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 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


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


Tyke Hikes: Our Wild Neighbors

Do you know your wild neighbors? On this hike we will look for the animals or signs of the animals who live around us. COST: Free with admission. Registration required.

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


Holiday House Tours

Guests are invited to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience past traditions at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion between Friday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 5. Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

At the Robert Mills House, guests will see how a home of its size might have been decorated in the 1820s during the time before Christmas trees were popular. Across the street at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Christmas of the 1860s was very different from today in many ways but some of the traditions we carry on today have their roots from this time. Eggnog, poinsettias and Christmas trees were all part of the Victorian era holidays.

Admission includes a guided tour of both the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Tours will be offered Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding Street, to purchase admission and begin your tour. To schedule a group tour, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email [email protected]. Tours are free for members and $15 for non-members.

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding 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


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


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


Come Meet Pete the Cat

Meet Pete the Cat, pick up his newest books, and get them signed all at the same time. It’s a great experience your child will remember forever … photos welcomed. And, perfect time to do some holiday shopping.

Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Uptown on Main, 1204 Main Street, Columbia 29201 


Festival of Trees

Experience holiday magic and celebrate the 30th Festival of Trees benefiting Prisma Health Children’s Hospital—Midlands Nov. 22-24 at the South Carolina State Museum. This kickoff to the holidays features a silent auction of decorated trees, wreaths, menorahs and gifts.

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

Location: South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais 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.
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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


Festival of Trees

Experience holiday magic and celebrate the 30th Festival of Trees benefiting Prisma Health Children’s Hospital—Midlands Nov. 22-24 at the South Carolina State Museum. This kickoff to the holidays features a silent auction of decorated trees, wreaths, menorahs and gifts.

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Location: South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


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


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


Kids Club®

They make; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a fun project. Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

Time: 10 a.m. – noon (drop-in)

Location: Michael’s (locations vary)


Play on the Plaza

Come out and play on Boyd Plaza every Saturday with the CMA!  Build and create with our big blue blocks, perfect for guests of all ages and abilities. Try a design challenge or use your imagination to tap into your engineering ingenuity. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation. Free.

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Boyd Plaza at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia 29201


Holiday House Tours

Guests are invited to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience past traditions at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion between Friday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 5. Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

At the Robert Mills House, guests will see how a home of its size might have been decorated in the 1820s during the time before Christmas trees were popular. Across the street at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Christmas of the 1860s was very different from today in many ways but some of the traditions we carry on today have their roots from this time. Eggnog, poinsettias and Christmas trees were all part of the Victorian era holidays.

Admission includes a guided tour of both the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Tours will be offered Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding Street, to purchase admission and begin your tour. To schedule a group tour, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email [email protected]. Tours are free for members and $15 for non-members.

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201


Come Meet Pete the Cat

Meet Pete the Cat, pick up his newest books, and get them signed all at the same time. It’s a great experience your child will remember forever … photos welcomed. And, perfect time to do some holiday shopping.

Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon

Location: Uptown on Main, 1204 Main Street, Columbia 29201 


Storytime and Activities Featuring Anna, Elsa and the Secret River and Frozen 2 Little Golden Book

Get ready for Frozen 2, in theaters on November 22nd, with these two new books featuring the magic and adventure of the new movie.

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Barnes & Noble, Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204


Heroes of Ancient Greece

Join Pan, the Protector of the Forest, as he shares three of the most famous stories from Greek Mythology: Pandora’s Box, Orpheus in the Underworld, and Theseus versus the Minotaur. This epic production introduces dozens of mythological characters and stories. It features elaborate shadow puppets and some of our largest marionettes!

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

Location: Columbia Marionette Theatre, 401 Laurel Street, Columbia 29201


Hands on Art

Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!

Time: 11 – 11:45 a.m.

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


Holiday Celebrations

A morning of crafts celebrating the various upcoming holidays.

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Location: Richland County Library-Southeast, 7421 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia 29033


Anime Marathon

Try something new or view an old favorite with friends. Snacks provided. Teens 12-18.

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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


LEGO Frozen 2 Build Event

Return to Arendelle with this LEGO build event! Join us to build a castle from Frozen 2 to take home. For ages 8-12. Signup required.

Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

Location: Barnes & Noble, Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204


Dance Theatre of Columbia presents “Babes in Toyland”

The Dance Theatre of Columbia presents “Babes in Toyland”. Kick off the holiday season by following a cast of fairy tale characters including Mary,Mary Quite Contrary, Tom and Little Bo Peep on a magical journey through Mother Goose Village and Toyland.

