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Weekend Events for Kids {June 29-July 1}

weekend events for kids around columbia - June 30-July1, 2018

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

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

Friday | June 29, 2018


Chad Crews: Reading ROCKS

With a hilarious combination of magic, music, storytelling and live animals, Chad Crews shows how reading makes life a rocking adventure. For more information, call (803) 785-3272. (grades K – 5)

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

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


Toddlertime

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: Batesburg-Leesville Branch Library, 203 Armory Street, Batesburg 29006


Chad Crews: Reading ROCKS

With a hilarious combination of magic, music, storytelling and live animals, Chad Crews shows how reading makes life a rocking adventure. For more information, call (803) 785-3519. (grades K – 5)

Time: 2 – 3 p.m. 

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


Tween Extreme: Chinese Rock Out

Immerse yourself in culture with Chinese phrases, songs and games. Discover the magic of the lion dragon dance. Presented by Lin Ko. For more information call, (803) 798-7880, ext. 3. (grades 4 – 7)

Time: 2 – 3 p.m. 

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


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


Tween Extreme: Lego Mania

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 4 – 7)

Time: 3:15 – 4 p.m.

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


Columbia’s Summer Movies Series: Hoodwinked

The City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series continues with “Hoodwinked” at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. Synopsis: “Cheeky, animated reworking of “Little Red Riding Hood,” featuring the voice talent of Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway and Patrick Warburton.” 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 | June 30, 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


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)


Cayce Field Days

Looking for some fun, FREE activities to do once school is out for the summer? Cayce Field Days with the CWC Junior Chamber is back this year for 3 Saturdays in June from 10:00-Noon at Memorial Park (1605 State Street)! Each week there are different crafts, fun fitness activities, tennis, yard games and much more. The Cayce Department of Public Safety will bring their firetruck on the 2nd and 30th and TNT Martial Arts & Fitness will host a fun station on the 16th and 30th. All we ask is that you register for FREE so we can plan age appropriate centers for the kids. Hope to see you soon!

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Memorial Park, 1605 State Street, Cayce 29033


Lego Club

Join the block party — use your imagination, curiosity and problem-solving skills to build different Lego creations. Legos enhance learning with hands-on activities that promote reading and critical-thinking at all ages. Registration required. 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


Storytime and Activities Featuring Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate

Before he was the beloved Pete the Cat, he was Pete the Kitty! Join Pete on a cat-tastic playdate as he learns a lesson about sharing with his friend, Grumpy Toad. Activities to follow.

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)


Music & Movement

Music & Movement is an interactive program that gets children moving to the beat and explores a variety of musical instruments and genres. For more information, call (803) 345-5479. (ages 1 – 5 years)

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

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


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


Lake Murray 4th of July Boat Parade 2018

The theme for this year is “Cheers to 30 Years.” Free, but if watching from one of the Lake Murray Dam park sites admission is $2 per car.

Time: noon

Location: Parade begins between 12 – 12:30 p.m. at Bomb Island heading towards the dam. Once boats have fallen in line behind the lead boat, the parade will head towards Lake Murray Dam. The parade will pass both the Lexington and Irmo parks at Lake Murray Dam. Therefore, both park sites are ideal for viewing the parade. 


TAB Presents-Cupcake Wars

Cupcake decorating with twists and turns meets up for a friendly competition of culinary creativity. Will your team be crowned champion? 2-4 per team is encouraged, so tell a friend or grab grandma and let the cupcake wars begin!! Age Group(s): 13 – 18, Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Teens.

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

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


Intro To Improv

Improv, short for improvisation, is the art of saying “Yes and” to mix-ups of setting, character, and action. There are no right answers beyond keeping a scene moving, and your fellow actors will be there to bail you out if you get stuck in a moment. The Teen Center’s introductory improv exercises will help you unleash the characters inside you. Age Group(s): 13 – 18, Programs for Teens.

Time: 3 – 4:0 p.m. 

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


Cayce Moose Lodge Family Carnival

The Cayce Moose Lodge is going to be having its first carnival. This is a fundraiser for Moose International (Mooseheart and Moosehaven) We will have food vendors like a bbq rib dinner with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. Hamburgers, hotdogs, boiled peanuts, snow cones, Pelicans shaved Ice and mini donuts. We will also have a giant slide and a giant water gun maze. Carnival games, we have 20. Plinko, fish game, ping pong game, ring toss, toilet paper toss, angry birds game, guessing game, stand a bottle, perfect shot, golf game, hat game and so on. We also will have karaoke outside and 50/50 bingo inside for members and qualified guests. This is open to the public. No entry fee. All day ride/game armband is $25 and individual tickets are also available.

Time: 4 – 8 p.m.

Location: Cayce Moose Lodge Family Center, 1541 Old Dunbar Road, West Columbia 29172


Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration 2018

Beginning at dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.) South Carolina’s largest fireworks display on beautiful Lake Murray. Fireworks will be set off from two great locations: Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. In honor of our 30th anniversary, the fireworks show will be 30 minutes long this year. Viewers of the fireworks show will be able to tune into WTCB/B106.7 FM and WOMG/Classic Hits 98.5 for music that will be synced to the fireworks extravaganza. The best places to view the fireworks are Dreher Island State Park and both parks at the Lake Murray dam. Bring a chair or blanket, picnics are welcomed. No Alcohol Permitted at any of the locations. Lake Murray Dam park sites – $3 per car/truck, $2 per motorcycle, $5 per bus; Dreher Island State Park – $2 for adults, $1.25 SC Seniors, FREE for children 15 years and younger.

Time: approximately 9:15 p.m. (gates at Dreher Island State Park close at 8 p.m.)

Location: Multiple – Lake Murray Dam park sites and walking path, 2068 North Lake Drive, Columbia , SC 29210 or 1832 North Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072; Dreher Island State Park, 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC 29127


Sunday | July 1, 2018


Sensory Sunday

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences are invited to join us for exclusive Sensory Friendly Days the first Sunday of each month from 9 – 10 a.m., first hour the museum opens! They’ll have the opportunity to explore the museum in a safe and accepting environment, and enjoy interactive, hands-on activities. 
 
This exclusive event will also provide:

  • A comfortable, protected and accepting environment.
  • An opportunity for parents to make connections with other families.
  • Special needs information for parents.

Time: 10 – 11 a.m. 

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


First Citizen’s First Sunday

General admission to the South Carolina State Museum is only $1 for guests on First Citizens First Sunday! Included in general admission, guests can explore four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology, including the Boeing Observatory and the Robert B. Arial Collection of Historical Astronomy located on the fourth floor. For an additional price, guests can experience the museum’s planetarium and 4D theater.

Time: noon – 5 p.m. 

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


31st Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty

The Carolina Celebration of Liberty is the longest running event of its kind in our state. It has been seen in person by well over 100,000 people and on television by untold thousands. From parades to indoor fireworks, the celebration is a flag waving patriotic extravaganza that recognizes and honors those who have fought to preserve our freedom as well as those who are presently serving. With the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra from First Baptist, the 282nd Army Victory Band, and a cast of hundreds you will thrill at the sights and sounds of America as we celebrate our freedom, our founding, and our future! Joe Pinner will once again be with us to celebrate his 31st anniversary as master of Ceremonies! Don’t miss South Carolina’s premiere patriotic event!  Free, but must reserve tickets in advance by calling (803) 256-4251.

Time: 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (doors open one hour before performance)

Location: First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 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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