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Weekend Events for Kids {May 18-20}

Weekend Events for Kids in Columbia - May 18-20, 2018 | Columbia SC Moms Blog

**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 | May 18, 2018

Endangered Species Day

Discover simple ways to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable animals and their natural habitats. Guests are invited to participate in fun, educational adventures focusing on wildlife conservation.

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210

Hands on Art

Simple art fun with stories to boot. Dress for a mess! Age Group(s): Programs for Young Children, 3-5.

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

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

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

Kid’s CrafterNoon

Join us for a crafternoon of fun just for kids. Learn creative skills and techniques with interesting hands-on projects. All materials provided. For more information, call 345-5479. (grades K – 5)

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

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

Stitch by Stitch

Want to test your Maker skills? We’re bringing out our sewing machines and learning the basics one stitch at a time. Age Group(s): 13 – 18, Programs for Teens.

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

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

Saturday | May 19, 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

Mini Maker Faire

Columbia Mini Maker Faire, an all-ages festival of DIY tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers and artists, will be held at EdVenture. Columbia’s Mini Maker Faire will give local “makers” an opportunity to share their talent and inspire others to explore their inner inventor.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, the Columbia Mini Maker Faire is a localized version of the national Maker Faire which host 90,000 visitors in San Mateo each year.

In its simplest form, Maker Faire creates conversations with Makers. It is a show-and-tell for people of all ages and is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community.

This one-day, family-friendly festival will feature performances, workshops, and many hands-on projects and activities for adults and kids of all ages to explore what they can make.

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais 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)

Mother Daughter Paint & Tea

Grandmothers, Mothers, and Daughters will be able to enjoy a girl’s day painting, drinking tea and eating finger foods. Space is limited Tickets must be purchased in advance. Register by Wed., May 16. All Ages $45/Couple Seven Oaks Park $20/Additional Person

Time: 10 a.m. – noon 

Location: Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia 29210

Columbia Mini Maker Faire

Interested in STEAM? Love discovering how and why things work? Come explore circuitry while creating a beautiful LED origami light. Led by students from Richland Institute of Innovation (R2i2). For ages 12-18.

Time: 10 a.m. – noon 

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


Bring your family out to see trucks, tractors and more at this community event. Children will get hands on experience with large commercial vehicles and talk to the people who operate them. All Ages. No Fee.

Time: 10 a.m. – noon 

Location: Saluda Shoals Park – East Entrance, 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212

Forest Acres Festival

This festival is FREE and will be full of fantastic family fun! FREE admission • FREE amusement rides • FREE petting zoo • FREE pony rides!!! AND find animal mascots, face painting, games for small children, arts and crafts, community performers, live music and DJ Irv! 👉 Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: AC Flora High School, 1 Falcon Drive, Columbia 29204

Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century Storytime

Join us for Storytime and activities in celebration of the Royal Wedding. In this wonderful book about weddings big and small, Fancy Nancy helps out the bride and attends a fabulous party.

Time: 11 a.m. 

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

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

Sunday | May 20, 2018

The Market Spring Festival

Celebrate Spring in South Carolina with this fun festival at the SC State Farmer’s Market, hosted by The Market Tea Room. Enjoy live music, children’s entertainment, and educational experiences. Dine from food trucks or in The Market Restaurant. Shop with creative vendors that showcase the amazing talent in our state. Partake in local beer and wine. **FREE ADMISSION!

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Location: The Market Tearoom and Country Store, 322 Little Brooke Ln, West Columbia 29172

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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