On Nov. 18, we had a fantastic morning hanging out at Hammond School for our Hanging with Heroes Event! The weather was perfect with the bright sun in the sky and even brighter smiles on more than 250 faces as they enjoyed all the fun activities this event had to offer – superheroes, local heroes and more!
Hammond School was incredibly gracious to open up their amazing facility to us. The event took place outdoors on their practice field, with guests also visiting their new, state of the art playground at the Lower School. The new equipment was a huge hit, and guests spent equal amounts of time enjoying the activities of the day, as well as taking advantage of one of the best new playground areas Columbia has to offer.
They also offered tours to those who were interested. Hammond offers students Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade an academic experience thoughtfully developed to build character, nurture talent, and inspire untethered achievement far beyond the undergraduate years.
The Local Heroes
We are forever grateful for those who serve in our community and country to keep our families safe. We are especially thankful to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia Fire Department for spending the morning with us and sharing their equipment with us. Families were able to explore two different firetrucks, take a front seat in a police car, and visit with the K-9 unit!
The Super Heroes
We were so incredibly lucky to have the talented folks from Carolina Characters at Hanging With Heroes as Wonder Woman, Batman and Iron Man. These performers are all professionally trained and have extensive backgrounds and/or degrees in acting, theatre, dance, and voice. Carolina Characters offers your favorite iconic movie characters, princesses, superheroes, and even villains!
The heart of this event was highlighting local heroes as well as businesses who are interested in the next generation of heroes, and we were over-the-moon with the variety of fun activities and resources for families that were presented.
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We loved having the little ones visit us and make superhero masks. Everyone was so creative!
Guests were thrilled to make their own superhero shields with Hammond. Kids gathered around the table and took turns coloring and creating their masterpieces.
Nerf Commander’s goal is to empower players to achieve mission objectives, while learning leadership and team building skills. Parents and children alike LOVED testing out the Nerf guns and challenging one another to a team mission. Perfect for birthday parties, team building events, or just an afternoon of fun (like at Hanging With Heroes).
Little Brick Creators
Kids LOVE Legos, and Little Brick Creators brought the fun to us! Guests were able to build their own superhero hideout or whatever their heart desired. Their creative activities add a fun touch to birthday parties and more! We watched children and friends use their imagination to build amazing creations!
Legacy Martial Arts
AMAZING. That is the only way to describe the moves and talent by the team at Legacy Martial Arts. They showed off their best superhero defensive moves and taught guests the same. Their award winning program has a mission is to make a lasting positive impact, one student at a time. The skills and confidence they learn here will help them create their own legacy…. in their homes, their schools, and their communities.
The Little Gym
A local favorite. The Little Gym provided fun parachute play, balance beam fun and more for guests! They specialize in unique educational classes that revolve around active play, as well as some serious fun birthday parties and camps.
We were super excited to have Tutu School Columbia at Hanging With Heroes helping kids make glitter wands and crowns, while also showing guests some basic ballerina moves! Tutu School is a whimsical boutique dance school for toddlers & children, located in the heart of Forest Acres. Their classes are a mix of creative movement, dance, enrichment, and pre-primary ballet for ages 18 months through 8 years.
PJ Library, Little Loggerheads and the JCC
Our friends from the PJ Library provided a special story time and more information about the FREE books and activities they offer local families! In conjunction with the JCC and special programs they offer, like Little Loggerheads swim school, guests were able to learn more about their activities and enjoy a fun craft!
Vital Chiropractic provided an obstacle course to give guests a first hand look at what it’s like to function with a spine that is out of alignment. Did you know chiropractic care is for kids too? Like adults, a child undergoes a great deal of stress on their spine. Kids are constantly playing hard and crashing hard whether it’s on the playground or sports field. Many times this causes their spine to shift out of proper alignment, affecting the function of their nervous system. With regular pediatric chiropractic care, a child can keep their spine in ideal alignment. Through excellent spinal health and optimum nervous system function children will have improved sleep, fewer behavior problems, and better overall development. Regular pediatric chiropractic care is perfectly safe for developing children and recommended to keep them at their peak level of health.
Floor Coverings International
Everyone loves a cake walk, and Floor Coverings International provided a similar fun activity – which was a huge success! Even Batman approved! As the premier flooring company serving the greater Columbia, Cayce, Blythewood area, they provide high quality design and installation services and carry the latest flooring products including hardwood, carpet, stone, and tile flooring! They take the guesswork out of getting new floors.
The folks from My Gym always offer an incredible amount of fun, and Hanging With Heroes was no exception! Not only did they bring their official mascot, MyMo, they also brought lots of entertaining activities you can find at their facility. It was definitely a crowd favorite. They offer Parent & Me Classes, Birthday Parties, Fitness, Gymnastics, Dance, Art, Parents’ Night Out, Camps and more!
The Columbia Fireflies
We couldn’t have an event celebrating heroes without including Mason from the Columbia Fireflies! We also had the Fireflies staff on hand with all the details on their upcoming season and fun they have in store for local families! Plus cornhole, coloring, lots of goodies and more!
The Food & Drink
With all of the activities, everyone worked up an appetite. We were so thankful to have endless amounts of bottled water provided by Target and a yummy build your own sundae bar from Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. Parents and kiddos dove right in to chocolate or vanilla custard with toppings like Heath bar, crumbled Oreos and more! Thanks to a time-tested churning process that minimizes ice crystals and air, Freddy’s Frozen Custard is smoother and richer than ice cream and frozen yogurt. Once you taste it, you’re hooked!
The Swag Bags & Giveaways
It wouldn’t be a Columbia SC Moms Blog event without lots of swag and giveaways! Guests walked away with Pencil Grips and Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint from The Pencil Grip, Inc., applesauce pouches from GoGoSqueez, Boogie Wipes, coloring books, a Learn to Brush Toothbrush Set from MAM, and more! And four lucky guests took home gift certificates from pediped and Stuck on You, as well as special gift packages from b.box and GoSili. These companies make innovative products that help make motherhood easier.
Daniel Wang Photography truly has a gift for photographing all things family and fun. Daniel’s work is a blend of lifestyle and thoughtful image composition, which creates photos that are candid but not randomly taken. He enjoys working with families and people with different stories, taking photos of them having fun and showing love to each other. Daniel loves to turn those moments and memories into artworks that you want to preserve for your lifetime. He specializes in Children, Family, Maternity, Seniors, and Wedding photography. We were so grateful to have him share his talents as the Event Photographer and perfectly capture the excitement at Hanging with Heroes!