Columbia Family Events | January

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January in Columbia is full of fun – from 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 – 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. 

Dec
31
Bowling - Columbia SC Moms Blog
New Year’s Eve 2024
Ring in 2024 in the best way possible: on the lanes with non-stop bowling lanes, yummy food, festive party favors, and more!
Dec
31
New Year’s Eve Late Night Skate
COME CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH YOUR FRIENDS US! WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY A PAIR OF SKATES TO ONE LUCKY WINNER TO CELEBRATE A NEW YEAR! $15 AT THE
Dec
31
2024 New Year’s Countdown
Parents/Guardians it’s time to start planning your New Year’s Party. Let us make it a little easier on you. Bring the kids to a safe/fun place they want to be
Jan
3
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience(s): Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years),
Jan
3
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Mirror, Mirror
In this session we explore reflections — whether it’s in a mirror or a pool of water. Join us as we search for mirror images throughout the galleries and create
Jan
3
Crafternoon: Minecraft
Put the “craft” in Minecraft! Audience(s): Families, School age children (6-12 years)  
Jan
3
Read to a Dog
Practice reading with a furry friend.
Jan
4
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
Jan
4
Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission and extended hours. Last gallery entry at 7:30 p.m. Be on Boyd Plaza in the evening for live music, food vendors, and a beer garden. Free. 
Jan
5
Tips for Visiting Riverbanks Zoo with Kids while Pregnant - Columbia SC Moms Blog
Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo
Richland and Lexington County residents: Free Fridays kicks off this Friday, January 5th and runs through Friday, February 23rd. (Please note that Free Fridays applies only to regular daytime admission
Jan
5
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Jan
6
Home Depot Kids Workshop
Join us the first Saturday of each month between 9 am – 12 pm for free in-person Kids Workshops. While supplies last.
Jan
6
Puss in Boots
Long before Shrek came along, Charles Perrault penned the original tale of a crafty cat in fancy footwear. CMT’s Puss in Boots is a whimsical retelling of this classic fairy
Jan
7
Kids Adventure Terrarium
Experience the modern plant revival at a PlantHouse workshop! Our kids adventure terrarium workshop is the perfect family activity! Join us for a fun workshop where you’ll learn how to
Jan
8
Monday Morning Makers
Feed that drive to create and rediscover your sense of wonder and excitement. Discover something new with our projects of the week, which are appropriate for those 6 or more
Jan
8
Build-a-Thon: LEGOS
Get hands-on by building towers, robots, creatures and more. Who can build it tallest? Who can build it strongest? Build freely and find out!    
Jan
9
Hands on Art: Frame Animals
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!
Jan
9
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Jan
9
Pajamarama Storytime
Share stories, songs and much more while building early literacy skills for the whole family in the comfort of your pajamas! Teddy bears and dolls are welcome to tag along!  
Jan
10
Crafternoon
Get your craft on! Let your imagination run wild using a variety of materials provided. Paint, color, collage, or all of the above!    
Jan
10
Kid’s Custom Cocoa Bar
Bring the kid’s to create their own hot cocoa at our specialty Hot Chocolate Bar and enjoy a FREE kid’s meal. One FREE kid’s meal on Kid’s Nights with the
Jan
10
Cow Bingo
Join us for a fun family night out! Dinner, bingo, prizes, and who knows…maybe some cows! Can’t wait to see you then!  
Jan
11
Read to a Dog
Practice your reading skills with Juliet and Django the Therapy Dogs! (Children will get a private 10 minute one-on-one session with dog to practice reading aloud. The handlers, Lorien Owens
Jan
11
Play Freely: Winter Festival ❄️
Come join us for winter-inspired crafts, games, and activities in the Richland Library Sandhills and R2I2 building Lobby Area! Activities will include: -Cookie Decorating -Coloring for all ages -Large Games
Jan
12
Play Freely: Fun Friday at Wheatley
Come have some fun with us at Richland Library Wheatley. We all need a little fun in our lives, so drop by anytime between 11 – 4 for games, bubbles,
Jan
12
Flight Sandhill Relaunch Event
Flight Adventure Park has been re-imagined and excited to welcome you to our new one of a kind indoor adventure park! Don’t miss your chance to meet our special guests
Jan
12
Crafternoon
Drop in and get creative! We provide art supplies; you provide imagination.    
