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Weekend Events for Kids {August 4-6}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, August 4-6, 2017!

Weekend Events for Kids - August 4-6, 2017 - Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday, August 4, 2017


Edventure: Weather You Like It or Not

Rain, sleet, snow or hail — explore changes in weather using meteorological instruments. Learn about day-to-day weather changes, the differences between day and night skies, the ways our seasons affect plants and animals and more. For more information, call 785-3272. (grades K – 5)

Time: 10:30 a.m. (Pelion Branch Library) & 2 p.m. (Swansea Branch Library)

Location: Pelion Branch Library, 206 Pine Street, Pelion 29123 / Swansea Branch Library, 199 N. Lawrence Ave., Swansea 29160 


Storytime for Listeners

Storytime is a fun way to introduce preschoolers to literature. It includes books, storytelling, poetry and songs. For more information, call 785-3050. (ages 18 months – 5 years)

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: South Congaree-Pine Ridge Branch Library, 200 Sunset Drive
West Columbia 29172


Puppet Jam

The stage is set and the puppets are all here! Enjoy the show!

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Location: Richland Library Sandhills, Sandhills Auditorium, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia 29223


Teen Gaming Hour

We’ve got a Wii and you know how to play it. Join us to enjoy your favorite games. Welcome to bring your own game(s).

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Eastover, Eastover Meeting Room, 601 Main Street, Eastover 29044


Tween Extreme: Lego Club

Join the block party — use your imagination, curiosity and problem-solving skills to build different Lego creations. The Lego Club enhances learning with hands-on activities that promote reading and critical-thinking at all ages. For more information, call 345-5479. (grades 4 – 7)

Time: 3:15 – 4 p.m.

Location: Chapin Branch Library, 129 N.W. Columbia Avenue, Chapin 29036


Countdown to Kindergarten

Free supper (hot-dog, chips and a water) for the first 200 people! • Free screenings and haircuts! • Performances throughout the evening!
Rising kindergarteners and their families are special guests at the 14th annual Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration! The celebration gives rising kindergarteners a chance for children and families to be able to connect with representatives from school districts, community organizations and state agencies and become aware of all the accessible resources in the area. Children will have a chance to practice school skills before the bell rings including:

  • getting on and off a school bus
  • holding lunch trays
  • tasting nutritious snacks
  • visiting a mock classroom
  • enjoying hands-on learning activities at the museum.

Families can connect with representatives from school districts, state agencies, and community groups to learn about educational, health and community resources.
Free admission! Free fun!

Time: 4 – 8 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Town Theatre’s Willy Wonka

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Donning the hat of Wonka himself is Scott Vaughan (Joseph…, The Music Man). He leads Charlie Bucket, played by Nathan Jackson (Peter Pan) and Jack Seezen (Peter Pan Jr.) and a bunch of bratty children through his chocolate wonderland. There’s the overeater Augustus Gloop, taken by James Rabon (The Addams Family) and Cale Wilson (Peter Pan Jr.). Next comes spoiled-rotten Veruca Salt, portrayed by Reily Grace Wilson (Peter Pan Jr.) and Carmen Quay (in her Town debut). Golden ticket number three belongs to the gum smacking Violet Beauregarde under the hand of Anna Grace Boney (Mary Poppins) and Blakesley Rhett (A Christmas Story). And last, but certainly not least, is the technology addicted Mike Teavee, played by Matthew Boney (Mary Poppins) and Grace Sawicki (Into the Woods Jr.).

Aiding and abetting every step of the way is Mrs. Gloop, portrayed by Rebecca Seezen (Spamalot), Mr. Salt, played by Michael Seezen (in his Town debut), Ms. Teavee, taken by Nan Weaver (also in her Town debut) and Mrs. Beauregarde, portrayed by Betsy Jackson (The Little Mermaid). Don’t worry — the “good guys” are around too with Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, played by Charlie Goodrich (Million Dollar Quartet) and Megan Douthitt (Mary Poppins) and who can forget Grandpa Joe, taken by Jeremy Hansard (My Fair Lady).

Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film as well as some new tunes, Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Tickets go on sale July 5 at towntheatre.com or by calling the box office at 803-799-2510 (noon – 5 p.m.). Price: $15 to $25. 

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Madagascar

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey. Price: Advanced $17, Adults $20, Seniors $19, Youth $15 

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Harbison Theatre, 7300 College Street, Columbia 29212


Seussical

The family musical Seussical lovingly brings to life Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. These colorful characters will transport audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos! Tickets are $15.

