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Labor Day Weekend Events for Kids {September 1-4}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, September 1-4, 2017!

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

Labor Day Weekend Events for Kids :: September 1-4, 2017 | Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday | September 1, 2017

Homeschool Friday: Columbia Working Men and Women

In celebration of Labor Day, students will take a walking tour through the historic Olympia Mill Village where they will learn history of working men and women of Columbia’s past. There still stands two former mills, Granby and Olympia, which are now used as apartment buildings. Granby Mill was built in 1897 and Olympia opened in 1899, at the time the largest cotton mill under one roof in the world. The men and women who worked in these mills resided in nearby homes that made up the mill village. The village had its own school, churches and YMCA.

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 at 701 Whaley Street.

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. If you have questions, would like to be on our mailing list, or if you would like to register for the entire year of Homeschool Friday programs, please contact us by email or call 803.252.1770 x 26.

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: 701 Whaley St., Columbia 29201


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

Saturday | September 2, 2017

Home Depot Kids: Pencil Box 

Join our hands-on Kids Workshop and you and your child can build a handy pencil case just in time for back to school. Once the pencil box 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 (drop in)

Location: Participating Home Depots

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)

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True Storytime

Join us for Storytime and activities featuring the sequel to Uni the Unicorn. Follow Uni and the little girl who believes in unicorns, as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and its inhabitants!

Time: 11 a.m. 

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

Little Red Riding Hood

Big Bad Wolf can’t get any respect. He’s the laughing stock of the forest. He can’t even get the Three Little Pigs to answer the door. Just when he’s at an all time low, a little girl in a red hood happens by and he sees an opportunity! Will Big Bad live up to his name? Or will Little Red be able to outsmart him and make it safely to her Grandma? With a variety of puppetry techniques and plenty of humor, Little Red Riding Hood is an irreverent take on the classic fairy tale.

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

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

Sunday | September 3, 2017

First Citizens First Sunday

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

Time: noon – 5 p.m.

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

Monday | September 4, 2017

Chapin Labor Day Festival Weekend

  • Labor Day Parade begins at 9:30 am (Streets close at 9 am) at GIS parking lot (912 Chapin Road)
  • Classic Car Show in the Mt. Horeb parking lot of Beaufort Street Sponsored by Morgan & Associates Nationwide, Ellett Brothersand Zestos of Chapin. Presented by Columbia Classic Chevy Club.
  • Children’s Carnival area on Clark Street – Games and activities provided by Chapin Baptist Church Youth. Bouncy house by VIVE Church and Face Painting by Palmetto Party Faces. Sponsored by Publix and O’Leary Orthodontics.
  • Live music on Beaufort Street stage featuring the Shelby Raye Band (next to Tipsy Toad Tavern) Sponsored by Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
  • Chapin Public Library Annual Book Sale – Community Room at Chapin Town Hall
  • AMROC Model Train Exhibit in the American Legion Post 193 Building
  • Vendors galore on Beaufort and Clark Streets and Lexington Avenue

Time: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: Clark St, Chapin 29036

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