2019 Park Events
April 20th Glow Easter Egg Hunt
Come join us for our 1st Glow-in-the-dark Easter Egg Hunt from 6 pm – 8 pm on April 20, 2019.
Ages 1 to 12 years old $5 Entry Fee per Child
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We will have a snacks and crafts station, face painting, and glow items available for purchase, and the Easter Bunny will be present for photos! Don’t forget your camera to capture these special moments with your little one!
May 12th – Mothers Day Breakfast
It’s Mom’s day and she deserves to be celebrated! Bring your Mom and yourself up to the pavilion at 9 AM and join us for a breakfast feast. Menu includes Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs, Sausage, Cinnamon French Toast Casserole, Quiche, Doughnuts, Milk, Juice, and more! Free with the price of your stay! All park guests welcome whether you bring Mom or not of course.
May 25th – Campground 25th Birthday Bash
We’re celebrating our park’s 25th birthday this year and we hope you’ll join us for a free Birthday Bash Cookout featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, sides, and drinks. We’ll raffle off prizes and giveaway a basket of 25 RV and Camping Goodies. Raffle tickets are $1 each. Cottonwoods couldn’t have made it 25 years without your loyal support. To say thank you, receive 25% off any purchase in the store this weekend (excludes firewood, ice, and propane).
June 1st – Hotdog Social
Join us for a Hotdog social under the pavilion. We provide the hotdogs, buns, and toppings. You bring any sides to share that you would like! Favor a Chili Dog? What about a Reuben or maybe a classic? We’ve got all the toppings you need to make the perfect meal!
June 16th – Father’s Day Breakfast
It’s Dad’s day and he deserves to be celebrated! Bring your Dad and yourself up to the pavilion at 9 AM and join us for a breakfast feast. Menu includes Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs, Sausage, Cinnamon French Toast Casserole, Quiche, Doughnuts, Milk, Juice, and more! Free with the price of your stay! All park guests welcome whether you bring Dad or not, of course.
July 6th – Christmas in July
The weather might be warm, but the spirit of Christmas is alive at Cottonwoods this time of year too! Check out our lights and Warm Christmas décor. Decorate your site to win prizes like a free nights stay, gift cards, or other great prizes. Join us Saturday afternoon for Frozen Hot Chocolate, dip some snacks at the melted snowman chocolate fountain, and enjoy our snowball doughnuts. Or maybe you would like try some Frozen Elsa Punch and Olaf Carrots for a healthy snack instead?
Join us for a “snowball” sponge water fight at noon, cookie decorating at 2 pm, grab a build a sparkle dough snowman building kit, and create some fun ornaments. A Christmas themed Bake Sale for charity will be available in the gift shop as well, so stop in and pick up some cookies, jams and jellies or other goodies! At 4 pm Bring 1 dozen of your best cookies and join us for a cookie exchange in the meeting room. We’ll enjoy cookies and create cards for our troops overseas. Card making supplies provided. We hope to see you there!
July 19 – 20th & 26th – 27th – Glow Party & Tie Dye Event
We hope you will join us for our 4th annual Glow Party and our 2nd Annual Tie Dye Events! Each year we host a fun glow party during the weekend of the Show Me State Games and we host glow arts & crafts, games, glow t-shirt decorating, and we provide pizza and soda to accompany your fun.
August 17th – County Fair Potluck
Come join us at 6 pm on Saturday, August 17th for a fun County Fair Potluck with corn dogs and dipping sauces, walking tacos, nachos, funnel cake, pie, lemonade, homemade ice cream and cotton candy. It’s going to be a “fairy” good time!
September 14th – Oktoberfest Brats & Beer Tasting
Join us for our second annual Oktoberfest Potluck and beer tasting. We’ll provide the brats and buns, bring your favorite sides to share! Local Craft Beers and Oktoberfest beers will be available for tasting for free and if you like one, we will be selling them at the potluck under the pavilion at a discount.
September 28th – 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Pie and Cake Bake Off
Bragging rights are up for grabs this weekend, will your chili make the cut and win the coveted Chili Cookoff Champion Trophy? Bring your best chili up to the pavilion at 6 pm. Bowls, spoons, crackers, and toppings will be available for tasting. Power is available for your slow cookers. Taste one or taste them all and cast your vote for your favorite! Winner will receive a Free nights stay, a gift card, trophy, and Chili Cook Off Champion apron.
This year we are adding a dessert competition. Bake your best pie and bring it up for judging. Best pie or cake will win one free night’s stay, a trophy, and a gift card. Be ready to taste some goodies and vote for your favorite at our voting station to see who is crowned Cottonwoods’ Baking Champion!
October 4th – 5th Monster Fun Weekend
Come join us this weekend and grab your special Trick or Treat Goodie Bags at check in. Join us on Friday evening and receive Halloween Themed Smores Kits! We will roast hot dogs at the community firepit by the pavilion and grab some free magic pumpkin seeds from the store staff and plant them in the Magic Pumpkin patch to see what grows overnight!
