Columbia Family Events | January 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!

January 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.

Don’t forget to check out our Resources Page for all our local guides – parks & playgrounds, indoor play areas, kids eat free, photographers, preschools, local shopping, and more!


Jan
5
Sensory Sunday
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences are invited to join us for a sensory-friendly time, the first hour of operation (9 a.m. -10 a.m.), the first Sunday of every month. Guests will have the opportunity to explore...
Jan
8
Sprouts Morning Out
Sprouts Morning Out is first come first serve with a cap of 60 children. A Membership does not hold your spot. Sprouts Morning Out is a “mommy and me” open gym playtime. Participants can play on all of our gymnastics equipment (vault, bars, beam,...
Jan
9
Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Columbia Down Under
Back by popular demand, Historic Columbia’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour series opens the doors to Columbia Down Under from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9. Experience a group of shops, bars and restaurants that operated between 1972 and 1977 ...
Jan
10
Homeschool Friday: Wade Hampton III, Commander and Statesman
Wade Hampton III’s statue stands tall at the state house and his name looms large in our history. Who was he really? Come learn about the SC leader whose followers called him “The Chieftain.” The SCCRRMM’s “Homeschool Fridays”...
Jan
10
Knee-high Naturalist: Water Wonderings
(ages 2–5) All living things – plants, animals and even you – need water. How do we get it? How can fish breathe in water, and why can’t we? Bring your water wonderings and be a scientist as we explore the mysteries of water. COST: $8 for one...
Jan
10
Books & Beyond: Let It Snow
Enjoy your own winter wonderland as you create a magical snow globe to take home. For more information, call (803) 785-3050. (grades K-5)
Jan
10
Books & Beyond: Bird Feeders
With colder weather setting in our feathered friends are looking for food. We’ll create something tasty for them to munch on. For more information, call (803) 785-3519. (grades K – 5)
Jan
10
Disney’s Frozen JR.
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood....
Jan
11
Snowville
BRRRR! Bundle up for snowy fun, featuring indoor snow-tubing, “sock” ice hockey, snowy science experiments and more! Snowville returns to EdVenture! Free with museum admission.
Jan
11
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 “weaving” goodbye to Van Gogh and His Inspirations with a textiles project. Free with membership or admission.
Jan
11
Crochet Club
Want to wrap yourself around knitting, get hooked on crochet or tied up with macramé? Beginner and advanced crafters are invited to share ideas or learn new skills. For more information, call (803) 785-5387. (ages 13 and up)
Jan
11
“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. Audience(s) School age childre...
Jan
11
Storytime and Activities Featuring The Return of Thelma the Unicorn
Thelma the Unicorn is reluctant to share her horn and sparkles again, but with the help of her best friend Otis, she realizes the importance of spreading love and joy no matter what people think. Activities to follow.
Jan
11
The Little Mermaid
 The Columbia Marionette Theatre’s surprising new adaptation of the famous Hans Christian Anderson story combines a modern day setting with timeless underwater imagery. When the Little Mermaid spies a Prince aboard his yacht, she braves a...
Jan
11
STEM Saturday
Be an innovator: think, create and display. Audience: School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years
Jan
11
Richland Rumble: Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament
It’s a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament for the ages, for ALL ages! Audience: Adults, 9-12 years, Teens (12-18 years)
Jan
11
Escape This Bookstore! Event
Join us as we explore the newest addition to the exciting Escape This Bookstore! series. Decide your destiny by solving puzzles and riddles to pass each challenge and get to the next adventure! For ages 8-12.
Jan
11
Teen Movie: Hosted by TAB
Get out of the cold and Into the Spider-Verse with snacks, trivia, and a film featuring everyone’s favorite web-slingers. The Richland Library Ballentine Teen Advisory Board is hosting this event.  
Jan
13
Toddler Takeover
Join us every Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for an Ed-Ceptional early childhood experience! Toddler Takeover is held every Monday and Tuesday at the Columbia location, when school is in session. Toddler Takeover is free with museum ...
Jan
13
Columbia’s 2nd Mac & Cheese Festival
A family friendly event with everyone’s favorite side dish Mac & Cheese. Come participate in Ashley’s Yummy Tummy’s 2nd Annual Columbia’s Mac & Cheese Festival. We’ll have the best local chefs providing their own...
Jan
14
Accessibility Night- Rainbow Fish
Families and groups with unique and special needs are invited to share an evening at the museum. Enjoy a meet and greet with Rainbow Fish as we have a story-time read-a-long. Plus, a hands-on adaptive art class and more.
Jan
15
Live in the Lobby • Koger Center Jazz with Dante Lewis
Urban Groove Featuring saxophonist, Dante Lewis The Koger Center for the Arts is proud to introduce the inaugural season of Live in the Lobby: Koger Center Jazz and welcomes you to take part in this unique series as a season subscriber! Created as a ...
Jan
15
Broadway in Columbia presents Wicked!
Wicked will be at the Koger Center for the Arts for 24 performances from Jan. 22-Feb. 9. WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman,...
Jan
17
Nature Art: Art with Water
