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 http://cpsplanetarium.org.

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: planetarium@cpsk12.org.



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.


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.

  • 279997020Where: Barnes and Noble, Columbia
  • When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 | 11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Event Location: Barnes & Noble in Columbia
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


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!



 6/22 – 6/26 | SMURFS 2


 7/6 – 7/10 | ANNIE (2014)


7/20 – 7/24 | ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

7/27 – 7/31 | NUT JOB

8/3 – 8/7 | PADDINGTON

8/10 – 8/14 | LEGO MOVIE

  • Where: Forum 8 in Columbia & Capital 8 in Jefferson City
  • When: Weekdays, June 15 – August 14, 2015 | 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $1.00!
  • Event WebsiteGoodrich Quality Theaters
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


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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Courtyard Early Learning Center in Jefferson City – NOW ENROLLING!

May 12, 2015

Don’t miss out! Courtyard Early Learning Center is currently enrolling for ages 2, 3, 4, and 5 for an August 24, 2015 start date! My kids have attended Courtyard Early Learning Center since they were 10 weeks old.  I have been so impressed by the loving, structured learning environment. They keep the parents informed with [...]

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1-Mile Color Fun Run/Walk in Jefferson City: July 11, 2015

April 13, 2015

The students of Courtyard Early Learning Center will walk, jog, and run their way toward a healthier life while raising funds for our school. The color run is open to EVERYONE in the community and we encourage you to join us. This 1-mile color fun run/walk will take place on July 11th at Memorial Park! Though out the [...]

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