Columbia Family Events | July 2021

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July in Columbia is full of fun – from 4th of July fireworks & celebrations to 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 – summer camps, 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. 

Jul
1
Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission and extended hours courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Plus, head to the collection galleries at 6:30 p.m. to chat with our friendly docents about the art you see. Due to the popularity of the Escher exhibiti...
Jul
1
Kids Flight
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...
Jul
1
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
1
Outdoor Family Storytime/ Cuentacuentos en el Patio de Northeast
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. This event is free and open to children of all ages Comparte cuentos, canciones  y diviértete con toda tu familia. Este evento es grati...
Jul
1
Mission Creativity: Chameleon Creativity
Learn how to draw a chameleon while learning some cool science facts about these tricky creatures. You will need a pencil, paper and coloring tools of your choice. Activities are geared towards students in grades K–5.
Jul
1
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
1
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
1
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
1
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...
Jul
2
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
2
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
2
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
2
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
2
The Ugly Duckling
Enjoy Porkchop Productions’ virtual take on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale about an ugly duckling trying to find her place in the world. Themes in bullying, acceptance and finding the beauty within yourself make for a theatre ex...
Jul
2
July 4th Symphonic Salute – SC Philharmonic Brass Quintet
Join us for a patriotic concert by the river featuring the SC Philharmonic Brass Quintet.  Music begins at 8:00 p.m. Beer, wine and food from Blowin’ Smoke BBQ food truck will be available for purchase. Bring a chair or picnic blanket...
Jul
2
Town of Lexington Independence Day Celebration
The 246th Army Band will play a concert from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and there will be a fireworks show to follow. You can tune into 93.1FM The Lake to listen to patriotic music during the fireworks show. Best viewing areas include the Icehouse Amphithea...
Jul
3
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...
Jul
3
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...
Jul
3
2021 Harper Street Bike Parade
All are welcome to join this July 4th celebration – on July 3rd! Decorate your bike, golf cart, or wagon and show your patriotism. Line up as early as 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Harper and Hunt Streets. If the line extends to Harrington Street,...
Jul
3
Kids Flight
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...
Jul
3
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
3
Backyard Saturday – Snake Day
Join us at Leo’s Landing Playground for Backyard Saturday. Through play, families can experience nature at Saluda Shoals Park. Each program will celebrate a nature awareness day through fun activities to do, cool biofacts to investigate, and an exp...
Jul
3
Free General Admission to the SC State Museum for Veterans and Active Duty Military
Guests are invited to avoid the summer heat and enjoy cosmically cool fun with four floors of exhibitions, plus planetarium and 4d theater shows. In honor of the holiday, the museum will be offering veterans and active duty military free general admi...
Jul
3
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...
Jul
3
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!
Jul
3
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 ...
Jul
3
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
3
33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray
Capital City Lake Murray Country is proud to host the 33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray, presented by Lexington Medical Center! At Noon, the Lake Murray Boat Parade will proceed around Bomb Island. This year’s theme is ...
Jul
3
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
3
A Rockin’ Red, White & Blue!
Bring your family and friends for a patriotic day of food, fun, live music and fireworks! Music begins at 1 p.m. with the Freeway Music Showcase, Mason Horne at 5 p.m., Blues DeLuxe Band at 6 p.m., and D.B. Bryant at 7:30 p.m.! The fireworks finale w...
Jul
3
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
3
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 ...
Jul
3
Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show
Our 2021 Independence Day celebration! Join us as we celebrate America with patriotic music, a special America themed Concert in the Sky Fireworks show, and America’s National Pastime! Game against Macon Bacon. Cost: $6 – $9
Jul
3
Fireworks with the Phil
Details: The SC Philharmonic will perform as a full orchestra on the baseball diamond for the first time! The concert will last one hour, with the fireworks beginning around 9:15 PM as the grand finale of this independence celebration. We are excited...
Jul
4
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
4
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
4
Free General Admission to the SC State Museum for Veterans and Active Duty Military
Guests are invited to avoid the summer heat and enjoy cosmically cool fun with four floors of exhibitions, plus planetarium and 4d theater shows. In honor of the holiday, the museum will be offering veterans and active duty military free general admi...
Jul
4
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
4
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
4
Independence Day Fireworks Show
Independence Day fireworks display along Lake Columbia in front of The Windermere Club courtesy of 3 Bulldogs, LLC.
Jul
5
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
5
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
5
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
5
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
5
Kids’ Cooking Class
Themed cooking classes with Chefs Jessica and Isaiah Carswell! 2-3 course meal, all ingredients and materials included.
Jul
6
Kids Flight
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...
Jul
6