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

Location: Cardinal Newman School Performing Arts Center, 2945 Alpine Road, Columbia 29223


Saturday, August 5, 2017


Home Depot Kids – Penske Truck

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a wooden Penske truck to roll some fun into August. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their truck with stickers and paint. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Location: Home Depot (locations vary)


Kroger Chef Junior

Please join us at your local Kroger store to receive your very own Kroger Chef Junior slicer that you can use to make delicious ice cream sandwiches!

A Kroger Chef will guide your child as they learn to create a tasty food item on their own. Each workshop lasts for approximately 20 minutes and includes activities such as decorating a cupcake or creating your own fruit pizza.

As part of every experience, your child will receive these Kroger Chef Junior items!

  • Apron
  • Chef’s Hat
  • Recipe Card & Box
  • Cooking Utensil
  • Patch

Each child will take home a recipe card that includes step-by-step instructions so that together, you can continue the experience at home with a made-from-scratch recipe! It’s a great way to foster a life-long love of cooking!

Kroger Chef Junior workshops are recommended for children ages 4-10 years old, but all are welcome! Please note, registration via Eventbrite is required.

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Kroger, 1028 Roberts Branch Parkway, Columbia 29203


Marvel Day with Spider-Man & Captain America: Summertime Series

Join us for a Marvel-ous day with Spider-Man & Captain America. These super heroes were selected to come to EdVenture by our young guests last November on Election Day. The votes were tallied as to which Marvel character should visit, and Spiderman and Captain America tied. EdVenture has invited them both to come for the day for two shows and appearances! You won’t want to miss the fun! Free with membership or regular museum admission.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


LEAP: Romp & Rhyme Babytime

Literacy, Enrichment and Play (LEAP) is an interactive program for babies and their caregivers that uses books, rhymes, games, fingerplays and songs to encourage literacy through learning. For more information, call 785-2630. (ages birth – 18 months)

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m. 

Location: Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072


Kids Club®

They make; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a fun project. Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

Time: 10 a.m. – noon (drop-in)

Location: Michael’s (locations vary)


Peterrific and Aqualicious Storytime

Superheroes have to get up in the morning, go to school and have a bedtime, just like you! Join us as we read about turning everyday situations into amazing super adventures! Kids, come dressed as your favorite superhero, villain or character to show your fandom! Activities to follow.

Time: 11 a.m. 

Location: Barnes and Noble, Midtown at Forest Acres, Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204


Little Red Riding Hood

Big Bad Wolf can’t get any respect. He’s the laughing stock of the forest. He can’t even get the Three Little Pigs to answer the door. Just when he’s at an all time low, a little girl in a red hood happens by and he sees an opportunity! Will Big Bad live up to his name? Or will Little Red be able to outsmart him and make it safely to her Grandma? With a variety of puppetry techniques and plenty of humor, Little Red Riding Hood is an irreverent take on the classic fairy tale.

Time: 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Location: The Columbia Marionette Theatre, 401 Laurel Street, Columbia 29201


Summer Fun Fest

Celebrate the end of summer reading with a variety of performers for different age groups:  
1:00 pm-1:45 pm Storytelling in the Oral Tradition for Preschoolers with Pat Feehan
2:00 pm-2:30 pm Puppet Performance with LML Storytime Squad for all ages
2:30 pm-3:00 pm Music & Drama with Pears 4 Bears for Elementary 
3:00 pm-4:00 pm Story Variety Program with LML Storytime Squad for Preschoolers
4:15 pm-5:00 pm Illusionists, The Wagsters, for Teens and Adults

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Location: Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072


Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival

What’s better on a famously hot #RealColumbiaSC day than a juicy, locally grown tomato?? Come out to the best harvest festival in town- The 8th annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival! We will be celebrating all things local and homegrown August 5th at City Roots! Tickets will be $15 at the door, but we will be running an Early Bird special until June 30, so take advantage of this deal! From live music, face painting and bounce houses, and tons of local vendors, Tasty Tomato is a family-friendly event that offers a variety of fun options for ALL ages! We will be having live music from Danielle Howle, Ashes of Old Ways, Dangermuffin, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band rocking out on the Main Stage, and Jeff Lucero, The Prairie Willows, and Black Bottom Biscuits on jamming on the Farm Stage.

Time: 1 – 7 p.m.

Location: City Roots, 1005 Airport Boulevard, Columbia 29205


Town Theatre’s Willy Wonka

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Donning the hat of Wonka himself is Scott Vaughan (Joseph…, The Music Man). He leads Charlie Bucket, played by Nathan Jackson (Peter Pan) and Jack Seezen (Peter Pan Jr.) and a bunch of bratty children through his chocolate wonderland. There’s the overeater Augustus Gloop, taken by James Rabon (The Addams Family) and Cale Wilson (Peter Pan Jr.). Next comes spoiled-rotten Veruca Salt, portrayed by Reily Grace Wilson (Peter Pan Jr.) and Carmen Quay (in her Town debut). Golden ticket number three belongs to the gum smacking Violet Beauregarde under the hand of Anna Grace Boney (Mary Poppins) and Blakesley Rhett (A Christmas Story). And last, but certainly not least, is the technology addicted Mike Teavee, played by Matthew Boney (Mary Poppins) and Grace Sawicki (Into the Woods Jr.).

