Columbia Family Events | May 2022

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May in Columbia is full of fun – from puppet shows, 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 – summer camps, 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. 

May
1
First Sunday Free Admission to the SC State Museum
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!
May
3
Mommy & Me cooking class
What a better way to start your Mother’s Day celebration than cooking with your reason for celebrating?   Cooking is a wonderful way to introduce healthy foods to children. This Mommy & Me custom Healthy Hands Cooking class is designed...
May
3
Kids Flight – Irmo
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...
May
3
Little Sprouts
The littlest gardeners can enjoy nature stories and get hands-on experience with soil and plants. Dress for a mess!
May
3
Art Around the World
Explore other countries and cultures through art and stories! Celebrate the countless ways that art makes the world go round and the stories about the people who bring art to life. Each session will focus on a specific country, and children will...
May
3
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Registration is required for this event.
May
3
5 Kids Books to Celebrate Pride Month
Family Storytime
Join us for a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills for the whole family.
May
3
Hands On Art: Mother’s Day Celebration
It’s a Mother’s Day celebration. Ask Dad to bring you, bring your Mom or surprise her with your homemade gift of love!
May
3
Fun with Fancy Nancy
Ooh la la!  It’s time to have fun with Fancy Nancy!  We’ll read some books, do a craft, and have lots of fun!  Répondez s’il vous plaît—that means RSVP, you have to sign up to come. Registration is required fo...
May
4
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 Children’s Room at Richland Library Main for our Wednesday storytimes from 10:00 am-10:30 a.m.  Registrat...
May
4
May the 4th Be With You: A Star Wars Celebration
May the Force be with you! Drop by Richland Library St Andrews from 10am-2pm to make a Star Wars-themed craft and hang out with other Star Wars fans!    
May
4
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Bloom and Grow
How does your garden grow? Together we’ll discover different kinds of plants and what they need to bloom, grow, and thrive through stories, artwork, and movement. Key topic: plants. This program is specially designed for 2- to 3-year-old participan...
May
4
May the 4th be with You
Kessel Run your way to Sandhills and be the force person to drop-in.  Join us in the Children’s Maker for an open lab experience with Star Wars themed crafts and games. 
May
4
Mother’s Day Gift Making: Flower/Plant Pot
DIY your own pots are a great way to bring more art, beauty and joy into your home- They are also a wonderful gift for your mom or grandma! Audience(s) Families 9-12 years Teens (12-18 years)
May
5
Kids Flight – Irmo
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...
May
5
Sprouts Morning Out
For ages crawling- 5 years Cost: $10 For First Child, $5 For Each Additional Child When: Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm Maximum Availability: 45 participants All participants must fill out a registration form. Because of the nature of Sprouts Morning...
May
5
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. This is a completely free program! Hope Kids is for children of all...
May
5
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
May
5
Leo’s Landing Expansion Grand Opening
Please join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of Leo’s Landing Inclusive Playground Expansion. Live Music by John Wesley Satterfield. Dupre Express Catering, Cheese and Thank You, and Wildfire Grill will have food available for purchase.
May
5
First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission during our extended hours between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. courtesy of Dominion Energy. Experience Art Blossoms, a kaleidoscope of fresh floral arrangements interpreting art throughout the museum galleries, public spaces, and...
May
6
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. This is a completely free program! Hope Kids is for children of all...
May
6
Knee-high Naturalist: Llama Mama
(ages 2–5 with an adult) Llamas and alpacas are funny animals with soft fur and a lot of spunk. They are also great mothers. Let’s celebrate llama and alpaca mamas this Mother’s Day weekend. COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per cla...
May
7
Moms Jump FREE at Altitude Trampoline Park! 
It’s Mother’s Day weekend and Altitude Trampoline Park is excited to invite all mothers to join the #JumpLife! On Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, join us at your local Altitude from open to close for a full day’s worth of fun and excitement ...
May
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., year-round, rain or shine! Find e...
May
7
Mother’s Day Celebration
Join us for a Mother’s Day Celebration, Saturday, May 7th from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Join us for a festive day with local artists, tastings by Chocolate Heaven, and the melting pot as well as special sales just for mom!
