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Weekend Events for Kids {July 28-30}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, July 28-30, 2017!

Weekend Events for Kids - July 28-30, 2017 | Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday, July 28, 2017


Chad Crews: Build a Better World

Chad Crews takes readers on a magical journey to learn interesting things, meet fascinating characters and go on amazing adventures all while discovering how they can make the world a better place. This show includes magic, storytelling, live animals, music 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


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


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: 7:30 p.m.

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


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


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 28 – “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them” Quidditch Game

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 29, 2017


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 Banana Pudding!

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


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: 10 a.m., 3p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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


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 and Kites

Join us on the last Sat. of the month from 10:00–11:00 a.m. at the Tennis Center and learn to fly a kite. Bring your own kite or use one of ours.  Contact 213-2062 or [email protected] for more details. $5/Parking fee applies.

Time: 10 – 11 a.m. 

Location: Saluda Shoals Park – East Entrance, 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212


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)


Storytime in Celebration of Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble Featuring Good Morning, Superman!, Be A Star, Wonder Woman! and Bedtime for Batman

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


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


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


Sunday, July 30, 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


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


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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2 Responses to Weekend Events for Kids {July 28-30}

  1. JENNIFER NEWSOME July 29, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    I went to the irmo library and there not having Moana they having a puppet show. My kids are very upset that they not gonna get to see Moana.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles July 29, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      We are so incredibly sorry for the misprint and hate to hear your kids were disappointed. We’d love to make it up to you by sending a special gift your way. Email us your address at [email protected] and we’ll drop it in the mail to you. Hope you find another fun way to spend your Saturday.

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