Aiding and abetting every step of the way is Mrs. Gloop, portrayed by Rebecca Seezen (Spamalot), Mr. Salt, played by Michael Seezen (in his Town debut), Ms. Teavee, taken by Nan Weaver (also in her Town debut) and Mrs. Beauregarde, portrayed by Betsy Jackson (The Little Mermaid). Don’t worry — the “good guys” are around too with Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, played by Charlie Goodrich (Million Dollar Quartet) and Megan Douthitt (Mary Poppins) and who can forget Grandpa Joe, taken by Jeremy Hansard (My Fair Lady).

Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film as well as some new tunes, Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Tickets go on sale July 5 at towntheatre.com or by calling the box office at 803-799-2510 (noon – 5 p.m.). Price: $15 to $25. 

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Summer Learning Challenge Wrap-Up Party

Join us for wrapping up the Summer Learning Challenge with crafts, games, fun and prizes for the whole family.

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Eastover, Eastover Meeting Room, 601 Main Street, Eastover 29044


STEAM

Learn about famous architecture: Eiffel Tower and Seattle Space Needle. After that, build your tallest building using marshmallows and toothpicks. You also can build your dream house or structure using Lego and Keva Planks.

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Richland Library North Main, North Main Large Meeting Space, 5306 North Main Street, Columbia 29203


Seussical

The family musical Seussical lovingly brings to life Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. These colorful characters will transport audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos! Tickets are $15.

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Cardinal Newman School Performing Arts Center, 2945 Alpine Road, Columbia 29223


Madagascar

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey. Price: Advanced $17, Adults $20, Seniors $19, Youth $15 

Time: 3 & 7:30 p.m.

Location: Harbison Theatre, 7300 College Street, Columbia 29212


Back to School Movie Night

Crooked Creek Park will host its annual Back to School Movie night featuring the recent Disney PIXAR hit Finding Dory. The movie will begin at dark, 8:45 p.m. and is free to the public. Complimentary movie snacks (popcorn, snow cones, candy, sodas, water) will be available. Brought to you by presenting partner Chapin Baptist Church and Chapin United Methodist Church. All Ages. No Fee.

Time: 8:45 – 11 p.m.

Location: Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Hwy, Chapin 29036


Sunday, August 6, 2017


Town Theatre’s Willy Wonka

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Donning the hat of Wonka himself is Scott Vaughan (Joseph…, The Music Man). He leads Charlie Bucket, played by Nathan Jackson (Peter Pan) and Jack Seezen (Peter Pan Jr.) and a bunch of bratty children through his chocolate wonderland. There’s the overeater Augustus Gloop, taken by James Rabon (The Addams Family) and Cale Wilson (Peter Pan Jr.). Next comes spoiled-rotten Veruca Salt, portrayed by Reily Grace Wilson (Peter Pan Jr.) and Carmen Quay (in her Town debut). Golden ticket number three belongs to the gum smacking Violet Beauregarde under the hand of Anna Grace Boney (Mary Poppins) and Blakesley Rhett (A Christmas Story). And last, but certainly not least, is the technology addicted Mike Teavee, played by Matthew Boney (Mary Poppins) and Grace Sawicki (Into the Woods Jr.).

Aiding and abetting every step of the way is Mrs. Gloop, portrayed by Rebecca Seezen (Spamalot), Mr. Salt, played by Michael Seezen (in his Town debut), Ms. Teavee, taken by Nan Weaver (also in her Town debut) and Mrs. Beauregarde, portrayed by Betsy Jackson (The Little Mermaid). Don’t worry — the “good guys” are around too with Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, played by Charlie Goodrich (Million Dollar Quartet) and Megan Douthitt (Mary Poppins) and who can forget Grandpa Joe, taken by Jeremy Hansard (My Fair Lady).

Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film as well as some new tunes, Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Tickets go on sale July 5 at towntheatre.com or by calling the box office at 803-799-2510 (noon – 5 p.m.). Price: $15 to $25. 

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Seussical

The family musical Seussical lovingly brings to life Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. These colorful characters will transport audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos! Tickets are $15.

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Cardinal Newman School Performing Arts Center, 2945 Alpine Road, Columbia 29223


Madagascar

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey. Price: Advanced $17, Adults $20, Seniors $19, Youth $15 

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Harbison Theatre, 7300 College Street, Columbia 29212


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