Then on Saturday morning, pick up your magic pumpkin from our patch and join us at noon under the pavilion or in the meeting room (depending upon the weather) and decorate a glow pumpkin to display at your site!
In the afternoon, we will have a candy scavenger hunt around the park and we’ll have fun creating monster-themed crafts all afternoon. Saturday evening, we’ll watch Hocus Pocus on the lawn with glow-in-the-dark Cotton Candy! Each Glow Candy is only $1, everything else is included with your night’s stay!
October 17th – 20th – Monster Mash Vintage Trailer Rally & Open House
Please join us at our 3rd Annual Vintage Trailer Rally Open House on October 17th through 20th with Tin Can Tourists (https://tincantourists.com/) and Sisters on the Fly (https://www.sistersonthefly.com/).
Bring your vintage trailer and yourself and join us in celebrating Halloween with a Monster Mash!
We fill up quickly for this event, so please be sure to give us a call at (573) 474 – 2747 and make your reservations early!
Decorate your site and yourself and win prizes for best costume and best decorated site!
Each year this event features a smash up of fun events including Paint & Sip Classes, Cocktail Hours, Potlucks, Movies on the Lawn, Goodie Bag Give Outs, Site Decoration Prizes, Vintage Trailer Open Houses open to the public and more. For the most up-to-date schedule, we will post updated events schedules as the date gets a bit closer. Check our Facebook (link) and Twitter (link) pages for updates!
Public Open House will be Saturday, October 19th from Noon to 4 PM. Stop in and see the vintage trailers and all of their wonderful Halloween decorations! Free and open to the public during this time. We hope to see you there! Cameras are welcome. Friendly pets welcome as well, please clean up after your pet while visiting.
October 25th – 26th – Zombie Bash Weekend
Come join us this weekend and celebrate all things Zombie and Halloween! Check in on Friday night and get a special Halloween Trick or Treat Goodie-filled bag and meet us at the community firepit at dark. We’ll have Halloween S’mores kits and hotdogs for roasting! Be sure to grab some free Magic Pumpkin seeds from our store staff during check in and plant them in our Magic Pumpkin Patch!
On Saturday morning, grab your magic pumpkin from the patch and join us for some glow painting pumpkin fun. On Saturday, we hope you’ll have the “guts” to join us for our Messy & Gross Zombie Relay at 2 pm. Test yourself in challenges including the Zombie Brain Bash Pinata Candy Hunt, the slimy Zombie Snot Surprise Pool, and the Zombie Brains and Eyeballs Scavenger Hunt. Then have fun at our Zombie Glow Party with Arts and Crafts and Zombie Foods and drinks. It’s a going to be a scary good time!
Christmas Activities and Events
November & December – Christmas Light Display
December 6th & 7th – Christmas Craft Market
Why give up family time to shop, when you can shop and make memories at the same time? Don’t miss this one of a kind event and enjoy a night of Christmas fun with your family!
–Hot Chocolate Bar and Cookies, Fudge, etc.
-We will host a hot chocolate bar with fresh made fudge, warm cookies, and other goodies for your purchasing enjoyment.
– Make & Take Ornament Crafts
-Join us for some crafty fun! Enjoy making free Christmas ornaments of all kinds. Brings the kids and have some fun or bring yourself and get your craft on!
– Craft Booths
We are looking for vendors who sell:
- Handmade Christmas Crafts, Gifts, and/or Baked Goods
- Vintage and Antiques
- Repurposed Items and Upcycled
- Unique Christmas Gifts or Décor
If interested in being a vendor at our Christmas craft event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of what you sell and include 6 – 8 photos or more of your products. If accepted, we will send you a registration form and more information.
– Write a letter to Santa and drop it off in our special mailbox. We’ll make sure the big guy gets your letters and if you leave your address, you might even receive a letter back from him!
– Photos with Santa
-Come out and have your photo taken with Santa and cherish the memories you create for a lifetime!
Christmas Activities – Open to the Public (Ideas, Activities, and Fees)
Snowman Painting Class – $20 includes canvas and all materials
Details: November 30, 2019 from 3 pm – 6 pm
Baby It’s Cold Outside Painting – $20 includes canvas and all materials
Details: November 23, 2019 from 3 pm – 6 pm
Christmas Lanterns – $20 includes mason jar and all materials
Details: November 24, 2019 from 1 pm – 3 pm
Lighted Canvas Pick Up Truck Craft Project – $40 includes canvas, lights, and all materials
Details: December 21, 2019 from 2 pm – 5 pm
Cooking Decorating Class – $20 includes all supplies
Details: December 13, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Ugly Sweater & Pajama Cookie Exchange – Free! Come Exchange Cookies with everyone!
