Last week, my husband and I hosted multiple nephews and nieces visiting from St. Louis. It was decadent chaos with girls playing trumpets in my old ballet outfits, boys hiding Star Wars characters in my pantry (which, I was told, doubled as toy “jail”), endless chocolate milk flying out of cups, and an Iron Man helmet decorating my trash can. They played hours of video games, but when their eyes eventually became bleary, I took them out on the town (besides, it was nice having someone else clean up the chocolate milk for a change!).
If you have kids, or will soon receive young visitors, you might like to check out some of my favorite kid-friendly places to go in Columbia:
Columbia Public Library – There were several free activities scheduled, but we went to a special Magic Show that was advertised last minute in the Columbia Daily Tribune. The two 10-year-olds were talking about the dove that flew out of a “burning” pan for days afterwards.
Hands on Ceramics Art Studio – Three of the kids wanted to paint, so I took them to this relatively new spot close to my home. They each picked out an animal which they could brush with acrylics and take home after lunch, and a bowl which they glazed to make dishwasher safe (I will pick those up in a week). The cost was not cheap, but my “Door Mail” coupon did save me the studio fee.
Forum Movie Theatre – At $1 per child, the “Kids Summer Movie” morning was a hit with everyone, including my wallet. A new movie is offered each week, but please note – the only showing is at 10am. We saw Zookeeper, which made everyone giggle … what’s not to like about animals and poo??
TRYPS – Located at Columbia Mall, kids can make a scene at this professional children’s theatre through workshops, camps or various plays and musicals. Our 13-year-old teen signed up for a week long “Tangled” camp. Each night at dinner, he loved showing us the stage fighting moves he had learned that day, and we all trooped over to see his mini play on Friday afternoon.
My list of potential activities was quite long, so we have a few places to check out next time the kids come visit:
- Perche Creek Golf Club for batting cages, mini golf and go karts
- Walk About Acres, a small farm featuring honey bees and assorted other animals
- Hike Rock Bridge State Park
- Candy Factory (and see if treats are being made in factory viewing room)