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Weekend Events for Kids {July 13-15}

Weekend Events for Kids Around Columbia - July 13-15, 2018 | Columbia SC Moms Blog

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

Friday | July 13, 2018

Songs to Grow On

Join us for a lively musical experience, featuring Irene Rose Smith, that will have you singing, dancing and learning songs that can help you make good choices and stand up for what is right. For more information, call (803) 785-3272. (grades K – 5)

Time: 10:30 – 11 :30a.m. 

Location: Pelion Branch Library, 206 Pine Street, Pelion 29123


Toddlertime is an interactive program for toddlers and their caregivers that encourages early enjoyment and development of language and literature through stories, rhymes and songs. For more information, call (803) 345-5479. (ages 18 – 35 months)

Time: 11 – 11:20 a.m. 

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

Storytime for Listeners

Storytime is a fun way to introduce preschoolers to literature. It includes books, storytelling, poetry and songs. For more information, call (803) 785-3050. (ages 18 months – 5 years)

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: South Congaree-Pine Ridge Branch Library, 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia 29172

Songs to Grow On

Join us for a lively musical experience, featuring Irene Rose Smith, that will have you singing, dancing and learning songs that can help you make good choices and stand up for what is right. For more information, call (803) 785-3272. (grades K – 5)

Time: 10:30 – 11 :30a.m. 

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

Teen Gaming Hour

We’ve got a Wii and XBox and you know how to play it. Join us to enjoy your favorite games. Welcome to bring your own game(s).

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Eastover, Eastover Meeting Room, 608 Main Street, Eastover 29044

Lego Kids

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 (803) 345-5479. (grades K – 3)

Time: 3:15 – 4 p.m.

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

Twilight in the Garden: featuring The Lion King

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 p.m. and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages also will be available for purchase. Members $3/Non-members $5. 

Time: 6 p.m. –  Dusk

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210

Friday the 13th Teen Lock-In

The library may be closed but you’re still invited! Only teens have special after hours access on Friday the 13th for late night pizza, movies, and games.  *Registration, including a signed permission slip, is required. Please visit the Teen Center or call 929-3470 for more information. Age Group(s): Programs for Teens, 13 – 18.

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

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

Columbia’s Summer Movies Series: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series continues with “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)” at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. Synopsis: “Four teenagers are sucked into a jungle-themed video game.” Pre-show activities begin at 7:45 p.m. Movies will begin at sunset. Attendees can bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. No pets, glass containers and alcoholic beverages allowed. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

Time: 7:45 – 10 p.m.

Location: Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street, Columbia 29201

Saturday | July 14, 2018

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

Nature Discovery Walk

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteer naturalists for a fun and engaging walk along the park’s Boardwalk. Discover park wildlife and the amazing diversity of plant life that make Congaree National Park unique. Please wear comfortable footwear and bring water and insect repellent.

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Harry Hampton Visitor Center, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins 29061

Soda City Market

Whether you’re shopping for a one-of-kind gift, picking-up this week’s groceries, or spending the morning with family and friends, you’ll find a refreshing mix of local and regional food and craft vendors at Soda City — and if you’re from out of town, visit us on Main Street and see Columbia as the creative class, international, and bustling community we are! Free parking throughout Columbia on the weekends (no matter what you see on signs and stickers) including the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street between Main Street and Sumter Street.

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Main Street, Columbia 29201

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)

American Girl: Hair Style & Care Clinic

Learn how to care for your favorite doll and create fun hair styles. Schedule an appointment with our American Girl expert for a unique, hands-on workshop. Mommy & Me sessions available, too. Registration required. For more information, call (803) 345-5479. (grades K – 8)

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

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

Learn Freely Fest

An exciting day of learning for the whole family. Explore, learn, create, play, get active, pick up some good-to-know life skills, and most of all have fun! Age Group(s): Children All Ages, 13 – 18, Adults 

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Teen Book Battle Practice

Got trivia? Sign-up to participate in Richland Library’s Book Battle! The big system-wide tournament will be August 4, so come practice your book smarts. 

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

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

STEAM Saturday

Join us for a catalytic program where books and science collide. STEAM programs stimulate children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. For more information, call (803) 798-7880, ext. 3. (grades K – 5)

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

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

Saturday Makers Fair

Build on your ingenuity and discover new learning opportunities. This unique experience encourages kids to use everyday materials to create imaginative, self-directed projects. Chat with friends about what they’re making and share your ideas as well. For more information, call (803) 794-6791, ext. 5. (grades 1 – 5)

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

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

Storytime and Activities Featuring The Princess and the Pit Stop

Featuring appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and all of the Wicked Witches, this mash-up of race cars and royalty is a celebration of both girl power and horsepower.

Time: 11 a.m. 

Location: Barnes and Noble, Midtown at Forest Acres, Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204 (1st level next to Barnes & Noble)

Beauty and the Beast

A vain Prince learns a valuable lesson when he is turned into a hulking Beast for his selfish behavior. It will take a young woman named Beauty to teach him the error of his ways. CMT’s adaptation has  both drama and comedy, and features detailed marionettes and rod puppets.

Time: 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

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

Science Magic!

It looks like magic, but it’s really science! Chemistry teacher Robert Ellington returns with new tricks to dazzle and teach in a magic show that’s fun for all ages!

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Cooper, Cooper Children’s Area, 5317 North Trenholm Road, Columbia 29206

Summer Movie – The Greatest Showman

Bring the family out to Melvin Park for a free movie night in July and August! The movies begin at dark, 8:45 p.m. and are free to the public. With special thanks to our sponsors Chapin Baptist Church, Jeff Riley Team, and Wrapabull for The Greatest Showman. All Ages. No Fee.

Time: 8:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Location: Melvin Park, 370 Eptings Camp Rd, Chapin 29036

Sunday | July 15, 2018

Dollar Sunday | Mann-Simons Site

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of Mann-Simons Site for only $1 on Sunday, July 15 during Dollar Sunday. Visit the Mann-Simons Site, home to the same African-American family for nearly 130 years. The house will be open for guests to tour at their own pace, and guides will be available to answer any questions. Tickets can be purchased at the Mann-Simons Site, located at 1403 Richland Street. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tickets are $1 for Richland and Lexington County residents with a valid I.D.

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Location: Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland Street, Columbia 29201    

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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