Columbia Family Events | January

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January in Columbia is full of fun – from outdoor play, storytimes, art activities, 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 – parks & playgrounds, indoor play areas, birthday parties, 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. 

Jan
1
FIRST SUNDAY SPONSORED BY BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD OF SOUTH CAROLINA
General admission is only $1 for guests on the first Sunday of every month! PLUS enjoy 4-D movies and/or planetarium shows, for only $5 each!
Jan
2
Play Freely: Chess Club
Come show us your mental mastery against some of the members of the Columbia Chess Club. Audience: Adults, Parents, Seniors, Families, Teens (12-18 years)
Jan
3
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
3
STEAM Studio
Join us for inventing, building, and creating, using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Audience: School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Jan
3
STEAM Studio: Lego Marble Run
Explore making intricate Lego Mazes or Marble runs. Compete with fellow participants and see who can make the most elaborate structures! Audience: School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Jan
4
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
4
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Wood You, Could You
Wood is used for all kinds of objects, from tiny toothpicks to tall temples. It can be smooth, bumpy, round, sharp, colorful, hollow, and more. This month we explore objects
Jan
4
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
5
Bilingual Storytime Cuentacuentos Bilingüe
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. We will have a craft time after! This event is free and open
Jan
5
Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission courtesy of Dominion Energy and extended hours. Go on a guided tour of featured exhibition The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: From the Collection of Samella Lewis at
Jan
5
Read to a Dog
Practice reading with Juliet the therapy dog! Space is limited, so be sure to register for a guaranteed time slot. Audience: School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Jan
5
Bite-Size Chef Club
“Eat the Rainbow”. This one-hour themed after-school healthy cooking club is for kids age 7 – 12.   $45.00 – Discounted cost includes materials, food, and instruction.
Jan
6
Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is kicking off another New Year with the return of Free Fridays. Starting January 6, residents of Richland and Lexington Counties with proof of residency can
Jan
6
Hello, Baby!
Grow your baby’s vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. Audience: Babies (0-18 months)
Jan
7
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.,
Jan
7
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
7
Columbia Anime & Video Game Expo
The Columbia Anime & Video Game Expo will have 60+ Vendors and Artists, as well as special guests, panels, a video game arcade, cosplay and more!
Jan
7
Meeting Street Artisan Market
There are new options for afternoon shopping on Saturdays in West Columbia. The Meeting Street Artisan Market has new hours, 11 AM – 3 PM, beginning this Saturday, August 6,
Jan
7
Aladdin
A tale within a tale, Sheherezade narrates the exciting story of Aladdin and the powerful Genie in CMT’s popular show. A shady Sorcerer tricks innocent young Aladdin into stealing a
Jan
7
Play Freely: Family Game Night
Bring the whole family for games, activities and more! Audience: Adults, Parents, Families, Young children (0-5 years), School age children (6-12 years), Teens (12-18 years)
Jan
7
Teen Maker: Second Semester Survival Kit
Restock on some essentials and do it with style! Decorate your own pouch to fill with whatever keeps your days moving. REGISTER
Jan
7
Crafternoon for Children
Craft-time specifically designed with children in mind. Audience: Young children (0-5 years), School age children (6-12 years)
Jan
7
Play Freely: Teen Social Hour
Join us in the Southeast Teen Lounge for an hour of games, music, and impromptu discussions about the latest hot topics. This afternoon is dedicated to you.
Jan
8
Columbia Anime & Video Game Expo
The Columbia Anime & Video Game Expo will have 60+ Vendors and Artists, as well as special guests, panels, a video game arcade, cosplay and more!
Jan
9
Make and Create: Monday Morning Makers
Feed that drive to create and rediscover your sense of wonder and excitement. Discover something new with our projects of the week, which are appropriate for those 5 or more
Jan
9
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
9
Mama To Be Pelvic Health Workshop
Join Dr. Meghan on Monday January 9th from 5-7 pm for a pregnancy workshop to learn all about your pelvic floor and pregnancy. We will dive deep into exercise, mobility,
Jan
9
Pajamarama Storytime
Wear your pajamas and snuggle up for bedtime stories and songs Audience: Parents, Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
10
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
11
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
11
Hope Kids
Hope Kids is a playgroup designed to let you interact with your child and other parents in a special way. Come enjoy story time, crafts, snacks, and other age-appropriate activities.
Jan
11
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
11
Stroller Tour: Featured Exhibition
Take a tour of featured exhibition The Art of Elizabeth Catlett with infants in tow. Bring your little ones along for the ride on a stroller-friendly tour for caregivers with babies up
Jan
11
Kid’s Craft Night & Hot Cocoa Bar!
