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Calendar of family-friendly events

Sunday, October 18, 2009 | 7:28 p.m. CDT

(All events are free unless otherwise noted.)

RECCURING EVENTS

Mondays:

  • 10 a.m.: Rhymes and Rhythms for Pre-Walkers at the Library (Oct. 12 and 26, and Nov. 9 and 16)
  • 10 a.m.: Little Gymmers at the ARC ($1)
  • 11 a.m.: Little Swimmers at the ARC ($1)
  • 6:30 p.m.: Rhymes and Rhythms for Pre-Walkers at the Library (Oct. 5 and 19, and Nov. 2 and 30)

Tuesdays:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Family Story Time at the Library
  • 10:30 a.m.: Family Story Time at the Library
  • 11 a.m.: Little Swimmers at the ARC ($1)
  • 6:30 p.m.: Night-time Story time at the Library 

Wednesdays:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Family Story Time at the Library
  • 11 p.m.: Little Swimmers at the ARC ($1)
  • 6 p.m.: Free Tot-Friendly Cooking Class at Armory Sports Center (second and fourth Wednesdays)
  • 8 p.m.: Laws Observatory Star Gazing, 5th Floor, Physics Building

Thursdays:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Time for Twos at the Library
  • 10:30 a.m.: Time for Twos at the Library
  • 11 a.m.: Little Swimmers at the ARC ($1) 

Fridays:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Reptile and Amphibian Feeding, 202 Stewart Hall
  • 9:30 a.m.: Rhymes and Rhythms for Walkers at the Library
  • 10 a.m.: Little Gymmers at the ARC ($1)
  • 10:30 a.m.: Rhymes and Rhythms for Walkers at the Library
  • 2 p.m.: Fish Feeding at Bass Pro Shop 

Saturdays:

  • 9 a.m. to noon: Youth Skate ($4.50 for 9 and younger) at Empire Roller Rink
  • 10:30 a.m.: Saturday Morning Science, Monsanto Auditorium, MU Life Sciences Center
  • 2 p.m.: Fish Feeding at Bass Pro Shop
  • 6 p.m.: Free Movie Night at Armory Sports Center (first and third Saturdays), 874-7460 

Other things to bear in mind:

Child care is available in the Kid Zone while you exercise at the ARC ($2.25 member, $3 non-member; 8 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8 p.m.; 8 a.m. to midnight Saturdays).

The ARC pool is open at noon on days when public school is out.

Childcare is available on Home Football Game days at the Pigskin Preschool Day Care Child Development Lab, Stanley Hall, 884-6131 or mizzoupigskin@yahoo.com.

Indoor playgrounds for rainy days are at Columbia Mall, the McDonald’s near the mall, Burger King on Nifong Boulevard and Going Bonkers (fee).

The Lend and Learn libraries provide a spot to play with new toys and even borrow toys that your child enjoys. All for free! (Two locations, both open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 1200 Wilkes Blvd., 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Oct. 20 – Nov. 23

  • Oct 20 : Family Costume Ball at the Library (6:30 to 7:30 p.m., advance registration requested). Wear your costumes and learn circle and line dances with live music.
  • Oct 21: Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park, “Percussion Phun” (6 to 8 p.m.). Music, bounce houses, face painting, fun, fun, fun.
  • Oct. 22: Halloween Story Time (10:30 a.m.).  Children’s area of Barnes & Noble.
  • Oct. 23: Haunted Habitats at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City (6-9 p.m.). A non-scary nature trail featuring Missouri animals from A to Z. Rain date, Oct. 24.
  • Oct. 24: Mizzou Homecoming Parade (time to be announced at mizzou.com). Be at parade route start (Missouri Avenue at Hitt Street) to maximize candy and bead haul.
  • Oct. 24: Halloween Story Time (1 p.m.). Children's area of Barnes & Noble.
  • Oct. 24-25: Matinee at Forum 8 Theater: “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.). First come, first served admission. Totally free. (Popcorn not included.)
  • Oct. 25: Halloween T-shirt Decorating (1 to 3 p.m.). Michael’s Crafts, free coaching and decorating supply use with T-shirt purchase.
  • Oct. 27: Halloween Costume Party at the ARC (10 to 11 a.m.). Ages 2 to 6, $6, must register in advance.
  • Oct. 27: Trick-or-Treat through History, State Historical Society (6 to 8 p.m.). Wear your costume and explore the spooky side of Missouri.
  • Oct. 28: “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at the library (6:30 to 7 p.m.). Share this 1966 classic cartoon with your children. Costumes optional.
  • Oct. 29: Halloween Story Time (10:30 a.m.). Children’s area of Barnes & Noble.
  • Oct. 29: Harry Potter costume contest at the YouZeum (5 to 9 p.m., admission). Compete with other tots your age for the best costume. Prizes!
  • Oct. 29 : Halloween Mystery Scavenger Hunt (7 p.m.). For the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten set.  Barnes & Noble.
  • Oct. 30: Discovery Time at the Library, 9:30 to 11 a.m., 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Crafts and playing in the program room of the children’s area.
  • Oct. 30-31: Halloween TRYPS n Treat (6 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; small fee). Candy, crafts and just a little spookiness to entertain your budding thespian.
  • Oct. 30-31: Halloween at the YouZeum (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday). Haunted ER, Goo Room, scary stories, crafts, even sheep brain dissections.
  • Oct. 31: Halloween Event at Michael's Crafts (10 a.m. to noon). Kick off the festivities with a free trick-or-treat pail and other swag.
  • Oct. 31: Haunted Museum at the MU Museum of Art & Archeology (6 to 8:30 p.m.). Visit favorite monsters and goblins, see art come to life, movie while you wait.
  • Oct. 31: Third Annual BYOW (Bring Your Own Wheel) at the ARC (9 to 11 a.m.). Wear costume and ride your bike of choice around the track. (Register by calling 874-7460, $5).
  • Oct. 31: Tiger Night of Fun, Hearnes Center (5 to 7 p.m.). Wear your costume and rake in loads of candy. The kids can come too. 
  • Oct. 31/Nov. 1: Free Fall Matinee at Forum 8 Theater: “Coraline” (10 a.m. & 11 a.m.). First come, first served admission. Totally free. (Popcorn not included.)
  • Nov. 6: Party with the Stars! The Pleiades and the Hyades, Library Parking Lot. Skip the program for little ones and just go for the telescope gazing after it’s dark.
  • Nov. 7: TRYPS Live at Eleven! (11 a.m.) at the library. “Turkey Tales.” Plays, improvisation, songs, puppets and more in the childrens' program room.
  • Nov. 7: “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” at the Armory Sports Center (6 p.m.). Free movie, free popcorn, free juice.  You must provide your own child.
  • Nov. 7-8: Free Fall Matinee at Forum 8 Theater: “Tale of Despereaux” (10 a.m. & 11 a.m.). First come, first served admission. Totally free. (Popcorn not included.)
  • Nov. 21: “Jump into Reading” at the library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., ages 3-5. Trained members of the MU Jumpstart Corps read aloud (www.jstart.org).
  • Nov. 21: “Tellabration” at the library, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Celebrate Family History Month by listening to stories told by the librarians.
  • Nov. 21: “Up” at the Armory Sports Center (6 p.m.). Free movie, free popcorn, free juice.  You must provide your own child.
  • Nov. 23: Discovery Time at the library, 9:30 to 11 a.m., 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Crafts and playing in the program room of the childrens' area.

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