Weekend Events for Kids

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** Events are subject to change. Be sure to click on the event link to verify date and time **

Richland Library and Lexington Library hold LOTS of story times over the weekend. Click the links to find a time that works for your family.

Kids Flight – HiWire

Kids age 6 and younger are always welcome to jump during standard park hours, but #KidsFlight is reserved just for these little ones from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday – Saturday. For only $9 per child, they can jump with kids their own age without the rustle and bustle of a bunch of other kids in the way. And one accompanying parent or legal guardian jumps for free.

Time: 9 – 11 a.m. 

Location: Plex HiWire Sandhills, 741 Fashion Drive, Columbia 29229 and Plex HiWire Irmo, 1019 Broad Stone Road, Irmo 29063


Pre-School Play

Kids 5 and under can play. $6 for one hour of play/$9 for entire time.

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Location: Flippin’ Awesome, 111 Ministry Drive, Irmo 29063


Snowville

BRRRR! Bundle up for snowy fun, featuring indoor snow-tubing, “sock” ice hockey, snowy science experiments and more! Snowville returns to EdVenture! Free with museum admission.

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Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Family Storytime

Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Location: Richland Library – Eastover, 608 Main Street, Eastover 29044


Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo

Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the park every Friday during the months of January and February. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license, property tax statement, or vehicle registration as proof of residency.

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


Family Storytime

Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.

Time: 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Location: Richland Library Wheatley, 931 Woodrow Street, Columbia 29205


Family Storytime

Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. 

Location: Richland Library Blythewood, 218 McNulty Street, Columbia 29016


Family Storytime

Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Richland Library Ballentine, 1200 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo 29063


Toddler Time

Toddlertime is an interactive program for toddlers and their caregivers that encourages early enjoyment and development of language and literature through stories, rhymes and songs. For more information, call (803) 345-5479. (ages 18 – 35 months)

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Chapin Branch library, 129 N.W. Columbia Avenue, Chapin 29036


Friday Crafternoons

Use our tools and space to work on your own creative endeavor or expand your horizons by trying your hand at our project of the week! Teens (12-18 years) and adults.
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Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
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Location: Richland Library – Ballentine, 1321 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo 29063


Tween Extreme: Skill Toys

Explore the library’s selection of skill toys from around the world including flower sticks, kendama, yo yo and more. Some require precision while others lend themselves to creative play. Challenge yourself to get up and moving in this novel way. For more information, call (803) 345-5479. (grades 4 – 6)

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Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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Location: Chapin Branch library, 129 N.W. Columbia Avenue, Chapin 29036


Chess Club

All levels welcome! Those 6 years old and up are invited to come learn and play this game of strategy!

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Northeast, 7490 Parklane Road, Columbia 29223


Kids Flight – HiWire

Kids age 6 and younger are always welcome to jump during standard park hours, but #KidsFlight is reserved just for these little ones from 9am to 11am Monday – Saturday. For only $9 per child, they can jump with kids their own age without the rustle and bustle of a bunch of other kids in the way. And one accompanying parent or legal guardian jumps for free.
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Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
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Location: Plex HiWire Sandhills, 741 Fashion Drive, Columbia 29229 and Plex HiWire Irmo, 1019 Broad Stone Road, Irmo 29063


Heart String Art

Create a loving memory with your child at our Heart String Art Workshop. As you help your child piece together the symbol of Valentine’s Day, they will develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. Celebrate the moment as your child makes a unique keepsake. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last

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Time: 9 a.m. – noon
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Location: Home Depot locations around Columbia


Soda City Market

Whether you’re shopping for a one-of-kind gift, picking-up this week’s groceries, or spending the morning with family and friends, you’ll find a refreshing mix of local and regional food and craft vendors at Soda City — and if you’re from out of town, visit us on Main Street and see Columbia as the creative class, international, and bustling community we are! Free parking throughout Columbia on the weekends (no matter what you see on signs and stickers) including the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street between Main Street and Sumter Street.

Time: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Main Street, Columbia 29201


Farm Day

Join us for a fun, family farm experience! Come check out our unique farm store and interact with the animals!
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Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: The Alpaca Experience, 3283 Longtown Road, Ridgeway 29130 


Snowville

BRRRR! Bundle up for snowy fun, featuring indoor snow-tubing, “sock” ice hockey, snowy science experiments and more! Snowville returns to EdVenture! Free with museum admission.

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Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


LEAP: A Romp and Rhyme Babytime

Literacy, Enrichment and Play (LEAP) is an interactive program for babies and their caregivers that uses books, rhymes, games, fingerplays and songs to encourage literacy through learning. For more information, call (803) 785-2630. (ages birth – 18 months)

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072


Little Kids Yoga (ages 3-7)

Little kids (ages 3-7) enjoy a fun yoga practice while adults practice in the next room during our “Saturday Special” yoga class. Rebecca leads kids through mindfulness & breathing exercises, yoga poses, games, partner poses, crafts, & other kid-friendly activities. Cost is $10 per child (with adult attending Saturday Special class at 10:00 a.m.). **Register prior to class date on Pink Lotus Yoga Center app or pinklotusyogacenter.com to save your child’s spot.

Time: 10 – 11:15 a.m.

