MU Homecoming: October 2014

Campus Decorations and Spirit Rally
Celebrate the Homecoming Centennial and the Holidays at Campus Decorations. Thousands of students and alumni descend on Greek Town for this annual event. These giant skits are sure to surprise and entertain you. 
  • Where: Greek Town
  • When: Friday, October 24th: 6pm - 9:30pm
  • Cost: FREE
Join thousands of spectators at the Homecoming Parade. Head downtown or find a spot on campus to view this cornerstone tradition. 
  • When: Saturday, October 25th
  • Time:9am
  • Where: Parade Map

Homecoming 2010:

Toys R Us Bricktober Event | October 18th

  • When:  Saturday, October 18th
  • Where:  Columbia Toys R Us
  • Time:  12pm-2pm
  • Cost: FREE (ages 5 & up)
  • Website:  Toys R Us

Come build a Lego Batman signal.

Toys R Us Star Wars Event | October 11th

  • When:  Saturday, October 11th
  • Time: 12pm-1pm
  • Where:  Columbia Toys R Us
  • Cost: FREE
  • Ages: 5 & up
  • Website: Toys R Us
   Kids will get to build & take home a LEGO Mini Ghost Ship!

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. 

Next Clinic:  November 8th

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

Library Discovery Time | September 15th

Children ages birth to 4 years old and their parents can participate in "Discovery Time," held at the Columbia Public Library!  The program promotes early literacy and learning in children through reading, arts and crafts and interactions with other parents and children.
Bring your little one for some quality parent/child time. Meet other parents and children, read to your child and get ideas for activities you can do at home to develop learning skills. Because this program is very popular, the staff ask you to please plan on dropping in for 30 minutes. 
  • When: Monday, September 15th
  • Time: 9:30am-11am | 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Cost: FREE 
  • Ages: Newborn-4 years old
  • Where: Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia MO
  • Website: Library

PACE Presents : The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Class

PACE Youth Theatre presents it's fall production class

Over 10 hours of theatre class built into the rehearsal schedule!
No audition necessary - perfect for beginner actors 3rd grade and up!

More information here: PACE

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:

Armory Movie Nights

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.

August 16Muppets Most Wanted
Sept 6Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Sept 20The Sandlot 2
Oct 4Everyone's Hero
Oct 18Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Nov 1Million Dollar Arm
Nov 15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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: October 4th

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!

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.

Parents As Teachers | Screening Services

I took advantage of this great program through Parents As Teachers last year.  Although we were cut from the PAT home visits program over the Spring, I was excited to hear that we still qualified for the FREE screening.  It was a great experience and I was happy that I called to make the appointment.  I will defiantly be back to have my daughter screened. 

Prior to the appointment, the staff asks if you would pick up and complete the paperwork before your scheduled appointment to help save on time.  You will also need a copy of your child's immunization record.

The Early Childhood Department of Columbia Public Schools provides FREE screening services for children(6 months to kindergarten entry).
Why have your child screened?

Screening is a quick and effective way to look at a child in comparison with other children his age.  It can determine whether or not a child is developing within the normal range for his age.

Who can be screened?

  • Infant/Toddlers: (6 months to 34 months of age).  Call 214-3955 to schedule an appointment for your child.  Screenings are held at the Parents as Teachers office. This service is for any infant/toddler who is NOT receiving home visits from Parents as Teachers.  PAT families have screenings conducted in their homes during personal visits.

  • Preschoolers: (36 months to Kindergarten entry).  Call 214-3585 to schedule an appointment for your child.  Screenings for this age are held at the Field Building, 1010 Rangeline Columbia, MO.  This service is for all children who reside in the Columbia PublicSchool District.  Screening results for this age group can be used to determine eligibility for the Title I Preschool admission and Early Childhood Special Education services.

For more information, visit their website: PAT: Screening Services

ARC | Little Swimmers

Image of ARC logo
Bring your little ones to the ARC for some swimming and fun!  The ARC offers Little Swimmers throughout the year.  You DO NOT have to be a member of the ARC to participate in Little Swimmers.  Just drop in during the scheduled time, and for a buck, enjoy an hour of swimming fun!

  • When: Monday-Thursday 11am-12pm 
  • Price: $1.00 for kids & adults
  • Website:  ARC Little Swimmers

Come enjoy the water play structure, zero-depth area and the lazy river of the ARC Water Zone during a time specifically reserved for the little ones and an adult playmate.