Over the last few years, evidence that nearby spiral galaxies are surrounded by massive halos of cold gas has been accumulating. This extra-planar cold gas, rotating more slowly than the disk gas, is observed in galaxies with a range of different properties (such as mass and star formation rate, SFR) and it appears analogous to the Intermediate and High Velocity Clouds of the Milky Way. Models for the origin of extra-planar gas have been proposed taking into account the effects of supernova feedback (galactic fountain), cooling flow accretion and hydrostatic equilibrium. Several techniques have been used from analytical treatments and ballistic orbit integration to hydrodynamical simulations. I present a new model where a galactic fountain sweeps up ambient medium as it travels through the halo. This seems to give the best results in reproducing the kinematics of the extra-planar gas and it implies a gas accretion rate of the order of the SFR of the host galaxy.