Location: Pink Lotus Yoga Center, 711 E Main St J-1, Lexington 29072


Repticon Columbia Reptile Show

Join us in Columbia, SC as the Repticon team brings you another great two-day reptile show and sale. Repticon shows have been running across the country for the past decade. This show features everything that you’ve come to love most about Repticon’s two days of fun and excitement! See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts at amazing prices you won’t find anywhere else, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations. Repticon Columbia is one reptile and exotic animal expo that you can’t afford to miss!

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Jamil Shrine Temple, 206 Jamil Road, Columbia 29210


Storytime and Activities Celebrating Elmo’s Birthday!

Step into Elmo’s world at your B&N with a special birthday celebration. Join us for Storytime followed by fun activity sheets, birthday crowns, and stickers to bring home!

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Barnes and Noble, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29201


The Little Mermaid

The Columbia Marionette Theatre’s surprising new adaptation of the famous Hans Christian Anderson story combines a modern day setting with timeless underwater imagery. When the Little Mermaid spies a Prince aboard his yacht, she braves a visit to the Sea Witch to gain legs and be with him. Unfortunately, reporters follow the Prince everywhere and his mother, the Queen, doesn’t approve! Will the Prince choose the Little Mermaid over his fame and reputation? Incorporating detailed puppets and elaborate sets, this production is a unique and satisfying take on the classic fairy tale. Admission $7 for ages 2 and up.

Time: 11 a.m. | 3 p.m.

Location: Columbia Marionette Theatre, 401 Laurel Street, Columbia 29205


Multi-lingual Family Storytime

Experience storytime with songs and crafts this week in French, Spanish, German, and Mandarin! Children and families of all ages are welcome to join in the fun for a morning of interactive read-alouds, sing-alongs, and follow-up activities. This event is in partnership with South Carolina’s branch of the international Bilingualism Matters network.

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Richland Library – Sandhills, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia 2922


Valentine’s DIY Make-and-Take Event with AR Workshop

Bring your family to kick off the month of February with a FREE Make-and-Take Event with AR Workshop! Attendees can create their very own Valentine’s Day mini wood block sign. Be sure to claim your spot because space is limited!
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Time: noon – 3 p.m.

Location: Columbiana Centre (Belk), 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia 29212


Lights Camera Action: Lion King

A young lion returns to reclaim the throne that was stolen from him and his father by his treacherous and fratricidal uncle after spending his childhood in exile under the care of a friendly warthog and meerkat. Rated: PG  118 mins (2019)

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Southeast, 7421 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia 29209


Reading Buddy

Come to the library to learn and set up a one-on-one session with our Reading Buddy. Readers will gain the self-confidence needed to grow their reading skills and apply them academically. Stop by or call (803) 353-8584 to schedule an appointment. School age children (6-12 years).

Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

Location: Richland Library – Eastover, 608 Main Street, Eastover 29044


Free Family Movie – Toy Story 4

Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 1918 Shady Grove Road, Irmo 29063


K-Pop & Kimbap

Do you listen to BTS, Twice, Monsta X, Blackpink, or are you curious about the K-Pop phenomenon? Celebrate this fandom with music videos, dance covers, fan merch, trivia, Korean snacks, and more. Teens.

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Main, Teen Area, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201


My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Enrollment Night!

Join us for a day of music, play, laughter, surprises, activity, new friends, and SUPER sign-up deals. Plus it’s FREE for new members! We can’t wait to meet you!

Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Location: My Gym, 110 Forum Drive, Suite 1, Columbia 29229


 

Sensory Sunday

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences are invited to join us for a sensory-friendly time, the first hour of operation (9 a.m. -10 a.m.), the first Sunday of every month. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the museum in a safe and accepting environment, and enjoy interactive, hands-on activities.

Time: 9 – 10 a.m.

Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Snowville

BRRRR! Bundle up for snowy fun, featuring indoor snow-tubing, “sock” ice hockey, snowy science experiments and more! Snowville returns to EdVenture! Free with museum admission.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


The Amazing Chemistry Show

FREE FAMILY EVENT! Be your family’s hero by bringing them to this extremely fun, entertaining, educational, and encouraging event!! Join us at 9:30 for a Sunday of FUN! Josh Denhart will bring his production, The Amazing Chemistry Show, all the way from Iowa, right here to Lexington, SC. With fire, foam, explosions, and science, he’ll engage and entertain the whole family, all while sharing the message of Jesus. This is perfect for all ages, and is not just a kids show. Join us for a morning of real fun.

Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Location: Carolina Springs Middle School Gym, 6340 Platt Springs Road, Lexington 29073


Repticon Columbia Reptile Show

Join us in Columbia, SC as the Repticon team brings you another great two-day reptile show and sale. Repticon shows have been running across the country for the past decade. This show features everything that you’ve come to love most about Repticon’s two days of fun and excitement! See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts at amazing prices you won’t find anywhere else, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations. Repticon Columbia is one reptile and exotic animal expo that you can’t afford to miss!

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Jamil Shrine Temple, 206 Jamil Road, Columbia 29210


First Sunday

General admission and 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!

Time: noon – 5 p.m.

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


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 make every attempt to correct them.

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