Submitted by the Conference Committee
Columbia and surrounding area have so many opportunities for every age. If you want to learn more, see http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com, or https://www.visitmo.com/. You can also download the official Missouri travel guide at https://maddendigitalbooks.com/mtg19/.
Meanwhile, Doris Littrell is coordinating family activities based on interest during the CDS Conference. Here are the wonderful options she has pulled together that will be sure to please children, grandchildren, spouses, significant others and friends you may wish to bring with you to CDS.
Sunday, July 14, and Monday, July 15 (8-9:00 a.m.): Knowledgeable Columbia ambassadors will staff a resource table with brochures, handouts, etc., for families at the Bond Life Sciences Center registration.
Monday, July 15, 9:00-11:45 a.m.: A free walking tour of downtown Columbia that can be focused on family interests such as public art, African American history, University of Missouri campus, museums, gardens, etc.
An African American history group has markers all around town. We can provide a guide if requested and could end at the history Blind Boone home (no charge but donations accepted at suggested rate of $25/hour).
There’s also an optional Trolley Tour–www.tigertrolley.net at $30/person but there is a minimum number required. A choice of four tours are offered or one can be customized. The four include Welcome to Columbia, Cultural Arts (which includes the Art and Archaeology Museum), College Town USA., and Historical Tour.
After lunch on their own, we have the option for Monday from 1-5:00 p.m. for indoor recreation (yes July is hot in Missouri) at the ARC where there’s swimming, track, basketball, exercise, etc. This will require your own means of transport (but we do have Uber, cabs, etc., and you can carpool). If we have a group of 20 or more, a group rate can be obtained, but we have to give at least two weeks’ advance notice ($2.80 for kids and seniors, $4.45 for adults vs. regular rates of $3.75 for kids and seniors, $6.00 for adults).
Monday night is free for all to enjoy dinner downtown and the you will want to register your guests for the Ice Cream Social at Orr Street Studios from 8-9:30 p.m. We have purposely keep the price to $5.00 per guest for this fun time to mingle and enjoy legendary Central Dairy ice cream.
Tuesday morning, July 16, 9-11:30 a.m., we will offer an option to visit to the Boone County Historical and Cultural Society and Maplewood Barn at Nifong Park. Personal transportation is required.
Tuesday afternoon, 1–5:30 p.m., could be spent indoors again touring for free the University’s Art and Archaeology Museum and Anthropology Museum, both located at Mizzou North. We can arrange a docent to lead the tours, with a month’s notice (that’s June 15). Personal transportation is required.
So do plan to bring your guests with you to the conference. And we hope you come early or stay late to enjoy many of the experiences that Columbia, Mid-Missouri and the rest of the state offer.