Upcoming Family Events

My friends often ask me where the party is happening on the weekends.

This is not because I’m cool.

Far from it, actually.

I just happen to like to keep up with the fun events in town that are kid-friendly.

This obsession is due, in part, to my son’s baby days. Let’s just say he was a little high-maintenance and required constant entertainment. Whenever he’d get fussy (after we’d tried every trick in the book), my husband and I would look at each other and declare, “It’s time to go somewhere.”

Worked like a charm every time.

So, I’ve always got a jam-packed weekend full of activities just in case he comes down with cabin fever and starts bouncing off the walls.

Here are some upcoming events that look like good, cheap family-friendly fun:

April 17-24 Easter Bunny at Bass Pro – I have to say that Bass Pro wins my award for best family-friendly shopping experience. At Easter, they give you a free photo with the Easter Bunny, offer free crafts for the kids, and set up an egg hunt right in the store. Plus, they never give me “the look” when my son wants to sit on every. single. 4-wheeler. in the store. This is a must-attend.

Sat, April 16 Mizzou Adventures in Education – I’ve never heard of this annual event before, but it looks like a blast. Mizzou puts 100 graduate students in Jesse Hall and makes them entertain and educate your kids FREE for a few hours. That sounds fabulous to me!

Sat, April 16MU Black & Gold Spring Game – If you’re looking for some good, cheap fun this Saturday, look no further. For $3 or 3 cans of food, you get into the football scrimmage game at Mizzou. There will also be a Fan Zone on the North concourse with bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, kids/family activities and more.

Sun, April 17Earth Day at Peace Park – What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to head out to Peace Park. Besides all of the information booths, food vendors and music, there is also a special kid’s park where families can create recycled craft projects and see nature up-close. If you come, make sure to look for the Camp Fire USA booth and stop by to say hi to me!

April 21-23Just Between Friends Consignment Sale – If you can muddle through all of the pre-sale, volunteering and clothing sales information on their site, I’m sure you will be able to figure out what the scoop on this event really is. I’ve always been too intimidated to go to this event at the Boone County Fairgrounds (and I don’t get intimidated very easily), but I’ve heard you can get some good deals on kids clothes there, especially if you’re willing to volunteer.

Sat, April 23Spring Kids Fest – Columbia Mall will be throwing a kids fest with face painting, crafts, games, music, dancing, prizes and the Easter Bunny. If you can get past the fact that this will be held at the mall on a Saturday, it will probably be a fun time. Maybe Mommy deserves a little special prize herself after surviving this event…

Sat, April 30 – Arbor Day Celebration – From 9:30 to 11am at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, free tree seedlings from the Missouri Department of Conservation will be distributed and horticulturalist Alan Helland will be on hand teach you how to select, plant and care for your young tree. What a fun activity to teach kids about Arbor Day!

Mark your May calendars for these upcoming events:

  • May 13 – Page Circus at the Boone County Fairgrounds
  • May 14 – KMOS Kids Day at the Holiday Inn Executive Center
  • May 14 – Bike Safety Rally at Shelter Insurance

Don’t forget about these recurring events that are happening too:

  • Family Fun Fests – Held the third Wednesday of the month at 6pm at Flat Branch Park; begins April 20
  • Movies in the Park – Held the second Friday of the month at 8:30pm at Flat Branch Park; begins May 6
  • Forum 8 Free Movies – Enjoy free, family-friendly movies at Forum 8 every Saturday and Sunday morning at 9am and 10am through May 1.

I have a feeling your social calendar is about to get a lot more busy!

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