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Weekend Events for Kids {April 27-29}

Weekend Events for Kids in Columbia - April 27-29, 2018 | Columbia SC Moms Blog

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

Richland Library and Lexington Library hold LOTS of storytimes over the weekend! Click the links to find a time that works for your family.

Friday | April 27, 2018


Discovery Day: Regal Rhinos

Rhinos are large, regal animals of Africa. Learn about their way of life and how we can help protect them. COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public. Ages 2-5.

Time: 9:45 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


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 – 11:20 a.m.

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


Make and Taste: Chocolate

Taste test milk chocolates, dark chocolates and other unique flavors as we doodle and create! Age Group(s): 13 – 18, Programs for Teens

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Main, Teen Makerspace, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201


Sparkleberry Country Fair

If you want to see the way it was done in the old days, then come to the Sparkleberry Country Fair!  The Fair is located in Northeast Columbia at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center (900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC) on the corner of Clemson and Two Notch Road.

The cost is only $10 a car load and all proceeds go to local schools in the form of scholarships and grants.  The Sparkleberry Country Fair is the only fair in the state where you can have lots of fun, get an education, give to education and have hands-on demonstrations from the past!  Where else can you have that much fun while helping our students? Only at the Sparkleberry Country Fair!

Time: 4 – 10 p.m. (amusement rides only)

Location: Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road, Columbia 29229


ANNIE

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Rd, Lexington 29072


Gilligans Island The Musical

Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the ever-popular and iconic 60‘s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island”, which has aired continuously since 1964 and is one of the rare TV properties to rate equally well in every demographic group. Written by Sherwood Schwartz in the 80s, this Victorian theatrical premiere is absurd, funny, nostalgic and being innovatively brought into the 21st century.

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: On Stage Performance Center, 711 East Main Street, Lexington 29072


Saturday | April 28, 2018


See Spot Run 5K

See Spot Run is a family and pet-friendly run/walk through the scenic downtown Earlewood Park neighborhood. Funds raised benefit the Humane Society’s low-cost Spay/Neuter program. Bring your best friend and join us! $25 entry fee also provides a Humane Society T-Shirt.

Time: 7:30 a.m. – noon

Location: Earlewood Park, Parkside Dr, Columbia 29203


Kick It Karate

Kick it Karate is a free specialized karate class for all kids and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This SC Developmental Disabilities Council program takes place at Capital Karate in Rosewood every Saturday morning (pending holidays and cancellations due to weather).

Qualified and certified karate instructors take time to help those with special needs develop confidence and basic karate moves. There are three age groups:

  • Ages 3-6 class from 9.15-9.45 am
  • Ages 7-12 class from 10-10:30 am
  • Ages 13+ class from 10.45-11.15 am

For more information, email [email protected]

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Location: Capital Karate, 2728 Rosewood Drive, Columbia 29205 


Saluda Splash Opens!

Saluda Splash opens for the season!

Time: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia 29210


Melvin Park Splash Opens!

Saluda Splash opens for the season!

Time: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: Melvin Park, 370 A Eptings Camp Road, Chapin 29036


Sparkleberry Country Fair

If you want to see the way it was done in the old days, then come to the Sparkleberry Country Fair!  The Fair is located in Northeast Columbia at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center (900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC) on the corner of Clemson and Two Notch Road.

The cost is only $10 a car load and all proceeds go to local schools in the form of scholarships and grants.  The Sparkleberry Country Fair is the only fair in the state where you can have lots of fun, get an education, give to education and have hands-on demonstrations from the past!  Where else can you have that much fun while helping our students? Only at the Sparkleberry Country Fair!

Time: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (after 5 p.m. amusement rides only)

Location: Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road, Columbia 29229


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)


Kids Day of Lexington

Fun filled, completely FREE event! Complete with mascots, bouncy castles, all kinds of food, and lots of learning opportunities. Come hang out with us!

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Virginia Hylton Park, 111 Maiden Lane, Lexington 29072


Columbia Wave Fest

The Columbia Wave Fest is a community event that promotes wellness by connecting children, youth, and families to available resources and fun activities! This celebratory event is held in recognition of national Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week which promotes the positive the impact of mental health and substance use recovery. We serve as Messengers of Hope by letting everyone know that recovery is possible. We believe that every individual’s emotional wellness is vital to overall health and success, regardless of age. We will have free food, a Kids Zone, live entertainment and health screenings! Come out to get connected to resource and enjoy family fun! #CatchTheWave

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2300 Greene St., Columbia 29205


Columbia Comic & Toy Con

Antique toys, Comics Old and New, Playsets, Soldiers, Hot Wheels, Barbie & other collectible dolls, Beanies, Star Wars, lunch boxes, action figures, video games etc. Also Guests include Artists Sanford Greene and Mike Hoffman as well as writer Chad Bowers. Cosplay contest as well.

