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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!

1919665_835703289825232_2348442405291540586_nMy 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 daily repots of accomplishments and beautiful artwork! Teachers also hold parent-teacher conferences to make sure your little ones are staying on-track.


The teachers are incredibly caring and dedicated. Each teacher designs creative lesson based on the child’s developmental needs.

At Courtyard, kids are treated with respect, compassion, and TLC from the owner, director and all teachers.  Courtyard Early Learning Center strives to provide a safe, comfortable, fun-loving and educational environment for each and every child.  A healthy breakfast snack, lunch and an afternoon snack is served daily ~ and each child gets plenty of rest time to ensure they can focus on play and learning.  Don’t wait! These openings will not last long!



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 course, participants will experience color splash zones where you will be doused in color. Be prepared to get wet! The registration fee includes run/walk registration, individual color packet, race bib and pins, and a My School Color Run T-shirt (guaranteed if you signup before 6/20/15).


You can register or donate online by visiting:

Early registration (4/13-6/19) is $25

Late registration (6/20-7/11) is $30

Check-in is at 8:00 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. The course will be set up for three hours. No timing is provided, so if you’d like your time be sure to wear a watch.

Note: For the safety of all participants, skateboards, scooters and skates of any kind are prohibited in this event (strollers welcomed). Waiver of Liability: In consideration of my entry being accepted, I waive any and all claims for myself, my administrators, and my heirs against all officials, sponsors, and organizations connected with the myschoolcolorrun Fun Run/Walk for injury or illness that may directly or indirectly result from my participation in this event. I attest that I have full knowledge of the risks involved in this event, and am physically fit and sufficiently trained to participate in this event.



Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for admiring, climbing, sitting in, and horn honking!
This event is held rain or shine and is FREE for all.

  • Where: Target wing parking lot at Columbia Mall
  • When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 4-7 p.m. (rain or shine)
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Mid-Mo Kids Easter Guide 2015

by Mid-Mo Kids Guide

Peter Cottontail loves to make a few stops in mid-Missouri at Eastertime! Find out what fun events are happening in Columbia, Jefferson City & beyond to celebrate Easter!banner_easter

Thursday, March 21 – April 4, 2015
Photos with the Easter Bunny
Capital Mall, Jefferson City

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – April 5, 2015

Free Bunny Photos & Easter Activities!
Bass Pro Shops
Stop by Bass Pro in Columbia and get a free 4×6 Bunny photo!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Holts Summit Annual Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m.
Greenway Park and the Civic Center, Holts Summit
Don’t miss the Holts Summit Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Ages 0-10. Have questions? Call City Hall at 896-5600!

Ashland Easter Egg Hunt 1 p.m.
Ashland City Park
Enjoy the Ashland Egg Hunt at the City Park. Ages 8 and under. Free!

Hy-Vee Egg Walk 8-11 a.m.
Hy-Vee | Conley & Rock Bridge
Bring your favorite Easter basket and visit Easter stations throughout our store and receive some special treats! You can even have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Ages 12 and under. Free kid breakfast with paying adult, too!

Easter Egg Hunt 9:30-11 a.m.
Grace Lutheran Church and Early Childhood Center, Holts Summit
In addition to the Easter egg hunt, we will also have activities inside including story time, crafts, and a cupcake walk!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt (12 and under) 7:45-8:15pm
Riechmann Pavilion @ Stephens Lake Park – 2300 E. Walnut
Cost: $7 per child – Pre-registration is required 
Get your flashlight and basket ready for the annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt! Win prizes! Register early, limited number of spaces.7:30 pm for ages 3-5, 7:45 pm for ages 6-7, 8 pm for ages 8-10

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bunny Storytime 11 a.m.
Barnes & Noble, Columbia Mall
Join us for a special Storytime featuring Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt and Richard Scarry’s I Am a Bunny. Peter Rabbit and his friends are getting ready for an Easter egg hunt. Will Mr. McGregor find naughty Peter in his garden? Ages 3 to 5.

Spring Kids Festival 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Columbia Mall
Hop on over to Columbia Mall April 4th from 11am to 1pm for a fun, free, family festival.
There will be crafts, face painting, balloon art, music, giveaways, and the chance to snap a photo with the Easter Bunny.
There will also be special “royal” guests from TRYPS. Bring the whole family!

Jefferson City Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m.
Memorial Park, Jefferson City
This special event will be open to children ages 2 to 7 years old.
Children will be divided into different age groupsRegistration fee is $1 per child and will be accepted at the park the day of the event. All proceeds go to benefit other community projects in Jefferson City.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza (ages 12 & under) 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Douglass Park in Columbia, FREE
Bring your children (ages 12 and under) out for a free, fun, candy-filled Egg Hunt before Easter. There will be 2 separate hunts in different areas designated by age. Enjoy other activities such as coloring, face painting, pinning the Easter eggs and more.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Arrow Rock Easter Parade & Egg Hunt 2 p.m.
Arrow Rock, Missouri
Put on your fanciest or funniest Easter hat and come out for the annual Arrow Rock Easter Parade. Prizes will be awarded for the best hats. Parade and hat judging at 2 p.m., Easter Egg Hunt for the children follows. | Main Street, near the Boardwalk.



Dinosaurs & Cave Men and Our Changing Planet

At CPS Planetarium on March 14, 2015. Doors open at 12:00 pm. Shows at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, & 4:15

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 two ways Earth’s surface has changed over the millennia.

Columbia Public Schools’ Planetarium is teaming with the University of Missouri’s Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences and Department of Physical Anthropology to show just how much our changing planet has effected life on its surface.

  • Watch Earth’s Wild Ride planetarium show and see a tour of the night sky.
  • See dinosaur fossils
  • Compare your foot print to those of a dinosaur
  • Learn how cave men lived
  • Paint a cave mural
  • and more …

Admission to this event is free, but donations of $2 per person are welcomed.

Please reserve your seats online at or call 573-214-3148.

Exhibits, displays, and hands-on activities will be set up outside the planetarium doors from 12:00-4:30pm. Planetarium shows begin at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, and 4:15.  Reserving a seat online at or by calling 573-214-3148.  Reserving a seat will assure you a space in a particular show but not a specific seat.

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



Stop by Orscheln Farm & Home on Saturday to make FREE crystal play dough! Supplies will be provided!

  • Where: Orscheln Farm & Home
  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Stop by Barnes & Noble on February 7th at 11:00 am for Storytime and activities featuring Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! Ready Rabbit, it’s time to get ready! Join us for a fun reading of Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! And see if he is able to get ready for school in time.

  • Where: Barnes and Noble, Columbia & Jefferson City
  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Event Location: Barnes & Noble in Columbia
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


FREE Spring Movies at Forum 8 in Columbia & Capital 8 in Jefferson City 2015

February 1, 2015

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. 2/28 & 3/1: The Boxtrolls 3/7 & 3/8: Dolphin Tale 2 3/14 & 3/15: Earth to Echo 3/21 & 3/22: [...]

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Columbia Public Schools Planetarium Shows: February 2015

January 29, 2015

February is Rocket Month at CPS Planetarium. Columbia Public Schools Planetarium is changing its schedule in February, opening on the first Saturday of month instead of the second.  On February 7, 2015, visitors to the planetarium can climb aboard a cardboard rocket and take a ride through the solar system. Before and after the show, guests will [...]

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Elmo Valentine’s Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble in Columbia: February 14, 2015

January 26, 2015

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. Where: Barnes and Noble, Columbia & Jefferson City [...]

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