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Weekend Events for Kids {October 6-8}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, October 6-8, 2017!

** Events are subject to change. Be sure to click on the event link to verify date and time**

Learn more about local Pumpkin Patches and Halloween activities!

Weekend Events for Kids - October 6-8, 2017 - Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday | October 6, 2017


Kid’s Corn Maze

Bring the little ones for our amazing Corn Maze, just the right size for younger kids. Make it a new tradition and capture those memories! Pay $3 for each child to explore the maze and get a pumpkin at the end. Great spots throughout the maze for photo opportunities! Purchase tickets in our Fresh Produce Market. Tickets cannot be purchased online

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Wingard’s Nursery & Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington 29072


Homeschool Friday: Oktoberfest — Columbia’s German History

In honor of Oktoberfest, students will learn about the history of Germans in Columbia. Germans have made their home in Columbia since its founding days. Students will explore various aspects of German life, including pretzel making and yodeling. We’ll also learn about the contribution Germans made to science and music.

All homeschool students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday programs on the first Friday of the month. Each month’s program is from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and includes hands-on activities while students learn and explore different themes and historic sites with Historic Columbia. Homeschool Friday programs are designed for students of elementary and middle school age levels. Homeschool Friday is open to families and homeschool groups of less than 10 students. For larger groups, we recommend arranging a separate visit to explore that month’s topic. Program participants should gather in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills on the day of the program unless otherwise noted.

The cost is per student, with an accompanying adult free. Homeschool Fridays are $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x 36, or email [email protected]

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201 


Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House & Gardens! This free exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, businesses, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week. The exhibit is free and open to public during normal Historic Columbia hours, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Vote throughout the month for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow” by visiting the Gift Shop at Robert Mills!

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Location: Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201


Learn, Connect, Play: Board Games

Participate in board games and encourage cooperation, problem solving and critical thinking. Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Teens, Programs for Adults

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. 

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


Fall Festival

Come join us for some good ol’ fashioned food and fun for the whole family! Award-winning BBQ, popcorn, funnel cakes, bull riding, horseback rides, hay rides, dunk tank, silent auctions, and much, much more! The event will be held on Friday, October 6th from 6-8 PM in the Brandenburg Memorial Family Life Center and Kelley Field at Grace Christian School. Admission wristbands purchased in advance from the Grace Christian School office are $2/person (max of $10/family). Wristbands are $3/person at the door. BBQ and Silent Auctions will be purchased by cash/credit only. All other activities and snacks will be purchased using tickets: $1=10 tickets, $5 = 60 tickets, and $10 = 150 tickets. All proceeds will go towards the technology fundraising efforts for Grace Christian School. We look forward to seeing you at the festival!

Time: 6 – 8 p.m. 

Location: Grace Christian School, 416 Denham Avenue, West Columbia 29169


Free Show! ‘A Story of Princesses and Heroes’

We are proud to present a free puppet show from Argentina! One night only! “A Story about Princesses and Heroes.” A Love Story told with Hand Puppets.

“Carbon is a Jester who dreams of becoming a knight of the Royal Court. At the same time, he is secretly in love with the Princess. When Count Blackfingers kidnaps the Princess, Carbon vows to fight Blackfingers and bring the Princess back. Will he achieve his desire? A love story that shows us what we can get from life when you believe and love yourself.”

Time: 7 p.m.

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


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three gentlemen vie for her attention, Frollo also embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Tickets $15-$25. 

Time: 8 p.m. 

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Saturday | October 7, 2017


Kid’s Corn Maze

Bring the little ones for our amazing Corn Maze, just the right size for younger kids. Make it a new tradition and capture those memories! Pay $3 for each child to explore the maze and get a pumpkin at the end. Great spots throughout the maze for photo opportunities! Purchase tickets in our Fresh Produce Market. Tickets cannot be purchased online

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Wingard’s Nursery & Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington 29072


Fire House Bank

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a cute coin bank with a fire station design. Once the bank is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their project, 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)


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)


Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House & Gardens! This free exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, businesses, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week. The exhibit is free and open to public during normal Historic Columbia hours, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Vote throughout the month for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow” by visiting the Gift Shop at Robert Mills!

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Location: Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201


Saturday in Oz

Visit the Museum of OZ on this special Saturday featuring a chance to see, “The Wizard of Oz 4D Experience,” meet characters from the film and more.

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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


Storytime with Anika Denise

Meet Anika Denise, author of Monster Trucks and Pigs Love Potatoes. Ms. Denise will be sharing her newest book, Starring Carmen! Book signing to follow.

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Richland Library Main, Auditorium, 1431 Main Street, Columbia 29201


Virtual Reality Explorers

Come to the library for a (virtual) fieldtrip around the world! From the top of Mt. Everest to the depths of the ocean floor, these sessions lead by IT-oLogy allow students to engage in virtual reality exploration with Google Expeditions and the Mattel View-Master VR Viewer. Google Expeditions provides access to hundreds of virtual fieldtrips, allowing children to explore natural wonders, outer space, historic events, cities, famous museums and much more. Space is limited and registration is required. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver in order to participate. This program is provided by IT-oLogy and made possible with grant funding from Richland County Government. Age Group(s): 6-8, Programs for School Age Children

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – noon

Location: Richland Library Blythewood, 218 McNulty Street, Blythewood 29016


The Poky Little Puppy Storytime

One of the original 12 Little Golden Books, The Poky Little Puppy is the story of a curious puppy who digs holes under fences and has to go to bed without any dessert. This iconic book has delighted families for generations. Join us for Storytime, with activities to follow. .

Time: 11 a.m. 

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


Snow White

Join seven lovable Dwarfs as they retell this classic tale with a few new surprises. When the jealous Queen’s Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she’ll need the help of the Dwarfs and a friendly bear who is more than he seems.  Field trip groups, ask about our puppet making activity. Participants can create either Snow White, a Dwarf, or a Knight! 

Time: 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

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


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three gentlemen vie for her attention, Frollo also embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Tickets $15-$25. 

Time: 8 p.m. 

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Sunday | October 8, 2017


Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House & Gardens! This free exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, businesses, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week. The exhibit is free and open to public during normal Historic Columbia hours, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Vote throughout the month for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow” by visiting the Gift Shop at Robert Mills!

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Location: Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201


Passport to Art: The Festival of Lights

This month we are celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Get creative and make world instruments, folk block prints, and lanterns to celebrate the holiday. At 1:00 p.m. we’ll explore some of the museum’s luminous glass works as inspiration for the festive pieces. This drop-in program for families features a new hands-on art project each month. This program is a part of our CMA Global Sunday celebrating the unique perspectives of our world through art and music.

Time: noon – 3 p.m.; tour at 1 p.m.

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


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three gentlemen vie for her attention, Frollo also embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Tickets $15-$25. 

Time: 3 p.m. 

Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201


Learn more about local Pumpkin Patches and Halloween activities!

Know of a kid-friendly event not listed? Comment below.

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2 Responses to Weekend Events for Kids {October 6-8}

  1. Rania Jamison October 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

    Please add this to the calendar of events. It’s a great family show over the next few weeks: http://www.tinyurl.com/purposepeople

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 16, 2017 at 9:16 am #

      Is this every day from 11-4, October 7-29?

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