The Dance Theatre of Columbia is a local non-profit, children’s dance production company located in Northeast Columbia. Under the direction of Cari Kirkland, over sixty dancers ages seven to eighteen will take the stage, providing fabulous entertainment while contributing their time and efforts to benefit this year’s charity, St. Lawrence Place.

Time: 2 p.m. | 7 p.m.

Location: Eau Claire High School Auditorium, 4800 Monticello Road, Columbia 29203


AiR Presents: Upcycled Suit of Armor

Learn to use recycled cardboard to create your own suit of armor that will protect you from dragons, defend your village or save a damsel in distress! Design and create your own shield and breastplate with our very own Artist-in-Residence and costume designer Markie Gaddis. Registration Required. Ages 9-12.

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Main, Children’s Area, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201


STEM Program

Would you like to know about Crisper? This is a new technology that opens the possibility to heal people in a different way.School age children (6-12 years).

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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


Lights Before Christmas

Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
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Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019

KIDZ BOP connects with kids and families through its best-selling albums, music videos, consumer products and live tours. In the US, KIDZ BOP is the No. 1 music brand for kids, featuring today’s biggest hits “sung by kids for kids.” KIDZ BOP has sold over 20 million albums and generated over 3 billion streams since the family-friendly music brand debuted in 2001. The best-selling series has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart; only three artists in history—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand—have had more Top 10 albums.

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor Street, Columbia 29201


 

Santa Cares Day

Join us Sunday, November 24 for Santa Cares Day! Children within all spectrums of special needs and their families are welcome to our sensory-friendly event to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit and photos with Santa. If you’d like to reserve a complimentary ticket to this event, please visit our event page for more details.

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Columbiana Centre, 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia 29212


Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Big Bird (Sesame Street Friends)

Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join us as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones.

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Barnes & Noble, Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204


Festival of Trees

Experience holiday magic and celebrate the 30th Festival of Trees benefiting Prisma Health Children’s Hospital—Midlands Nov. 22-24 at the South Carolina State Museum. This kickoff to the holidays features a silent auction of decorated trees, wreaths, menorahs and gifts.

Time: noon – 7 p.m.

Location: South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201


Holiday House Tours

Guests are invited to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience past traditions at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion between Friday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 5. Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

At the Robert Mills House, guests will see how a home of its size might have been decorated in the 1820s during the time before Christmas trees were popular. Across the street at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Christmas of the 1860s was very different from today in many ways but some of the traditions we carry on today have their roots from this time. Eggnog, poinsettias and Christmas trees were all part of the Victorian era holidays.

Admission includes a guided tour of both the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Tours will be offered Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding Street, to purchase admission and begin your tour. To schedule a group tour, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email [email protected]. Tours are free for members and $15 for non-members.

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Location: Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201


WinterFest

Join us for some holiday fun! Free and open to the community! Inflatables, Food, Crafts, Games, and so much more! Rain or shine!

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Washington Street United Methodist Church, 1401 Washington Street, Columbia 29201


Lights Before Christmas

Lights Before Christmas, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will shine on select evenings November 23 – December 30 from 5 – 9 p.m. Enjoy a dazzling display of more than one-million twinkling lights, Animated Story Tree sponsored by Dominion Energy, Merry Mascot Meet n’ Greet brought to you by Coca-Cola, Jingle Bell Bonfire, and more. Plus, visit Santa beginning at 6:00pm each evening of Lights through Christmas Eve.
COST: $12 Adults / $10 Children ages 2–12. All Riverbanks members receive one free visit.
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Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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Location: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210


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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Tiffany Nettles
Tiffany traded in back-to-back business meetings and PowerPoint presentations, for sippy cups and play dates – leaving her corporate job behind to become a stay at home mom to her 16-month-old toddler. To say life is different is an understatement, and she now has a new found love and respect for the “hardest” (and best!) job she’s ever had. A native South Carolinian, Tiffany is best described as kind-hearted and friendly, with a quick sense of humor. When she’s not toting her little one around town to the latest kid friendly activity, you can find her enjoying a latte at Drip, catching up on the latest celebrity gossip magazines, or watching old reruns of Beverly Hills 90210 from the early 90′s. She received her Masters Degree in Integrated Communications from the University of South Carolina in 2007, and enjoys reading, writing and all things "mom."

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