Columbia Family-Friendly Events | July 2022

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July 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, VBS, splash pads & water fun, 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. 

Jul
1
Hooray for the USA
Come and join us to celebrate the 4th of July with a festive craft. Dress for a mess. Audience: Parents, Families, Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years), Teens (12-18 years)
Jul
1
Star Spangled Salute – Dick Goodwin & the SC Philharmonic Brass
Date: Friday, July 1, 2022 Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Music will begin at 7:30 p.m. at River Birch Shelter Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 Cost: $5 parking fee Details: Join us for an evening of beautifu...
Jul
1
Town of Lexington Independence Day Celebration
Date: Friday, July 1, 2022 Time: 7:30 – 10 p.m. Location: Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 West Main Street, Lexington, SC 29072 Cost: Free Details: The 246th Army Band will play a concert from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. and there will be a fireworks show to...
Jul
1
Constellation Star Party
Learn the Constellations! Please bring binoculars, chairs or blanket, snacks, insect repellent and phone with a night sky app. Located at the field below Leo’s Landing playground on the east end of Saluda Shoals Park. All Ages $2/person
Jul
2
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)
Jul
2
Play Freely: A Superhero Bonanza!
Wear your cape, come as a family of superheroes and save the day. Fun, games and lots of laughs. Make family memories.Register online.
Jul
2
34th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2022 Time: noon – Lake Murray Boat Parade; Dusk (approximately 9:15) – fireworks show Location: The Boat Parade will leave from Bomb Island and head towards the dam. Fireworks will launch from Spence and Dreher Island...
Jul
2
FORT JACKSON INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
The free spectacular Fourth of July event celebrates our nation’s independence and will include family fun festivities, a kid zone with amusement rides, food and beverage truck vendors, and live music. To top off the night, attendees will also...
Jul
3
Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show
Date: Sunday, July 3, 2022 Time: 7:05 p.m. Location: Lexington County Baseball Stadium, 474 Ball Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072 Cost: $6 – $9 Details: Our 2022 Independence Day celebration! Join us as we celebrate America with patriotic m...
Jul
4
2022 Harper Street Bike Parade
Date: Monday, July 4, 2022 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Along Harper Street, Newberry, SC 29108 Cost: Free Details: All are welcome to join this July 4th celebration! Decorate your bike, golf cart, or wagon and show your patriotism. Line up as...
Jul
4
Fireflies Independence Day Celebration / Fireworks
Date: Monday, July 4, 2022 Time: 6 p.m. Location: Segra Park, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201 Cost: $5 – $14 Details: The Fireflies will be taking on the Pelicans on July 4th! We’ll have our Independence Day Celebration which incl...
Jul
4
4th of July Crabfest & Fireworks
Date: Monday, July 4, 2022 Time: 6 – 10 p.m. Location: Swamp Cabbage Brewing, 921 Brookwood Drive, Columbia, SC 29201 Cost: $35 – $45 Details: It’s Crabfest time! Eat in or take out. Fireworks begin around 10 p.m.
Jul
5
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),&n...
Jul
5
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years)
Jul
5
Seacoast Irmo Kidscamp
Get ready for the BEST week of summer! Kids will “Make Waves” this summer as they discover how to share God’s love! During this unforgettable week, we’ll use fun activities, engaging lessons, and God’s Word to help kids create a ripple effe...
Jul
6
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Green as Grass
Green is stems, leaves, and lily pads. Green is meadows and forests. Join us as we discover green things that grow all around us, from the galleries to the garden. Key topic: color. This program is specially designed for 2- to 3-year-old participants...
Jul
6
A Special Storytime: Fun Patrol
Join us for a festive morning celebrating the men and women in blue. It’s a Fun Patrol storytime with the 2021 National Sheriff of the Year Sheriff Leon Lott and the men and women of the Richland County Sheriff Department. Hear storytime with Sheri...
Jul
6
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. 