Jan
12
The Tale of an Aging Dog | Columbia SC Moms Blog
Read to a Therapy Dog
Sign-up and reserve your spot to practice your reading skills with a certified therapy dog and their human. Readers will get a 10-minute session with McDuffie or another therapy pet.
Jan
12
The Little Mermaid Jr. – ICRC Children’s Theatre
Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home
Jan
13
Accessibility Morning – Rainbow Fish
This program provides free access for families of children, teenagers, young adults and adults who would benefit from a quieter, sensory-friendly and disability-adapted experience at the museum. Guests who are
Jan
13
Make & Create: Snow Globes
Join us for some DIY craft time and make your own snow globe! All supplies provided but you are welcome to bring your own plastic, waterproof toy or object to
Jan
13
Watch Freely: Sensory Friendly Movie: Paw Patrol: The Mighty
When a magical meteor crash lands in Adventure City, it gives the PAW Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into The MIGHTY PUPS! For Skye, the smallest member of the team,
Jan
15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the CMA
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the CMA is open with free admission and hosting special MLK Day programming. Don’t miss FAAAC presents A Storytelling Celebration, featuring line dancing
Jan
16
It’s a Cocoa Kid’s Night
It’s getting Cocoa over here! Join for Kid’s Night January 16, 5-7pm on Clemson Rd in Columbia. Bring the kid’s to create their own hot cocoa at our specialty Hot
Jan
17
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!
Jan
17
Crafternoon STEAM Edition
Art and science collide in this STEAM themed experience designed for budding scientists     
Jan
17
Read to a Dog
Please join Susanne and her certified dog to practice reading with a furry friend.    
Jan
18
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
Jan
19
Tips for Visiting Riverbanks Zoo with Kids while Pregnant - Columbia SC Moms Blog
Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo
Reminder to Richland and Lexington County residents: Free Fridays kicks off this Friday, January 5th and runs through Friday, February 23rd. (Please note that Free Fridays applies only to regular
Jan
19
Play Freely: Fun Fridays at North Main
Come have some fun inside with us this winter at North Main. We all need a little fun in our lives, so drop by anytime between 3:00 to 5:00 for
Jan
19
Jurassic World Live Tour
Jurassic World comes to life in an action-packed, live arena show! Your trip to Isla Nublar takes a terrifying turn after the Indominus rex escapes and causes chaos in the
Jan
19
Kids Night In – National Popcorn Day
Drop the kids off for a fun night of creating a masterpiece! National Popcorn day calls for new popcorn bowls! All children will glaze their own popcorn bowl.
Jan
20
Richland Rumble: Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament
It’s a Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament for the ages, for ALL ages! Co-hosted with Midlands Gaming Coalition. In-person registration will take place in the opening hour, followed by double-elimination competition. Open-play
Jan
20
My First DIY Toolbox
Time to get to work! This Kids Toolbox Workshop will have your little helper eager to tag along on your next home improvement project.
Jan
20
Stroller Tour: Rendez-Vous
Take a tour of featured exhibition Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous with infants in tow. Bring your little ones along for the ride on a stroller-friendly tour for
Jan
20
Kids Karaoke at Beef’s
Bring the entire family out for a yummy meal, then stick around for some awesome KARAOKE! Kids Welcome! Presented by CarraRock Entertainment, LLC.
Jan
21
Kids Jellyfish Terrarium
Experience the modern plant revival at a PlantHouse workshop! Our kids jellyfish terrarium workshop is the perfect family activity! Join us for a fun workshop where you’ll learn how to
Jan
22
Hands on Art: Let it Snow!
Simple winter art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!      
Jan
22
Crafternoon
Get your craft on! Let your imagination run wild using a variety of materials provided. Paint, color, collage, or all of the above!    
Jan
22
STEAM Studio: Let it Snow
Join us for inventing, building, and creating, using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Learn about snow and create some unique art.
Jan
22
Preliteracy Class for 4 and 5 year-olds
Build early literacy and phonemic awareness skills through stories, hands on activities and imaginative play. Children will practice  Phonemic Awareness  Fine Motor Skills Building  Vocabulary Narrative/Communication Skills  Space...
Jan
23
Toddler Storytime
Help your toddler discover the alphabet, numbers and other concepts while building social skills and learning about our world. This storytime is designed for active toddlers and 2-year-olds. If you
Jan
23
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Jan
24
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience(s): Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years),
Jan
24
Crafternoon
Get your craft on! Let your imagination run wild using a variety of materials provided. Paint, color, collage, or all of the above!    
