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Weekend Events for Kids {May 19-21}

Find out what activities and events are happening around the Columbia area this weekend for kids, May 19 – 21, 2017!

Weekend Events for Kids - may 19 - 21, 2017 | Columbia SC Moms BlogFriday, May 19, 2017

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

Rhythm and Blooms

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and tune in to music and flowers after hours at Waterfall Junction. Enjoy live music while your kids explore Riverbanks’ 3-acre children’s garden. Food and beverages, including a cash bar, will be available for purchase. Guests also will have an opportunity to sightsee in one of America’s best public gardens. COST: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

Time: 6 – 9 p.m. 

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Please join us on Saturday, May 6th at your local Kroger store to receive your very own Kroger Chef Junior juicer that you can use to make delicious Fruity Guacamole!

A Kroger Chef will guide your child as they learn to create a tasty food item on their own. Each workshop lasts for approximately 20 minutes and includes activities such as decorating a cupcake or creating your own fruit pizza.

As part of every experience, your child will receive these Kroger Chef Junior items!

  • Apron
  • Chef’s Hat
  • Recipe Card & Box
  • Cooking Utensil
  • Patch

Each child will take home a recipe card that includes step-by-step instructions so that together, you can continue the experience at home with a made-from-scratch recipe! It’s a great way to foster a life-long love of cooking!

Kroger Chef Junior workshops are recommended for children ages 4-10 years old, but all are welcome! Please note, registration via Eventbrite is required.

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Kroger, 1028 Roberts Branch Parkway, Columbia 29203

Blythewood Butterfly Festival

Join us for a day of fun at the Blythewood Butterfly Festival honoring nature’s most beautiful pollinator, the butterfly! The festival will feature a walk-in Butterfly Experience- a large butterfly tent filled with live butterflies and flowers! Other festive attractions include

• Caterpillar Petting Zoo where guests can follow the life cycle of a butterfly

• Live Butterfly Release and visit from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

• Pollinator Coloring Forest, Storybook Garden and Family Photo Station

• Butterfly Face Painting, Balloon Art, Make and Take Crafts

• Local Artisans and Vendors showcasing butterfly and conservation-minded goods

• Opportunities for fun and learning by local conservation groups

• Food, music and more!

Proceeds from the day benefit the nonprofit programs at Camp Discovery. Free admission. Butterfly tent $8 ages 3 and up. 

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Doko Meadows, 100 Alvina Hagood Circle, Blythewood 29016

Sensory Sensations Open Play

Opportunities to engage the senses and fine motor skills through open play! Program geared for young learners and those with other sensory challenges. Caregivers, please plan to assist your child in safely exploring the materials and activities. Age Group(s): 3-5, Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Young Children

Time: 10 – 11 a.m. 

Location: Richland Library Sandhills, Sandhills Steam Corner, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia, 29229

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 – 11 a.m. 

Location: Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072

Kids Club® Family Terrarium

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)

Forest Acres Festival

Columbia’s BEST, FREE, FAMILY EVENT will be on Saturday, May 20th, 10am – 4pm on the AC Flora High School athletic fields! Experience all the fun of a festival in a free, family-friendly atmosphere. Free admission, free carnival rides, free face painting, free pony rides, live entertainment, mascots, and more! Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Forest Acres.

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Little Ree Storytime

New York Times bestselling author, Food Network star, The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, brings us the first book in a brand-new picture book series with stories inspired by life on the ranch entitled Little Ree! Activities to follow.                              

Time: 11 a.m. 

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

Little Red Riding Hood

Big Bad Wolf can’t get any respect. He’s the laughing stock of the forest. He can’t even get the Three Little Pigs to answer the door. Just when he’s at an all time low, a little girl in a red hood happens by and he sees an opportunity! Will Big Bad live up to his name? Or will Little Red be able to outsmart him and make it safely to her Grandma? With a variety of puppetry techniques and plenty of humor, Little Red Riding Hood is an irreverent take on the classic fairy tale.

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

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dollar Sunday | Hampton-Preston Mansion

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic house museums for just $1! This month, visit the Hampton-Preston Mansion for Dollar Sunday. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! The Hampton-Preston tour is available at 2:30 p.m. Other house tours are available at the regular times. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

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