Columbia Family-Friendly Events | September 2022

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September in Columbia is full of fun – fall events, 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 – apple picking, 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. 

Sep
1
Postnatal Yoga Classes
Postnatal Yoga gives moms the opportunity to feel both physically and mentally supported by the community. A huge benefit of this class is being able to connect with other moms with similar experiences during this unique period of early motherhood wh...
Sep
1
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...
Sep
1
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)
Sep
1
Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission courtesy of Dominion Energy and extended hours. Be on Boyd Plaza in the evening for live music, food vendors, and a beer garden courtesy of The Whig. Plaza events by First Thursday on Main.
Sep
1
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 to children of all ages. Comparte cuentos, canciones, y mucho más mientras aprendes ...
Sep
1
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
Sep
2
Hello, Baby!
Grow your baby’s vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. Audience: Babies (0-18 months)
Sep
2
Teen HangTime
This fall hang out every Friday with other teens to create or just unwind! Audience: Teens (12-18 years)
Sep
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...
Sep
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...
Sep
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)
Sep
3
Teen Girls Who Code
Enjoy helping your community? Want to build your own cool apps? Join our six-week Girls Who Code program series and learn the basics of coding from an IT professional. Teen Girls Who Code is for girls in grades 6-8. Please commit to attending al...
Sep
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)
Sep
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)
Sep
3
Northeast Family Storytime
Join us for fun and family friendly storytime! Registration is required. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 y...
Sep
3
Backyard Saturday – Bunny 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, games, stories, and cool biofacts. For informa...
Sep
3
Saturday Morning Movie: Turning Red
GROWING UP IS A BEAST A 13-year-old girl named Mei Lee turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.  (This is in-lieu of Storytime).
Sep
3
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, 2022. The City of West Columbia’s Market will also hold night editions o...
Sep
3
Young Girls Who Code
Learn to code, change the world Enjoy helping your community? Want to build your own cool apps? Join our six-week Girls Who Code program series and learn the basics of coding from an IT professional. Young Girls Who Code is for girls in grades 3-5. P...
Sep
3
AiR Presents: Something from Nothing – Workshop for Teens
Richland Library Artist-in-Residence Terrance Henderson begins his workshop series entitled Something From Nothing. This workshop for teens dives into the creative process when it comes to performance art, and learning to unlock our own inner creativ...
Sep
4
First Sunday
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!
Sep
6
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...
Sep
6
Little Sprouts
The littlest gardeners can enjoy nature stories and get hands-on experience with soil and plants. Dress for a mess!
Sep
6
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)
Sep
6
Tween Tuesday: K’nex Engineering
Tween Tuesdays–a place to make friends and learn new skills.  Tweens age 9-12 can join us each month to socialize and participate in a different activity every month. We could be doing a craft, improv, experimenting with STEM equipment, or...
Sep
6
Family Game Night
We have Board Games, We have Video Games, all in the name of Family Fun! Bring your family to enjoy a Night of UNO, BINGO, Rhyme Antics, or maybe even Madden or a Retro Night with a Sega Genesis! Fun times will be had at Family Game Night! Come join ...
Sep
6
LEGO Madness
Create robots, cities, creatures and more with LEGO building blocks. Audience: Parents, School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Sep
6
Pajamarama Storytime!
Wear your pajamas and snuggle up for bedtime stories, songs and activities. This family storytime is suitable for all ages! Audience: Families, Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5), 6-8 years
Sep
7
Postnatal Yoga Classes
Postnatal Yoga gives moms the opportunity to feel both physically and mentally supported by the community. A huge benefit of this class is being able to connect with other moms with similar experiences during this unique period of early motherhood wh...
Sep
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)
Sep
7
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Make a Face
Faces help us show if we’re excited, scared, angry, happy, and so much more. Join us as we examine paintings and sculptures with exuberant expressions. Key topic: portraiture. This program is specially designed for 2- to 3-year-old participants and...
Sep
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)
Sep
7
Young Geniuses
Join us for a short storytime and a STEAM activity for future Einstein’s. Audience: Preschoolers (3-5)
Sep
7
Crafternoon
Get your craft on! Let your imagination run wild using a variety of materials provided. Paint, color, collage, or all of the above! Audience: Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Sep
7
Ice Cream Party at Kid’s Night!
Not just a party… It’s an ICE CREAM PARTY at kids night!  Wednesday, September 7, 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 are avail...
