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Weekend Events for Kids {July 15 – 17}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area for kids the weekend of July 15-17, 2016!

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Friday, July 15, 2016


Garden Sprouts

Enjoy stories and a craft and then visit our garden to get your hands dirty. Age Group(s): Children All Ages, Programs for Families.

Time: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Location: Richland Library Sandhills, Sandhills Meeting Room, 1 Summit Parkway, Columbia 29229


Michael’s Kids Club® Camp Creativity: Pet City

Join us on a summer crafting journey. You won’t want to miss Face Paint Friday! Today make a Felt Bird Cage and a Pet on a Stick. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during Camp Creativity. $4. Registration required.

Time: 10 a.m. – noon (drop-in)

Location: Michaels, 244 Harbison Blvd, Columbia 29212 or 10204 Two Notch Rd, Suite 2, Columbia 29229


Hands on Art for ages 2 – 5

Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Location: Richland Library Northeast, Northeast Meeting Room, 7490 Parklane Road, Columbia 29223


Fantastic Beasts

Prepare for the new Harry Potter film release by making the beasts featured in the movie. Age Group(s): 9-12, Programs for School Age Children.

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

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


Tween Extreme: Slime Experiment

Whether you call it slime, goo, gak or flubber, it’s fun to make. Mix up your own batch of ooey gooey goodness to take home. Registration required. Tween Extreme incorporates young adult literature, crafts, movies, gaming, poetry and books related to tweens — the age group that is considered too old to be labeled a child and too young to be a teenager. For more information, call 798-7880, ext. 3. (grades 4 – 7)

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

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


Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Just look at the world around you — such wonderful things surround you — what more is ya lookin’ for?” Indeed — life under the sea is a magical kingdom. Yet, despite the wonders of the sea floor, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel still longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. She bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her mermaid tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian to restore order.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Town Theater, 1012 Sumter St., Columbia 29201


Summer Movie Series

Free family movie series preceded by family-friendly activities — June 3: Frozen; June 10: Inside Out; June 17: Muppets Most Wanted; June 24: Paddington; July 1: Minions; July 8: The Smurfs; July 15: Shaun the Sheep; July 22: The Nut Job; July 29: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St., Columbia 29201


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pirate and Princess Day

Climb aboard EdVenture’s own pirate ship, bounce away to magical kingdoms in a moon bounce castle; listen to and write your own fairy tale, and participate in an enchanted day of craft projects and mystifying science activities fit for any princess or shipmate!

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais St, Columbia 29201


Kids Club® Perler® Secret Life of Pets

They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Registration required

Time: 10 a.m. – noon (drop-in)

Location: Michaels, 244 Harbison Blvd, Columbia 29212 or 10204 Two Notch Rd, Suite 2, Columbia 29229


Multi-Cultural and Community Health Fair Day

In conjunction with its new blockbuster exhibit, RACE: Are We So Different?, the State Museum invites guests to a special Multicultural and Health Fair Day. South Carolina is home to many diverse ethnic groups and reflects a true melting pot of culture. The Multicultural Day and Community Health Fair will include a number of cultural organizations showcasing their traditional customs, dance and music. Community health groups from the midlands will be available for free screenings and there will be special hands-on activities just for kids.

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Learn Freely Fest

An exciting day of learning for the whole family. Explore, learn, create, play, get active, pick up some good-to-know life skills, and most of all have fun! Age Group(s): Children All Ages.

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Main, Wachovia Gallery, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201


STEAM Saturday: Art Market

Join us for a catalytic program where books and science collide. STEAM programs stimulate children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. For more information, call 794-6791, ext. 5. (grades 1 – 5)

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia 29169


Puppet Playhouse: The Tale of the Seahorse

Explore the depths of the ocean with Biscuit, a tiny seahorse. 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 in partnership with Puppet Playhouse. For more information, call 798-7880, ext. 3. (all ages)

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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


Are We There Yet? Storytime

Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride! After reading this inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you’ll never look at being bored the same way again. Join us for this fun-filled 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


Family Music & Movement

Music & Movement is an interactive program that gets children moving to the beat and explores a variety of musical instruments and genres. Bring the whole family out for fun. For more information, call 345-5479. (all ages)

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

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


Lego Storybuilders Club 

Join the block party — use your imagination, curiosity and problem-solving skills to build different Lego creations based on fun stories. Activities are geared for older students but younger siblings can attend when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 785-2630. (ages 5 – 12)

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

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


Peter Pan’s Space Adventure

A long time ago, Peter Pan took Wendy on an adventure to Neverland. Now, Peter is back to take her great-granddaughter, Penny, past the second star to the right and straight on into the depths of the universe. Travel with them to a galaxy far, far away, as they visit an alien planet, rescue the Princess Nebula and confront the despicable Admiral Claw.

Time: 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

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


Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Just look at the world around you — such wonderful things surround you — what more is ya lookin’ for?” Indeed — life under the sea is a magical kingdom. Yet, despite the wonders of the sea floor, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel still longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. She bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her mermaid tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian to restore order.

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Town Theater, 1012 Sumter St., Columbia 29201


90-Minute Theatre Fest

In 90 minutes, learn and perform short plays in front of a live audience. Age Group(s): 9-12, Programs for School Age Children.

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Main, Storytime Room – Children’s Room, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201


Teen Food Fear Factor

Do you have what it takes to make it through this culinary catastrophe of wildly weird eats?
Put your stomache and taste buds to the challenge and see if you can be crowned the Eastover Library Food Fear Factor champion. Winner will take home an Itunes gift card as well as bragging rights. Age Group(s): Programs for Teens, 13 – 18.

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

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


City of Reptiles

Join reptile specialist, David Bookman and his City of Reptiles from snakes to iguanas. Age Group(s): Adults, Children All Ages, Programs for Adults. Registration required.

Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Northeast, Northeast Meeting Room, 7490 Parklane Road, Columbia 29223


Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 2016

Presented by Sustainable Midlands, the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is a celebration of locally grown food – the people who grow it, the restaurants who place it on their menus, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it! Continuing its traditions of old-time festival fun, Tasty Tomato’s programming includes a free heirloom tomato tasting (4-7pm), live music on two stages, local food, a craft beer garden, tomato bobbing, and the highly anticipated Tasty Tomato Contest! Festival food will feature local restaurants serving local food with a tomato theme! Sustainable Midlands, a champion of the region’s sustainable food efforts and festival founder, is the producer of this celebration of the tomato and local food. Presented by Sustainable Midlands, the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is a celebration of locally grown food – the people who grow it, the restaurants who place it on their menus, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it! Games for all ages to enjoy: Bean Bag Toss, Face Painting, Tomato Bobbing, Ring toss (ages 3+), Healthy Food Mural (ages 3+), Vegetable Bingo (ages 3+), Giant Kerplunk (ages 4+) and Hula Hoop Madness (ages 4+). Advance tickets $12 or $15 at the gate. Admission for children under 12 is free with adult.

Time: 4 – 9 p.m.

Location: City Roots Urban Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia 29205


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Dollar Sunday | Hampton-Preston Mansion

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic house museums for just $1! This month, visit the Hampton-Preston Mansion for Dollar Sunday. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tours leave at the top of the hour from 1 pm – 4 pm. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Location: The 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


Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Just look at the world around you — such wonderful things surround you — what more is ya lookin’ for?” Indeed — life under the sea is a magical kingdom. Yet, despite the wonders of the sea floor, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel still longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. She bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her mermaid tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian to restore order.

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Town Theater, 1012 Sumter St., Columbia 29201

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