Columbia Family Events | August 2021

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August in Columbia is full of fun – from back to school events, movies in the park, puppet shows, storytimes, art activities, outdoor events, and more! Get out your calendars and make a note of all there is to do.

Don’t forget to check out our local guides – splash pads & water fun, parks & playgrounds, indoor play areas, blueberry picking patches, kids eat free, and more!

*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 correct them. 

Aug
3
Space Team Livestream
Join State Museum astronomy and space educators for an evening learning all about the universe. Covering a variety of topics and featuring images captured from the museum’s Boeing Observatory telescope. Have a question or comment? Staff will answer...
Aug
3
“Get Ready to Read” Webinar
Join with your K-3rd grade children to explore fun ways to grow essential reading skills. Sylvan Learning Center’s free, live webinar will help you enjoy learning and practicing reading skills together. Receive login information and free resour...
Aug
3
Back to School Bash-Friarsgate Park
Back to School BashJoin us for our Back to School Bash Drive Thru! Kids have to be present in the car at the time of the event. Mask is required for the driver. Please have ID ready if you have pre-registered. Everyone must remain in the car. Supplie...
Aug
4
Wild Wednesdays – Water Party!
We are excited to bring back our Wild Wednesdays as drop off opportunities for children to enjoy fun and fellowship. All events require registration.   What: Wild Wednesday Water Party. Please wear your bathing suit with a cover up and apply sun...
Aug
4
Back to School Bash-St. Andrews Park
Join us for our Back to School Bash Drive Thru! Kids have to be present in the car at the time of the event. Mask is required for the driver. Please have ID ready if you have pre-registered. Everyone must remain in the car. Supplies are limited, so p...
Aug
5
Teacher Workshop
Join Historic Columbia for a two-day professional development workshop! Join us on August 5th and 6th from 9am-3pm! Participants uncomfortable attending in-person will have the option to participate virtually*. This year’s teacher workshop will exp...
Aug
5
Back to School Bash-Polo Road Park
Join us for our Back to School Bash Drive Thru! Kids have to be present in the car at the time of the event. Mask is required for the driver. Please have ID ready if you have pre-registered. Everyone must remain in the car. Supplies are limited, so p...
Aug
5
Harlem Globetrotters
The World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their newly reimagined Spread Game Tour to Columbia on August 5. The Spread Game Tour is a basketball event like no other. Ankle-breaking moves, jaw-dropping swag, and rim-rattling dunks are only som...
Aug
6
A Celebration of Countdown to Kindergarten
Join us on Friday, August 6th from 5:00pm-7:00pm for EdVenture’s annual Celebration of Countdown to Kindergarten! The mission of this event is to prepare rising kindergartners and their families for the first day of school! Children will h...
Aug
6
Back to School Bash-Meadowlake Park
Join us for our Back to School Bash Drive Thru! Kids have to be present in the car at the time of the event. Mask is required for the driver. Please have ID ready if you have pre-registered. Everyone must remain in the car. Supplies are limited, so p...
Aug
7
Back to School Bash
Giveaway of backpacks & school supplies (While supplies last) with interactive stations. Free backpacks with supplies for Pre-K-12th Grades. (Child must be present) ALSO!!!!!!!! There will be a Free clothing & household items giveaway. Hope t...
Aug
7
Backyard Saturday – Science of Nature Day
Join us at Leo’s Landing Playground for Backyard Saturday and celebrate National Science Week. Through play, families can experience nature at Saluda Shoals Park. Each program will celebrate a nature awareness day through fun activities, crafts, st...
Aug
10
Virtual Crafty Jammies Night – The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Join the SCSM the 2nd Tuesday of every month for a very special bedtime story and craft time with some of our favorite literary characters! This month our special guest will be the Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will also be creating Paper Linked C...
Aug
12
Virtual Education on Health topics for Parents of Homeschoolers: Vaping
Attendees will hear about the most recent data on teen vaping use, prevalence, risk factors, and prevention strategies for reducing youth e-cigarette use. The speaker Chris Pasquale holds a Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling, a Master’s leve...
Aug
13
Back to School Block Party and Supply Drive
Our 1st Annual Back to School Block Party and Supply Drive is a collaboration between Gold Phoenix Events and First Northeast Baptist Church, and sponsored by True Elite Cleaning Services! This will be a day full of fun for everyone! We will have man...
Aug
13
HHC Kids Build Your Own Pizza
Bring your kids into my kitchen to learn how to make pizzas with a healthy twist in this Healthy Hands Cooking class. $30 – Register by August 5
Aug
13
Back to School Bash-Eastover Park
Join us for our Back to School Bash Drive Thru! Kids have to be present in the car at the time of the event. Mask is required for the driver. Please have ID ready if you have pre-registered. Everyone must remain in the car. Supplies are limited, so p...