May
7
Kids Flight – Irmo
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...
May
7
5 Kids Books to Celebrate Pride Month
Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
May
7
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 lead you in some fun songs and activities.
May
7
Backyard Saturday – Slugs and Snails Day
Join us at Leo’s Landing Playground shelter for Backyard Saturday. Each program will celebrate a nature awareness day through fun activities, crafts, stories, and cool biofacts. For information or to join our Backyard Buddies mailing list, email rk...
May
7
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Registration is required for this event.  
May
7
Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch Class with Let’s Cook
We’ll start by enjoying a traditional mimosa while the Farm Crafted Events team teaches you how to make two unique mimosas using fresh fruits grown on The FARM! Continue enjoying mimosas while Chef Instructor John Militello from Let’s Cook Culina...
May
7
Knee-high Naturalist: Llama Mama
(ages 2–5 with an adult) Llamas and alpacas are funny animals with soft fur and a lot of spunk. They are also great mothers. Let’s celebrate llama and alpaca mamas this Mother’s Day weekend. COST: $10 for one child (with one adult) per cla...
May
7
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Join Dorothy on her adventures through Oz. Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion on their way to visit the Wizard. But Look out for the Wicked Witch, she sees everything from her tower in the West! The classic story comes to life; complete w...
May
7
Crafternoon & Family Gaming
Join us for crafts and games while the Town of Eastover celebrates its 43rd Annual BBQ Festival and Parade. You don’t want to miss it! 
May
7
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
10,000 pounds of fresh Lousiana Crawfish, Kids Rides, Live Music, Art and Food vendors and a large selection of craft beer. Fun for the whole family. Kids 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  
May
7
Mom’s and Mimosas
Paint your flowers for Mother’s Day and enjoy some refreshments too!   Mothers’ Day is a day of celebration and we want to celebrate with you. Whether it’s as a Mom’s night out, or you want to celebrate with your mother! ...
May
8
Moms Jump FREE at Altitude Trampoline Park! 
It’s Mother’s Day weekend and Altitude Trampoline Park is excited to invite all mothers to join the #JumpLife! On Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, join us at your local Altitude from open to close for a full day’s worth of fun and excitement ...
May
8
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH at The Sunday Brunch Spot 2 Saluda Shoals
It’s time for our annual Mother’s Day Brunch!! -Brunch menu -Shopping -Mimosa flights -Live music -Special treat for Mom
May
8
Mother’s Day at the Brewery – Swamp Cabbage – May 8th 2022
1st COURSE: Salmon and shrimp Ceviche, Crispy Avocado Wonton VEGETARIAN: Same 2nd COURSE: Sharp Cheddar Fondue, Petite Salad Vinaigrette, Pickled Okra Jam, Artisan Bread VEGETARIAN: Same 3rd COURSE: Chicken Satay, Creamy Peanut Sauce, Wasabi Drizzle,...
May
8
Moms Throw FREE | Craft Axe Throwing
We are celebrating ALL moms by letting moms throw for FREE from May 8-11th! Bring your mom out to Craft Axe Throwing to experience all of the fun!  
May
8
In Bloom: An Ikebana Demonstration
In collaboration with Richland Library’s special exhibit In Bloom, which celebrates the beauty of Spring in all its colors and wonder, Ikebana artist Lin Ko will be in the Gallery at Main creating Ikebana arrangments to be displayed throughout ...
May
9
Moms Throw FREE | Craft Axe Throwing
We are celebrating ALL moms by letting moms throw for FREE from May 8-11th! Bring your mom out to Craft Axe Throwing to experience all of the fun!  
May
10
Kids Flight – Irmo
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...
May
10
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Read Along
Join us as we read Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, while completing a follow along activity.  Children will be given a whole puncher and a zip lock bag filled with pictures of food. As the presenter reads The Very Hungry Caterpi...
May
10
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Registration is required for this event.
May
10
Moms Throw FREE | Craft Axe Throwing
We are celebrating ALL moms by letting moms throw for FREE from May 8-11th! Bring your mom out to Craft Axe Throwing to experience all of the fun!  