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road, Columbia 29210


2nd Annual Taste of Africa Festival

The Annual Taste of Africa Festival (TOAF) has as its mission to expose and showcase to the midlands of South Carolina the culture of the African Community here in South Carolina through the continents diverse people, art, food, fashion, and music, in a fun-filled family-friendly environment.

Time: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Village Green at Lake Carolina, 220 Eascott Place, Columbia 29229


Say Hola to Stories

Join us for this monthly bilingual storytime for all ages and enjoy songs and stories in both Spanish and English!

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. 

Location: Richland Library Main, Children’s Area, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201


Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? Storytime

Full of rhyming fun, Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? features appearances by some of the world’s greatest scientists. Young readers will enjoy learning about scientists and how they changed the world.

Time: 11 a.m. 

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


Jack and the Giants

Giants are supposed to be big, mean, and nasty. They eat anyone who crosses their path. But Flinch isn’t like other giants. He’s constantly picked on by his bigger brothers for being sweet, caring, and… a vegetarian! When he sneaks away from his home in the mountaintops to the valley below, he befriends a poor young boy named Jack. Soon he’s found a new home, but his bigger brothers won’t let him go that easily.

CMT’s production is a twist on the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Featuring some of our largest puppets, this show is also big on heart! 

Time: 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

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


Back to the Roots Festival

Join us in celebrating City Roots 10th Growing Season at the Back to the Roots Festival! This will be the first event of its kind in Columbia, with fun hands-on farm learning experiences combined with great music, food and drinks that will be fun for EVERYONE!

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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


ANNIE

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Time: 3 & 7:30 p.m.

Location: Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Rd, Lexington 29072


Cupcake Wars!

We provide the stuff, you provide the style! Make ‘em fancy or make ‘em plain, whatever you do, make ‘em awesome!! Age Group(s): 13 – 18, Programs for Teens

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Richland Library – Ballentine, 1321 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo 29063


Gilligans Island The Musical

Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the ever-popular and iconic 60‘s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island”, which has aired continuously since 1964 and is one of the rare TV properties to rate equally well in every demographic group. Written by Sherwood Schwartz in the 80s, this Victorian theatrical premiere is absurd, funny, nostalgic and being innovatively brought into the 21st century.

Time: 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Location: On Stage Performance Center, 711 East Main Street, Lexington 29072


Stone Soup — Columbia Children’s Theatre

This musical version of the classic folktale shares the story of feared strangers who inspire a whole community through the use of one little stone. When weary foreigners arrive in the village square, fear and suspicion reign. But as the outsiders start to make soup out of a stone, each of the locals is prompted to contribute to the ever-growing, communal meal. This ageless story serves up a poignant reminder that community is built one ingredient at a time. $5.

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia 29210


Sunday | April 29, 2018


Sparkleberry Country Fair

If you want to see the way it was done in the old days, then come to the Sparkleberry Country Fair!  The Fair is located in Northeast Columbia at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center (900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC) on the corner of Clemson and Two Notch Road.

The cost is only $10 a car load and all proceeds go to local schools in the form of scholarships and grants.  The Sparkleberry Country Fair is the only fair in the state where you can have lots of fun, get an education, give to education and have hands-on demonstrations from the past!  Where else can you have that much fun while helping our students? Only at the Sparkleberry Country Fair!

Time: 1 – 8 p.m. (amusement rides only)

Location: Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road, Columbia 29229


Giving Stories + Crafts

Come for a special storytime for families to celebrate philanthropy and the beauty of giving back. Afterward, create your own giving jar with special guests, Olivia the Octopus and Gordon the Yam from Auntie Karen Foundation – Take home your creation and use to it to collect your family’s charitable donations. When it is full, decide together where the money will go – how will you #GetYourGiveOn?

Time: 3:30 – 4 p.m. 

Location: Richland Library Main, Children’s Area, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201


ANNIE

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Rd, Lexington 29072


Gilligans Island The Musical

Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the ever-popular and iconic 60‘s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island”, which has aired continuously since 1964 and is one of the rare TV properties to rate equally well in every demographic group. Written by Sherwood Schwartz in the 80s, this Victorian theatrical premiere is absurd, funny, nostalgic and being innovatively brought into the 21st century.

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: On Stage Performance Center, 711 East Main Street, Lexington 29072


 Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.

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