Holiday Events | 2015


(visit back often, as new events will be posted as they become available)

Columbia Mall : Santa's Welcome Party
Bring the whole family to greet Santa as he arrives from the North Pole November 21 at 9am in the Dillard's wing.  There will also be a special guest appearance from Mrs. Claus and a few "royal" visitors. Crafts and treats will be provided while supplies last. 
Don't forget to bring your wish list!
  • When:  Saturday, November, 21st
  • Time: 9:00am
  • Where:  Columbia Mall, Dillards Wing
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website:  Columbia Mall Events

Bass Pro :  Santa's Wonderland

Magic Tree Lighting
Holiday Festival with lighting of the Magic Tree at 5:30pm. Food trucks, carriage rides, Madrigal Choir and of course Santa!
  • When:  Thursday, December 3rd
  • Time:  5:30pm
  • Where: Village of Cherry Hill
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: Magic Tree

Downtown (the District) Living Windows
  • When:  Friday, December 4th
  • Time:  6pm-8pm
  • Where:  Downtown Columbia, MO
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Website:  Discover the District

Hy-Vee Gifts in a Jar Event
Bring your little elf to your Columbia Hy-Vee and our dietitians will help him or her make a “Gift In A Jar” for that special person on their list. Great for teachers, grandparents, or neighbors. The class is free but registration is required at Customer Service or online. Each little guest will take home two gifts—
  • When:  Wednesday, December 9th
  • Time: 4-5pm
  • Where: RockBridge HyVee
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Registration required: HERE

Hy-Vee Breakfast with Santa

  • When:  Saturday, December 5th
  • Where: RockBridge HyVee
  • Time: 8am-11am
  • Cost:  Kids eat free

Shelter Insurance Tree Lighting
Each December the Shelter family celebrates the spirit of the holiday season with a traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony.  Shelter co-workers and members of the community gather to hear West Middle School's band and choir, visit with each other and with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and of course, to see the lighting of the tree on the lawn of our Columbia office!
When: Thursday, December 3rd
Time: 6pm
Where:  Shelter Insurance | Broadway
Cost:  FREE

Breakfast with Santa :  Rock Bridge High School
The Rock Bridge Bruin Girls are hosting Breakfast with Santa! This event will be on Saturday, December 5th from 9am - 12pm. Families are welcome to come as they would like.
Breakfast, crafts, Santa, & Mrs. Claus will be available the entire event. The Rock Bridge Bruin Girls will have a live performance in the main gym at 9:30 am.
  • When:  Saturday, December 5th
  • Time:  9am-12pm
  • Where:  Rock Bridge High School 
  • Cost:  $10/child
  • Website: Register HERE

Santa's Hotline : Parks & Recreation (one day only)
Call the North Pole from 9 am to 3 pm and will have the opportunity to speak with Santa or Mrs. Claus or one of the many elves. 
**CALL 874-7473 or 874-6335 only on this day
  • When:  Saturday, December 5th
  • When:  9am-3pm
  • Ages 3-10 years old

Home Depot : Kids Workshop
Workshop image
  • When:  Saturday, Decemeber 5th
  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Where:  Home Depot 
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Website:  Register HERE!

Lowes : Build & Grow Clinic
  • When:  Saturday, December 12th
  • Time:  10am
  • Where:  Lowes 
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Website:  Register HERE!

PACE | Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre:  Death at the 10th Hole
A Fundraiser for PACE Youth Theatre
It’s the PACE that Kills!

   YOU get to choose your participation level!
   You can come dressed in costume…or come as you are… but everyone will choose an alias for the evening.
   There will be 8 “hidden actors” among the audience…TRUST NO ONE!
   Prizes will be given to those who solve the mystery.
   Drinks available by donation
   Baskets available to bid on throughout the evening
   Free babysitting at our PACE studio on Big Bear Blvd for the first 30 children age 5 and up. After the first 30 children it will cost $5 per family.

Where:   Stephens Lake, Reichmann Pavilion
2300 E Walnut, Columbia, MO  65201

When:   Friday, November 13 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Who:   Anyone 16+ who wants to have good food, good fun, and solve a murder

$40 individual/$75 couple/$140 half table (4 guests)/$270 full table (8 guests)

Get more information and register HERE

PACE presents: A Christmas Story


For all students 2nd grade and up.    No experience necessary.  There are no auditions required.
You will sign up for this class and on the first day of class you will audition for the roles. Everyone will be in it. 
Public Performances: December 3, 4, 5 at 7:00 pm, Dec. 6th at 2:00 pm.
Venue : Columbia Entertainment Company 
Director: Angela Howard
Asst. Director/Stage Manager: Kristina Stroud
Rehearsals at PACE Studio: Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30, September 26th - November 21st.
(No rehearsal November 28th)
Tech/Dress Week: Nov. 29th - Dec. 2nd
Tuition: $270 – includes tee shirt, 2 complimentary tickets, guest speakers, and class supplie

South Farm Showcase | September 26, 2015

South Farm Showcase

For the ninth year, South Farm Research Center will be hosting the South Farm Showcase Sept. 26. Admission is free and events are scheduled for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the center south of Columbia operated by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri.
  • When:  Saturday | September 26th, 2015
  • Time:  10am-4pm
  • Where:  New Haven Road | Columbia, MO
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Website:  South Farm Showcase

38th Annual Heritage Festival | September 19th-20th

For shuttle parking, take Discovery Parkway exit west off Highway 63. Shuttle lots will be available atGans Creek Recreation Area, 3360 E. Gans Road, near Nifong Park. Shuttles will drop you off at the Walters-Boone County Museum at the front of Nifong Park.

Pictures of my son from 2012:

  • Fun for Young'uns Area (stilts, paper pumpkins, milk the "cow," rope making, candle dipping, candy in the haystack, hayrides, and much more!)
  • Handmade crafts
  • Saturday evening ghost stories from 8-9:30 pm
  • Tours of Walters-Boone County Museum, Maplewood House and Village at Boone Junction
  • Great food!

PACE Fall Dance

12-week session classes:
Classes begin week of September 12th - 17th

Dance classes start for age 2 1/2!

Family Fun Fest | 2015

Family Fun Fest Logo - T1

This family event transforms Flat Branch Park into fun central with a new theme each month! Entertainment for the entire family will feature music, special performances, art activities, hands-on activities, face painting and guaranteed fun for all ages.
  • Where: Cosmo Park, Burford Shelter
  • Time: 6pm-8pm
MAY 27 (rain date): KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS Sponsored by Putting Kids First and Children’s Grove Join us for music, fun, crafts and activities promoting kindness and mental health.

JUNE 17: EXPLORE OUTDOORS The outdoors has so much to offer! Learn about Missouri fish, birds, parks, camping and more from state and local experts.

JULY 15: FITNESS IS FUN Sponsored by the ARC (Activity & Recreation Center) Come out to learn and experience some exciting new ways to stay fit and active!

AUGUST 19: AROUND THE WORLD Travel the globe with dancing, games, music and more.

SEPTEMBER 16: CREATIVE KIDS Sponsored by the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs & the Missouri Arts Council Let the kids show their creative and artistic side. Hands-on kid friendly art activities, musical performances, theater, and dance are just some of the fun to be had at the final fest of the summer.

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. 

September 26th

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

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, October 5th

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!

Lend & Learn Toy Library

 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.