Aug
14
Back to School Bash
This is a FREE event!   We’ll have a bounce house, dunk tank, games, crafts, and lots of other fun things for the kiddos. We’ll also have local vendors and members of our community set up in the office. Invite your friends and family...
Aug
14
Back to School Bash
AWCI presents Back to School Bash! Join us for Food, Games, and Giveaways! First 100 people to register will receive book bags filled with school supplies! Register on campus or via Email: [email protected]
Aug
14
Summer Movie Night – Dumbo (2019 live action version)
Bring the family out to Melvin Park for a family movie night. The movie begins at dark, 8:45 p.m. Enjoy food trucks from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs. All Ages $2/person
Aug
15
Dollar Sunday | Mann-Simons Site
Every third Sunday of the month, residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1 on Dollar Sunday! This month, visit the exhibits at the Mann-Simons Site, the home to the same...
Aug
15
Summer Splash!
Join Trinity United Methodist Church for our first-ever Summer Splash as we celebrate the end of summer. This FREE event on Sunday, August 15, from 4:00-7:00pm will feature waterslide inflatables, games, food, door prizes, and more! Bring your friend...
Aug
17
Kids Flight – Irmo
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids run...
Aug
17
Kid’s Night!
Join us for kid’s night EVERY Tuesday (Starting January 5th, 2021) 4 PM- 9 PM! Kids eat FREE!!*   *One free kid’s meal, per one adult meal. Dine in & take out only.
Aug
17
Tasty Tuesdays
Tasty Tuesdays are back!   What is Tasty Tuesday? EdVenture is teaching in-person cooking classes. We are cooking up some fun while learning about kitchen safety and nutrition.   When? The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.   ...
Aug
19
Preschool Playtime
Open Gym for little friends of all ages and abilities! Cost $7 per child. Temperature check and hand washing before playing. Wear socks and mask at your own discretion. Questions reach out to us at (803)561-9682 or [email protected] or message...
Aug
19
Kids Flight – Irmo
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids run...
Aug
19
Story Time Club 5-9 years old
This half-hour virtual storytime will feature a weekly theme with stories and activities. Engaging, fun, student-focused learning programs for the community to learn from home. Play games to promote logic, creativity, problem-solving, math and readin...
Aug
20
Preschool Playtime
Open Gym for little friends of all ages and abilities! Cost $7 per child. Temperature check and hand washing before playing. Wear socks and mask at your own discretion. Questions reach out to us at (803)561-9682 or [email protected] or message...
Aug
21
Boeing Observatory Telescope Livestream
Every Saturday Night via Facebook Livestream Join State Museum Boeing Observatory staff for a virtual look at the night sky from a telescope streamed on Facebook Live! Each Saturday night, weather permitting, staff will livestream a telesco...
Aug
21
Soda City Market
Soda City Market is Columbia’s weekly Main Street event inspired by traditional European street markets. In partnership with Founders Federal Credit Union, we’re open every Saturday morning 9 a.m. –1 p.m., year-round, rain or shine! Find e...
Aug
21
Family Fun Day @ Greenview Park
Let’s take a break from this summer heat and enjoy the water! We are heading to Greenview Park on Saturday, August 21st @ 9 am! Sign up by Thursday August 19th to confirm your spot!
Aug
21
Family Farm Day!
WooHoo! It’s time for Family Farm Day! Bring your family & friends! We’ll start sharing this month’s vendors as time gets closer, so keep an eye out!! We love being able to support local small businesses & hope that you’ll help us...
Aug
21
Kids Flight – Irmo
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids run...
Aug
21
Free Lacrosse Clinic, Girls ages 10-14
Lake Murray Lacrosse coaches and players will teach lacrosse skills to girls ages 10-14 at this fun event. All skill levels are invited to attend. Beginners are welcome and sticks will be available for players to borrow
Aug
21
Fall Kids Fest 2021!
It’s your family’s favorite day to bowl, eat, and have fun! Join us on the lanes with great deals everyone will enjoy!  FREE Bowling* FREE Shoe Rental* FREE $5 Arcade Card $1 12 oz. Soft Drinks $1 Cookies $2 Hot Dogs $14 Pizzas *One lucky fa...
Aug
21
Back-to-School Block Party!
Kick off the school year right!  Midlands families are invited to join us for this FREE EVENT! Celebrate back-to-school at our block party at 7579 St. Andrews Rd. Join us for FREE  Pizza · Cotton Candy · Games · Snow Cones · Games ...
Aug
21
Family Storytime
We’re taking storytime on the road! Tune in to Richland Library’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday morning as we share books and build early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Famil...
Aug
21
B&N Virtual Saturday Storytime
We welcome you to Saturday morning fun featuring a different picture book each week! Find us on our Facebook page or at YouTube.com/BarnesandNoble. Activity sheets available at BN.com/Storytime Can’t wait to have you join us!
Aug
21
Brementown Musicians
Grand Reopening June 12th! An original production based on the classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Join us on the exciting musical adventures of Donkey, Cat, and Rooster as they travel to Bremen Town to earn their fame and fortune! With a catchy score and ...