Pajamas & Ugly Sweaters welcome! Bring two dozen of your best cookies and exchange with delicious Christmas goodies with someone else! Cookies, fudge, and Christmas candy are all welcome at this fun cookie exchange. While you are here, enjoy our hot chocolate bar, festive atmosphere, and giveaways!
Details: December 14, 2019 from 2 pm – 5 pm
Snowman Wreath Making Class – $35 includes wreaths, lights, and all supplies
Details: December 15, 2019 from 1 pm – 4 pm
Parks – Hiking/Biking
Katy Trail State Park – This park/trail system runs on the abandoned roadbed of the old Missouri-Kansas Texas rail line. The trail is 200 miles long and has been a hiking/biking route that extends from Sedalia to St. Charles, Missouri. The scenic trail follows the Missouri River and passes towering limestone bluffs, wetlands, forests, and historic railroad/river towns.
Rockbridge Memorial State Park – Located just a couple miles south of Columbia off of Providence road. The Park features hundreds of acres of hilly, forested terrain and includes a multitude of hiking trail. Rockbridge State Park is home to the Devils Icebox, a cave and underground stream system. The park also features sinkholes, a spring, and its namesake of course, a rock bridge.
Finger Lakes State Park – This park features 1,200 acres that host a 4.5 mile kayaking/canoeing trail, a swimming beach, a 2.25 mile mountain bike trail, and more than 70 miles of off-road motorcycle and ATV Trails and a shooting range.
78 Local Area Parks & Trails that include Bear Creek Trail, Capen Park, Hinkson Creek Trail, Grindstone Nature Area, MKT Nature & Fitness Trail, Nifong Park, Phillips Park, Three Creeks Conservation Area, Twin Lakes Recreation Area, Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area, Eagle Bluffs, Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary and more.
Boone County Farmers Market – Saturdays 8 am – 12 pm (April 16 thru October 29). The Saturday Market is located in the Columbia Mall Parking Lot (Northeast of Sears and South of Wendy’s Restaurant). The Boone County Farmers Market accepts debit and EBT cards. All produce is grown by the seller in Boone and surrounding counties.
Columbia Farmers Market – Experience the taste of mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market! Find us every Saturday from 8am to noon (April-October) in the ARC parking lot (1701 W Ash St.) and 9am to noon (November-March) at Parkade Center (601 Business Loop 70W). Additionally, from May-mid October you can find us on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm in the ARC parking lot (1701 W Ash St.) and Thursday from 3 to 6 pm at The Forum Christian Church (3900 Forum Blvd). CFM has grown to become one of the premier year-round locations for locally grown and produce; offering a fun-filled afternoon with fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) accepted at all markets. Live music every Saturday! Rain or Shine!
Downtown Columbia Farmers & Artisan Market – Sundays 9am – 12pm, Mid-April through Mid-October. Downtown Columbia’s destination for farm fresh produce, hand crafted art and informational workshops for adults and activities for children. Find delicious breakfast and lunch options as well as live musical entertainment.
Lazer Lane’s Family Fun Center – Features an arcade featuring 50+ games and pinballs, a redemption center full of treats and toys, a bowling alley with 12 new “Rock and Wow” sound and light lanes including a full-service bar. Their lazer tag arena is 3500 square feet with 20 laser tag vests. Bumper cars is the newest attraction. They also have a cafe that features fun snacks.
Disc Golf – Columbia is host to several Disc Golf parks.
Battlecreek Paintball – Open Play for everyone on Saturdays & Sundays 11am – 5pm. Weekday and Weekend Private Party sessions are also available, by reservation only. Available everyday excluding holidays.
The Blue Note – The Blue Note has been bringing the best music and shows to the CO/MO area for over 20 years.
Billards on Broadway – Billiards on Broadway is a retro pool hall in downtown Columbia, MO. Enjoy their Famous Billiards Burger and Hand-cut fries & grab a cold one from their beer list.
The Bouldering Garden – Some people are born to run, some are born ninjas, scrambling up and down walls like a Tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard warrior with the all American obstacle course challenge. Professional rock climbing facility.
Area Wineries/Distilleries/Local Breweries
The District – Nestled between 3 colleges, The District is a live/work/play neighborhood that fosters the creative, the eclectic, and the local. Full of restaurants, gift shops, art galleries, and more.
Columbia Mall – Home to 120 Stores and 10 restaurants. The mall is home to Target, JC Penney, Barns & Noble, Dillards, Sears, and more.
Broadway Shops & Broadway Bluffs – Is home to 10 restaurants and numerous shops such as Game Stop, Paint the Town, Massage Envy, and more.
Also found in Columbia are Forum, Parkade Plaza, Crossroads West Shopping Center and The Shoppes at Stadium. Each location features numerous restaurants, clothing and gift shops, and retail shops.