A Summer Concert “Musical Maples” at Runge Nature Center! No registration required, all ages welcome! Join us for an open air summer concert featuring Kansas City musicians Michael Fraser and Tenley Hansen. They will use storytelling, live music, and a variety of visual aids to relay the importance of maple trees to Missouri. Maple wood is used extensively in the construction of musical instruments. You will have the opportunity to hear the resulting beautiful music as they present “Musical Maples” on mandolin, violin, and guitar. MDC

  • Where: Runge Nature Center
  • When: July 31, 2014 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event Contact: 573-526-5544
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


Stop by Orscheln Farm & Home on Saturday to make a free project to take home! Come & make a jellyfish! Summertime craft fun! Supplies will be provided!

  • Where: Orscheln Farm & Home
  • When: Saturday, July 26, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • 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 August 2, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Kids can build their very own mini-crate pencil holder!

The class is designed for ages 5 – 12.

  • WhereHome Depot
  • When: August 2, 2014 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event Contact: 573-814-1900
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


FREE PBR Family Event at Bass Pro in Columbia! This Saturday & Sunday stop by for FREE bull roping, face painting, stick bull riding & MORE!PBRevent

  • WhereBass Pro, Columbia, MO
  • When: July 26 & 27, 2014
  • Cost: Free!



Stop by Barnes & Noble in Columbia or Jefferson City on Tuesday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. for a Discover and Learn Event featuring What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada. Children of all ages will find inspiration in this story that asks us to nurture an idea, no matter how silly it may seem.

  • Where: Barnes and Noble, Columbia
  • When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Event Location: Barnes & Noble in Columbia/Jefferson City
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


You can now register for the Lowe’s Build & Grow Kid’s Workshop that will be held on July 26, 2014. Your child will receive a free project, apron, patch, and a certificate of completion. Use the link below to register. Remember these events seem to fill up fast!


Get in on all the action! Register your kids now to build a Turbo Taco Truck inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo

  • Where: Lowe’s Stores
  • When: Saturday, July 26, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Event WebsiteWebsite
  • View on the Mid-Mo Kids Guide Calendar


One of my favorite holidays is nearly upon us!  Here’s the line-up for Independence Day/4th of July celebrations in mid-Missouri!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Holt’s Summit will hold their community get together & fireworks display. The fun starts at 5 p.m. at Greenway Park! There will be games, great food, live music, and fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.!

Jefferson City’s Salute to America - Live entertainment starts at 4:00! There will be lots of fun including a great food court, Little Mr. & Miss Independence Contest, and Dan Belcher-World Champion Sand Carver (just to name a few)!

Friday, July 4, 2014

SaluteJefferson City’s Salute to America - The fun continues at 10 a.m.!  The are numerous attractions in downtown Jefferson City: carnival rides, parade, live music, beer gardens, hot dog eating contest, live eagle show and the largest fireworks spectacular in mid-Missouri! You can check out a full schedule here.

  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Carnival Land
  • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Kid’s Zone w/ petting zoo
  • 3:00 p.m. – Hotdog Eating Contest
  • 7:00 p.m. – Pre-show Celebration w/ Live Eagle Show
  • Dusk – Red White & Boom!
  • 10 p.m., 11 p.m. - Prison Ghost Tours (buy tickets in advance)

Columbia’s 4th of July Fire in the Sky - Fire in the Sky has relocated in 2012 to the District! Entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m.  There will be children’s activities at Flat Branch Park that includes holiday crafts & pop-a-shot basketball!  The fireworks begin after 9 p.m. and will be choreographed to music that you can hear on BXR 102.3.  There is free parking downtown or on University campus. Be sure to check out the full schedule before you head out!

  • 6:30 p.m. – Entertainment  starts at Flat Branch Park
  • 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks!Fire in the Sky

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Jefferson City’s Salute to America - The last day for fun! Carnival Land, Prison Ghost Tours, and a free sand carving clinic! Don’t miss the fun!

We hope you have a happy and safe Independence Day!  If you have a celebration to add, comment below!


Columbia Public Schools Planetarium Shows: July 12, 2014

June 25, 2014

Travel though space in a magic tree house or search for the perfect planet this July at the CPS Planetarium’s 2nd Saturday of the month public shows. On Saturday July 12, 2014, the 2:00pm show will be Magic Tree House Space Mission.  Based on the books by Mary Pope Osborne, this show takes kids along with [...]

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Jefferson City Thursday Night Live: June 2014

June 18, 2014

Don’t miss Downtown Jefferson City Association’s Thursday Night Live this summer!  There is lots to check out at Thursday Night Live! The fun starts at 6 p.m. downtown! Don’t miss it! Note: TNL is now an adult-only event! Perfect for a date night!

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$1 Kids Summer Movies in Columbia & Jefferson City: June 16 – August 15, 2014

June 7, 2014

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!  June 16-20, 2014 | Happy Feet Two June 23-27, 2014 | Journey 2 June 30-July 4, 2014 | The Lego [...]

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