May
10
As Busy as a Bee with Rudy Mancke
In conjunction with our “Wild Bees” exhibit, we will be a look at the intimate relationships between and among bees, other insects, flowers, and flowering plants with UofSC’s favorite naturalist Rudy Mancke.
May
11
Teen Maker: Scrapbooking Club
Join us to make your very own scrapbook! Bring your own materials or use the crafting supplies we provide. 
May
11
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 Children’s Room at Richland Library Main for our Wednesday storytimes from 10:00 am-10:30 a.m.  Registrat...
May
11
Countdown to Kindergarten Summit
The Countdown to Kindergarten Summit is a shared professional development opportunity for preschool educators, kindergarten teachers, and community partners who provide school transition programs and support to rising kindergartners and their familie...
May
11
The 5 Toddler Love Langages | Columbia SC Moms Blog
Young Geniuses
Join us for a short storytime and a STEAM activity for future Einsteins.  Registration is required for this event. 
May
11
Moms Throw FREE | Craft Axe Throwing
We are celebrating ALL moms by letting moms throw for FREE from May 8-11th! Bring your mom out to Craft Axe Throwing to experience all of the fun!  
May
11
Hands on Art: Making Art Together
Join us to explore materials and make art together. Projects change every week and are creative and open-ended. Dress for a mess!  Registration is required for this event.  
May
11
Ice Cream Party at Kid’s Night!
Not just a party… It’s an ICE CREAM PARTY at kids night!  Wednesday, May 11, from 5-7pm at Sunset Ct in West Columbia, kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal AND get to create their own ice cream sundae! Sundaes for parents ar...
May
12
Kids Flight – Irmo
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...
May
12
Sprouts Morning Out
For ages crawling- 5 years Cost: $10 For First Child, $5 For Each Additional Child When: Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm Maximum Availability: 45 participants All participants must fill out a registration form. Because of the nature of Sprouts Morning...
May
12
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
May
12
Hands on Art for Families
Get hands-on while exploring art materials and techniques. A bowl of fruit?  Your baby brother?  A field of sunflowers? Discover what inspires the artist in you.   Registration is required for this event. Don’t forget t...
May
12
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. Masks will be required for those ages 3 and over.
May
12
Virtual Planetarium Sky Tour
Join State Museum planetarium manager, Liz Klimek, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month for a virtual exploration of the stars, planets and constellations you can observe in night-sky. 
May
12
Blue Man Group
It’s everything you know and love about BLUE MAN GROUP – Signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy – the men are still blue but the rest is all new! Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instrumen...
May
13
Fun Friday
Come and join us for an hour of parent supervised play! For kids ages 5 and below. $5 per child.
May
13
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.  Our Family Storytime will be performed from 10:30-11:15 a.m.!   Registration is required for this event. Each registration is for a ...
May
13
Make and Create: Paint on the Patio
Relax and unwind while creating a painting that will be yours to keep! Supplies will be provided just bring your imagination. No experience necessary. Teens only.
May
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., year-round, rain or shine! Find e...
May
14
Lamaze Childbirth Class- Half day/2 Session
Do you plan on having an unmedicated birth? Do you plan on using medications? Are you unsure what you will do? If you answered yes to any of these then this class is for you! This class will use Evidence-based research to help you make an informed de...
May
14
Kids Flight – Irmo
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...
May
14
Spring Fling: Finger Paint Your Community!
Create a finger-painted masterpiece and then combine it with others to make a community art piece that will hang in the children’s area. Bring the whole family and anyone else you think might enjoy a few great books and some makin’, movin’...
May
14
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Registration is required for this event.  
May
14
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Keeping Children Mentally And Mindfully Fit!
Teaching children how to identify emotions is the first step in helping them develop healthy lifelong coping strategies. By participating in this program, children will craft fun physical representations of emotions that they can explore, play with, ...
May
14
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Join Dorothy on her adventures through Oz. Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion on their way to visit the Wizard. But Look out for the Wicked Witch, she sees everything from her tower in the West! The classic story comes to life; complete w...
May
14
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Join Dorothy on her adventures through Oz. Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion on their way to visit the Wizard. But Look out for the Wicked Witch, she sees everything from her tower in the West! The classic story comes to life; complete w...
