PACE Fall Dance

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

Dance classes start for age 2 1/2!

Barnes & Noble Special Storytime | August 22nd

The Day the Crayons Came Home
The crayons are back! Join us for a special Storytime event on Saturday, August 22, at 11:00AM in celebration of the release of The Day the Crayons Came Home. Activities to round out the fun. 

Family Fun Fest | 2015

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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. 

August 22nd

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

Movies in the Park | 2015

Join us under the stars for these monthly films. Films are shown on a giant inflatable screen, and are always family friendly, so grab a blanket or low lawn chair and head out for an unforgettable evening of cinema. Pre-show activities and entertainment begin one hour prior to the movie start time. Concessions are available. No rain dates. $2 per person; children 8 & under are free.
  • Where:  Flat Branch Park | 4th & Cherry Street
  • Cost: $2 | Kids 8 & under FREE
FRIDAY, MAY 8, 8:30PM – LILO AND STITCH (PG) In Hawaii, a lonely little girl named Lilo is struggling to fit in. IN hopes of finding an unconditional friend, she adopts a “puppy” named Stitch who is actually a misbehaved alien. Both Lilo and Stitch learn through antics and adventure the meaning of friendship and love.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 9PM – FROZEN SING A LONG (PG) Do you want to build a snowman? Join Princess Anna, Kristoff, Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman as they venture to save Arendelle from Queen Elsa’s endless winter. This heartwarming musical is sure to have you singing along!

FRIDAY, JULY 10, 9PM – THE SANDLOT (PG) July is National Parks and Recreation Month, so why not join parks and Recreation for some baseball shenanigans? When Scotty moves to a new town, he is taken under the wing of the local baseball team and adventure ensues.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 8:30PM – NEVERENDING STORY (PG) After picking up a magical book, Bastian dives into the wondrous world of Fantasia. Bastian must save Fantasia from a mysterious blight called The Nothing.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 8 PM – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (PG13) In 1942, Steve Rogers is all heart but no brawn. Despite his immense patriotism and desire to defend his country during World War II, his physical shortcomings keep him from enlisting. That is, until he is chosen for an experiment that turns him into “Captain America.”

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, September 5th
Football Toss Game

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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 | CLOSED FOR SUMMER 2015

 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.

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

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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.

Open Recreation | Game Room

Child Safety Seat Inspections

 Be sure to always have your car seats inspected whether it be a brand-new seat, or newly installed seat in a different vehicle.  Having your car seat inspected properly, could help save a child's life in an auto accident. 

Child in booster seatWhile installing and using child safety seats may appear to be easy enough, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that close to 3 out of 4 parents do not properly use child restraints and if you are one of them, that child safety seat may not protect your child the way it should.
For your loved one's sake, there is no room for compromise!

It is estimated that about 80% of car seats are misused, either because a child is in the wrong seat, the seat is installed wrong, or the child is not placed in the seat correctly. (
Are you using your car seat correctly?

Call the number provided below to set up a time to stop by the Fire Department.  It only takes a few minutes.  You will be glad you did!
  • Where: Columbia Fire Department: 201 Orr Street
  • Phone: 573-874-7556
  • Contact: Atkins Darla  Counties Served: Boone, Audrain, Howard, & Cooper
  • Website:  Car Seat Safety
  • Cost: FREE

Daniel Boone Library

In the back of the Library, there is a great area for little ones to play with puzzles, a play kitchen and read books! They often have designated story times throughout the month.

Check out the CoMo Kids calendar for Story Time Hours:

Parents As Teachers | Resource Room

 Pictures of the NEW Resource Room at West Worley

  • Open to Parents As Teachers Families ONLY
  • Hours: Monday: 8am-4pm  Wednesday: 8am-4pm  Friday 8am-4pm
  • Location: *NEW* 1818 West Worley Street, Columbia MO
  • Questions: 214.3955
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website:  Parents As Teachers Resource Room