Weekend Events for Kids

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General Info:

Sundays At FIRST
9 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship Service

1306 Hampton St, Columbia, SC 29201

Weekend Events for Kids :: March 13-15

** 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


Nature Art: Twirling Twigs

Create a colorful, twirling, twig mobile from sticks and yarn to bring some whimsy to an indoor or outdoor space. Ages 2-5. $8 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Time: 9:45 a.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 – 11 a.m.

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


Homeschool Friday: South Carolina Rough Rider Micah Jenkins, Jr.

“That gallant South Carolinian…courteous and soft spoken, a man upon whom danger acted like wine.” Micah Jenkins, Jr., the son of a Confederate general, won his own glory in the Spanish-American War.

The SCCRRMM’s “Homeschool Fridays” are a FREE program, offered on Fridays each month during the academic year. Sessions are at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. (the same lesson is taught both hours). Programs are geared toward students of all ages.

Time: 10 a.m. | 11 a.m.

Location: SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Wizard of Oz

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Koger Center, 1051 Greene Street, Columbia 29201


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


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


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


Mission Creativity: All Tied Up

Put your creativity, imagination, and engineering know-how to use at our drop-in makerspace program. Use library-supplied items to complete a series of themed challenges. Activities are geared toward elementary children. Younger siblings may attend with elementary-age attendees if they are accompanied by an adult caregiver. For more information, please call (803) 785-2630. (grades K – 5)

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

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


We’re shamrocking Saint Patty’s Day — creating fizzing shamrocks and going on a treasure hunt. For more information, call (803) 785-3050. (grades K – 5)

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: South Congaree-Pine Ridge Branch Library, 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia 29172


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


Books & Beyond: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party

Join us for a birthday celebration with fun games the Dr. Seuss way. For more information, call (803) 785-3519. (grades K – 5)

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Swansea Branch Library, 199 N. Lawrence Avenue, Swansea 29160


Movie Night! Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Join us for another outdoor movie night featuring Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. As always, we will have great food and drink specials for you!

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Second Wave Coffee & Books, 529 South Lake Blvd, Lexington 29072


Mary Poppins!

Things are not going well for the Banks family. Children Michael and Jane are out of control and have run off yet another nanny. In the most peculiar way, a mysterious, but practically perfect, woman appears at the doorstep — none other than Mary Poppins herself! Though she has a seemingly daunting task, with a little magic and some help from Bert, an adorable chimney sweep, the Banks’ children have their world turned upside down. Price: $15 to $25 Adults $25; Seniors 65+ $20; Youth 17- $15
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Time: 7 p.m.
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Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201

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.

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

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


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


Art in the Park

Saluda Shoals Park is offering condensed art instruction for makers of ALL ages and abilities! Participants will paint, along-side an art instructor, during a 1.5 hour session, the second Saturday of every month. Mediums and materials will range
from canvas to wooden panels, depending on the season. Work tables, materials, and instruction will be included. Feel free to bring light snacks or beverages to class. Preregistration is required. Ages 5-12. $20/per class, per person.

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia 29212


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


Springtime Puppets for All Ages

Spring is near and the Richland Library Ballentine Puppets are ready to break free! Enjoy a few shows and plant a seed to watch grow for the spring!

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Location: Richland Library – Ballentine, 1321 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo 29063


Stop-In Studios

Get creative in the studios at this drop-in for all ages held on the second Saturday of every month. This month we’re making monster art inspired by It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection.

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia 29201 


Junior League of Columbia Healthy Kids Fun Fair

The Healthy Kids Fun Fair is a FREE and open community event designed for children and their families in the Midlands.

We hope you’ll join us for our 2020 event, to be held Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Segra Park (formerly Spirit Communications Park)!

Healthy Kids Fun Fair features fun learning about healthy eating, exercising, and living a healthy lifestyle, plus family-friendly entertainment. Dental screenings will be provided for children and parents have an opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyles and the community resources available to their families. Mascots, hands-on demonstrations, and other entertainment round out the fun. We also feature big rigs and community service vehicles.

This year we are also featuring a Fun Run, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. You can either register at www.strictlyrunning.com (find the race under “registration”) or register the day of the event. Please arrive at 9 a.m. to sign the run waiver and receive your child’s running bib!

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Segra Park, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia 29201


Forensic Science Saturday

Calling all detectives! Join the State Museum for a special day all about forensic science and crime solving, plus save on kids admission to “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes,” with a Jr. Detective Pass and more.

Forensic Science Saturday Includes:

– Junior Detective Pass:

Kids (3-12) general admission + Sherlock blockbuster kids
admission + Sherlock 4D movie ticket = $18.95 – NOW ONLY $10!

