Life Enrichment and Preschool Programs

Life enrichment and preschool programs are mostly held at the Hillcrest Community Center and the Moss Building at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area.  Check below for current offerings. For 50+ programs, check here. 


Sign up today for a letter from Santa! To order a letter, call us at 573.874.7460 or go online (activity number 219900-01). Letters are $8 each. After placing your order, you will be directed to a Google Forms link to complete your order by filling out information that will help Santa write a personalized letter to your child. Letters can be ordered through November 30. The letter from Santa will arrive in the mail before Christmas.

Santa letters flyer


Backyard Camping Fun Pack, $10 each (SOLD OUT)

Whether you are participating in the Great American Campout, doing your own backyard campout, or going on a family camping trip this summer, here’s a pack of kid crafts and activities to add to the fun!
Purchase at the downtown Parks and Recreation office at #1 S 7th St.
Each Fun Pack includes:

Cinch sack bag (color-your-own camping themed)
Mini flashlight
Marshmallows for roasting
Campfire recipes
Bubbles and bubble recipes
Supplies/kits to make 5 crafts:
     Camp Lantern Jar Craft
     Bubble Snakes Craft
     Firefly Glow Stick Necklace
     Paper Binoculars Craft
     Garden Pot Craft with Flower Seeds to Plant

Camping Fun Pack


Camp Slime

Ages: 6-9
7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Session 1: July 6-10, 2020
Session 2: July 27-31, 2020
Price: $72.50
Get ready for a week of messy fun! Everything from shaving cream slip n’ slide, to slimy crafts, to gooey projects, to squishy games and more. A fun day camp with a messy twist. Wear clothes and shoes that can get stained and dirty. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, swimsuit, goggles, towel, water shoes and change of clothes.
Social distancing guidelines will be in place and crafts will be adjusted so that supplies are not shared.  Pre-registration required.

Camp Slime

Summer Dance Camps

Youth camp: ages 5-8
July 13-17, 2020, 9 am to 12 pm (Friday is show only)
Price: $99
Preschool camp: ages 2-4 (with adult participant)
July 13-17, 2020, 12-12:30 pm (Friday is show at 9 am) 
Price: $45
Hillcrest Community Center
Kids in both camps will
learn the fundamentals of ballet, jazz and cheerleading. Social distancing will be in place and groups will be limited in size. For more details and to register, click here.


Preschool dance camp



Cool, crisp feeling in the air; pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Come decorate a small pumpkin, do a pumpkin craft and enjoy a yummy treat. Social distancing will be in place, enrollment is limited. Pre-registration required.

110703-02 Fri, Oct 16  10-10:45 am Hillcrest 2-5 with adult participant $6



Aikido for Kids 

Saturdays, Sept 19-Oct 24, 2020
Ages 10-13, 9:30 to 10:30 am  – Activity #111906-01
Ages 6-9, 10:45 to 11:45 am  – Activity #111906-02

Saturdays, Nov 7-Dec 19, 2020 (skip 11/28)
Ages 10-13, 9:30 to 10:30 am  – Activity #111906-03
Ages 6-9, 10:45 to 11:45 am  – Activity #111906-04
Price: $37, Moss Building 
Learn confidence without aggression, and balance and coordination through patience and discipline. Both fun and physical, Aikido encourages harmony in the face of violence using redirection and fluid motion to end conflict both physically and verbally. Pre-registration required. Social distancing in place, enrollment is limited. 

Intro to Fencing

Thursdays, Sept 10-Oct 15, 2020 –  Activity #106901-01
Thursdays, Oct 22-Dec 3 (skip Nov 26) – Activity #106901-02
Thursdays, Jan 7-Feb 11, 2021 – Activity #106901-03
Thursdays, Feb 18-March 25, 2021 – Activity #106901-04
Ages 10-adult, 6 to 8 pm
Price: $48, Moss Building 
Stay healthy in body and mind, and have fun while exercising! Brief history, hand and body positions, lunges, attacks, parries, and strategy will be emphasized. Fencing jacket and equipment provided for use in class. Pre-registration required. Social distancing in place, enrollment is limited. 

