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Weekend Events for Kids {September 29-30 & October 1}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, September 29-30 & October 1, 2017!

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

Weekend Events for Kids - September 29-30 and October 1, 2017 - Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday | September 29, 2017


Toddlertime

Storytime is a fun way to introduce preschoolers to literature. It includes books, storytelling, poetry and songs. For more information, call 785-3519. (ages 2 – 5 years)

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

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


Preschool Storytime

Storytime is a fun way to introduce preschoolers to literature. It includes books, storytelling, poetry and songs. For more information, call 785-3519. (ages 2 – 5 years)

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Location: Swansea Branch Library, 199 N. Lawrence Ave., Swansea, SC 29160


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


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


Irmo Okra Strut Festival

Lexington Medical Center is proud to present the 44th Annual Irmo Okra Strut Festival. The festival will be held on Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th, 2017.

Friday night entertainment begins at 6 p.m and lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday’s festivities begin with South Carolina’s largest parade, starting at 9 a.m. on St. Andrews Road, from Irmo Middle School down to Lake Murray Blvd.

The festival grounds, conveniently located off of Lake Murray Blvd. at the Irmo Community Park:
7507 Eastview Drive
Irmo, SC 29063

Fun, food, musical acts, carnival rides and games will be available throughout the entire festival. Free admission; individual fees apply for rides and amusements.

Time: 6 – 11 p.m. 

Location: Irmo Community Park, 7507 Eastview Drive, Irmo 29063


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 | September 30, 2017


 Teen Advisory Board – Interest Meeting

Are you interested in joining the Teen Advisory Board at Richland Library Cooper? Various library locations utilize Teen Advisory Boards (TAB) to help create, implement and assist library programs; serve as positive community advocates of Richland Library resources; and help library personnel better serve Richland County teens. Cooper’s TAB is open to any high school student interested in learning about library operations and serving the Richland County community. Teens active with TAB will earn community service hours in exchange for their service. Please attend our interest meeting on to help make Richland Library Cooper a teen-friendly environment! If you are unable to attend the interest meeting or have questions, please call us at 803-787-3462

Age Group(s): 13 – 18, Programs for Teens

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 

Location: Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, 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 – East Entrance, 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212


Make Your Own Fairy Garden

Come create your own miniature garden! Be inspired to dream and create miniature landscapes using small-scale plants and accessories.

These little scenes create a sense of magic and whimsy and are essential for attracting those little elusive fairies to your home and garden. Fairy gardens are becoming increasingly popular in the home garden.

*Registration is $10 per person, in advance, and you will receive a $10 credit toward your miniature garden purchases that day. Space is limited, so please register early. All ages are welcome to attend; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online or call 803-359-9091

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Wingard’s Market, 1403 N. Lake Drive, 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)


Irmo Okra Strut Festival

Lexington Medical Center is proud to present the 44th Annual Irmo Okra Strut Festival. The festival will be held on Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th, 2017.

Friday night entertainment begins at 6 p.m and lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday’s festivities begin with South Carolina’s largest parade, starting at 9 a.m. on St. Andrews Road, from Irmo Middle School down to Lake Murray Blvd.

The festival grounds, conveniently located off of Lake Murray Blvd. at the Irmo Community Park:
7507 Eastview Drive
Irmo, SC 29063

Fun, food, musical acts, carnival rides and games will be available throughout the entire festival. Free admission; individual fees apply for rides and amusements.

Time: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Location: Irmo Community Park, 7507 Eastview Drive, Irmo 29063


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


Babysitting Basics Workshop

Learn the basics of babysitting, including First Aid, choke rescue, and running your own babysitting business. Participants will receive a certificate for completing the course. Age Group(s): 13 – 18, 9-12, Programs for Teens

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

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


Charlotte Children’s Theater presents Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Mr. Popper spends his time daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands while Mrs. Popper scrimps and saves to put beans on the table. When a spirited penguin arrives on their doorstep, a new horizon (and flock!) opens before them! Come along for an unforgettable adventure in this 1930s-inspired musical based on the classic book.

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Location: Richland Library Sandhills, Sandhills Auditorium, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia 29229


Runny Babbit Returns Storytime

Runny Babbit Returns, a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a language all their own. 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


Milkshakes, Munchies & Mingle: A New to Columbia Mom Event

Are you new to the Columbia area (within the last 12 months or so)? If so, then this event is just for you! Learn the inside scoop on everything you need to know about the area from our local team at Columbia SC Moms Blog. Enjoy food, milkshakes, meeting friends, swag bags, giveaways and more! Reserve your spot.

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. 

Location: PDQ, 4456 Devine Street, Columbia 29205


STEAM Program

Activate your STEAM-engines! Tinker with a variety of projects geared towards Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
STEM/STEAM, Ages: 6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. 

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


Waterfall Junction Family on Safari: Noises of the Night

(ages 5–adult) Open up your senses to a whole new nighttime adventure! You’ll have a “hoot” of a good time identifying different frog songs, insect chatter, coyote howls and local owl calls. *Each family will be provided with a 4-person tent and foam camping mats. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack and breakfast are also included. COST: $45 per person.

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 a.m. (overnight)

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


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 1, 2017


Sensory Sunday

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences are invited to join us for exclusive Sensory Friendly Days the first Sunday of each month from 9 – 10 a.m., first hour the museum opens! They’ll have the opportunity to explore the museum in a safe and accepting environment, and enjoy interactive, hands-on activities. 
 
This exclusive event will also provide:

  • A comfortable, protected and accepting environment.
  • An opportunity for parents to make connections with other families.
  • Special needs information for parents

Time: 9 – 10 a.m. 

Location: EdVenture, 201 Gervais 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


First Citizens First Sunday

General admission to the SC State Museum and is only $1 for guests on the first Sunday of every month! PLUS enjoy 4-D movies and/or planetarium shows, for only an extra $5 each!

Time: noon – 5 p.m. 

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais 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


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