Over 100 Things to Do in Columbia

over 100 things to do in the columbia area

Summertime — Water Water Everywhere ::

  • Visit a splash pad, spray pool, mist pad or water park {here is a list in the Columbia area}
  • Play in the sprinkler
  • Set up the water and sand table
  • Go out to Dreher Island
  • Play at the beach at Lake Murray
  • Get an old school slip n slide, or better yet make our own
  • Hit up some friends’ pools
  • Take swim lessons
  • Have a water balloon fight — attack Dad when he gets home from work ?
  • Build sand castles
  • Throw glow sticks in the tub and go “night swimming”
  • Dance in the rain (and do a rain dance if it hasn’t rained in a while!)
  • Go tubing on the river (like on the Riverwalk)

Day Trip It ::

 Get Cultured ::

Out and About Around Cola Town ::

Yummy in my Tummy ::

  • Have a donut date at Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Eat breakfast for dinner
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Bake cookies for the neighbors
  • Pick blueberries at Berry Hill Farm
  • Visit a roadside watermelon stand
  • Taste local honey
  • Enjoy a treat at Sonic {half price drinks from 2-4 p.m.}
  • Get custard at Rita’s
  • Bring Dad or Mom lunch at work
  • Let the kids plan and make dinner
  • Eat dinner outside on the patio
  • Make banana splits
  • Hit up a snowball stand
  • Break out the grill and a pizza stone and make pizza outside one night
  • Make homemade popsicles

Move that Body ::

  • Go on a hike — our local favorites include Fourteen Mile Creek Trail and Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve (both in Lexington)
  • Take a bike ride through Harbison State Forest
  • Tumble at The Little Gym Lexington or Columbia, My Gym or Gymboree (first class is free)
  • Fly high at HiWire Trampoline Park in Irmo or Northeast Columbia – Monday – Saturday, 9-10 a.m. is dedicated to kids 6 and under
  • Hula hoop
  • Have a jump rope contest
  • Play Red Rover
  • Challenge your neighbors to a game of Flashlight Tag
  • Grab your friends and have a bicycle parade through your neighborhood
  • Play miniature golf — Frankies Fun Park is a great option
  • Have a family dance party {Pandora has some nice stations for this!}
  • Make an obstacle course

Enjoy your Home ::

  • Build a fort in the living room
  • Have a lazy PJ day
  • Camp in your backyard
  • Decorate your driveway with sidewalk chalk {make your own for an extra project}
  • Blow bubbles
  • Catch fireflies
  • Finger paint
  • Play hopscotch
  • Make s’mores and sing campfire songs in your backyard
  • Make sun tea on the deck
  • Get postcards from the places you visit and send them to friends and family just for the heck of it
  • Create your own at-home summer camp
  • Round up old clothes and toys and donate them
  • Eat breakfast for dinner
  • Make a board game or create an interactive game
  • Host a tea party for your dolls and stuffed animals
  • Make recycled crayons
  • Play hide-n-seek in your neighbor hood
  • Make puppets {from paper bags} and masks {from paper plates}
  • Host a block party
  • Plan a at home spa day-manis, pedis, fancy hair styles
  • Get ready for back to school clothes shopping by trying on last year’s clothes and having a fashion show
  • Write and illustrate a summer adventure book
  • Learn how to fold origami cranes
  • Start a scrapbook
  • Make homemade silly putty
  • Host a book swap with your friends
  • Fly a kite
  • Act out your favorite book … dress up like the characters, make up songs based on the story line or create a related craft