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Weekend Events for Kids {August 11-13}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, August 11-13, 2017!

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

Weekend Events for Kids - August 11-13, 2017 - Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday, August 11, 2017

Reading Rumpus

Share songs and stories with babies from birth to age 3.

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Location: Richland Library North Main, North Main Children’s Room, 5306 North Main Street, Columbia 29203

Learn, Connect, Play: Board Games

Participate in board games and encourage cooperation, problem solving and critical thinking.

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Eastover, Eastover Meeting Room, 601 Main Street, Eastover 29044

Twilight in the Garden: featuring A Bug’s Life

The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction then enjoy a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk (Waterfall Junction will open at 6:00pm and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages also will be available for purchase. More information will be posted closer-to-date. COST: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29212

Say “Hola” to Stories

Come enjoy bilingual stories in English and Spanish.

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Sandhills, Sandhills Storytime Room, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia 29223

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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 in Architecture

Discover the beauty of design and solve problems with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Greater Columbia Section. Teams work to design and construct a Rube Goldberg machine. Explore the links between art, engineering and design and get an introduction to basic architecture.Space is limited, please register. Age Group(s): 9-12, Programs for School Age Children

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Richland Library Ballentine, 1200 Dutch Fork Rd., Irmo 29063

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)

Southeastern Toy Soldier Show

Exquisitely detailed military miniature figures or the little plastic G.I. Joes from your childhood, they’re all here at the Southeastern Toy Soldier Show. See, buy, or trade toy soldiers or other military miniatures from various periods of history and enjoy special museum programs presented during the day. Toy Soldier Show activities are free with museum general admission.

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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


Join us to learn all about eclipses and make a craft that will put you into orbit! Age Group(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Richland Library Blythewood, 218 McNulty Street, Blythewood, SC 29016

Solar Science

Get ready for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse with Solar Science Saturdays at the State Museum, presented by SCE&G! Activities for Sat., Aug. 12 include:

  • Hovercraft Rides
  • Rocket Launching (weather permitting)
  • Creating Pinhole Projectors
  • Angular Momentum experience

Solar Science Saturdays are free with museum general admission or membership.

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody Storytime

While poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, this sweet parody of the beloved Goodnight Moon gives scientists of all ages everything they need to say goodnight and rest before returning to the research world in the morning. Activities to follow.

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.

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

Inaugural Community Expo 2017

*Free parking and entry* You and your family are invited to the Inaugural Community Expo 2017! We will have:

  • Community Agencies and Vendors
  • HIV/AIDS and STI Testing
  • Food Vendors
  • Papparazzi Jewelry
  • Vitals for Life
  • Health Fair
  • Clothing Vendors
  • Childrens Game Station Coner
  • Resources and Networking Opportunities… ALL AGES ARE WELCOMED TO ATTEND!

Donations to Harvest Hope will be accepted from 12 pm to 3 pm in the hall. Nonperishable food items and monetary donations will benefit the Harvest Hope Backpack Program.

Time: noon – 3 p.m.

Location: The Hall at Senate’s End, 320 Senate Street , Columbia 29201

Teenscene: Summer Reading Wrap Up Party

We set out to build a better world — to challenge you to try new things and work together to make a positive impact in the community. Now it’s time to celebrate all you’ve accomplished. Join us for the ultimate ice cream party. Registration required. For more information, call 794-6791, ext. 5. (grades 6 – 12)

Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

Location: Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia 29169

The Summer Drive in Festival Series

Columbia’s first pop up festival and drive in presents “Star Wars Saga Night.” Price: $15 – $20. 

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Location: Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Hwy, Cayce 29033

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Passport to Art: Brush Up

In honor of the ReTooled exhibition, we celebrate the trusty paintbrush with an homage to this trademark tool. Join us to create and paint with your own retooled paintbrushes and get inspired at 1:00pm with a brush-centered tour of the exhibition.

Time: noon – 3 p.m.

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

Anime Kessha

Love to watch anime or read manga? We’ll watch films, discuss new releases and revel in the Japanese culture. For more information, call 785-2630. (grades 6 – 12)

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072

Books and Beyond

Learn about fire safety with the book character Otisby Lauren Long. Meet a fire safety officer and make a fire hat. (grades K4- 3) Registration requested. Please call 798-7880 ext. 3 for more information.

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

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

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