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Weekend Events for Kids {March 17 – 19}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, March 17 – 19, 2017!

Weekend Events for Kids - March 17 - 19 | Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday, March 17, 2017


St. Patrick’s Celebration Days

Bring your family to EdVenture on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend and escape to Tir Na Nag—the Irish “Land of Youth” where the fae people and leprechauns dwell. Travel down to our underground fairy realm where your children will experience interactive games with fairies, learn Irish fairy traditions, and set leprechaun traps!

In other parts of the museum, your children will learn about other Irish traditions, including the real story of St. Patrick, tasting authentic Irish foods, and designing their own art based on the Book of Kells.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Sensory-Friendly Storytime

This storytime is for everyone. It is designed to include children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory-integration issues and other developmental needs. If your child experiences difficulty focusing in one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs and sensory-based activities might be just what you are looking for. For more information, call 798-7880, ext. 3. (all ages)

Time: 10:30 – 11 a.m. 

Location: Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212


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, Northeast Meeting Room, 7490 Parklane Road, Columbia 29223


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


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.

  • 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.
  • NEW! Enjoy night-sky observing in the Boeing Observatory (weather permitting).
  • NEW! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with hands-on LED fun (extra charge, cash only).
  • PLUS, get a special set of laser enhancing glasses for only $1

PLEASE NOTE: these shows are not recommended for children under the age of 8. 7 p.m. – REM (run time: 49 mins); 8 p.m. – Pearl Jam (run time: 50 mins); Pink Floyd: Echoes (run time: 54 mins). Limited tickets available. Advance purchase is recommended. ONE SHOW: $10 general public / $8 museum members. TWO SHOWS: $15 general public / $12 museum members.

Time: 7, 8 and 9 p.m. 

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Saturday, March 18, 2017


St. Patrick’s Celebration Days

Bring your family to EdVenture on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend and escape to Tir Na Nag—the Irish “Land of Youth” where the fae people and leprechauns dwell. Travel down to our underground fairy realm where your children will experience interactive games with fairies, learn Irish fairy traditions, and set leprechaun traps!

In other parts of the museum, your children will learn about other Irish traditions, including the real story of St. Patrick, tasting authentic Irish foods, and designing their own art based on the Book of Kells.

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 – 11 a.m. 

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


St. Pat’s Parade

There will be magic in the air on Devine Street in Columbia, South Carolina where one of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Festivals will begin its second event of the day, the St. Pat’s Parade.

The St. Pat’s Parade will assemble at Dreher High School and travel the Musical Mile down Devine Street into Five Points offering several blocks of public viewing. After entering Five Points, the parade will wind its way down Devine Street and up Saluda Avenue, returning to Harden Street at the Five Points Fountain and concluding near Food Lion.

Be sure to wear your green and get your Sham-Rock On at the St. Pat’s Parade!

Time: 10 – 11 a.m. 

Location: Devine Street, Columbia 29205


Kids Club® Fingerprint Floral Canvas

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)


St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun

Celebrating all things green and Gaelic with your wee ones? Your little leprechauns are sure to think they’ve found the end of the rainbow in this fun-filled area with rides, games, kid-approved entertainment, tasty treats, a petting zoo, magic shows, karaoke, and face painting. Parents are likely to think they’ve found the end of the rainbow here as well! Silly adults… St. Pat’s is for kids! Entry to the park is free, however, rides and activities do require tickets which can be purchased on site.

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2300 Greene Street, Columbia 29205


Puppetpalooza

See your favorite shows performed by the SE puppets.

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Location: Richland Library Southeast, Southeast Meeting Room, 7421 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia 29209


Egg Storytime

Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise and an unlikely friendship by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift, but also a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long. Join us for this Storytime, with coloring and activities to follow.                                              

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


Beauty And The Beast Tea Party

Beauty And The Beast Tea Mark your calendars now for our enchanting Beauty And The Beast Tea on March 18th from 1:30-2:30 p.m. just before the Beauty and the Beast matinee performances. This special event will be in Koger Center’s “ballroom” and will feature a sit-down tea, cakes, cookies and lots of surprises. Learn the real story of the Beauty and the Beast as you meet Belle, the Beast, and other characters from the story. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance by calling the Columbia City Ballet at 803-799-7605.

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Koger Center, 806 Park Street, Columbia, SC 29201


Beauty & The Beast

Columbia City Ballet will grace the Koger Center stage with its production of Beauty & The Beast, for two spellbinding performances only. This production features choreography from Executive Director William Starrett and music composed by Léon Fyodorovich Minkus. The performance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts. A love story perfect for all ages, Beauty & The Beast is a captivating fairytale that blends magic with artistry. The dancers of Columbia City Ballet couple beautiful lines and riveting stage presence to tell a beautiful tale where love conquers all. This classic story mixed with despair, travail, patience and glory is fitting for the whole family.

Time: 3 & 7:30 p.m.

Location: Koger Center, 806 Park Street, Columbia, SC 29201


Sunday, March 19, 2017


Dollar Sunday | Robert Mills House & Gardens

The third Sunday of the month, residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1 on Dollar Sunday! On Sunday, March 19, visit the Robert Mills House & Gardens, one of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, and explore architecture and daily life in the 1820s in Columbia. The Robert Mills House exemplifies the skill of the first architect born and trained within the United States who designed some of the nation’s most prominent buildings, including the Washington Monument.

Tours leave at the regular tour hours at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills located at 1616 Blanding Street. General admission prices apply to all other properties.

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Location: Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201


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


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One Response to Weekend Events for Kids {March 17 – 19}

  1. Drew Taylor March 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Free Karate Day at Shotokan Karate Centers

    SKC is giving back to the community with a free karate lesson open to the public! There’s no drop-in fees, no gi or previous training required. Dress in something comfortable and easy to move around in (ex. Gym clothes), we’re going to have a great time learning some of the basics of karate technique. Only 15 spaces!

    For kids, adults, friends, families or anyone who’s ever been curious about Karate or the martial arts.

    Respect • Discipline • Teamwork • Focus

    Date: March 25th
    Time: 1 pm to 1:45 pm
    Location: 528 Columbia Ave Ste B, Lexington, SC 29072

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