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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Independence Day Fireworks Show
Independence Day fireworks display along Lake Columbia in front of The Windermere Club courtesy of 3 Bulldogs, LLC.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Jul
12
Full Steam Ahead: Newton’s Law
Full STEAM ahead at the library. Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) are all around us. Join us for this month’s theme … Newton’s laws. You can follow along or recreate the fun later, using a provided instructional link. Acti...
Jul
12
Full Steam Ahead: Making Music
Full STEAM ahead at the library. STEAM programs stimulate children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The challenge … create your own musical instrument and help us tell a story.    
Jul
13
Outdoor Family Storytime
Welcome back to storytime!  We’ve missed you!  This family storytime is suitable for all ages, so please join us as Sarah reads stories and leads us in some fun songs and rhymes. Registration is required for this event. Each...
Jul
13
Family Storytime
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.    
Jul
13
Virtual Crafty Jammies Storytime – Wild Thing
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 Wild Thing will make an appearance and help read a special bedtime story. 
Jul
14
The 3 Little Pigs: The Musical
Tune in to Richland Library’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. for a fun, musical adaptation of this classic tale presented by Columbia Children’s Theatre. From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Broadway’s...
Jul
14
Yoga Games
Wiggle and stretch with us as we play classic games with a yoga twist. There will be rounds of Charades, Simon Says and more. You may want to bring your own yoga mat or towel. (grades 4–7)    
Jul
15
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
15
Storytime in the Garden
Enjoy stories, songs and activities with Richland Library and Historic Columbia staff in the Hampton-Preston Gardens. This event is free and open to children of all ages. Registration is required for this event.  Each registration...
Jul
15
Bilingual Family Storytime / Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe with WLTX
Join us and earn one point toward your Summer Learning Challenge. / Únete a nosotros y gana un punto hacia el Desafío de Aprendizaje del Verano.  Tune into the library’s Facebook Page. Enjoy storytime in English and Spanis...
Jul
15
Plant Freely
Whether you have a patio or acres, you’ll learn how grow bags, bean teepees, and DIY irrigation systems can enable you to garden. Follow along as the St. Andrews Garden Team shows how exciting gardening can be.  This program is part of&nb...
Jul
15
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Summer Recipes from the Teaching Kitchen
Caroline Bradley, Richland Library Culinary Arts Coordinator, demonstrates some fresh and tasty summer recipes from the Northeast Teaching Kitchen. This program is part of Learn Freely Fest. Tune in right here at 12:00 p.m. to join in, or watch ...
Jul
15
The Mad Scientist
Weather Experiments
WLTX Meteorologists Efren Afante and Daniel Bonds will lead you through some fun and informative activities to help you better understand the weather around you. This program is part of Learn Freely Fest. Tune in right here a...
Jul
15
Pottery Re-Fit
Learn about real lab techniques used by archaeologists piecing together historical artifacts. Presented by SC Department of Natural Resources Heritage Trust Archaeologist Meg Gaillard. This program is part of Learn Freely Fest. Tune in right her...
Jul
15
Circus & Dance Show
Performing 1 Day Only at Icehouse Amphitheater! Don’t miss these talented artists who bring high-energy, family fun to the audience with their impressive skills in dance and circus arts. “Animalia” – join Dr. Knowsalot on an a...
Jul
17
Step! Hop! Twirl! Family Storytime
Professional dance educator, Barbara Howse-Diemer, helps us explore our emotions through story and movement.  To join in the fun, all you need is: your body, space to move and a piece of fabric (a towel, blanket, sheet or t-shirt will work).&nbs...
Jul
17
Slip, Slide & Splash!
Cool off and have a blast at Slip, Slide & Splash! With nine inflatable water slides, an inflatable maze, access to the splash pad and food trucks, this is the event of the summer! All participants (3 and up) must have an ICRC issued wristband to...
Jul
17
Tails and Tales with the SC Aquarium
The South Carolina Aquarium will introduce you to some of our state’s most fascinating resident reptiles. This program is part of Learn Freely Fest. Tune in right here at 11:00 a.m. to join in, or watch the whole lineup of fun learning activit...
Jul
17
Stop Motion Animation
Learn how to use this simple animation technique to create your own stop motion films with Richland Library Associate and Filmmaker DeBria Robinson. This program is part of Learn Freely Fest. Tune in right here at 1:30 p.m. to join in, or w...
Jul
21
Pigskin Poets
Down, set, hike! It’s time for Gamecock football! The UofSC football team is taking the field with Richland Library for an morning of stories. The celebration will be led by popular storyteller Darion McCloud. Tune in to Richland Library&...
Jul
22
Family Fun Day sponsored by Kohl’s
Join us for Family Fun Day, sponsored by Kohl’s on Thursday, July 22 from 10am to 2pm at the NorthWest Family YMCA! This event is FREE for the entire community – members and nonmembers! – Attendees can visit with LIVE PD and other E...
Jul
22
Lunar Astronomy Night
Come out to Saluda Shoals Park for a night of observation and learn more about the moon! Earth’s moon is our satellite, it brightens the night sky, serves as a celestial landmark for animals, and influences water levels on a global scale. Under...
Jul
23
Kids Aerial Yoga
Kids Aerial Yoga is back at Fit Columbia. Bring in your kids to blow off some energy, hang out with others their age, and just have some fun! We would love to see them.  
Jul
24
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...
Jul
28
NiA presents: The Little Garnet Gamecock (and The Mr. Darion Who Cried Tiger)
Tune in to Richland Library’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. for a fun mashup of two classic tales. Mr. Darion and friends are trying to tell a story (or two). With help from Cocky’s Reading Express and a super Librarian,...
Jul
29
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
30
Books & Beyond: Animal Tracks
Become a master animal tracker in our own backyard. We will learn about animals and locate them in their own natural habitat by examining the footprints they leave behind.    
Jul
30
Holiday in the Wild at Eudora Safari Park by Gold Phoenix Events, LLC
The next event on the Gold Phoenix Calender is VERY EXCITING! We’ve partnered with Eudora Farms and Safari Park for our VERY FIRST MOBILE MARKET AND MOVIE NIGHT!!! And if that isn’t exciting enough, we’re bringing you a HOLIDAY IN T...
Jul
31
6th Annual Back to School Bash for DHH Families
We’re so excited to invite families to the 6th Annual Back to School Bash for deaf and hard of hearing families! The Bash in-person vendor fair and school supply pick-up will be on Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 9-11 a.m. at Seven Oaks Park (200 Leis...
Jul
31
Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt
If your little one is a dino lover, then they will love this. We are doing a dinosaur scavenger hunt. We will have dinosaur bones around our property for your family to search for together. After you find all the bones for your dinosaur, your family ...
Jul
31
AiR Presents: Cute, Tiny, Fun Animal Sculpting with Molly and Rob
Richland Library’s newest Artists-in-Residence, Molly Ledford and Rob Padley, AKA Puppet Time Machine Theater, want to show you how they create their adorable animal friends. Participants will learn how to sculpt cute, tiny little animals ...

 

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