Sep
8
Postnatal Yoga Classes
Postnatal Yoga gives moms the opportunity to feel both physically and mentally supported by the community. A huge benefit of this class is being able to connect with other moms with similar experiences during this unique period of early motherhood wh...
Sep
8
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...
Sep
8
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)
Sep
8
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 to children of all ages. Comparte cuentos, canciones, y mucho más mientras aprendes ...
Sep
8
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)
Sep
8
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
Sep
8
Storytime in the Garden
Join Richland Library and Historic Columbia for a special outdoor storytime! 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 al...
Sep
8
Black Vision Art
Discover your artistic potential, gifts, and vision, while also gaining knowledge and awareness of the importance of Black art. You’re bound to have fun creating your own art piece and learn creative skills that can be used in the classroom and...
Sep
8
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, 2022. The City of West Columbia’s Market will also hold night editions o...
Sep
8
Crafternoon: Button Tree Collage Painting
Join us in creating a mixed media tree using paint and colorful buttons. Your imagination is your only limit! Dress for a mess! Audience: Families, School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years, Teens (12-18 years)
Sep
9
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for ages 3 to 5. Dress for a mess! Audience: Preschoolers (3-5)
Sep
9
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Our Family Storytime will be held from 10:30-11:15 a.m.!   Registration is not required for this event
Sep
9
Fun Fridays at Wheatley
We all need a little fun in our lives, so drop by anytime between 11 – 4 for games, bubbles, art and more. We will have things to do for all ages because play isn’t just for kids!  We know that play is important for a child’s devel...
Sep
9
Teen HangTime
This fall hang out every Friday with other teens to create or just unwind! Audience: Teens (12-18 years)
Sep
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...
Sep
10
Accessibility Morning- Penelope the Dinosaur
This special program provides free access for families of children, teenagers and young adults who would benefit from a sensory-friendly experience and a quieter setting at the museum. Accessibility Mornings allows guests who are neurodiverse, autist...
Sep
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...
Sep
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)
Sep
10
Teen Girls Who Code
Enjoy helping your community? Want to build your own cool apps? Join our six-week Girls Who Code program series and learn the basics of coding from an IT professional. Teen Girls Who Code is for girls in grades 6-8. Please commit to attending al...
Sep
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)
Sep
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)
Sep
10
Northeast Family Storytime
Join us for fun and family friendly storytime! Registration is required. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 y...
Sep
10
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, 2022. The City of West Columbia’s Market will also hold night editions o...
Sep
10
Kid’s Cooking Class: Grandparent’s Day
Looking for fun things to do on Grandparents Day? Celebrate Grandparents Day with tasty, healthy recipes, activities and crafts. It’s amazing to see Grandparents and Grandchildren cook and bake together. These are of which memories are made
Sep
10
AiR Presents: Something from Nothing – Workshop for Kids
Richland Library Artist-in-Residence Terrance Henderson begins his workshop series entitled Something From Nothing. This workshop for kids dives into the creative process when it comes to performance art, and learning to unlock our own inner creativi...
Sep
10
Young Girls Who Code
Learn to code, change the world Enjoy helping your community? Want to build your own cool apps? Join our six-week Girls Who Code program series and learn the basics of coding from an IT professional. Young Girls Who Code is for girls in grades 3-5. P...
Sep
10
Prenatal Yoga Classes
FIRST CLASS IS FREE ON SATURDAY SEPT. 10. Monthly classes start Oct. 1, Nov. 12, Dec. 10 ($15) Prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to connect with your changing body and your baby during pregnancy. This class is gentle and safe for any woman in any trim...
Sep
10
NEW FAMILY CLASS ART! “Colorful Turtle”
We love our Family Classes!! We’ve got a fantastic painting lined up for you with our BRAND NEW “Colorful Turtle”! Each turtle will be beautifully unique and fun!! We’ll walk you step by step through this happy painting and it will be pre-ske...
Sep
10
Nature’s Night Owls
Become a part of Riverbanks’ night life as we explore animal and plant’s unique adaptations. Ages 6–adult.
Sep
12
Monday Morning Makers
Make your Monday mornings less stressful and start your week on a creative note! Audience: Adults, Parents, Seniors, Families, School age children (6-12 years), Teens (12-18 years)
Sep
12
Play Freely: Family Night BINGO
Bring the family for B-I-N-G-O! Prizes, laughs, and fun! Make family memories. Audience: Adults, Parents, Seniors, Families, Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years, Tee...
Sep
13
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...
