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Weekend Events for Kids {January 23, 24, 25}

Friday, January 23

Free Fridays at the Zoo for Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties

Richland and Lexington county residents are invited to enjoy Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden-only in January and February. The promotion will run Fridays through February 28. Free Fridays applies to Richland and Lexington county residents only; guests must present a valid driver’s license or property tax statement for proof of residency.

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210

Hands On Art

Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Ages 3-5.

Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Richland Library Northeast, Northeast Meeting Room, 7490 Parklane Road, Columbia 29223

Astronomy Night: Family Event

Dress warmly and bring your thermos of hot chocolate.  We will have some telescopes on hand, but feel free to bring your own. This is an all ages, family friendly event presented by the Midlands Astronomy Club. For more information call 798-7880.

Time: 7-8 p.m.

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

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Saturday, January 24

Exhibit Opening: Bugs! Giant Robotic Creatures

Explore some of the world’s most common insects like never before as they are shown 40 to 120 times their size in this NEW blockbuster exhibit! Using animatronics and interactive technology, Bugs! enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects. Admission included with Explorer-level ticket purchase.

Time: Museum hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Location: South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais St., Columbia 29201

Michaels Kids Club: Mardi Gras Mask

Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Location: Michaels stores, locations vary

AMC Sensory Friendly Film – Paddington

Sensory friendly films provide a special opportunity for all families, including those affected by autism, to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! Tickets $6.

After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed “Paddington” for the London train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington’s amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) has designs on the rare bear and his hide. 95 minutes. Rated PG.

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: AMC Dutch Square 14, 421 Bush River Road Unit 80, Columbia 29210

The Frog Princess

Based on a Russian fairy tale, The Frog Princess is an epic musical full of adventure, suspense, romance, and humor. The show features a wide variety of puppetry styles, including marionettes, shadow puppets, and table top puppets. With music and songs by Molly Ledford (of the band Lunch Money), and featuring the voices of Darrion McCloud, Bonita Peeples, Kevin Bush, and Stefanie Santana, CMT’s newest production is also its most unique!

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

Location: Columbia Marionette Theater, 401 Laurel St., Columbia 29201

Storytime: I Love You Night and Day

Please join us for storytime and activities. This week’s book is I Love You Night and Day by Smriti Prasadam-Halls.

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Barnes & Noble, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204

Inspire Your Heart With Art

Use color to express what words cannot. Create art work to display in the library. Children of all ages welcome.

Time: 11-11:30 a.m.

Location: Richland Library Southeast, Southeast Meeting Room, 7421 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia 29209

Healthy Eating Storytime

Join us for storytime and a visit from a DHEC dietitian to learn all about healthy eating, get free nutritional information, and even sample some fruits and veggies! Children of all ages welcome.

Time: 11-11:30 a.m.

Location: Richland Library St. Andrews, St. Andrews Children’s Area, 2916 Broad River Road, Columbia 29210

Most Wanted Family Movies: Maleficent

You voted; we listened. Join us for a showing of the movie, Maleficent. PG; 97 min.; 2014.

Time: noon-2 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Northeast, Northeast Meeting Room, 7490 Parklane Road, Columbia 29223

Family Movie Maleficent

Bring the whole family to this free full-feature movie. We’ll provide the popcorn and drinks. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 785-2630.

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Lexington Main, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072

Biblio Big Screen: Drawing 101

Want to learn how to tell your story through the art of illustration? Join us for Biblio Big Screen: Drawing 101. Ages 13-18.

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Main, Teen Center

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Sunday, January 25

Exhibit Opening: Bugs! Giant Robotic Creatures

Explore some of the world’s most common insects like never before as they are shown 40 to 120 times their size in this NEW blockbuster exhibit! Using animatronics and interactive technology, Bugs! enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects. Admission included with Explorer-level ticket purchase.

Time: Museum hours noon-5 p.m.

Location: South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais St., Columbia 29201

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

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One Response to Weekend Events for Kids {January 23, 24, 25}

  1. Matt Deweese January 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Thank you for the post! There are so many things to do it is hard to keep track of! So thank you for making it easier!

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