Kid’s Night is bringing snow to South Carolina!  Wednesday, January 11, 5-7pm in West Columbia, the kiddos can make a fun wintery craft AND enjoy our amazing hot cocoa bar. It
Jan
12
Bilingual Storytime Cuentacuentos Bilingüe
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. We will have a craft time after! This event is free and open
Jan
12
Join us for a lesson and STEM activity!  
Jan
12
Meeting Street Artisan Market
There are new options for afternoon shopping on Saturdays in West Columbia. The Meeting Street Artisan Market has new hours, 11 AM – 3 PM, beginning this Saturday, August 6,
Jan
13
Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is kicking off another New Year with the return of Free Fridays. Starting January 6, residents of Richland and Lexington Counties with proof of residency can
Jan
13
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
13
Play Freely: Fun Fridays at Wheatley
Come have some fun this Winter at Wheatley. We all need a little fun in our lives, so drop by anytime between 11 – 4 for games, bubbles, art and
Jan
13
Aladdin Jr.
The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a
Jan
14
Jazz Girls Day – Columbia
Jazz at USC presents JAZZ GIRLS DAY, an annual initiative that invites and inspires girls from South Carolina to join the Jazz Faculty at one of three locations for a
Jan
14
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.,
Jan
14
Accessibility Morning – Wild Things
This program provides free access for families of children, teenagers, and young adults who would benefit from a sensory-friendly experience and quieter setting at the museum. Guests who are neurodiverse,
Jan
14
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
14
Make & Create: Lip Scrub
Winter brings on chapped lips, lip scrubs will exfoliate and moisturize your lips. Join us in making a DIY lip scrub! Registration is required for this event. You will need a
Jan
14
2nd Saturdays @SCMM | Mission: Morse Code
Join us to learn about Morse Code, the evolution of military communication systems and try out coding and decoding using Morse Code!
Jan
14
Meeting Street Artisan Market
There are new options for afternoon shopping on Saturdays in West Columbia. The Meeting Street Artisan Market has new hours, 11 AM – 3 PM, beginning this Saturday, August 6,
Jan
14
Aladdin
A tale within a tale, Sheherezade narrates the exciting story of Aladdin and the powerful Genie in CMT’s popular show. A shady Sorcerer tricks innocent young Aladdin into stealing a
Jan
14
Sensory Friendly Movie: VIVO
This family-friendly adventure comedy is an animated musical that features eleven original songs. It follows an adventurous and music-loving capuchin monkey as he makes a perilous journey from Havana to
Jan
14
Aladdin
A tale within a tale, Sheherezade narrates the exciting story of Aladdin and the powerful Genie in CMT’s popular show. A shady Sorcerer tricks innocent young Aladdin into stealing a
Jan
14
Aladdin Jr.
The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a
Jan
14
Teen Anime and Manga Club
Join us for an in-depth focus on manga and anime. From early beginnings to hottest series and everything in between. We’ll discuss, probably argue a bit, watch, make cool things
Jan
14
Aladdin Jr.
The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a
Jan
15
Aladdin Jr.
The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a
Jan
16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the CMA
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the CMA is open and offering free admission. Don’t miss FAAAC presents A Storytelling Celebration, an event celebrating the life of Dr. Martin
Jan
16
Aladdin
A tale within a tale, Sheherezade narrates the exciting story of Aladdin and the powerful Genie in CMT’s popular show. A shady Sorcerer tricks innocent young Aladdin into stealing a
Jan
17
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
17
Family Storytime: Let it Snow
The weather outside is frightful, but this storytime is so delightful! Share winter stories, songs, and a craft while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young
Jan
17
Kid’s Craft Night & Hot Cocoa Bar!
Snow in the Carolinas?! We say YES! Bring the kiddos 5-7pm to our Clemson Road, Columbia location for a wintery craft Kid’s Night complete with a hot cocoa bar with all
Jan
18
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
18
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Wood You, Could You
Wood is used for all kinds of objects, from tiny toothpicks to tall temples. It can be smooth, bumpy, round, sharp, colorful, hollow, and more. This month we explore objects
Jan
18
Hello, Baby!