Sep
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)
Sep
13
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5)
Sep
13
Hands on Art: Hand Print Trees
Let’s welcome fall by making colorful and hand print trees using tempura paint and imagination. Please dress for a mess! Audience: Parents, Families, Young children (0-5 years), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschooler...
Sep
13
Ice Cream Party at Kid’s Night!
Not just a party… It’s an ICE CREAM PARTY at kids night!  Tuesday, September 13, 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 are available ...
Sep
14
Postnatal Yoga Classes
Postnatal Yoga gives moms the opportunity to feel both physically and mentally supported by the community. A huge benefit of this class is being able to connect with other moms with similar experiences during this unique period of early motherhood wh...
Sep
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)
Sep
14
Hello, Baby!
Grow your baby’s vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. Audience: Babies (0-18 months)
Sep
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)
Sep
14
STEAM Studio: Drop-In Science
Experiment, investigate, test, and explore! Audience: School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Sep
14
Crafternoon: Open Art Studio
Get your craft on! Let your imagination run wild using a variety of materials provided. Paint, color, collage, or all of the above! Audience: Families, School age children (6-12 years)
Sep
14
Watersheds and water critters
Do you know what watershed you live in? Do you know what a watershed is? Join Rosemary from Richland County 4-H to learn about our water systems and keeping our water clean. We will also have some interesting critters (macroinvertebrates) f...
Sep
14
Legomania – Elgin
Let imaginations go wild with Elgin’s Legomania! Grab your little Lego Master Builder and join us at the Elgin branch for open, creative play with bricks provided for in-library use. For kids of all ages! This is an in-person event at the Elgin...
Sep
14
Crafternoon: Party Cup Dancers
Join us as we create tiny dancers our of party cups. Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Sep
15
Postnatal Yoga Classes
Postnatal Yoga gives moms the opportunity to feel both physically and mentally supported by the community. A huge benefit of this class is being able to connect with other moms with similar experiences during this unique period of early motherhood wh...
Sep
15
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...
Sep
15
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)
Sep
15
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 to children of all ages. Comparte cuentos, canciones, y mucho más mientras aprendes ...
Sep
15
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)
Sep
15
Columbia’s 35th Annual Greek Festival 2022
FREE Admission! Authentic Greek Food, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Tours, Vendors, Activities, Greek Dancers, Live Greek Music, and more! NO PETS PLEASE. www.columbiasgreekfestival.com Thursday, 15 September 10am-10pm Friday, 16 Septemb...
Sep
15
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
Sep
15
Passport to Explore
Have you ever wondered about other places on the globe? This program offers a glimpse into other countries and their cultures. Audience: 9-12 years
Sep
15
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, Teens (12-18 years)
Sep
16
Columbia’s 35th Annual Greek Festival 2022
FREE Admission! Authentic Greek Food, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Tours, Vendors, Activities, Greek Dancers, Live Greek Music, and more! NO PETS PLEASE. www.columbiasgreekfestival.com Thursday, 15 September 10am-10pm Friday, 16 Septemb...
Sep
16
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 Storytime! Audience: Babies (0-18 months)
Sep
16
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5)
Sep
16
Teen HangTime
This fall hang out every Friday with other teens to create or just unwind! Audience: Teens (12-18 years)
Sep
16
Sunflower Weekends
Come out and enjoy the beautiful sunflowers – perfect for pictures or just experiencing the flowers and fun on the farm! To purchase tickets online: www.clintonseasefarm.square.site Dates: September 16-18 and September 23-25 Open Friday –...
Sep
16
Parents’ Night Out
It’s another Parents’ Night Out at WSUMC! Bring your child, and take a breather. Have dinner, or just enjoy some quiet time! Friday, Sept. 16. 5:30-7:30 pm in Threatt Hall. Ages 4-12. We’ll have pizza, play games, do crafts, and watch a movie! ...
Sep
16
PB&J Splashy Hour (Ages 4-8)
PB&J Splashy Hour (Ages 4-8) Looking to get your little sailor started early? We’ve got you covered! Designed as a small group, introductory, hands-on class, the focus is on making kids comfortable in and around the water and boats. PB&J’...
Sep
16
Clinton Sease Farm Corn Maze & More
Admissions include the following and more! Corn Snake Tire Climbing Wall Tire Swing Tube Swing Tricycle Raceway Tire Maze Marshmallow Maze Animals Stick Pony Corral Pedal Carts Cow Train Corn Hole Gaga Ball 2 Combine Slides Big 40 foot Slide Rubber D...

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