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Fall Fun

It's my favorite time of the year! The weather has finally cooled off a little, and the smell of fall is in the air. There's so much to do and see in Columbia in autumn, you need to plan ahead to hit your favorite events. Don't let it all pass you by!

Be sure to hit the Columbia Events Page to plan your fall fun because there are just too many things going on to be able to list them all here.

Enjoy the beautiful weather! -Scottie Claiborne, Columbia4Kids Editor.

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Start a Tradition Your Kids Will Always Remember

Some of my most vivid memories as a child are carving pumpkins with my brothers and sisters and baking Christmas cookies. Those stand out as fun, happy memories I'll remember for a lifetime.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm giving enough of those moments to my own kids! What will they remember in 20-30 years? I need to make sure there are plenty of memories to choose from.

That's why Marcia's article on creating holiday traditions is so timely! She's got great tips to make sure everyone has fun.

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Wallace and Gromit's Curse of the Wererabbit

Whether you are a longtime fan or newly introduced to Wallace and Gromit, you will love their new feature film, Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Read our review and ratings online!

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Katrina Lab Puppies and a Cat Named Coyote

This month's adoptible pets of the month from Pets, Inc have had a rough time in their 8-10 week old lives. They've made it through Katrina, they can probably take any abuse your kids can throw at them! (Just kidding!) These adorable black lab puppies won't last long, so give Pets, Inc a call right away.

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Put Your Pet on a Diet!

If your pet has health problems, maybe a change in diet could help. Kimberly's found a great article called Tired of Vet Bills?

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Picture a Little Bit of Heaven

Earth Angel Portrait's Kim Bradford is a hard-working mom with a talent for capturing children on film. She's found work that fits her lifestyle and her skills while providing a wonderful service to parents. She even offers income-producing opportunities to other parents and organizations.

Read the full interview.

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Teach Your Baby to Sign!

Sign up for the free Baby Signs Class at the Puppet Playhouse. Don't delay, the class is today!

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Scary (and not so scary) Halloween Happenings

Boo at the Zoo
The Zoo gets creeepy after dark. Bring your little goblins for trick or treating, face painting, games and dancing!

Blood Moon on the River
Strictly for teenagers and adults, this wild hike through the woods at Saluda Shoals park will scare even the bravest souls.

Moonlight Movies on Main
Take the kids out for an evening in the fresh air and see Spiderman swinging across the screen at Boyd Plaza (in front of the Columbia Museum of Art) this Friday night.

Haunted Hayrides at Harmon's Farm
Head out to Harmon's Farm to pick out a pumpkin and take the kids on a "haunted" hayride. Even little kids will enjoy this trip through the haunted woods.

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It's Time for the Fair

Our favorite Colmbia blogger, CityWords, shares some thoughts on the State Fair.

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Hot Discussions!

What's going on at the forum? Come see for yourself!

Cell Phones for Kids?

Are they a good idea, or just asking for trouble?

How Do I Stop My Child From Biting?

Some great advice for moms who don't know how to stop Junior from biting. It's a serious problem with toddlers and often, hard to control.

Kids and Cooking

Do your kids like to cook? Join our poll and let us know about your litle Emeril or Julia Child.

Buy 1 Get One Free Games at ToysRUs!

More great deals at ToysRUs, online or in the store. Stock up for Christmas now while the deals are hot.

Come start your own topic!

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Wrap Up

The school year brings a little peace and quiet around my house, but also germs! The colds just get passed from kid to kid. We've been stocking up on vitamin C, washing hands and squirting anti-bacerial gel on everyone! Hopefully, we'll get all our germs out of the way before too much longer.

I don't know if you've been yet, but we are headed to the State Fair tonight! Forget the diet, I'm getting some of those little doughnuts that float along and cook as you watch them, then get smothered in cinnamon sugar. Makes me hungry just thinking about it! Only 3 days left for the fair, so if you don't go this weekend, you'll miss it.

If your church or school is having an event that everyone is invited to attend, please be sure to add it to our event listings. We want to cover as many Columbia area events as we can, so families can get out there and do more together.

Thanks for being a part of the C4K community. We love the feedback we get from our members so if you have a comment or suggestion, feel free to email us!

See ya next time! -Scottie

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