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BEEF JERKY OUTLET | NORTHWEST/IRMO/HARBISON

1260 Bower Parkway, Suite A-5, Columbia, SC 29212 | Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm | Sun: 12-6pm

803-661-9015


Jerky lovers, rejoice! As you browse the dozens of varieties & flavors of jerky, as well as the plethora of other items, let the kids pick out a pack of exotic game meats like alligator, kangaroo, ostrich, and more! Stop by to sample today!


bill's music shop & pickin' parlor

  • About: Looking for something entertaining AND wholesome for your kids to do? Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor has lessons available in several instruments and voice, a shop with instruments and music supplies, dance lessons, jam sessions, live music, and special concerts--all held in an alcohol & smoke-free environment!
  • Address: 710 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC 29169
    Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am - 8:30pm | Fri-Sat: Later bookings available | Reserve time in advance
  • Phone: (803) 796-6477



The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum

  • About: Let your children learn South Carolina's rich military history at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum with topics covering from the Revolutionary war to present day. Add more fun to the experience by getting the museum's Family Activity Guide located here!
  • 301 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 737-8095



Final Door Escape Game

  • About: The most challenging fun you'll ever have in 60 minutes! You will have to work together as a family to solve puzzles, find clues, and ultimately escape one of the rooms. There are rooms for all ages - some scary and some family-friendly.
  • Address: 930 Knox Abbott Drive, Columbia, SC 29033
    Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am - 8:30pm | Fri-Sat: Later bookings available | Reserve time in advance
  • Phone: (803) 602-2433


 

SC Philharmonic

  • About: The whole family will love the Pops Series at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Tech, with three concerts filled with adventures and memories: British Invasion celebrates British composers and hitmakers, and Holiday Pops features your favorite holiday classics & snowy surprises!
    500 Taylor Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 771-7937
    Mon-Fri 9am-5pm | Closed most holidays.


 



Frankie's Fun Park

  • About:Tons of arcade games, go-carts, bumper boats, fun house, Dark Ride XD, Drop Zone, mini golf, batting cages--all the ingredients for the best family outing ever! Delicious food and beverages too!
  • More: (803) 781-2342 frankiesfunpark.com
  • Location:140 Parkridge Drive, Columbia Sc 29212


Snip-its



EdVenture Children’s Museum

  • About: Check out EdVenture's hands-on and experiential exhibits such as Eddie, Wags and Whiskers, and The Cooking Lab.
  • More Information: (803) 779-3100 edventure.org
  • Hours: 9a - 5p Mon - Sat | Noon - 5p Sun
  • Location: 211 Gervais St. Columbia, SC


Lexington County Public Library

  • About:When was the last time you enjoyed a simple trip to the library together? The Lexington County Library has 11 locations, making it a great educational resource for the whole family. 803-785-2600


Your Teens Will Love This!

  • About:Richland Library’s Teen Center is a contemporary, high-tech space located within the main library that allows teens to do what the experts call "Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out". Free! 1431 Assembly St. 803-799-9084


Richland Library

  • About: Utilize the many programs & resources available at the Main Library and nine branches designed for children.
  • More Information: 803.231.6353 richlandlibrary.com
  • Hours: 9a - 9p Mon - Thurs; 9a - 6p Fri & Sat; 2p - 6p Sun
  • Location: 1431 Assembly St.


 

SC State Museum

  • About: The entire family can enjoy discovering this great state - peruse their collections and learn about SC art, natural and cultural history, or science and technology. 803-898-4921


Drew Wellness Center

  • About: Shoot some hoops at the courts, swim in the heated indoor pool, & more - the whole family will have a blast! 803-545-3200

Bowling

  • About: Enjoy the perfect family evening at one of Columbia's 20+ bowling centers including Anchor Lanes (803-732-7880), Royal Z Lanes (803-788-9208), and AMF Columbia Lanes (803-798-1310). Put up those bumpers & get rolling!

Columbia Children's Theatre

  • About: Each season the Theatre puts on 5 theatrical productions with professional adult actors, created especially for children and their families. 803-691-4548

Columbia Marionette Theatre

  • About: Located at the Riverfront Park entrance, the Columbia Marionette Theatre is a magical place where fairy tales come to life! Admission is only $5 and shows are on Saturdays at 11AM and 3PM. Call 803-252-7366 for more information.

Capital Karate

  • About: Offers programs for youth and adults, incorporating techniques from around the world emphasizing physical fitness, self-protection, and tools for success in and out of the studio.

