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Weekend Events for Kids {February 17 – 19}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, February 17 – 19, 2017!

Weekend Events for Kids - February 17 - 19, 2017 | Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday, February 17, 2017

Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo

Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the park every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license, property tax statement or vehicle registration as proof of residency.

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29201

Discovery Day: Extraordinary Elephants

(ages 2–5) Who is that you hear stomping the ground and trumpeting so loud? It must be those extraordinary elephants! These animals are a sight to behold and have so much to share!

COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public. Register for Class

Time: 9:45 a.m. 

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, 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 a.m. 

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

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 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Swansea Branch Library, 199 N. Lawrence Ave., Swansea 29160

Movers and Shakers

Get ready to move and shake, shake, shake while listening to stories, songs and more! For 2-5 year olds. Age Group(s): 1-2, 3-5, Programs for Young Children

Time: 11 – 11:45 a.m. 

Location: Richland Library Main, Storytime Room – Children’s Room, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201

Tween Extreme: Lego Club

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: 3:15 – 4 p.m.

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

Family on Safari: Animal Valentines

(ages 5–adult) Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the ones you love! Join us at Riverbanks Zoo as we learn all about the sweet ways animals care for one another. Admission for the park on the day following the event is included in ticket price. Dinner, snack and breakfast are also included. COST: $45 per person. Register for Program

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 a.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29201

Aerial Silk Workshop

My Gym aerial workshop is a unique chance for kids to learn important skills like concentration, coordination, teamwork and confidence in a fun environment. Your children will learn a variety of circus skills including aerial silks, trapeze, tumbling, balancing & more. 

This class is empowering, fun, non-judgemental and non-competitive. Our number one goal is for your child to thrive by earning a sense of individual success. Aerial Silks and other circus activities require significant strength and flexibility. In addition to skills, the children will go through cardio & fitness exercises that will help in circus silks and other sports. Ages: 5-11 years old

Time: 6 – 7 p.m. 

Location: My Gym Northeast Columbia, 110 Forum Drive, Suite 1, Columbia 29229

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Engineers Week Open House

During Engineers Week, the college hosts a special open house geared toward kindergarten through 12th grade students.

Additional exhibits will be displayed in our 300 Main Street building as well. Please allow at least 2 hours to see all of our exhibits!

The free event features dozens of interactive exhibits that highlight our academic programs and research.

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Swearingen Engineering Center, 315 Main Street, Columbia 29201

Kids Club® Potted Cactus

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)

Tween Extreme: Crochet 101

Get hooked on crochet. We’re getting crafty with some DIY fun. Learn basic techniques and skills in this six-week class. Tween Extreme incorporates young adult literature, crafts, movies, gaming, poetry and books related to tweens — the age group that is considered too old to be labeled a child and too young to be a teenager. Registration required. (grades 4 – 7)  

Time: 10:30 – 11 :30 a.m. 

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

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site Storytime

All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site – this time with a focus on team-building, friendship and working together! Will they get the big job done? Come and find out at Storytime featuring Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. Coloring and activities to follow.       

Time: 11 a.m. 

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

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Join Dorothy on her adventures through Oz. Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion on their way to visit the Wizard. But Look out for the Wicked Witch, she sees everything from her tower in the West! The classic story comes to life; complete with silver slippers, flying monkeys, runaway hot air balloons, and even a trip to Quadling Country (a leg of the journey that is skipped in the movie).

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

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

Beastly Movie Screening

Join us for a modern-day ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling! Age Group(s): Programs for Teens, 13 – 18

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.  

Location: Richland Library Main, Theater, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201

TeenScene: Chocolate Palooza

Join us for an afternoon filled with sweet games and chocolate confections. Registration required. For more information, call 798-7880, ext. 2. (grades 6 – 12)

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.  

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Engineering Days

Come be a little engineer! Join us for STEAM activities through the days. Learn more about the field of engineering from February 19-21. Fun STEAM activities will be offered as part of the recognition of National Engineering Week.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, 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: 1 – 5 p.m.

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

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