573-882-3591 to pre-register. Thursday, January [...]

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