(ages 2–5) Let’s brighten this winter day with an exploration of color and water. We will try different ways of mixing water and color to create art. COST: $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public. Regis...
Jan
17
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
17
Historic Happy Hour: Speakeasy at Seibels House
Exactly 100 years ago on January 17th, 1920, Prohibition went into effect following the ratification of the 18th Amendment. It didn’t take long for speakeasy locations to pop up in cities and rural areas across the nation. Join Historic Columbia as...
Jan
17
Kids’ Night In at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
Drop your children off for a night of fun, games, relay, themed craft, obstacles & more while enjoying the night off to yourself. No movie here! Cheese pizza and water provided. Theme – Star Wars Jedi Training!
Jan
17
ARTrageous at the Sumter Opera House
The Sumter Opera House celebrates 125 years with Artrageous and this one-of-a-kind interactive performance that incorporates many different art forms on the same stage. Combining captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music, Artrageo...
Jan
18
NAWIC Block Kids Competition
Looking for K-6th grade students (to include public, private and homeschooled students) who would like to participate in our annual FREE Block Kids competition on January 18, 2020. PLEASE SHARE WITH ANYONE YOU KNOW MAY BE INTERESTED! This year’...
Jan
18
Storytime and Activities Featuring Nobody Hugs a Cactus
Hank is the prickliest cactus in the entire world and everyone stays away from him. But he is beginning to discover that being alone can be, well, lonely. Join us for Storytime and activities to follow.
Jan
18
Hands on Art: Black History Month
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! A special Hands on Art to celebrate Black History Month!  
Jan
18
Family Screening: Beethoven at the Nickelodeon
January, 2020 begins the year long celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. Along with *a lot* of Beethoven pieces in our 2020 concerts, we are partnering with the Nickelodeon Theatre to present a family screening of the 1992 comedy Beethov...
Jan
18
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Model Trains
Drop by and enjoy a model train exhibit. Sponsored by Midlands T-Trak. For more information, please call (803) 798-7880 ext. 3.
Jan
18
I Survived. Will You?
Is your kid obsessed with the Titanic? Enthralled by Pompeii? Crazy about Gettysburg? Join us for a celebration of the “I Survived” books, where we will be getting hands on with our own disasters! Younger siblings may attend with elementa...
Jan
18
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...
Jan
18
STEAM Program
Join us at North Main and learn how to create your own roller coaster.
Jan
19
Dollar Sunday | Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens
The 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! During its years as a private residence, enslaved women made up a significant ...
Jan
19
Tween and Me Swing
Join Lesley as she leads an aerial class sure to spark fun for you and your tween. Tween & Me allows adults & kids (tweens & teens: age 9-ish to 14-ish) to practice together. Beginner-friendly. No yoga experience needed! Pre-registration ...
Jan
25
Lunar New Year
Celebrate the year of that rat at EdVenture! Good Luck Scavenger Hunt Science of Chinese Fireworks Story of the Chinese Zodiac Animals Make Your Own Chinese Zodiac Masks Make Your Own Paper Dragons Make Your Own Chinese Lantern Practice Chinese Brush...
Jan
25
5 Kids Books to Celebrate Pride Month
Musical Storytime for all ages
Bring your boogie shoes to the library for a storytime that will get you on your feet!  
Jan
25
Craft Corner: Snowman Spoons
Join us for our weekend Craft Corner! For more information, call (803) 785-2680.
Jan
25
Black History Month Fair 2020: The Jubilation Begins
Join us as we kick off this jubilant celebration of African-American’s history, contributions and culture. The fair will feature African storytelling and drumming from Healing Force; a health fair, exercise tips and tracks, an African-American ...
Jan
25
Storytime and Activities Featuring How to Catch a Dragon
Celebrate Lunar New Year with this fun Storytime! The wily dragon will have to avoid trap after trap as the kids run through paper lanterns, red envelopes, fireworks, and more! Join us and color your own paper lantern to take home.
Jan
25
Princess Party!
Come hang out with a Princess! 👑 – Lunch Included – Ice Cream Included – Craft Included – All the Princess Pictures you want allowed 👸🏽💗
Jan
25
Bluff Road Kids Fun Run
Join us for a day of exercise and fun! The Kids Fun Run is designed to create more opportunities for kids to be active through play and exercise and teach them healthy life skills that will carry over into adulthood. Contact Bluff Road Park for more ...
Jan
26
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...
Jan
27
Great Gatsby Cocktail Party
Come on, guys and dames, put on your best flapper apparel and enjoy a party sure to be the bee’s knees! We’ll have hor d’oeuvres, entertainment, and just the right amount of hootch. There will also be a lecture including behind the ...
Jan
28
Research Roundtable | Garden Updates for the Robert Mills Grounds
Join Historic Columbia for their monthly Research Roundtable from noon – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28. While the Robert Mills House did not historically have formal gardens, the current landscape reflects the most probable design elements that would ...
Jan
31
Tween Extreme: Skill Toys
Explore the library’s selection of skill toys from around the world including flower sticks, kendama, yo yo and more. Some require precision while others lend themselves to creative play. Challenge yourself to get up and mov...

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