Jul
7
Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission courtesy of Dominion Energy and extended hours. Take a public tour of featured exhibitions In the Shadow of Monet: Giverny and American Impressionism and Amanda McCavour: Bright Little Day Stars. Be on Boyd Plaza in the evening f...
Jul
7
Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission courtesy of Dominion Energy and extended hours. Take a public tour of featured exhibitions In the Shadow of Monet: Giverny and American Impressionism and Amanda McCavour: Bright Little Day Stars at 6...
Jul
7
Puppetpalooza
See your favorite shows performed by our puppets.
Jul
7
Pajamarama Storytime: Teddy Bear Camping
Bring your stuffed animal for a special camping storytime at the library! You will help make a tent for your stuffed friend to sleep in! Your friend will be picked up the next day with photos of their adventures. Please register for this event. Audie...
Jul
8
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5)
Jul
8
Teen HangTime
This summer hang out every Friday with other teens and complete the weekly challenge! Challenges include watching Anime, learning a new craft, or exploring Ballentine’s Nature Walk.  Audience: Teens (12-18 years)    
Jul
10
Columbia Fireflies Game – Sunday Funday
Join our local Minor League Baseball team, the Columbia Fireflies, for a night full of fun and entertainment for the whole family! Tonight is Sunday Funday presented by Flight Adventure Park where kids can run the bases post-game!
Jul
11
Pajamarama Storytime
This family storytime is suitable for all ages, so please join us as we read stories and enjoy some fun songs and activities on the Patio at Ballentine. Audience: Parents, Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-...
Jul
12
Puzzle Party: Elgin
It’s a jigsaw puzzle drop-in! Enjoy the camaraderie of working together to create something beautiful. Stop by, stay for a while or just a few minutes, and add some puzzle pieces to help complete our ocean masterpiece. All ages.
Jul
12
Little Sprouts
The littlest gardeners can enjoy nature stories and get hands-on experience with soil and plants. Dress for a mess! Audience: Young children (0-5 years)
Jul
12
Hands-On History Summer Program
Looking for something free, educational, and fun for your children/grandchildren to do this summer? Come join us for “Hands On History” at the Lexington County Museum! This program will take place on July 12th and will focus on our historic past ...
Jul
13
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5)
Jul
13
Wild Wednesday – Summer Fun for Preschoolers
Who: Rising 4K and 5K children When: Wednesday, July 13, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Where: Church Gym What: Preschoolers are invited to join us for a Bible story, games, and a craft! 
Jul
13
Rain Stick Music: Elgin
Let’s make music with drums and other instruments in Elgin! But first… we have to make them! All materials are supplied. Come on over and let’s have some FUN! For ages 8-11.
Jul
13
Open Studio: Art Attack! for ages 6-12
Bring your creativity and imagination for an afternoon of school-age fun.
Jul
13
Elgin Legomania!
Come show us how creative you can be with Legos! For kids of all ages.
Jul
13
It’s a Kid’s Summer Craft Night!
Calling all kid crafters! Kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal AND get to complete their own take-home craft! One free kid’s meal per one adult meal, dine-in or takeout only.
Jul
14
Didgeridoo Down Under: Elgin
Join us in Elgin for Didgeridoo Down Under at 6 PM at the Elgin branch on Thursday, July 14. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for over 1500 years and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is more than music. It’s inte...
Jul
15
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 R...
Jul
15
Crafternoon: Play-doh Cupcake Making
Join us as we use play-doh to make fake cupcakes and other delicious looking clay food! For kids age 9-12.     
Jul
15
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Let’s Go Go Go with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Don’t miss this high energy song and dance summer spectacular LIVE on the Town Theatre stage. Disco, calypso, rap, country and western and rock ~ you’re sure to enjoy this m...
Jul
15
Movies on the Mount
Movies on the Mount is a night of food, fellowship, movie and popcorn! This weekly event is open to our community residents and anyone that wants to attend on Friday nights from May 27 to July 15. We start at 6 pm with meal (provided) and fellowship....