May
14
STEAM Studio
Join us for inventing, building, and creating, using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Registration is required for this event. 
May
15
Free Sunday Presented by Still Hopes | 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 FREE! This month, visit the exhibits at the Mann-Simons Site, the home to the same African-A...
May
15
Lunar Eclipse Night
Save the date for this astronomical event that won’t be seen again in Columbia in years! The State Museum invites all night owls to see a total lunar eclipse, beginning late Sunday night, May 15, and continuing through the early hours of Monday, Ma...
May
16
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Join Dorothy on her adventures through Oz. Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion on their way to visit the Wizard. But Look out for the Wicked Witch, she sees everything from her tower in the West! The classic story comes to life; complete w...
May
17
Kids Flight – Irmo
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...
May
17
Little Sprouts
The littlest gardeners can enjoy nature stories and get hands-on experience with soil and plants. Dress for a mess!    
May
17
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Registration is required for this event.
May
17
Happy Glampers
Join us on Tuesday, May 17th from 5-9pm for Happy Glampers: a night of festive generosity benefitting Camp U! Camp U is an inclusive summer day camp for children with autism and social skills deficits hosted by The Unumb Center this July at Camp Cole...
May
17
Ice Cream Party at Kid’s Night!
Not just a party… It’s an ICE CREAM PARTY at kids night!  Tuesday, May 17, from 5-7pm at Clemson Rd in Columbia, kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal AND get to create their own ice cream sundae! Sundaes for parents are just...
May
17
Kid’s Gardening Night
We’re excited to resume FREE Community Nights at Chick-fil-A Ballentine! We’ll be hosting a Gardening Night for the kids of our community! Come out and paint a pot and pot a plant! We cannot wait to host the families of our community for ...
May
18
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 Children’s Room at Richland Library Main for our Wednesday storytimes from 10:00 am-10:30 a.m.  Registrat...
May
18
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Bloom and Grow
How does your garden grow? Together we’ll discover different kinds of plants and what they need to bloom, grow, and thrive through stories, artwork, and movement. Key topic: plants. This program is specially designed for 2- to 3-year-old participan...
May
18
Hands on Art: Making Art Together
Join us to explore materials and make art together. Projects change every week and are creative and open-ended. Dress for a mess! Registration required.
May
18
All About Turtles
World Turtle Day is May 23rd. Come and join Richland County 4-H and Richland Library Blythewood to learn more about turtles and their habitats, and make a turtle craft to take home! Registration is required for this event. You will need a librar...
May
19
Kids Flight – Irmo
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...
May
19
Sprouts Morning Out
For ages crawling- 5 years Cost: $10 For First Child, $5 For Each Additional Child When: Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm Maximum Availability: 45 participants All participants must fill out a registration form. Because of the nature of Sprouts Morning...
May
19
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. This is a completely free program! Hope Kids is for children of all...
May
19
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
May
19
Paint a Pot, Pot a Plant for Teens
Decorate a pot, then put it to use with your own plant. Green thumbs not required. Registration is required. 
May
19
Family Movie: Encanto
Bring the whole family to a screening of Disney’s Encanto  The Madrigal’s are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Columbia in a charmed place called Encanto. The magic of the place has blessed every child with a ...
May
20
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. This is a completely free program! Hope Kids is for children of all...
May
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., year-round, rain or shine! Find e...
May
21
Lamaze Childbirth Class- Half day/2 Session
Do you plan on having an unmedicated birth? Do you plan on using medications? Are you unsure what you will do? If you answered yes to any of these then this class is for you! This class will use Evidence-based research to help you make an informed de...
May
21
Kids Flight – Irmo
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...
May
21
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Registration is required for this event.  
May
21
Flashlight Craft
We will be drawing outdoor scenes that look like they are at night, but we will make them come to light with our flashlight.   Registration is required for this event.
May
21
Play Freely on the Courtyard
Join us for a morning of outdoor fun with games and more games and then the electric slide.
May
21
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Join Dorothy on her adventures through Oz. Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion on their way to visit the Wizard. But Look out for the Wicked Witch, she sees everything from her tower in the West! The classic story comes to life; complete w...

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