Columbia Family Events | February 2020

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If you are looking for a guide to keep you and your family entertained, we have got you covered with Columbia events and happenings!

February in Columbia in full of fun – from puppet shows to story times, hands on activities and more! Get out your calendars and make a note of all there is to do. If you know of any fun family activities or Columbia events we have missed, please let us know in the comments or feel free to add it here.

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Feb
1
Farm Day
Join us for a fun, family farm experience! Come check out our unique farm store and interact with the animals!
Feb
1
Heart String Art
Create a loving memory with your child at our Heart String Art Workshop. As you help your child piece together the symbol of Valentine’s Day, they will develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. Celebrate the moment as your...
Feb
1
Repticon Columbia Reptile Show
Join us in Columbia, SC as the Repticon team brings you another great two-day reptile show and sale. Repticon shows have been running across the country for the past decade. This show features everything that you’ve come to love most about Repticon...
Feb
1
Little Kids Yoga (ages 3-7)
**PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED** Little kids (ages 3-7) enjoy a fun yoga practice while adults practice in the next room during our “Saturday Special” 10:00 am yoga class. Rebecca leads kids through mindfulness & breathing exercises, yoga poses,...
Feb
1
Multi-lingual Family Storytime
Experience storytime with songs and crafts this week in French, Spanish, German, and Mandarin! Children and families of all ages are welcome to join in the fun for a morning of interactive read-alouds, sing-alongs, and follow-up activi...
Feb
1
Storytime and Activities Celebrating Elmo’s Birthday!
Step into Elmo’s world at your B&N with a special birthday celebration. Join us for Storytime followed by fun activity sheets, birthday crowns, and stickers to bring home!
Feb
1
Valentine’s DIY Make-and-Take Event with AR Workshop
Bring your family to kick off the month of February with a FREE Make-and-Take Event with AR Workshop! Attendees can create their very own Valentine’s Day mini wood block sign. Be sure to claim your spot because space is limited!
Feb
1
Lights Camera Action: Lion King
A young lion returns to reclaim the throne that was stolen from him and his father by his treacherous and fratricidal uncle after spending his childhood in exile under the care of a friendly warthog and meerkat. Rated: PG  118 mins (2019) &...
Feb
1
Free Family Movie – Toy Story 4
Join us Saturday, February 1st at 2 p.m. for Toy Story 4. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
Feb
1
Reading Buddy
Come to the library to learn and set up a one-on-one session with our Reading Buddy. Readers will gain the self-confidence needed to grow their reading skills and apply them academically. Stop by or call (803) 353-8584 to schedule an appointment. Sch...
Feb
1
K-Pop & Kimbap
Do you listen to BTS, Twice, Monsta X, Blackpink, or are you curious about the K-Pop phenomenon? Celebrate this fandom with music videos, dance covers, fan merch, trivia, Korean snacks, and more. Teens  
Feb
1
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Enrollment Night!
Join us for a day of music, play, laughter, surprises, activity, new friends, and SUPER sign-up deals. Plus it’s FREE for new members! We can’t wait to meet you!
Feb
1
Jazz Night at Za’s on Devine
Enjoy a night out at Za’s on Devine for Jazz Night with the Mark Rapp Group. Sip on themed cocktails in Za’s casual, lively atmosphere and enjoy Mark Rapp Group’s jazz nouveau style. Guests can enjoy a full bar, warm espresso drinks and the piz...
Feb
2
The Amazing Chemistry Show
FREE FAMILY EVENT! Be your family’s hero by bringing them to this extremely fun, entertaining, educational, and encouraging event!! Join us at 9:30am for a Sunday of FUN! Josh Denhart will bring his production, The Amazing Chemistry Show, all t...
Feb
5
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Apples and Oranges
Apples, bananas, pears, and more. We’ll explore fruits of all shapes, sizes, and colors in the galleries before creating our own artistic fruit salad. Key topic: fruit. This program is specially designed for 2- to 3- year old participants and their...
Feb
5
Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Come enjoy an evening full of art! Catch the premiere of a documentary about The Move Around Series followed by a panel discussion with the artists and choreographers at 6:30. Take a guided tour of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and ...