Jul
15
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Let’s Go Go Go with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Don’t miss this high energy song and dance summer spectacular LIVE on the Town Theatre stage. Disco, calypso, rap, country and western and rock ~ you’re sure to enjoy this m...
Jul
16
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
16
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...
Jul
16
Northeast Family Storytime!
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Jul
16
Saturday 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)
Jul
16
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)
Jul
16
Tech Talk: Blogging Basics
If you’ve always wanted to write a blog but don’t know where to start, this blogging program is for you. Tiffany Nettles, owner and manager of Columbia Mom and Charleston Moms, will talk about her blogging journey, and share tips and tricks for h...
Jul
16
Movers and Shakers Storytime
Get ready to move and shake, shake and shake some more. 
Jul
16
Pottery Re-fit
Pottery Re-Fit is part of the SCDNR Archaeology Summer Series. This hands-on program is free and designed for kids ages 6 – 18 years old.   The Pottery Re-Fit activity is designed to help kids learn about techniques used by archaeologists ...
Jul
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...
Jul
16
Slip, Slide & Splash!
Cool off and have a blast at Slip, Slide & Splash! With nine crazy fun inflatable water slides, 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 attend. R...
Jul
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...
Jul
16
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Let’s Go Go Go with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Don’t miss this high energy song and dance summer spectacular LIVE on the Town Theatre stage. Disco, calypso, rap, country and western and rock ~ you’re sure to enjoy this m...
Jul
16
Kids Karaoke at Beef’s!
Bring the kids for a fabulous meal, then stick around for some awesome KARAOKE!
Jul
17
Movie Matinee: The NeverEnding Story
A BOY WHO NEEDS A FRIEND FINDS A WORLD THAT NEEDS A HERO IN A LAND BEYOND IMAGINATION! When young Bastian borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, he never dreamed turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails,...
Jul
17
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Let’s Go Go Go with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Don’t miss this high energy song and dance summer spectacular LIVE on the Town Theatre stage. Disco, calypso, rap, country and western and rock ~ you’re sure to enjoy this m...
Jul
18
Monday Night Movie Talks: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Join us this month of a special screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Registration is required for this event. Each registration is for a “family square” which will accommodate up to 5 people Miles Morales becomes the ...
Jul
18
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...
Jul
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...
Jul
19
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 (...
Jul
19
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),&n...
Jul
19
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years)
Jul
19
Movie Matinee: Turning Red
A 13-year-old girl named Mei Lee turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited. Audience: Adults, Parents, Families, School age children (6-12 years)
Jul
19
It’s a Kid’s Summer Craft Night!
Calling all kid crafters! Tuesday, July 19, from 5-7pm on Clemson Rd in Columbia, kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal AND get to complete their own take-home craft! One free kid’s meal per one adult meal, dine-in or takeout only
Jul
20
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. 
Jul
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...
Jul
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 (...
Jul
21
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. Please bring blankets or cha...
Jul
21
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Let’s Go Go Go with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Don’t miss this high energy song and dance summer spectacular LIVE on the Town Theatre stage. Disco, calypso, rap, country and western and rock ~ you’re sure to enjoy this m...
Jul
22
Hands on Art
Little artists can explore their creativity through visual art and learn how to express themselves. Dress for a mess! Little artists can explore their creativity through visual art and learn how to express themselves. Dress for a mess! Preschoolers (...
Jul
22
Teen HangTime
This summer hang out every Friday with other teens and complete the weekly challenge! Challenges include watching Anime, learning a new craft, or exploring Ballentine’s Nature Walk.  Audience: Teens (12-18 years)    
Jul
22
Family Fun Night at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Inspired by the themes of nature in In the Shadow of Monet: Giverny and American Impressionism and Amanda McCavour: Bright Little Day Stars, we’re taking Family Fun Night to Columbia’s favorite botanical garden! Meet us in Waterfall Junction for ...
