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. 

May 10th:
I suggest to register early, as spots fill up fast!  
To see upcoming Build & Grow dates & to register, click HERE!

Dr. Seuss's Imagination Celebration | April 19th

  • When:  Saturday, April 19th
  • Time:  11am-2pm
  • Where:  Columbia Mall | Dillards Wing area
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Ages: 2-10 years old
  • Website:  Columbia Mall

Enjoy story time, crafts, games, music, prizes, face painting, balloon art and more! Plus, a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat! 

Meet Biscuit the Dog | April 12th

When:  Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 11am
Where:  Barnes & Noble | Columbia Mall
Cost:  FREE
Website:  Barnes & Noble

Biscuit the Dog will be in our store! Stop in for your favorite Biscuit stories and have your picture taken with him!

Mizzou Adventures in Education | April 12, 2014


  • When:  Saturday, April 12th
  • Time:  10am-2pm
  • Where:  Jesse Hall | University of Missouri
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Ages K-6th grade! 
  • Website:  Mizzou Grad School


Kid friendly learning activities include:

  • art
  • bugs
  • computers
  • crafts
  • plants
  • farm animals
  • science
  • physics and more

Armory Movie Nights


  • When: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday
  • Where: Armory Sports Center
  • Time: 6pm-8:30pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Note: Parents are encouraged to stay with their children
  • Free popcorn and juice! 
  • Call 874-6378 for more information


SCHEDULE
March 1 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 March 15 Khumba April 5 Frozen April 19 Little Rascals Save the Day May 3 Saving Mr. Banks May 17 The Nut Job

Pete the Cat Party | April 3rd-4th

  • When:  Thursday April, 3rd AND Friday, April 4th
  • Where:  Daniel Boone Library |  Columbia, MO
  • Times:  Thursday 5:30pm-7:30pm |  Friday 3pm-5pm
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Website:  Library Events
From groovy buttons to cool shoes, Pete the Cat entertains us when he loses his things, but not his cool. Does Pete cry? Goodness no! Join us for fun and games to celebrate our favorite cool cat. Families, ages 3 and older.

Tons of Trucks | April 2, 2014


**NOTE NEW LOCATION**
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 2, 2014
  • Time: 4pm-7pm
  • Where: Columbia Mall, Target Wing parking lot
  • Price: FREE | This event is held rain or shine!








The Art Lab | FREE Events

Saturday, January 18th, 10am-12pm: Art Lab for 6th-8th Graders
Let's Collaborate: We'll work together to create a large artwork to hang in the new Museum offices!
FREE, open to the public, and held at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North, 115 W. Business Loop 70. Please call 573-882-3591 to pre-register.

Thursday, January 23rd, 3:30pm-5:30pm: Kids in the Cast Gallery
Celebrate the re-opening of the Cast Gallery at our new location at Mizzou North!
FREE, open to the public, and held at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North, 115 W. Business Loop 70.  Limit two children per adult.  Please call 573-882-3591 to pre-register.

Saturday, February 15th, 10am-12pm: Art Lab for 6th-8th Graders
Make Your Mark! We'll explore different kinds of art making and how to make your mark your own.
FREE, open to the public, and held at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North, 115 W. Business Loop 70. Please call 573-882-3591 to pre-register.

Thursday, February 27th, 3:30pm-5:30pm: Make Your Mark!
Explore various forms of mark making with different tools and materials.
FREE, open to the public, and held at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North, 115 W. Business Loop 70.  Limit two children per adult.  Please call 573-882-3591 to pre-register.

Saturday, March 15th, 10am-12pm: Art Lab for 6th-8th Graders
Art in Bloom: We'll take a look at some botanical images and make our own natural art!
FREE, open to the public, and held at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North, 115 W. Business Loop 70.  Please call 573-882-3591 to pre-register.

Thursday, March 20th, 3:30pm-5:30pm: Art in Bloom
We won’t have floral arrangements in the galleries this year, but we’ll look at examples of flowers in art then make some floral art of our own.
FREE, open to the public, and held at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North, 115 W. Business Loop 70.  Limit two children per adult.  Please call 573-882-3591 to pre-register.

Saturday, April 12Thomas Hart Benton’s 125th Birthday
At the State Historical Society of Missouri.
FREE, open to the public, limit two children per adult.  Please call 573-882-3591 to pre-register.

Thursday, May 8th, 3:30pm-5:30pm: Food in Art
Look at examples of food in art, then make art out of food!
FREE, open to the public, and held at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mizzou North, 115 W. Business Loop 70.  Limit two children per adult.  Please call 573-882-3591 to pre-register.

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: April 5th


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.

OPENING AUGUST 27, 2013 for the Fall season!

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

Easter Events | 2014

HyVee Egg Walk
  • When: Saturday, April 12th
  • Where: Rock Bridge HyVee
  • Time:  11am-2pm
  • Ages 12 years old & under please
  • Cost: FREE
  • Bring your Easter basket!

HyVee Easter Cooking Class
Sign your children up for this holiday-themed kids’ cooking class. We will be making 4 Easter recipes: Bunny Trail Mix, Purple Cow Shakes, Candied Walnuts and Creamy Grape Salad. Children of all ages are welcome! There is no charge for this class.

  • When:  Saturday, April19th
  • Where: WEST Broadway HyVee
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: HyVee Events

WalMart Easter Bunny Photo
  • When:  April 12-13
  • Time:  10am-2pm
  • Where:  All 3 Columbia, MO Walmart locations
  • Cost:  FREE




      4H Spring Egg Hunt





















      Columbia Mall Kids Spring Fest
      The Easter Bunny is eager to see you. Bring your camera and snap a photo! Also visit with special "royal" characters from TRYPS.

          Egg Hunt | Douglas Park
          Bring your children (ages 12 and under) out for a free, fun candy-filled Egg Hunt before Easter. There will be 2 separate hunts in different areas designated by age. Kids will also enjoy other activities such as coloring, face painting, pinning the Easter eggs in the basket and more. 
          • When: Saturday, April 19th
          • Time: 12pm-1pm  (hunt starts at 12:45pm)
          • Where:  Douglas Park
          • Ages: 12 & under
          • Cost: FREE

            Bass Pro Easter Crafts & Bunny Photos & Egg Hunt
            Easter 2014!

            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: Saturday & Monday | 10:30am
            • Where: Barnes & Noble | Columbia Mall
            • Cost: Free

            Chuck E. Cheese






            "Where a Kid can be a Kid!"


            Price: ALL games & rides 25 cents!

            I never thought I would step foot in this place, knowing that it is a mad house, but come to find out, they have an area in the back for toddlers that was somewhat calm. Games and a play area with a slide just for their size! All games were 25 cents...you can't beat that! The pizza was surprisingly good too! Check out their website for coupons & join their email club and save more!

            It can be a cheap and fun experience for the whole family with the coupons they send out!