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Weekend Events for Kids {May 4-6}

Weekend Events for Kids in Columbia - May 4-6, 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 4, 2018


Discovery Day: Regal Rhinos

Rhinos are large, regal animals of Africa. Learn about their way of life and how we can help protect them. COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public. Ages 2-5.

Time: 9:45 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


Homeschool Friday: The Hampton-Preston Mansion

Education, Homeschool Friday Open to all homeschool students What was life like in Columbia during the numerous wars that our country fought? Students will examine what occurred on the Homefront from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam. We will learn about what Columbians did to help and to protest, as well the various war efforts throughout our long history. All homeschool students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday programs on the first Friday of the month. Each month’s program is from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and includes hands-on activities while students learn and explore different themes and historic sites with Historic Columbia. Homeschool Friday programs are designed for students of elementary and middle school age levels. Homeschool Friday is open to families and homeschool groups of less than 10 students. For larger groups, we recommend arranging a separate visit to explore that month’s topic. Program participants should gather in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills on the day of the program unless otherwise noted. The cost is per student, with an accompanying adult free. Homeschool Fridays are $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members at the door. If you have questions, would like to be on our mailing list, or if you would like to register for the entire year of Homeschool Friday programs, please contact us by [email protected] email or call 803.252.1770 x 26.

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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


Toddlertime

Storytime is a fun way to introduce preschoolers to literature. It includes books, storytelling, poetry and songs. For more information, call 785-3519. (ages 2 – 5 years)

Time: 11 – 11:20 a.m.

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


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.PG-13, 2:32 min.

Time: noon – 2:30 p.m.

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


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 – 3:45 p.m.

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


Books & Beyond: Painting to Music

Music and painting creates a harmonious relationship. Music will orchestrate your bushes and create artistic sheet music to represent what you are feeling — interpret music through art. For more information, call 785-3050. (grades K – 5)

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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


May the 4th be with you Star Wars light saber demonstration

Let’s celebrate Star Wars Day! Join us for a light saber demonstration for children, teens, and adults (parents feel free to participate). Light sabers will NOT be provided so please bring your own. (Toy sabers are fine for this event).

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

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


High School Musical Jr.

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Harbison Theatre, 7300 College Street, Irmo 29063


Gilligans Island The Musical

Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the ever-popular and iconic 60‘s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island”, which has aired continuously since 1964 and is one of the rare TV properties to rate equally well in every demographic group. Written by Sherwood Schwartz in the 80s, this Victorian theatrical premiere is absurd, funny, nostalgic and being innovatively brought into the 21st century.

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: On Stage Performance Center, 711 East Main Street, Lexington 29072


Saturday | May 5, 2018


Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting Moms

Whether you’re expecting for the first or third time, have a newborn at home, are waiting for that phone call or paperwork to clear to bring that baby to their forever home, this event is for you. Every guest will leave with an adorable tote bag filled with fantastic swag, enjoy specialty food, meet and chat with other moms, enter some fabulous giveaways and receive introductions to local experts on topics pertaining to parenting. It’s your one-stop-shop for all things mom!

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Location: Spirit Communications Park, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia 29201


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


Cinco De Mayo

Come on out and Celebrate Cinco De Mayo , A Mexican American Celebration, EdVenture Style. Enjoy Piñatas, a Maracas making station, Festive Snow-cones and more. 

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 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)


Repticon Columbia Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Repticon Columbia is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Rd., Columbia  29210


Día Celebration

Travel around the world with us as we explore other cultures through crafts, dance and stories. Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children. For more information, call 794-6791, ext. 5. (all ages)

Time: 10:30 a.m. 

Location: Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library


Saturday Crafterday

Join us for a crafterday of fun just for families. Explore creative skills and techniques with interesting hands-on projects. All materials provided. For more information, call 345-5479. All ages welcome.

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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


Llama Llama Loves to Read Storytime

Llama Llama is becoming a reader and can’t wait to show his mother everything he’s learned. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring this beloved character.

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


Cinco De Mayo Street Fest

The Language Buzz hosts its 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Street Fest from 11a until 3p. This family friendly event features a Mariachi band, salsa lessons, authentic street food, games, face painting, door prizes and more! All proceeds benefit The Language Buzz Foundation, a non-profit working to create opportunities for all children to become multi-lingual and globally aware.

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: 1921 Henderson Street, Columbia 29201


High School Musical Jr.

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Time: 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Location: Harbison Theatre, 7300 College Street, Irmo 29063


Stone Soup — Columbia Children’s Theatre

In a grey town made entirely of stones, where everyone is afraid of everything, a stranger arrives with nothing to fear. Will he inspire the citizens to take back their city and tear down their walls? Will his new-found friend find the courage to use her power to bring the magical city back to life? Just what is the recipe for “Stone Soup,” anyhow?

“Stone Soup” is an imaginative, high-energy, and comedic re-telling of the traditional folk story using musical styles from Rock / Pop to Folk and World. Full of memorable songs and characters and designed to entertain audiences of all ages the story digs into what it means to conquer your fears, and how powerful we can be when we work together. Presented by Columbia Children’s Theatre.

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

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


Gilligans Island The Musical

Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the ever-popular and iconic 60‘s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island”, which has aired continuously since 1964 and is one of the rare TV properties to rate equally well in every demographic group. Written by Sherwood Schwartz in the 80s, this Victorian theatrical premiere is absurd, funny, nostalgic and being innovatively brought into the 21st century.

Time: 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Location: On Stage Performance Center, 711 East Main Street, Lexington 29072


Sunday | May 6, 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: 9 – 10 a.m. 

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


First Citizens First Sunday

General admission and is only $1 for guests on the first Sunday of every month! PLUS enjoy 4-D movies, planetarium shows and/or blockbuster exhibit admission, for only an extra $5 each!

Time: noon – 5 p.m. 

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


Repticon Columbia Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Repticon Columbia is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Rd., Columbia  29210


Victorian Tea Party

Children and their parents are invited to Historic Columbia’s Victorian Tea Party from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Families will have the opportunity to learn about Victorian customs, including calling cards and the language of the fan and make Victorian-inspired crafts, including herb sachets and paper dolls. The highlight of the day will be a Victorian tea for kids and their parents in which families will learn table manners and etiquette while enjoying a scone and tea! Space is limited.

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Woodrow Wilson Family Home, 1705 Hampton Street, Columbia 29201


Family Fun Events: Firefly Workshop

Fireflies are a staple of summer nights! This illuminating family workshop will explain how and why fireflies glow, as well as why they are declining in numbers. We will explore bioluminesnce, make a craft and learn all about these magical bugs! COST: $5 per participant. Everyone needs a ticket to participate. Ages 2 and under are free. 

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


High School Musical Jr.

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Harbison Theatre, 7300 College Street, Irmo 29063


Gilligans Island The Musical

Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the ever-popular and iconic 60‘s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island”, which has aired continuously since 1964 and is one of the rare TV properties to rate equally well in every demographic group. Written by Sherwood Schwartz in the 80s, this Victorian theatrical premiere is absurd, funny, nostalgic and being innovatively brought into the 21st century.

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: On Stage Performance Center, 711 East Main Street, Lexington 29072


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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