Jul
22
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Let’s Go Go Go with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Don’t miss this high energy song and dance summer spectacular LIVE on the Town Theatre stage. Disco, calypso, rap, country and western and rock ~ you’re sure to enjoy this m...
Jul
23
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
23
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...
Jul
23
Northeast Family Storytime!
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Jul
23
Saturday 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)
Jul
23
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)
Jul
23
5th Annual Midlands Women’s Day
Join us to get pampered, shop, and have fun with the women in your life. Women’s Day focuses on educating, empowering, and nurturing women! Your one-stop shop to the best local products, services, and resources in Columbia and surrounding areas...
Jul
23
Create Your Own Rock Art
Create Your Own Rock Art is part of the SCDNR Archaeology Summer Series. This hands-on program is free and for kids ages 6 – 18 years old. Rock art has been created by people around the world for thousands of years. We even have rock art in Sou...
Jul
23
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...
Jul
23
11th Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Welcome back, Tasty Tomato Festival! After a two year, Covid-induced hiatus, one of the Midlands’ most beloved events is back and better than ever. The 11th Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is a celebration of local food, farmers, live mus...
Jul
23
Children’s Book & Tea Club
Beginning in July we are introducing a monthly children’s book & tea club!! The price of $30 per child/$20 per parent includes $5 tax & gratuity, $15 for the tea party, $10 for a copy of the book for each child to take home! Children ar...
Jul
23
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...
Jul
23
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Let’s Go Go Go with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Don’t miss this high energy song and dance summer spectacular LIVE on the Town Theatre stage. Disco, calypso, rap, country and western and rock ~ you’re sure to enjoy this m...
Jul
24
Summer Fest
Water Inflatables, Outdoor Games & Activities, Food Trucks Fun for the whole family!
Jul
24
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Let’s Go Go Go with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Don’t miss this high energy song and dance summer spectacular LIVE on the Town Theatre stage. Disco, calypso, rap, country and western and rock ~ you’re sure to enjoy this m...
Jul
24
Columbia Fireflies Game – Sunday Funday
Join our local Minor League Baseball team, the Columbia Fireflies, for a night full of fun and entertainment for the whole family! Tonight is Sunday Funday presented by Flight Adventure Park where kids can run the bases post-game!
Jul
24
Curvy Fashion Weekend: The Year of New Beginnings
From fashion to runway, collaborative workshops, vending and more, Curvy Fashion Weekend has been celebrating the full-figured women of the world for five years. They make it their mission to highlight the work of designers, retailers, and vendors wh...
Jul
25
Christmas In July
Join FIT4MOM Lake Murray for a jolly good time as we have a Christmas in July themed Stroller Strides class! Remember to enroll in Pike13 to save a spot! New to FIT4MOM?
Jul
25
Game Night: Elgin
Let’s play a game! Join us to play one of our newly donated games or bring your own for an afternoon/evening of fun! Don’t forget to bring your A-game too! For all ages.
Jul
26
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...
Jul
26
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 (...
Jul
26
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),&n...
Jul
26
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years)
Jul
26
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Come enjoy dinner as a family on Wednesday evening, July 27th from 6 to 8 PM and let your little ones drop off their favorite stuffed animal for a ‘Stuffed Animal Sleepover.’ Then drop back in the next morning, Thursday, July 28th from 9 to 10:30...
Jul
27
July Water Day!
Join us for a free kids water day on July 27th @ 9am. This is a free event with snacks and water fun provided. Bring a swimsuit and towel, invite a friend, and we hope to see you there!
Jul
27
Family Fun Day
Join us at the NorthWest YMCA for a FREE FAMILY FUN DAY, sponsored by Kohl’s! • Visit with LIVE PD and other Emergency Services • Get active with 14 games to select from or jump in the inflatable • Spark creativity with bubble painting and ch...
Jul
27
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. 

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