– Meet McGruff the Crime Dog and officer from the Columbia Police Department, SC.

– Kidprint finger printing program with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Sponsored by the Richland County Sheriffs Foundation, this program provides parents with a copy of their child’s fingerprints, and statistical information about their child for use in an emergency.

– Columbia Fire Department (SC) will teach guests about fire prevention, how they fight fires and how they investigate fires with a fire truck demonstration from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

– Meet officers from the City of Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

– Hands-on fun including making DNA models and assembling a cipher wheel.

And more!

Please Note: Junior Detective Passes are only available on-site and can be purchased at the museum Admissions Desk.

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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


“I Am” Creative

“I Am” Creative – program for youths 5-17, designed to teach interpersonal skills, job readiness and entrepreneurship while creating arts and crafts items (theirs to keep).  Registration required.

Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon

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


Storytime and Activities Featuring Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase

Will it be Pete the Cat’s lucky day or will he learn that luck takes work in this charming book? Find out at Storytime, and stay for delightful activities afterward!

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


STEM Saturday

Be an innovator: think, create and display.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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


STEM Program

Let’s take a journey to the Atomic World. Join us at North Main as we explore the world of an Atom. After the short presentation enjoy discovering different kinds of slime.

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library North Main,5306 North Main Street, Columbia 29203


G.L.O. (Southeast Teen Gaming Lab Open)

Forget college basketball, it’s GAMING TIME. Join us in The Lab for some Playstation 4.

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

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


Mary Poppins!

Things are not going well for the Banks family. Children Michael and Jane are out of control and have run off yet another nanny. In the most peculiar way, a mysterious, but practically perfect, woman appears at the doorstep — none other than Mary Poppins herself! Though she has a seemingly daunting task, with a little magic and some help from Bert, an adorable chimney sweep, the Banks’ children have their world turned upside down. Price: $15 to $25 Adults $25; Seniors 65+ $20; Youth 17- $15
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Time: 7 p.m.
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Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia 29201

 

Dollar Sunday | Robert Mills House

Residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1. Each month, Historic Columbia chooses one of its four properties to feature for Dollar Sunday on a rotating basis. This month’s featured house is the Robert Mills House.

Now named the Robert Mills House in honor of its famous designer, this Classical Revival mansion was once known as the Ainsley Hall House, as it was intended to be a fine townhome for Ainsley and Sarah Hall when work began on it in 1823. Instead, circumstances led to the property being used as a campus for three different religious schools, including a Presbyterian theological seminary and Columbia Bible College. Abandoned and threatened with demolition in 1960, the early-19th century architectural masterpiece became a lightning rod for historic preservation advocates who banded together to form Historic Columbia.

The Robert Mills House operates as an historic house museum featuring period rooms and focus galleries highlighting late-18th through mid-19th century decorative arts. Complementing the mansion are gardens that feature a combination of early-1970s landscape design, hallmarks of 19th-century English-style gardens and the accomplishments of contemporary gardeners.

Tours are free for HC members and $1 for residents of Richland and Lexington counties. For all other visitors, admission to Robert Mills House or other properties is $10 for adults and $7 for youth. Purchase admission at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street. Tours leave at the regular tour hours — 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Location: Robert Mills House, 1515 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201


Beauty and the Beast

A special performance by the professional dancers of Columbia City Ballet. Enjoy the athleticism and artistry of ballet in a program abridged for younger audiences, and accompanied by narration to help all ages follow along.

Disney’s 1991 animated feature may be the most popular telling of the tale, but Belle and Beast’s love story goes all the way back to 1740 when French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve published her fairy tale. While writing his adaptation, Columbia City Ballet Executive and Artistic Director William Starrett journeyed all the way back to the early work and learned about its origins.

Inspired by the details and variations of the original text, Starrett spent years researching music that would help the story unfold through music and original choreography. 

Bring the whole family to enjoy this timeless tale!

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library – Sandhills, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia 29229


Woven Yarn Barcelets

Create unique and colorful yarn bracelets using various designs and techniques. Teens.

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

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


Mary Poppins!

Things are not going well for the Banks family. Children Michael and Jane are out of control and have run off yet another nanny. In the most peculiar way, a mysterious, but practically perfect, woman appears at the doorstep — none other than Mary Poppins herself! Though she has a seemingly daunting task, with a little magic and some help from Bert, an adorable chimney sweep, the Banks’ children have their world turned upside down. Price: $15 to $25 Adults $25; Seniors 65+ $20; Youth 17- $15
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Time: 3 p.m.
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Location: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter 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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