Feb
7
Knee-high Naturalist: Being a Green Kid
(ages 2–5) What does it mean to be green? Green is more than a color. Find out how to be a green kid and why it matters in this class about caring for Earth. COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.
Feb
7
Black History Month Family Storytime
In honor of Black History Month, join us for a special Family Storytime celebrating African and African American history and culture, feature noteworthy stories written or illustrated by African Amerians. 
Feb
7
Books & Beyond: Love Is in the Air
Spread the love! Let’s make Valentines for our loved ones. For more information, call (803) 785-3519. (grades K – 5)
Feb
8
Art in the Park
Saluda Shoals Park is offering condensed art instruction for makers of ALL ages and abilities! Participants will paint, along-side an art instructor, during a 1.5 hour session, the second Saturday of every month. Mediums and materials will range from...
Feb
8
SwordFest 2020
If you thought last year’s SwordFest was fun, wait until you check this out! On Saturday, Feb. 8, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will again come alive to the clanging and schwinging of swords. All kinds of swords. Bas...
Feb
8
Stop-In Studios
Get creative in the studios at this drop-in for all ages held on the second Saturday of every month. This time we’re making artful valentines. Free with membership or admission.
Feb
8
Sherlock Holmes Junior Detective Day
The State Museum is inviting all junior detectives to experience the blockbuster The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes and see Sherlock Holmes 4D: The Great Detective for a special discounted price. Kids (ages ...
Feb
8
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“I Am” Creative
“I Am” Creative – program for youths 5-17, designed to teach interpersonal skills, job readiness and entrepreneurship while creating arts and crafts items (theirs to keep).  Registration required.
Feb
8
Storytime and Activities Featuring Always More Love
Discover a heartwarming story in this interactive book that shows us how love grows for our dearest friends and family. This special Storytime features fun activities following our reading!
Feb
8
A Treat for Your Sweet
A pre-Valentines date. Come and make a craft for that special person.
Feb
8
Lights Camera Action: Aladdin
A street rat pursues the princess of Agrabah with the help of a powerful genie who can grant him three wishes. His primary opponent is a malevolent sorcerer who serves as the city’s grand vizier and the chief advisor to the Sultan. Rated: ...
Feb
8
Mason Jar Craft
Ever wanted to create cool things using mason jars? Come out to this program to craft you up the perfect container to store treats. We have the supplies, and you come for the fun.  
Feb
8
Dungeons & Dragons
In this role-playing adventure, fortune and fame are anything but a roll of the dice. Improvisation, storytelling, and tactics all come into play for new and skilled players alike. This single-session episode invites all kinds of adventurers, includi...
Feb
8
14th Annual Lexington’s Father Daughter Dance
Enjoy a fun filled evening for fathers and daughters of all ages. Light appetizers provided by Hudson’s Classic Catering. Music and lights provided by Big Time Entertainment. A flower will be given to each daughter as they leave the dance. Brin...
Feb
8
Cinderella: Fort Jackson
One of our best-loved fairytales returns to the stage in Columbia City Ballet’s production of Cinderella, with live music by the SC Philharmonic under the direction of Morikiko Nakahara. With a beautiful musical composition composed by Sergei Proko...
Feb
9
Valentine Family Aerial Yoga
You will be registering for 1 swing for a maximum of 3 people to share. If you need more space you will register for an additional swing. This is flying family yoga fun! Parents, we know how you ❤️ to spend quality time with your little yogis so ...
Feb
11
Accessibility Night- Pete the Cat
Families and groups with unique and special needs are invited to share an evening at the museum. Enjoy a meet and greet with Pete the Cat as we have a story-time read-a-long. Plus, a hands-on adaptive art class and more.
Feb
14
Homeschool Friday: An Eighteen-Sixties Valentines’ Day
Come in to be re-introduced to a familiar holiday, 1860’s style, with true stories of love and war, and engaging Valentine activities from the distant past. Is it really so distant from today, after all?
Feb
14
Open Lab
Drop in and experience this educational, self directed exploration of a different topic each week. Develop social skills while exploring literacy-related subjects.      
