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Free and Low Cost Family Activities

Back to the Farm Reunion
Brady Show Grounds, 24249 Hwy 179, Boonville
Second weekend in September
660-882-8473 for information

Annual Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Assn. Back to the Farm Reunion. Located at the Brady Farmstead Show Grounds, 24249 State Highway 179, Boonville, MO 65233. Displays of Steam Engines, Antique Tractors, Hit and Miss Engines, and Antique Farm Machinery. Daily Demonstrations.

Bell’s View Park
Contains .25 acres and is located on High Street overlooking the Missouri River. It has two
benches and an observation area. It is ideal for watching the river and relaxing.

Boonslick Heartland YMCA
P.O. Box 104, 757 3rd St., Boonville, MO 65233
660-882-8500  FAX 660-882-2599

Hours: 5:15 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (M-Th, until 8:00 p.m. on F); 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.(Sat); 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Sun)
Services: Provides youth sports programs, day camps, mentoring, swim lessons, and adult fitness to members; provides opportunity to be of service to others in community life
Fee: Sliding scale based on income (call for more information) 
Eligibility: Everyone welcome
Geographic Area Served: Cooper, Howard, and Boone Counties
Foreign Languages Spoken: minimal Spanish
Other Names/Acronyms: YMCA, The Y

Boonville Area Chamber Calendar of Events

Cobblestone Street Park
This Park is a historical preservation project that features a restored section of the original cobblestone street built in the 1820’s. The street extended from the original river wharfs to Main Street. The Park also highlights the history of the old Missouri River Bridge that was built in 1923-24.

Festival of Lights
Thursday Nights in September - 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Main Street, Downtown Boonville

First Chance for Children
1010 Fay Street Columbia, MO 65201

First Chance for Children provides a wide range of comprehensive programming designed to support families with their specific parenting needs. From diapers and cribs, to parent education, play groups, and more, First Chance for Children has a service for all families with children under the age of 5. Together, we can ensure all children are ready for school, ready for life.
Safe C.R.I.B.S., which stands for Community Resources, Infant Beds, and Support, provides infants without a safe place to sleep a pack and play crib. The crib is delivered to the family and is followed by 5 additional home visits focusing on family wellbeing and child safety.  CRIBS is open to low-income families or those experiencing high parenting stress
Baby Bags provides diapers, wipes, hygiene items, and other supplies needed to provide care and comfort to children delivered along with Child development and safety information. Items are available at the First Chance office or through one of our partner programs. 
Lend and Learn Libraries are a free, fun place where parents can play with their children ages 0-5, interact with other parents, and ask trained staff questions about development or other concerns. Toys are available for check out so families can extend learning and play at home. Eligibility: open to anyone caring for a child under the age of 5. 
Geographic Area Served:  Boone, Howard, Cooper, Randolph, Audrain, Callaway, Moniteau, Cole, and Osage Counties.

Heritage Days
Downtown Boonville
4th weekend in June

Frederick T. Kemper Park
The newest Park in the system contains at present 46 acres and 10 buildings on what was formerly the Kemper Military School. The Park contains a regulation football field, soccer fields, lake and two baseball fields. Additional development will be deferred until a Master Plan is conducted to determine the best use of the space.

Johnston’s Park
Located on Seventh Street, is directly across the street for SS Peter and Paul Catholic School.  The Park is undeveloped and serves as open space for the neighborhood children and doubles as an extension of the school playground. It contains approximately .5 acres

There are two fishing lakes that are on the southern side of town directly behind the Boone Village Shopping Center. They are open to the public 
year-round. The larger lake contains catfish, bass, perch, bluegill and crappie.

Lion’s Memorial Park
Contains 13 acres on the east side of town on Mueller Street. It contains two picnic shelters, two tennis courts, outdoor basketball court, playground, skatepark, softball field, restrooms, and a 25 meter swimming pool.

Riverfront Park
Park was developed in the 1990’s to clean up a blighted area on the Riverfront. Located on Water Street, it contains .75 acres and has a playground and picnic shelter.

Rolling Hills Park
Located on Ashley Road, is the largest Park in the system containing 70 acres. There is currently one softball field and one large picnic shelter and two small single shelters, 2 playgrounds and concession building. There is a ½ mile nature trail with plans for additional trails. There is a one-mile loop drive, which is used extensively by residents for exercise. Deer and turkey are abundant in the Park.

Veteran's Memorial Park
Located at Tenth and Morgan Streets, contains 5 acres. The Park contains a picnic shelter and playground.