Columbia Martial Arts and Fitness

  • About: Get in shape, build confidence, & have fun with fitness kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Kali, and more! 803-356-9755

Life Force Karate and Fitness

  • About: Offers karate for both kids & adults, as well as self defense and yoga classes for adults. 803-783-5425




Kids Classes! Arts, crafts, workshops, lessons, and more!




Richland Library

  • About: Offers many programs at the Main Library and nine branches designed for children, with ways to get your child involved in everything from reading to chess to art projects.
  • More Information: 803.231.6353 richlandlibrary.com
  • Hours: 9a - 9p Mon - Thurs; 9a - 6p Fri & Sat; 2p - 6p Sun
  • Location: 1431 Assembly St.

Lexington County Library

  • About: With 11 libraries all across the county, Lexington County Library helps children get an early start developing a love for books and reading, and many of their programs are family oriented.
  • 5440 Augusta Road Lexington, SC 29072
  • (803) 785-2600

Super Sibling

  • About: Program of Lexington Medical Center, where children ages 3-10 learn what to expect when a new sibling is born. Register at 803.791.2869 or online at lexmed.com.
  • 2720 Sunset Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29169 (Main Campus)
  • (803) 791-2869

Columbia Museum of Art Family Fun

  • About: Art classes for kids & adults so the whole family can get creative! Ongoing.
  • 1515 Main Street Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 799-2810

City of Columbia

  • About: The Art Center offers classes, workshops, & open studio that the whole family will love!

USC String Project

  • About: Provides instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass through group clases, orchestras, & private lessons for kids & adults.
  • 813 Assembly Street, Columbia SC
  • (803)777-9568

Southern Pottery Workcenter and Gallery

  • About: Enjoy classes in handbuilding and wheelthrowing throughout the year & make lasting memories with your family.
  • 3105 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205
  • (803) 251-3001




Outdoors




Casey's Fireworks

  • Casey's Fireworks showcases the amazing art of fireworks in a way like no other. They sell classic, quality fireworks, perfect for lighting up the skies at your event with a bang!
  • Hours: Open and Legal All Year!! Mon.-Sat. 11am-6pm. Open Saturdays during season, with longer hours during July 4th and New Year's Eve.
  • Address: Located at 3830 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29205
  • Phone: 803 738 9173



SC Farmers Market

  • About: With fresh produce and plants all around, the sights and smells are sure to keep your kids entertained! Let them pick out something for dinner or a plant for their own garden. Families will love the fresh produce, plants and other goodies that are all Certified SC grown!
  • 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, SC 29172
  • (803) 737-4664


Saluda Shoals Park

  • About: Instill a love of nature in your child's life at this beautiful 400-acre riverfront park. There is outdoor fun for the entire family to enjoy such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, bird watching, nature hiking, biking, geocaching, obstacle courses, & more! For directions and seasonal hours of operation, check out icrc.net!
  • 5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC
  • (803)731-5208


Crooked Creek Park

  • About: Trails for hiking, picnic shelters, & playgrounds make this the perfect outdoor family outing. A variety of programs available for the entire family such as woodcarving, gymnastics, karate, league sports, & much more! Check out icrc.net for more information!
  • 1098 Old Lexington Hwy, Chapin, SC
  • (803)345-6181

Seven Oaks Park

 

  • About: Full-service recreation complex offering fitness, athletics, and both instructional and cultural arts programs for both parents and kids. Offers a full gymnasium, fitness area, dance studio, art studio, walking trails, picnic shelters, athletic fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, & a variety of fun programs! Visit icrc.net for further information!
  • 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC
  • (803)772-3336

SC Department of Natural Resources

  • About: SC DNR's events calendar is packed with countless fun and educational lectures, classes, conferences, walks & talks and more!

Dreher Island State Park

  • About: Located on shores of gorgeous Lake Murray, enjoy fishing, hiking, boat rides, picnicking & fresh air with the whole family!
  • (803)364-4152

Sesquicentennial State Park

  • About: Features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. Check out their programs like the Owl Prowl or the Snakes of SC!
  • (803)788-2706

Lake Wateree State Recreation Area

  • About:Get the family outdoors at Lake Wateree, located on Desportes Island, featuring ample camping space with 72 sites & a nature trail.
  • (803)482-6401

City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

  • About: The City of Columbia offers so many services - parks, arts opportunities, athletics, gardens, dog parks, pools, skate parks, and special/holiday events - take advantage & enjoy family time together! For specifics, visit columbiasc.net/parksandrec.

