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Weekend Events for Kids in Columbia {April 8-10}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area for kids the weekend of April 8-10, 2016!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Dinos: The Big Dig

This dino-mite exhibit features roaring robotic dinosaurs such as the Stegosaurus, Raptor and Triceratops. Dig for fossils in the Dino Dig Pit and pan for gemstones in the Treasure Creek! Little ones will enjoy pretend play in the Paleo Tent and Lil’ Explorers area filled with costumes, puppets, books and puzzles. Your ticket is free with museum admission. Children and Adults: $11.50; Seniors (62+): $10.50; Military (with ID): $10.50; Children under two: Free

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St., Columbia 29201


Sensory-Friendly Storytime

This storytime is for everyone. It is designed to include children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory-integration issues and other developmental needs. If your child experiences difficulty focusing in one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs and sensory-based activities might be just what you are looking for. For more information, call 798-7880, ext. 3. (all ages)

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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


Dinner & Movie

Stop by for dinner from your favorite food trucks and cuddle up with your kids to enjoy a movie on the big screen. Don’t forget your dog and favorite lawn chair. The movie is Home. Event is free.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: HEMI Food Truck Court, 728 Meeting Street, West Columbia 29169


Peter and the Starcatcher

Young Molly Aster, a Starcatcher Apprentice, finds herself in the company of pirates, a giant crocodile, and angry Mollusks as she and three orphan boys (one of whom happens to be unnamed) attempt to return a trunk of precious starstuff to her father. Adventures abound as they’re pursued my a mustached pirate captain and his sidekick Smee. Along the way Molly learns what it means to grow-up and the nameless orphan and his friends take up residence on an island where dreams are born and time is never planned – the island where that nameless orphan is christened Peter Pan. Tickets $25-$35.

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady Street, Columbia 29201


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dinos: The Big Dig

This dino-mite exhibit features roaring robotic dinosaurs such as the Stegosaurus, Raptor and Triceratops. Dig for fossils in the Dino Dig Pit and pan for gemstones in the Treasure Creek! Little ones will enjoy pretend play in the Paleo Tent and Lil’ Explorers area filled with costumes, puppets, books and puzzles. Your ticket is free with museum admission. Children and Adults: $11.50; Seniors (62+): $10.50; Military (with ID): $10.50; Children under two: Free

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St., Columbia 29201


Lowe’s Build and Grow: Birdfeeder

Spring is here and the birds are singing!  Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build a cool Birdfeeder.

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Locations Vary


Michael’s Kids Club® Butterfly Clip Canvas

Drop in for Kids Club from 10-noon on Saturday, April 9th, where your little makers will make a butterfly clip canvas. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative, craft fun – supplies included!

Time: 10 a.m. – noon (drop-in)

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


Plant Swap & Fairy Gardens

Swap your way to a beautiful garden — exchange annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, trees, shrubs, bulbs and seeds. Children can sign up at the youth services desk to build an enchanting fairy garden to take home. This program is part of Understanding Our Rivers — Lexington County Public Library’s book-to-action project. For more information, call 798-7880. (all ages)

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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


Aladdin

A tale within a tale, Sheherezade narrates the exciting story of Aladdin and the powerful Genie in CMT’s popular show. A shady Sorcerer tricks innocent young Aladdin into stealing a magical lamp. The tables turn however, when Aladdin befriends the powerful Genie trapped within. When the Sorcerer seeks revenge, the pair must enlist the help of Princess Amira and her pet tiger to defeat him. But will Sheherezade’s tale win over the ruthless Sultan who holds her prisoner? The epic tale is brought to life by a unique combination of carved wooden marionettes and scrolling shadow puppets.

Time:11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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


Let’s Play Storytime

It’s only a yellow dot … but what a dot it is! Readers won’t be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Join us for Storytime featuring Let’s Play. Activities will round out the fun.

Time: 11 a.m. 

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


Makers Lab: Duct Tape Hacks and Crafts

I didn’t know duct tape could do that? Learn some awesome life hacks using duct tape and make cool crafts and useful stuff. Programs for School Age Children, 9-12, 6-8.

Time: 3 p.m. 

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


Peter and the Starcatcher

Young Molly Aster, a Starcatcher Apprentice, finds herself in the company of pirates, a giant crocodile, and angry Mollusks as she and three orphan boys (one of whom happens to be unnamed) attempt to return a trunk of precious starstuff to her father. Adventures abound as they’re pursued my a mustached pirate captain and his sidekick Smee. Along the way Molly learns what it means to grow-up and the nameless orphan and his friends take up residence on an island where dreams are born and time is never planned – the island where that nameless orphan is christened Peter Pan. Tickets $25-$35.

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady Street, Columbia 29201


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sensory Sunday

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences are invited to join us for exclusive Sensory Friendly Days every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 12p.m. before 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: 11 a.m. – noon

Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St., Columbia 29201


Dinos: The Big Dig

This dino-mite exhibit features roaring robotic dinosaurs such as the Stegosaurus, Raptor and Triceratops. Dig for fossils in the Dino Dig Pit and pan for gemstones in the Treasure Creek! Little ones will enjoy pretend play in the Paleo Tent and Lil’ Explorers area filled with costumes, puppets, books and puzzles. Your ticket is free with museum admission. Children and Adults: $11.50; Seniors (62+): $10.50; Military (with ID): $10.50; Children under two: Free

Time: Noon – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St., 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: Noon – 5 p.m.

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


Old McCaskill’s Farm Spring Shearing Day

Visit a working farm to see our annual sheep shearing, border collie demos, a working blacksmith, a working saw and grits mills and more. $5; Free (children under 2).

Time: 1 – 6 p.m.

Location: Old McCaskill’s Farm, 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert 29128

 Know of a kid-friendly event that’s not listed? Please comment below.

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