Outdoor Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. This event is free and open to children of all ages. Our Tuesday Storytimes will be performed at 10-10:30 a.m. and again at 11-11:30 a.m...
Jul
6
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
6
Outdoor Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. This event is free and open to children of all ages. Our Tuesday Storytimes will be performed at 10-10:30 a.m. and again at 11-11:30 a.m...
Jul
6
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
6
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
6
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
6
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.
Jul
6
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.   ...
Jul
7
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
7
Farmers Market at Main
Stroll through our market, enjoy a cup of coffee, and pick up local produce, baked goods, and other farm fresh items from our vendors, who include: Owl and Bear Farm Toms Creek Farms Curiosity Coffee Bar Baked by Franny Fabel Farms Black Pe...
Jul
7
Outdoor Family Storytime at Richland Library Main
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.  Bring the family to the Richland Library Main Hampton Street Plaza for our Wednesday storytimes from 10:00 am-10:30 a.m.  Registra...
Jul
7
Music & Movement
Music & Movement is an interactive program that gets children moving to the beat and explores a variety of musical instruments and genres. (ages 2–5 years)    
Jul
7
Storytime in the Park
Storytime is a fun way to introduce your little ones to literature — allowing all ages to experience the best in books, nursery rhymes, finger plays, storytelling, poetry, songs and more. Weather permitting, this program will be held outdoors. Be s...
Jul
7
Mister G
Tune in to Richland Library’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. for a special bilingual concert by Latin Grammy-winning artist, author, activist, and educator MISTER G. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, Ben Gunde...
Jul
7
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
7
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
7
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
8
Kids Flight
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...
Jul
8
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
8
Outdoor Family Storytime
Welcome back to storytime!  We’ve missed you!  This family storytime is suitable for all ages, so please join us as we read stories and sing some fun songs. Registration is required for this event.  Each registrati...
Jul
8
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
8
Outdoor Family Storytime
Welcome back to storytime!  We’ve missed you!  This family storytime is suitable for all ages, so please join us as we read stories and sing some fun songs. Registration is required for this event.  Each registrati...
Jul
8
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
8
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
8
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...
Jul
8
Full Steam Ahead: Circuit Bugs
Full STEAM ahead at the library. STEAM programs stimulate children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Learn about paper circuits by making a dancing origami bug. Take & Make Kits will be available while supp...
Jul
8
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...
Jul
9
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
9
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
9
Family Storytime
Outdoor storytime is a fun way to introduce kids of all ages to great stories. Our socially-distanced storytime will include books, storytelling, poetry, movement and songs.    
Jul
9
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
9
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
10
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...
Jul
10
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...
Jul
10
Main at Market
Get outside with the Lexington Main Library. We’ll be at the Market at Icehouse in downtown Lexington with fresh picks from our nonfiction collection, library card sign-ups and a special family storytime from 10 to 11 AM.    
Jul
10
Kids Flight
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...
Jul
10
Midlands Women’s Fair
Join us for the 4th Annual Midlands Women’s Fair! Come out to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 10:00-4:00 pm to get pampered, do some shopping, and have fun with the women in your life! This FREE event...
Jul
10
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
10
Storytime in the Park
Storytime is a fun way to introduce your little ones to literature — allowing all ages to experience the best in books, nursery rhymes, finger plays, storytelling, poetry, songs and more. Weather permitting, this program will be held outdoors. Be s...
Jul
10
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...
Jul
10
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!
Jul
10
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 ...
Jul
10
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
10
Fuel Up to Move More (Healthy For Life – Kids)
Sign your kids up for this fun and interactive cooking class! Your kids will learn how to take care of their bodies before, during, and after exercise with healthy food and plenty of water. In between learning how to make nutritious meals, they will ...
Jul
10
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
10
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
10
Mermaid Visit
Mermaid Cari is making her way to the Midlands to share a magical story, enjoy a cookie, and play a few mermaid games. You do not want to miss this magical experience.
Jul
10
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 ...
Jul
10
Summer Movie Night – Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul
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 Presented by
Jul
11
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
11
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
11
Tinker Tech Programming
Join us for daily programming in Tinker Tech on the 2nd floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
11
Bio Lab Programming
Join us for daily programming in the Bio Lab on the 1st floor of the museum! (Best for ages 4+)
Jul
11
Summer Family Fun Night
Join the fun at our Northside Athletic Complex behind the church. We’ll have inflatables, games, hot dogs, slip & slide… and a deacons vs. staff kickball game. Mark your calendar now and join us for this exciting night of fun!

 

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