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Weekend Events for Kids {January 20 – 22}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, January 20 – 22, 2017!

Weekend Events for Kids Around Columbia - January 20, 21, 22 - Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday, January 20, 2017


Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo

Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the park every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license, property tax statement or vehicle registration as proof of residency.

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29201


Hands On Art

Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Age Group(s): 3-5

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Richland Library – Northeast Meeting Room, 7490 Parklane Road, Columbia 29223


Movers and Shakers

Get ready to move and shake, shake, shake while listening to stories, songs and more! For 2-5 year olds. Age Group(s): 1-2, 3-5, Programs for Young Children

Time: 11 – 11:45 a.m. 

Location: Richland Library Main, Storytime Room – Children’s Room, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201


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. Registration required. For more information, call 345-5479. (grades 4 – 6)

Time: 3:15 – 4 p.m. 

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


Friday Night Laser Lights 

Back by popular demand, enjoy a dazzling display of lasers set to your favorite music in the SC State Museum’s BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium! From classic rock to EDM you can experience three different full-dome laser shows in the planetarium per night along with food and beverages available for purchase.

7 p.m. – U2 (run time: 50 mins) / 8 p.m. – Aerosmith (run time: 47 mins) / 9 p.m. – Pink Floyd: Echoes (run time: 54 mins)

Friday Night Laser Lights includes:

  • Local Food truck will be on-site with delicious food available for purchase.
  • Cash bar with a selection of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages sponsored by K&W Beverage.
  • PLUS, get a special set of laser enhancing glasses for only $1

Time: 7, 8 and 9 p.m. 

Location: South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Saturday, January 21, 2017


Kids Club® Craftstick Cocoa Mug

They craft; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a winter themed project. Sign up in-store, 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)


Pears for Bears

Live music for families featuring Molly Ledford of Lunch Money and Aaron Graves of Those Lavender Whales. Come dance! Age Group(s): Children All Ages, Programs for Young Children, Programs for Families

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Richland Library Main, Children’s Room, 1431 Main Street, Columbia 29201


Nanette’s Baguette Storytime

Mo Willems’ hilarious new picture book Nanette’s Baguette follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But… will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret?

Time: 11 a.m. 

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


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Join Dorothy on her adventures through Oz. Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion on their way to visit the Wizard. But Look out for the Wicked Witch, she sees everything from her tower in the West! The classic story comes to life; complete with silver slippers, flying monkeys, runaway hot air balloons, and even a trip to Quadling Country (a leg of the journey that is skipped in the movie).

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

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


Fun With Science

Do you like science or need help with a science project? Come to North Main and we will do some cool projects together. Age Group(s): Children All Ages, Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Families

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

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


Pinch Pot Making

Learn the basics of forming and shaping clay to make pinch pots while allowing the participants to explore their own creativity and imagination. Age Group(s): Adults, 13 – 18, Programs for Adults

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library – Eastover, 608 Main Street, Eastover 29044


Sunday, January 22, 2017


Free Admission Columbia Museum of Art

Visit the CMA and pay no admission! Engage your mind and enrich your spirit at the Columbia Museum of Art. Free days are offered in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland Country for their investments in the CMA and are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Location: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia 29201


Wild Kratts LIVE

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Wild Kratts LIVE! is created for the stage by the imaginative minds of Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt from Zooboomafoo, Kratt’s Creatures and Be the Creature. The Kratt Brothers’ national tours draw tens of thousands of creature-crazy kids and their families and the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.

WILD KRATTS In it’s fourth season, Wild Kratts was created and developed by real life brothers and zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt (both nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Animated Series). Wild Kratts features the brothers on incredible expeditions to meet wild creatures from the far corners of the earth.   Diving into the habitats of these unusual animals with the use of futuristic technology and Creature Powers Suits that allow the brothers to take their funny and exciting adventures to where they’ve never gone before. Wild Kratts has received numerous awards since inception in 2011 including Parents Choice, Kidscreen, Aurora and 2 Emmy nominations) The series is a co-production of The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Entertainment.

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Location: Koger Center, 1051 Greene Street, Columbia 29201


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