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Weekend Events for Kids {July 21-23}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, July 21-23, 2017!

Weekend Events for Kids - July 21-23, 2017 | Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday, July 21, 2017


Suzette Hawkins: Giving Stories Wings

Storyteller Suzette Hawkins spins an enchanting tale featuring a snow queen and the wicked wizard. Imaginations will soar as little ones discover the legend of how the butterfly brothers colored the world. 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


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


City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series

Bring the family out to catch a free movie with the City of Columbia every Friday night through the end of July. 

  • July 21 – “Zootopia” Trivia Contest

Attendees can bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. No glass containers and alcoholic beverages allowed. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

Time: 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Location: Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street, Columbia 29201


Saturday, July 22, 2017


2017 Back To School BASH for Children & Adults with Hearing Loss & Their Families 

The Back to School Bash is a FREE educational and fun event for children, adults, and their families who experience the impact of hearing loss. The Bash will provide awareness regarding the myriad resources available to families concerning access to communication, language, emergency support, educational supports, assistive technology, and an opportunity to meet other families on similar journeys. Pre-register here today!

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia 29210


Christmas in July: Summertime Series

Ho, ho, ho! Embrace the holiday spirit 5 months early at EdVenture! Meet with Santa and his elves, decorate holiday cookies, and enjoy holiday-themed art and science projects as a family. While decking the halls and beating the heat!

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)


Poetry & Me Teen Series

The Watering Hole Poetry Organization is inviting teens ages 11-15 to participate in our summer poetry workshop series. We will spend the summer learning to express ourselves through poetry by reading, writing, editing and reviewing contemporary works. We will end the summer in celebration by holding a Poetry Contest, building a Chapbook, and taking part in the creation of a Spoken Word CD Project. Some of our facilitators will include Poet and Teaching Artist Glenis Redmond, Co-Founders and Directors of The Watering Hole Candace Wiley, Nasir Jones Fellow Dasan Ahanu, Tammaka Staley, and more.

Time: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Main, Meeting Space 213, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201


What Do You Do With a Problem? Storytime

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared. 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


Babysitting Basics

Learn a new skill to earn some additional income. Come A Safe Sitter certified instructor teaches the fundamentals of babysitting including marketing your business, childcare essentials, CPR instruction and more! Participant receive 4H Babysitting completion certificates. Age Group(s): 9-12, 13 – 18, Programs for Teens.

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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


Puppet Playhouse: Fun at the Beach

Puppets can spark a child’s imagination while teaching new concepts in a fun, friendly way. We hope you’ll join in and sing along. Presented by Puppet Playhouse. For more information, call 785-2630.

Time: 2 – 2:30 p.m. 

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


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


Sunday, July 23, 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


Beauty and The Beast Jr

Non-Season Junior Workshop Show Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Tickets $10 – $12.

Time: 3 & 7:30 p.m.

Location: Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Ave, Lexington 29072


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