Shelter Insurance New Fountain Celebration

Shelter Insurance® Unveils New Features of Renovated Fountain at the 50th Annual Fountain Celebration.
Shelter Insurance® 50th Anniversary Fountain Celebration
Free and open to the public
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 5:30-7:30 PM
Shelter Insurance® Home Office, 1817 West Broadway, Columbia, Missouri
To celebrate the arrival of spring and the 50 year anniversary of a Columbia landmark – the Shelter Fountain.

Join Shelter employees and their families as we unveil our newly renovated fountain at the 50th Annual Fountain Celebration. The fountain's renovations and new features will be the highlight of the event, but there will also be games, live music, a kiddie train, photo booth and more. This free event is open to the public.

ParentLink's Treasure Island Fun Fest | April 25th

  • ParentLink's Treasure Island Fun Fest
  • When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:30am-3:00pm
  • Where: ParentLink 4800 Santana Cr. Columbia, MO
  • Why: To celebrate and educate families
  • Enjoy FREE food and FREE activities

Andy's Custard (1000 mini cups), taco bar by Las Margaritas, macaroni and cheese donated by Noodles and Company, hot dogs by Smokin’ Chicks, Hot Box cookies and more. An Island tunnel maze sponsored by First Midwest Bank; a grotto specially designed by Piotters Nursery with a special focus on Grandparents raising Grandchildren; A Bounce house by Rockin’ Rents and another by Big O’ Tires; Mural painting with Wiley's World and face painting by Trading Faces; DBRL Book Mobile, City and County Fire trucks, etc.!

Tons of Trucks | April 29, 2015

A wonderful FREE community event:
Tons of Trucks, presented by Columbia Parks & Recreation

Kids of all ages will be able to sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck, see the inside of a police car or climb in the back of a dump truck at Tons of Trucks. Trucks of all shapes and sizes will be on display for youngsters to admire, wander around, climb on and sit in. 

  • When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
  • Time: 4pm-7pm
  • Where: Columbia Mall, Target Wing parking lot
  • Price: FREE | This event is held rain or shine!

PACE Presents HONK! Jr. | April 23rd-26th

PACE Spring Semester!

PACE | Legally Blonde Auditions

Home Depot | Kids Workshop

The Home Depot's Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit.  The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.

Next Clinic:
Saturday, April 4th
Workshop image

In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.
  • When: First Saturday of every month
  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Where: Home Depot off Clark Lane
  • Ages: 5-12 years
  • Price: FREE
  • Register HERE!

Armory Movie Nights | FREE

FREE Movie Nights - Every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 6:00-8:30 pm, Armory Sports Center. 

Free popcorn and juice!

 Call 874-6378 for more information.

March 21Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
April 4The Dog Who Saved Easter
April 18Annie
May 2Penguins of Madagascar
May 16Paddington
June 6Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
June 20Dolphin Tale 2

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics

Bring your child to Lowe's on Saturdays to build something they get to bring home and call their own.  They ask that you pre-register for each workshop so they have have the amount of materials needed for each child.  After registering on their site, only the first 50 kids that have registered and present at the store at 10am will receive a kit, aprons and goggles. 

April 11th
Watch It Grow! 

I suggest to register early, as spots fill up fast!  
To see upcoming Build & Grow dates & to register, click HERE!

Lend & Learn Toy Library | OPEN FOR FALL

 Lend & Learn Toy Libraries provide a safe location in which young children and their parents can play with toys that develop their motor and cognitive skills. Our toys can be enjoyed at the library or borrowed for free. The toy libraries also provide opportunities for parents to link with other parents.

Parents with children infant age to 3 are invited to explore educational toys, visit with the on-site early childhood specialist and browse resource materials on topics ranging from learning activities to toilet training.
Families can enjoy a large, safe, inviting space to play with their children and visit with others. There’s even an infant/toddler area that provides protected play space for the youngest children and their parents.
You also can check out developmentally appropriate toys for your children for free.

Lend & Learn is for children birth-3 years old! 
  • Where: 1010 Fay St. and 207 Park Ave.
  • When: 10am-1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: First Chance for Children  
  • Visit Lend & Learn on Facebook.
NOTE: Lend & Learn is CLOSED when Columbia Public Schools are closed!
(Pictures were taken from the Fay Street Location)

Closet full of toys to check-out and bring home:

ARC | Little Gymmers

Come enjoy children’s activities in the ARC gymnasium reserved for children and an adult playmate.

A great place to let your kid run free and burn off some energy. The North side of the ARC's basketball gym was reserved for "Little Gymmer" time. They set out tons of balls, balance beam, 8ft basketball hoop, bowling and tricycles. My husband even had fun playing basketball!  It seems as if they have new stuff set out every time we are there.
  • When: Monday & Friday mornings
  • Where: ARC | 1701 W. Ash Street
  • Price: $1.00 for children and adults.
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • Ages: 2-6
  • Website: Columbia Parks & Recreation

Barnes & Noble | Story Time

Head on over to Barnes & Noble for free story time on Saturdays & Mondays.  Not only is storytime super fun for the kids but you'll get in a nice break - where you can take advantage of their complimentary Wi-Fi (great for browsing through books on your Nook or Kindle if you have one!)  After storytime, check out their amazing children's section while letting your kids explore all the toys and books that Barnes & Noble has to offer.  My kids think the best part of storytime is the play time that follows!  The Columbia Barnes & Noble has a Thomas the Train table and a NEW Duplo Lego Table area that is great for toddlers! 
  • When: Most Saturday mornings
  • Time:  10am
  • Where: Barnes & Noble | Columbia Mall
  • Cost: Free

HyVee Fun

Then vs. Now

I was looking back on an old post and came across the picture above.  I thought to myself, "What ever happened to those fun green mini-carts at HyVee?"  I stopped and asked an employee at the Conley location last week and she said that they all disappeared (ie: stolen from the stores).  So sad.  They were so much fun.
UPDATE: The Nifong store has them available at the costumer service desk! 

HyVee Tip:  The bakery gives free cookies for little ones if you ask!  Makes shopping easier.