Family Activities

Columbia and the surrounding area has many opportunities for people of all ages. If you want to learn more, see, or You can also dowload the official Missouri travel guide at  

Doris Littrill is coordinating family activities based on interest during the CDS conference. Most of these activities will be free but a few will have an associated cost. Bring your spouse, significant other, children, grandchildren!!! Contact Doris Littrell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have interest in the family activities and would like more information.

Potential activities

Sunday, July 14, and Monday July 15, 8-9:00 a.m.: Knowledgeable Columbia ambassadors witll staff a resource table with brochures, handouts, etc., for families at the Bond Life Sciences Center registration.

Monday, July 15, 9-11:45 a.m.: A free walking tour of downtown Columbia that can be focused on family interest such as public art, African American history, the University of Missouri Campus museums, gardens, etc.

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There is also an optional trolley tour ( The cost is $30 per person but there is a minimum number of people required. A choice of four tours are offered or one can be customized. The four offered tours include, Welcome to Columbia, Cultural Arts (which includes the Art and Archeology Musuem), College Town USA., and a Historical Tour.

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MU Museum of Art and Archeology and Museum of Anthropology at Mizzou North

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Another option Monday morning is a guided African American history tour. An African American history group in Columbia has placed markers all around town. A guide can be provided upon request and could end at the historical Blind Boone home (there is no charge but there is a suggested rate of $25 per hour. 

Tour of the historic Blind Boone Home

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Monday, July 15th, 1-5:00 p.m.: Optional indoor recreation (yes, July is hot in Missouri) at the ARC. The ARC is an indoor community center where there is swimming, track, basketball, excercise, etc. available. This will require your own means of transportation (Uber, cabs, buses, etc are available). If we have a group of 20 or more, a group rate can be obtained. However, we must provide notice 2 weeks in advance ($2.80 for kids and seniors and $4.45 for adults). Regular rates include $3.75 for kids and seniors and $6.00 for adults. Please contact Doris Littrell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in being part of a group that afternoon!

Swimming at the city’s recreation complex (the ARC)

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Monday night is free for all to enjoy dinner downtown. You will want to register your guests for the Ice Cream Social at Orr Street Studios from 8-9:30. The price has been kept to $5 per guest for this fun time to mingle and enjoy legendary Central Dairy ice cream.

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Tuesday morning, July 16, 9-11:30 a.m.: we will offer an option to visit the Boone County and Historical and Cultural Society and Maplewood barn at Nifong Park. Personal transportation is required.

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Tuesday afternoon, 1-5:30 p.m.: Another afternoon indoor opportunity is a free tour of the Art and Archaeology Museum and the Anthropology Museum. Both are located at Mizzou North. We can arrange for a docent to lead tours of these facilities if we can notify them by June 15th. Personal transportation is required.

So plan to bring your guests with you to the conference. We hope you come early and stay  late to enjoy many of the experienes that Columbia, Mid-Missouri and the rest of Missouri have to offer.

If you have interest in any of these options that Doris has put together or questions about other activities your guests might enjoy please contact Doris before June 15th (the sooner the better) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Other than the Ice Cream social, registration for any of these events requires your communication with Doris.