Grow your baby’s vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. Audience: Babies (0-18 months)
Jan
18
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
18
Movie Matinee: Bedknobs and Broomsticks
An amateur witch, along with three precocious orphans, flies into one fantastic adventure after another aboard a bewitched bed to save the country from hostile invaders. Audience: Adults, Parents, Seniors, Families
Jan
18
STEAM Studio: Scribble Bots
Create art with your new BFF– Scribble Bot! Audience: School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Jan
18
STEAM Studio: Birds with 4-H
Birds are fascinating.  Come learn more about bird adaptations and make a bird feeder with Rosemary from Richland County 4-H.  Registration is required for this event. You will need a library card
Jan
19
Bilingual Storytime Cuentacuentos Bilingüe
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. We will have a craft time after! This event is free and open
Jan
19
Read to a Dog
Practice reading with a furry friend. Audience: School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Jan
20
Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is kicking off another New Year with the return of Free Fridays. Starting January 6, residents of Richland and Lexington Counties with proof of residency can
Jan
20
Tiny Tumblers
Parent accompanied learn and play for kids crawling – 5 year olds!  
Jan
20
Chinese New Year Celebration – Story-time!
In celebration for Chinese New Year join us for Storytime! Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years)
Jan
20
Fun Friday
Come join us at Empire for an hour of parent supervised play! For ages walking through 5. $5 per child, cash only. If you have any questions please call our
Jan
20
Hello, Baby!
Grow your baby’s vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. This storytime is designed for infants and lap babies. If your child is walking, check out our Toddler
Jan
20
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for ages 3 to 5. Dress for a mess! Audience: Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
20
Wiggles Kids Class
Kiddos have wiggles. It’s a fact and we have a program for that! Wiggles, a kids class is launching Friday January 20 with two 30 minute classes for your kiddos
Jan
20
Homeschool Skate
$5 admission Regular skate rental included
Jan
20
Flight Night Winter Bash
Help cure those Winter Blues and join us for our first annual Flight Night Winter Bash on Friday, January 20th from 7pm-9pm! We will have a DJ playing your favorite
Jan
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.,
Jan
21
Kroger Chef Jr. – Dumpling Sandwiches
Join us on Saturday, January 21st and your kids can learn how to make delicious Dumpling Sandwiches! A Kroger Chef will guide your child as they learn to create this
Jan
21
Chinese New Year Cultural Celebration
Experience traditional Chinese Arts, from music and dance to calligraphy and painting! Audience: Adults, Parents, Seniors, Families, Young children (0-5 years), Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years),&...
Jan
21
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
21
Family Storytime: Celebrate Tết!
Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year in this special storytime! Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
21
A Lunar Year Celebration
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with crafts, games and more. Audience: Adults, Parents, Seniors, Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5),&nb...
Jan
21
Meeting Street Artisan Market
There are new options for afternoon shopping on Saturdays in West Columbia. The Meeting Street Artisan Market has new hours, 11 AM – 3 PM, beginning this Saturday, August 6,
Jan
21
Aladdin
A tale within a tale, Sheherezade narrates the exciting story of Aladdin and the powerful Genie in CMT’s popular show. A shady Sorcerer tricks innocent young Aladdin into stealing a
Jan
21
Storytime: Lunar New Year!
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with crafts, games and more. Audience: Adults, Parents, Seniors, Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5),&nb...
Jan
21
Try Ice Skating for Free!
Always wanted to try ice skating? Now you can for FREE during our Try Ice Skating for Free event on Saturday, January 21st from 12pm-1pm! This event includes 30 minutes
Jan
21
Aladdin
A tale within a tale, Sheherezade narrates the exciting story of Aladdin and the powerful Genie in CMT’s popular show. A shady Sorcerer tricks innocent young Aladdin into stealing a
Jan
21
Teen Maker: Winter Painting and Hot Cocoa
We will be using acrylic paint on canvas to create winter themed art. Be prepared to get a little messy!  All materials will be provided. Registration required. 
Jan
21
NERF WARS PARENTS NIGHT OUT
It’s time for a parents’ night out and it’s NERF WARS! The price is estimated to be $20.95 per person. We will supply ammunition and pizza. Only 2 guns per
Jan
23
Make and Create: Monday Morning Makers
Make your Monday mornings less stressful and start your week on a creative note!   Feed that drive to create and rediscover your sense of wonder and excitement. Discover something
Jan
23
Storytime @SCMM!
Join us for a story and accompanying craft or STEM project!  
Jan
23
Crafternoon
Get your craft on! Audience: Families, School age children (6-12 years)
Jan
23
STEAM Studio: Mini Excavation Boxes
Dig! Explore! Learn! Join the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in this fun mini archaeology activity where participants excavate their own tabletop dig box. Pick away at the dirt
Jan
24
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
24
Say “Bonjour” to Stories
Come enjoy bilingual stories and songs in English and French. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)  
Jan
24
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
24
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5)
Jan
24
STEAM Studio: Build a World Tour
Drop by the library and help build famous structures and art from across the globe! Audience: Families, School age children (6-12 years)

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