Feb
14
Mission Creativity: The Chemistry of Love
Put your creativity, imagination, and engineering know-how to use at our drop-in makerspace program. Use library-supplied items to complete a series of themed challenges. Activities are geared toward elementary children. Younger siblings may attend w...
Feb
14
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Books & Beyond: Love Is in the Air
We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with sweet treats and games. For more information, call (803) 785-3050. (grades K – 5)
Feb
14
Be My Valentine
Join the staff at North Main and make cards for your Valentine.  
Feb
14
Le Ballet de L’Amour
Ballet Of Love – Valentine’s Day!
Feb
15
First Choice Fit Football – Midlands
Are you First Choice Fit? Football star Marcus Lattimore has teamed up with First Choice to encourage kids to be First Choice Fit. Being First Choice Fit means eating right, being active, and seeing your doctor — even if you haven’t been sick...
Feb
15
Math and Science Day for Middle School Girls
​Collaboration, Competition, Creativity and Celebration of Women in Mathematics and the Sciences​ Columbia College is pleased to host Math and Science Days for Girls. In partnership with Dominion Energy, this event is sponsored by the Divisi...
Feb
15
Autism Research and Resource Fair
Join USC Early Social Development Lab and SPARK at MUSC for an autism research and resource fair! This free event will include research study opportunities available from 9:00am to 1:00pm, a Toilet Training session starting at 10:00am, Teaching Reque...
Feb
15
Sherlock Holmes Junior Detective Weekend
Calling all junior detectives! Solve the mystery. Win prizes. SAVE on kids admission with a Junior Detective Pass: Kids (3-12) general admission + Sherlock blockbuster kids admission + Sherlock 4D movie ticket = $18.95 – NOW ONL...
Feb
15
Toddler Storytime
Help your toddler discover the alphabet, numbers and other concepts while building social skills and learning about our world. This storytime is designed for active toddlers and 2-year-olds.   
Feb
15
Storytime and Activities Featuring The President of the Jungle
Is Lion always the King of the Jungle? This funny story features lively illustrations and colorful characters who can teach the importance of everyone having a vote. Join us at Storytime this weekend for a riotous learning experience!
Feb
15
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The Edible Creations
For Black History Month, join us as we sample treats inspired by African-Americans: George Crum, Alfred Cralle, James Hemings, Norbert Rillieux and Abby Fisher. Note: Waivers must be signed by parent or guardian at the start of the program for partic...
Feb
15
Africa in 3D
A Black History Month celebration inspiring you to create your own 3D collage of African animals. Audience: School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Feb
15
Madagascar Film Screening
A very special screening of the film Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post called “great good fun!” comes to The Nick as part of our Saturday Stories series…with special pricing for kids under 5. It’s part of our wonderful Satur...
Feb
15
Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day Gala
Get all dolled up and come to the library for a perfectly UN-Romantic afternoon. Wear your fanciest duds ‘just because’ and enjoy sweet treats, games, and art.  
Feb
15
STEAM Program: Black Scientists
Join us at North Main as we learn about the great discoveries and contributions of Black Scientists.  
Feb
15
DIY Chocolate
Learn how to make chocolate candies, and get creative with different flavor combinations! Supplies are limited, please arrive early to secure your spot!  
Feb
15
TeenScene: Guess That Flavor Challenge
Your favorite candies and cookies come in unique flavors… can you guess them all? For more information, call (803) 798-7880, ext. 4. (grades 6 – 12)
Feb
15
Ties & Tiaras Daddy-Daughter Dance
Enjoy a fun filled evening for fathers and daughters as Stone River is transformed into a princess wonderland. Guests will dance to the music stylings of PartyTime DJ, enjoy light appetizers and art and crafts stations including photo opportunities t...
Feb
16
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...
Feb
17
President’s Day Tours | Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Join Historic Columbia on Monday, Feb. 17 for tours of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction to see how his time in Columbia may have influenced his decisions as President. Normally closed to the public on Mondays, there is n...
Feb
17
Superhero and Princess Play Date!