Aug
21
It’s your family’s favorite day to bowl, eat, and have fun! Join us on the lanes with great deals everyone will enjoy!  FREE Bowling* FREE Shoe Rental* $1 12 oz. Soft Drinks $1 Cookies $2 Hot Dogs $14 Pizzas *One lucky family will also have ...
Aug
21
Brementown Musicians
Grand Reopening June 12th! An original production based on the classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Join us on the exciting musical adventures of Donkey, Cat, and Rooster as they travel to Bremen Town to earn their fame and fortune! With a catchy score and ...
Aug
24
Kids Flight – Irmo
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids run...
Aug
24
Kid’s Night!
Join us for kid’s night EVERY Tuesday (Starting January 5th, 2021) 4 PM- 9 PM! Kids eat FREE!!*   *One free kid’s meal, per one adult meal. Dine in & take out only.
Aug
26
Kids Flight – Irmo
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids run...
Aug
26
Story Time Club 5-9 years old
This half-hour virtual storytime will feature a weekly theme with stories and activities. Engaging, fun, student-focused learning programs for the community to learn from home. Play games to promote logic, creativity, problem-solving, math and readin...
Aug
26
Virtual Sky Tour
Join State Museum Planetarium Manager, Liz Klimek, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month as she takes viewers on a virtual planetarium sky tour across our solar system and beyond. Check out the museum’s Facebook page to access the new epis...
Aug
27
Back to School Bash
School is approaching and so is our Back to School Bash! Bring your family and invite a friend on Friday August 27th from 5 to 8 pm and enjoy the delicious Los Chicanos food truck, Pelican’s Snowballs, and live music by the Village Church Band....
Aug
27
Back-to-School Block Party!
Kick off the school year right!  Midlands families are invited to join us for this FREE EVENT! Celebrate back-to-school at our block party!   Join us for FREE Pizza · Cotton Candy · Games · Snow Cones · Games · Martial Arts Classe...
Aug
27
Disney Parents Night Out!!
Parents just like you LOVE our Parents Night Out! Does your child love karate, crafts, pizza or games? “YES!!!” Read below Are you ready to have some fun? Of course you are!!! Red Bank’s BEST Summer Camp and After School is excited to invit...
Aug
28
Boeing Observatory Telescope Livestream
Every Saturday Night via Facebook Livestream Join State Museum Boeing Observatory staff for a virtual look at the night sky from a telescope streamed on Facebook Live! Each Saturday night, weather permitting, staff will livestream a telesco...
Aug
28
Soda City Market
Soda City Market is Columbia’s weekly Main Street event inspired by traditional European street markets. In partnership with Founders Federal Credit Union, we’re open every Saturday morning 9 a.m. –1 p.m., year-round, rain or shine! Find e...
Aug
28
Kids Flight – Irmo
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids run...
Aug
28
Family Storytime
We’re taking storytime on the road! Tune in to Richland Library’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday morning as we share books and build early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Famil...
Aug
28
B&N Virtual Saturday Storytime
We welcome you to Saturday morning fun featuring a different picture book each week! Find us on our Facebook page or at YouTube.com/BarnesandNoble. Activity sheets available at BN.com/Storytime Can’t wait to have you join us!
Aug
28
Brementown Musicians
Grand Reopening June 12th! An original production based on the classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Join us on the exciting musical adventures of Donkey, Cat, and Rooster as they travel to Bremen Town to earn their fame and fortune! With a catchy score and ...
Aug
28
Brementown Musicians
Grand Reopening June 12th! An original production based on the classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Join us on the exciting musical adventures of Donkey, Cat, and Rooster as they travel to Bremen Town to earn their fame and fortune! With a catchy score and ...
Aug
28
Back-to-School Block Party!
Kick off the school year right!  Midlands families are invited to join us for this FREE EVENT! Celebrate back-to-school at our block party in the Village at Sandhill! Join us for FREE  Pizza · Cotton Candy · Games · Snow Cones · Ga...
Aug
28
Back to School Block Party
Join us Saturday, August 28th from 6pm-8pm as we celebrate the new school year with our Back to School Block Party.   This event is FREE to the public!   Come have a fun-filled night with inflatables, a hot dog dinner, Pelican’s snowb...
Aug
31
Toddler Time
Join us for story time and a themed craft, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am – 10:30am.
Aug
31
Kids Flight – Irmo
Kids 6 and under get their very own jump time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 11am!  While children 6 and under are always welcome, this hour is reserved just for them so they don’t have to worry about any of the big kids run...
Aug
31
Kid’s Night!
Join us for kid’s night EVERY Tuesday (Starting January 5th, 2021) 4 PM- 9 PM! Kids eat FREE!!*   *One free kid’s meal, per one adult meal. Dine in & take out only.

 

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