Aikido (for adults)

Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept 2-30 (skip 9/7) –  Activity #111204-01
Mondays/Wednesdays, Oct 5-28 –  Activity #111204-02
Mondays/Wednesdays, Nov 2-30 –  Activity #111204-03
Mondays/Wednesdays, Dec 2-30 (skip 12/28, 12/30) –  Activity #111204-04
6 to 8 pm
Price: $45, Moss Building 
Learn how to relax, not fight, when conflict occurs.  Aikido uses the principle of non-resistance, therefore strength is not a pre-requisite, making Aikido useful to women, men, and older people alike as an effective means of self-defense. Pre-registration required. Social distancing in place, enrollment is limited. 


Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept 2-30 (skip 9/7)  – Activity #111301-01
Mondays/Wednesdays, Oct 5-28  – Activity #111301-02
Mondays/Wednesdays, Nov 2-30 (skip 11/25)  – Activity #111301-03
Mondays/Wednesdays, Dec 2-30 (skip 12/23, 12/28, 12/30)  – Activity #111301-04
6 to 7:30 pm
Price: $45, Hillcrest Community Center
Learn traditional Judo, Freestyle Judo and grappling, including throwing, ground work and submissions. Join DDD Judo Mid-MO for fun, fitness and self-defense, in this class for all ages and skill levels. DDD Judo Mid-MO is a registered AAU Judo club, active for 22 years, now offering instructional classes in coordination with Columbia Parks and Recreation.

Tae Kwon-Do

Tues/Thurs, Aug 25-Oct 1   Activity #111302-01
Tues/Thurs, Oct 6-Nov 12  Activity #111302-02
6-7 pm* 
Ages: 7-adult
Price: $55

Begin learning or continue learning some of the basic hand and foot techniques of this martial art of self-defense. Develop self-confidence, discipline, coordination, balance and all-around physical fitness. Wear comfortable clothes that you can kick in. Uniform is required after first 6-week session. Belt testing fees paid separately. Pre-registration required.
*Please note – due to the Covid-19 precautions, class will meet outside 6-7 pm whenever possible. In case of storms, class may be canceled.


Tuesdays, Sept 8-Oct 13  –  Activity #105212-01
Tuesdays, Oct 20-Nov 24  – Activity #105212-02
5:30 to 6:15 pm
Ages: 16-adult
Price: $35, Hillcrest Community Center
Get a cardio workout while tapping to music of different eras – from Big Band to contemporary. Tap shoes recommended, but not required. Pre-registration required. Social distancing in place, enrollment is limited. 

Koryo Gumdo

Tuesdays, Sept 1-22 (Beginners 6-7 pm,  Activity #111207-01)  (Intermediates 7-8 pm, Activity #111209-02)
Tuesdays, Sept 29-Oct 20 (Beginners 6-7 pm,  Activity #111207-02)  (Intermediates 7-8 pm, Activity #111209-03)
Tuesdays, Oct 27-Nov 17 (Beginners 6-7 pm,  Activity #111207-03)  (Intermediates 7-8 pm, Activity #111209-04)
Tuesdays, Nov 24-Dec 15(Beginners 6-7 pm,  Activity #111207-04)  (Intermediates 7-8 pm, Activity #111209-05)
Ages: 13-adult
Price: $39, Moss Building
Koryo Gumdo is a beautiful martial art involving the use of the long sword, the same one used by ancient Samurai and Hwarang warriors. Mixing traditional and modern sword techniques, it is a graceful, but powerful martial art with rich philosophy. Koryo Gumdo is a fantastic form of exercise and mental training. Learn cuts, blocks, stances and the philosophy behind the sword. Contact Benjamin at  opens in a new windowbenjamin@theaskbecks.netcreate new email for questions and about required equipment. Pre-registration required.

One-on-One Intro to Voiceovers

Date and Time: to be scheduled with instructor
Activity #113142-01
Ages: 18-adult
Price: $49
Instructor: Voices for All, LLC
Explore the voiceover industry and discover trends, opportunities and tools you need to find success. Read a real script and receive coaching from your instructor, a professional voice actor, to improve your delivery. One time, 90 minute, one-on-one video-chat class! Requirements: Students must have internet access and video chatting capabilities such as Skype or iChat/FaceTime.  Pre-registration required. After you register, an instructor will contact you to set up date and time.