A Moment of Magic will be joining us for a magical afternoon of play! Join us for a few minutes or their entire stay! Drop in for $12 to enjoy the fun and play my way through the day! Characters will be announced closer to the play date!
Feb
21
Knee-high Naturalist: Unhuggable Animals
 (ages 2–5) Porcupines, skunks, slugs and snakes all have one thing in common. They are not huggable! Come learn what makes these unhuggable animals special and why they need our love too. COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class...
Feb
21
Hands on Art: Black History Month
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!
Feb
21
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. For more information, call (803) 78...
Feb
21
Main Stage Series
Main Course is excited to partner with Artistic & Executive Director William Starrett and the Columbia City Ballet to provide an intimate night with the Arts February 21st. You will have the unique opportunity to experience an intimate evening wi...
Feb
21
Movie Night: The Sandlot!
Movie night at Second Wave Coffee and Books presents the Sandlot! Bring the family and enjoy this classic next to the fire. Dont worry about dinner, we will have our pizza, popcorn and drink special going. see you on the 21st!
Feb
22
Mindfulness for Kids Day!
This 6 hour workshop will connect participants with themselves, and others through unique mindful focused activities. The day’s focus on mindfulness is intended to build confidence, self-esteem and to engage children in physical and mindful act...
Feb
22
Take Heart and Smile
February is Heart and Oral Health Awareness month and EdVenture’s Columbia location is celebrating in a BIG way! Join us on select Saturdays for health education programming, pop-up activities, character visits, live performances and more! Satu...
Feb
22
Super Sleuth Saturday
Calling all super sleuths, detectives and crime solvers! Join the State Museum for a special day featuring a chance to SAVE on kids admission, dress up as your favorite crime fighter and more. Super Sleuth Saturday Includes: Junior Detectiv...
Feb
22
Storytime and Activities Featuring Saturday
Join us as we read about a mother and daughter who learn what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together! Stay for fun activities following our Storytime reading.
Feb
22
Black History Month Family Storytime
Dive into Black culture by hearing African folktales!
Feb
22
Everybody Dance Now
Children with special needs, their siblings, and their parents are invited to a fun filled dance workshop. Children will learn dance basics, enjoy music and have fun together. Please email [email protected] to register.
Feb
22
STEAM Saturday
Be an innovator: think, create and display
Feb
22
10th Annual Mardi Gras Columbia
Laissez les bons temps rouler and celebrate Mardi Gras with the benevolent society of the Krewe de Columbi-Ya-Ya sponsored byAbita Brewing Company! The 10th annual Mardi Gras Columbia Festival and parade will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at...
Feb
22
Tater Tots: Kids Cooking Class
It’s apple season year-round, but they are especially delicious when it’s cold outside.  We will learn how to make applesauce and read Applesauce Day by Lisa J. Amstutz.  Maria and her family visit an apple orchar...
Feb
22
Family Paint & Sip Day
Follow a step-by-step lesson with Ms. Brittany to create a bookish themed painting of your very own! Activity is geared toward elementary children. Younger siblings may attend with elementary-age attendees if they are accompanied by an adult caregive...
Feb
22
Family Yoga
Family Yoga is a fun class for parents & kids to enjoy breath work, stretching, yoga, games, crafts & fun bonding activities. Our teacher, Jamie, is amazing with kids & SO creative. Cost: $10 per adult and $10 per child *This event often ...
Feb
22
Let’s Make An African Rain-Stick
Join us here at the Eastover branch where creating an African instrument to summon rain is just a regular day! After we finish making them, let’s have some fun and see if we can create a big rainstorm!
Feb
22
Books & S’mores
What attracts you to a book or story? Is it the cover, plot, characters, title, number of pages? Combine the elements of appeal to find your perfect reading recipe. For more information, call (803) 794-6791 ext. 5. (Grades 6 – 12)
Feb
23
Tween & Me Yoga
**REGISTER ON OUR APP OR ONLINE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOTS!** Tween & Me allows adults & kids (tweens & teens: age 9-ish to 14-ish) to practice together in a vinyasa-style class which also includes fun partner poses! Beginner-friendly. No yoga...
Feb
27
On Stage Productions presents The Little Mermaid Jr.
Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all m...
Feb
28
Project M.I.N.T Presents: Gaming Hour
For teens 12-19. Battle other teens in a friendly and fun gaming competition that in includes the coolest video games and board games.   
Feb
28
G.L.O. (Southeast Teen Gaming Lab Open)
Forget college basketball, it’s GAMING TIME. Join us in The Lab for some Playstation 4.
Feb
28
Tween Extreme: Keva Planks
This engineering challenge will have you reaching for the sky to build the tallest tower using Keva Planks. Join us for a catalytic program where books and science collide. STEM programs stimulate children’s interest in science, technology, enginee...
Feb
28
Great Gatsby Ballet
The “roaring twenties” and glory days of jazz return in Columbia City Ballet’s world premiere production of Great Gatsby, featuring live music by Mark Rapp. Based on the great American novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this sumptuous creation by Wi...
Feb
29
Super Sleuth Saturday – Jr. Detectives
Calling all super sleuths, detectives and crime solvers! Join the State Museum for a special day featuring a chance to SAVE on kids admission to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, dress up as your favorite crime fighter a...
Feb
29
Play on the Plaza: The Return of Spring!
Hello Spring! Celebrate the season’s arrival with the return of Play on the Plaza’s art activities and design challenges. Starting today, meet us every Saturday on Boyd Plaza to build and create with our big blue blocks, perfect for guests of all...
Feb
29
Goldilocks & The Three Bears
Award-winning writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Honk!, Mary Poppins) inject a bear-sized helping of music and mayhem into this classic fairytale, making it “just right” for the entire family. Goldilocks, on a trip into the forest, ven...
Feb
29
Storytime and Activities Celebrating Dr. Seuss!
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Feb
29
Great Gatsby Brunch
We’re kicking off the week to the premiere to Great Gatsby with the Columbia City Ballet’s young professional group The Barre Society at ALoft Hotel Downtown. A fully catered brunch by Scott Hall Catering with a mimosa bar and more from A...
Feb
29
Black History Month Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.  
Feb
29
Mama & Baby Yoga
Find your center, relax, and connect with your baby. Join Kyla Saphir in a practice that will help Mom find peace in her body and spirit while sweetly connecting with your little one. All levels welcome, babies age 4 weeks to pre-crawling.
Feb
29
Get a Clue! Event
Introducing the InvestiGators, a new graphic novel series about super spies who uncover clues and crack cases—perfect for fans of Dog Man and Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Join us for activities, a mystery game, and giveaways.
Feb
29
Dr. Seuss Read Across America
Join us for story time in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday! We will have a reading and fun activities for kids of all ages!
Feb
29
Saturday Roll | African American Historic Sites
Explore local African American historic sites by bus with Historic Columbia on Saturday, February 29. From the Mann-Simons Site, to the North Carolina Mutual Building, this tour explores houses, businesses and other important African American sites. ...
Feb
29
Design & Create for teens
We will sketch, paint, knot, fold, stitch, build, design and create.  Bring your own art and ideas to work on or try your hand at the project on the table. For teens of all skill levels who love art or have a vision of something they might like ...
Feb
29
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Family Fun: Leap Day Party
Leapin’ lizards, it’s Leap Day. We will celebrate this day that comes only once every four years in silly style with stories, songs, some silly games and singing “Happy Leap Day to You.” Getting an extra day in the year is something to leap (...
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Tiffany traded in back-to-back business meetings and PowerPoint presentations, for sippy cups and play dates – leaving her corporate job behind to become a stay at home mom to her 16-month-old toddler. To say life is different is an understatement, and she now has a new found love and respect for the “hardest” (and best!) job she’s ever had. A native South Carolinian, Tiffany is best described as kind-hearted and friendly, with a quick sense of humor. When she’s not toting her little one around town to the latest kid friendly activity, you can find her enjoying a latte at Drip, catching up on the latest celebrity gossip magazines, or watching old reruns of Beverly Hills 90210 from the early 90′s. She received her Masters Degree in Integrated Communications from the University of South Carolina in 2007, and enjoys reading, writing and all things "mom."

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