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Calendar of family-friendly events through December and January

Thursday, December 17, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 10:46 a.m. CST, Friday, December 18, 2009

CORRECTION: The Laws Observatory is closed until the first Wednesday in February. An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported the dates the observatory is open.

(All events are free unless otherwise noted.)

RECURRING EVENTS

Mondays:

  • 10 a.m.: Little Gymmers at the ARC ($1)
  • 11 a.m.: Little Swimmers at the ARC ($1)

Tuesdays:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Family Story Time at the Library
  • 10:30 a.m.: Family Story Time at the Library
  • 11:00 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 a.m.: Little Swimmers at the ARC ($1)
  • 6 p.m.: Free Tot-Friendly Cooking Class at Armory Sports Center (second and fourth Wednesdays)

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)

TRYPS Drop & Shop Workshops until Dec. 20 for potty-trained 3 yr olds and up:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. $15 for 1st child, $10 each additional child

Dec. 2, 9 and 16: Youzeum Drop & Shop craft sessions from 4 to 7 p.m. (admission fee, preregister) for potty-trained 3 year olds and up.

Other things to bear in mind:

  • Child care is available in the Kid Zone while you exercise at the ARC ($2.25 for members, $3 for nonmembers; 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 provides 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.).

Dec. 14 – Jan. 9

  • Dec. 14: Columbia Parks & Recreation Cookies with Santa ($6, 10 to 11 a.m.. preregister, 874-7460). Make a craft while awaiting Santa’s arrival at Stephens Lake Activity Center.
  • Dec. 15: Missouri Building Block Story Time at the Library (9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., or 6:30 p.m.). Librarians read nominees for this year’s picture book award; vote for your favorite.
  • Dec. 16: Missouri Building Block Story Time at the Library (9:30 a.m.). Librarians read nominees for this year’s picture book award; vote for your favorite.
  • Dec. 17: Columbia Parks & Recreation Christmas Party ($6, 10-11:00 a.m.. preregister, 874-7460). Party and Christmas crafts at Stephens Lake Activity Center.
  • Dec. 17: Free Shipping Day (freeshippingday.com). Delivery by Christmas guaranteed. Free shipping from hundreds of retailers, including Toys R Us and Jack and Jill.
  • Dec. 18: Flipz Fun Night (6 to 10 p.m., Flipz Gymnastics, 900 Hillsdale Road). Obstacle courses, trampolines, and lots of games. Preregister: 474-6300.
  • Dec. 19: Free Kids’ Clinic at Lowe’s (10 to 11 a.m.). Make a pet treat keeper (free apron, project patch and materials).
  • Dec. 19: Enchanted Holiday Princess Tea Party (10 a.m. and 2 p.m., $20/person, preregister). Join Belle at TRYPS in the Mall for this extra-fancy occasion.
  • Dec. 19: Skate with Santa Ice Recital (7 p.m., Washington Park Ice Arena in Jefferson City, free). Come watch Alice dazzle the crowd to the tune of "Jingle Bells" in her first program.
  • Dec. 19 to 20: Make a holiday craft at Bass Pro Shop (noon to 5 p.m.). Decorate cookies for Santa today.
  • Dec. 21: Winter Solstice. Savor the darkest day of the year by not turning on electric lights.
  • Dec. 28: Family Game Day at the Library (9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and 2 to 4 p.m.). Drop in to play board games suitable for all ages.
  • Dec. 28 to 30: Holiday Happenings at Runge Nature Center in Jeff City (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Nature crafts and games, music, storytelling and refreshments.
  • Dec. 30: Books on the Big Screen at the Library (10 to 10:30 a.m.). Enjoy movies based on children’s literature.
  • Dec. 31: First Night Columbia in the District (free for under 8 years old, $8-10 if older). An alcohol-free celebration with activities and a children’s procession before bedtime. Starts at 7 p.m., children’s fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (Grown-ups can stay until midnight.)
  • Jan. 9: PAT Beach Party, Paxton-Keeley Elementary School (9:30 to 11 a.m.). Come for a morning of beach-themed fun and learning.

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