Jan
25
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
Jan
25
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
Jan
25
Read to a Dog
Practice your reading skills with Juliet and Django the Therapy Dogs! (Children will get a private 10 minute one-on-one session with dog to practice reading aloud. The handlers, Lorien Owens
Jan
25
Cow Tales Story Hour
Join us for an afternoon snack and story time with our very own Grandma Cindy, as she reads some sweet tales to your little ones!Mark your calendars for a fun
Jan
26
Tips for Visiting Riverbanks Zoo with Kids while Pregnant - Columbia SC Moms Blog
Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo
Reminder to Richland and Lexington County residents: Free Fridays kicks off this Friday, January 5th and runs through Friday, February 23rd. (Please note that Free Fridays applies only to regular
Jan
26
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Jan
26
Family Storytime- Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Bring in your favorite stuffed animal friend for a special goodnight Storytime and tuck-in Friday night.  You’ll say night-night to your stuffie and come back the next morning for a good
Jan
26
Fun Fridays
Join us for a Friday of FUN! Enjoy indoor activities like basketball, 9 square in the air, just dance, freeze tag, and more.  Ages 9–14 $5/person admission only $10/person w/
Jan
27
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.,
Jan
27
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.    
Jan
27
Children’s Storytime
Children’s story time every Saturday morning, with different readers selecting books the community will enjoy.  
Jan
27
Family Storytime- Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Join us for a good morning Storytime and slideshow of what your stuffed animals were up to the night before!  This event is a continuation of Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Join
Jan
27
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Family Storytime & Craft
Join us for a special Cookies and Milk themed Storytime! We will read fun stories, sing silly songs, create a Cookie-rific craft and end with some yummy milk and chocolate
Jan
27
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,
Jan
27
Family Storytime and Craft
Join us every Saturday! Share stories, songs, a fun craft, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Jan
27
Puss in Boots
Long before Shrek came along, Charles Perrault penned the original tale of a crafty cat in fancy footwear. CMT’s Puss in Boots is a whimsical retelling of this classic fairy
Jan
27
Watch Freely: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. However, when
Jan
27
Puss in Boots
Long before Shrek came along, Charles Perrault penned the original tale of a crafty cat in fancy footwear. CMT’s Puss in Boots is a whimsical retelling of this classic fairy
Jan
27
Read to a Therapy Dog
Share a good book with a furry friend! Sign-up and reserve your spot to practice your reading skills with a certified therapy dog and their human.  Readers will get a
Jan
28
Sensory Friendly Sundays for families
Experience the Children’s Room and Teen Center with a low sensory environment for children, teens and their families. In the Children’s Room, children can browse the shelves for their new favorite
Jan
28
Moana’s Party
Moana Meet & Greet! �� Limited tickets! � Dive into the magic—grab yours now! be part of the narrative! #familyfun #GrabYoursNow #MoanaParty Embark on an enchanted day with me, Moana, on 1/28 at
Jan
29
Monday Morning Makers
Feed that drive to create and rediscover your sense of wonder and excitement. Discover something new with our projects of the week, which are appropriate for those 6 or more
Jan
29
Preliteracy Class for 4 and 5 year-olds
Build early literacy and phonemic awareness skills through stories, hands on activities and imaginative play. Children will practice  Phonemic Awareness  Fine Motor Skills Building  Vocabulary Narrative/Communication Skills  Space...
Jan
29
Virtual Pajamarama Storytime
Put on your pjs, brush your teeth and get ready for a bedtime story with this digital Zoom pajamarama storytime.
Jan
30
Toddler Storytime
Help your toddler discover the alphabet, numbers and other concepts while building social skills and learning about our world. This storytime is designed for active toddlers and 2-year-olds. If you
Jan
30
Toddler Time
Looking for a safe, fun outlet for your toddler’s energy? Or maybe you just want to make sure that your little one has a particularly restful afternoon nap. Either way,
Jan
30
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Jan
30
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!
Jan
31
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience(s): Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years),
Jan
31
Hands on Art
Simple art for the very young. Dress for a mess!    
Jan
31
Crafternoon
Get your craft on! Let your imagination run wild using a variety of materials provided. Paint, color, collage, or all of the above!    
Jan
31
Read to a Dog
Practice reading with a furry friend.

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