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Friday | April 6, 2018
Enjoy Spring Break with our Artist in Residence Maria Fabrizio! Using bold and playful shapes, children will create unique animals and creatures while learning the fundamental elements and principles of design.
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Richland Library Main, Children’s Craft Area, 1431 Assembly St., Columbia 29201
Create interesting toys, instruments, and games out of household objects using Scratch and micro:bit coding. Age Group(s): 9-12, 13 – 18
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Richland Library Blythewood, 218 McNulty Street, Blythewood 29016
Join the block party — use your imagination, curiosity and problem-solving skills to build different Lego creations. The Lego Club enhances learning with hands-on activities that promote reading and critical-thinking at all ages. Registration required. For more information, call 345-5479. (grades 4 – 6)
Time: 3 – 3:45 p.m.
Location: Chapin Branch Library, 129 N.W. Columbia Avenue, Chapin 29036
Put away the tech and kick it old school! Spend an afternoon playing foosball, Monopoly, Scrabble, and more.
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Richland Library Main, Teen Area, 1431 Assembly St., Columbia 29201
Saturday | April 7, 2018
Encourage a love for nature and ornithology in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a window birdhouse. Your young birdwatcher can observe birds’ behaviors like building a nest and watching eggs hatch without the need for expensive equipment. Once your birdhouse is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, 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
Location: Home Depot
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
A storytime for children of all abilities, ages 2-10, along with their families. This event is especially great for kids who need more hands-on interaction and visual support! Feel free to bring your favorite teddy bear or other stuffed friend to enjoy storytime with you!
Time: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Richland Library Ballentine, 1321 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo 29063
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)
Local opera company FBN Productions presents a new twist on an old tale.
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Richland Library Main, Auditorium, 1431 Assembly St., Columbia 29201
Enjoy games your parents and grandparents played when they were young like marbles, tic tac toe, hopscotch, hula hoops, jump ropes and sidewalk chalk. For more information, call 794-6791, ext. 5. (grades K – 5)
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia 29169
In a grey town made entirely of stones, where everyone is afraid of everything, a stranger arrives with nothing to fear. Will he inspire the citizens to take back their city and tear down their walls? Will his new-found friend find the courage to use her power to bring the magical city back to life? Just what is the recipe for “Stone Soup,” anyhow?
“Stone Soup” is an imaginative, high-energy, and comedic re-telling of the traditional folk story using musical styles from Rock / Pop to Folk and World. Full of memorable songs and characters and designed to entertain audiences of all ages the story digs into what it means to conquer your fears, and how powerful we can be when we work together. Presented by Columbia Children’s Theatre.
Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon
Location: Richland Library Blythewood, Blythewood Meeting Room, 218 McNulty Street, Blythewood 29016
Join us for Storytime and activities featuring beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein’s timeless classic The Giving Tree.
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Barnes and Noble, Midtown at Forest Acres, Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204
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
Make your own musical instrument using Scratch and micro:bit. For 9-12 year olds.
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Richland Library Main, Teen Makerspace, 1431 Assembly St., Columbia 29201
Can you mix the solution for the bubble that will withstand the test or will your bubble be a bust? Learn the science and make your choice of bubble solutions. All supplies provided.
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Location: Richland Library Eastover, 608 Main Street, Eastover 29044
Sunday | April 8, 2018
Join Doko Farm for a celebration of Spring! This community event will feature local farms, crafts, delicious food, and a community seed swap. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about heritage breeds of livestock and edible forest gardens. Farm products will be available along with seedlings, and crafts. Families are especially encouraged to come for the games and a chance for children to meet friendly goats, lambs, and chicks. $5.
Time: noon – 3 p.m.
Location: Doko Farms, 2101 Cedar Creek Road, Blythewood 29016
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