Congaree National Park

  • About: Features a boardwalk loop trail, hiking trails, kayaking, canoe tours, fishing, & guided walks, talks, and presentations all year. Free of charge!
  • (803) 776-4396

Lexington County Recreation Tennis

  • About: Keep your kids healthy & having fun at the Lexington County Leisure Centers and Tennis Facilities. Offers lessons, court time, & other programs.
  • Lexington County Tennis Center: 425 Oak Dr. Lexington
  • Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center: 1120 Fort Congaree Trail Cayce

Learn to Fish!

  • About: The SC Department of Natural Resources offers family fishing clinics throughout the year! To register, visit the DNR website. To register, visit the DNR website.

Carolina Children’s Garden

  • Encourage imaginative play at this 2-acre garden featuring several fun themed areas. Leashed pets welcome. Free.
  • More information: 803.459.3212 clemson.edu
  • Hours: 7:30a - dusk
  • Location: 900 Clemson Road Columbia

Adventure Carolina

  • About: Offers guided trips for kayaking, hiking, and paddling down Broad River, as well as private lessons & rentals, so gather the family for your own adventure! 803-796-4505

Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens

  • About: A great place for the whole family to enjoy! Animal demonstrations, the Aquarium Reptile Complex, Sky High Safari, feed the giraffes and lorikeets, & much more! To learn more about presentation times and other features, call 803-779-8717!

Columbia Disc Golf Club

  • About: Offers a great opportunity to have fun and spend some time together! For specifics about courses, visit columbiadiscgolfclub.com.

SC Rail Road Museum

  • About: Fun for the entire family! Enjoy an hour-long train ride, or walk through an incredible display train. 803-635-4242

Columbia Rowing Club

  • About: Offers recreational rowing (sculling or sweep) & has a ʺLearn to Rowʺ program for interested beginners! For more details, check out columbiarowingclub.com.

Lanier Sailing

  • About: Lanier Sailing Academy of Lake Murray offers sunset sails, sailing lessons, and a sailing club for sailing enthusiasts! Rentals are also available. 803-317-9070

Strawberries anyone?

  • About: Cottle Strawberry Farm is open to the public every Spring! Season usually runs from April through May. Call 803-695-1714 for more information.

Located in Lexington, SC, Berry Hill Farm

  • About: The perfect place to come together as a family and pick tasty fresh blueberries! Normally open from end of June to beginning of August. 803-957-4203

Owens Field Skate Park

  • About: offers great family fun with a roller hockey rink, a skating/skateboard area with ramps and quarterpipes, and inline skating paths! 803-343-8788

Every October: The South Carolina State Fair

  • About:Fun, food, and entertainment for all! Also provides education & great competitive exhibit opportunities. Find your happy at the SC State Fair! Call 803-799-3387 for more information.

Palmetto Falls Water Park

  • About: Located at Fort Jackson, featuring two water slides, huge family pool, splashdown pool, kiddy pool, lazy river, & even a snack bar! 803-751-4056

Palmetto Greens Miniature Golf

  • About: Modern miniature golf facility mimicing the challenges and features of real golf that the whole family will love! 803-751-7351

The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission Parks

  • About: Relax & have fun outdoors! Take a family bike ride through Crooked Creek Park or enjoy the community garden at Seven Oaks Park. An athletic calendar, information for registration, and specifics about each location are maintained at icrc.net!

The Richland County Recreation Commission

 

  • About: Offers many fun activities for the family, including basketball, kickball, and track. For specific programs, visit richlandcountyrecreation.com!





Young Kids



Snip-its

CMA Art Explorer Backpacks

  • About: Designed to get your kids interested in art at a young age, Art Explorer Backpacks include a sketchbook, binoculars, comapss, & hands-on activities related to a theme such as pattern, color, or shape.

Early Childhood Programs | Edventure

  • About: Educational and entertaining classes catered to children ages 0-5 focus on sensory stimulation, problem solving games, storytelling and more! 803-400-1157

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden | Toddler Tales

  • About: Get your child interested in the Animal Kingdom with these age approprate programs ranging from activities like stories and songs to an adventure at the zoo!

Have Fun and Play

  • About: From Congaree National Park to Sesquicentennial Park, there are tons of places for your little ones to get out all that energy! Check out Irmo Chapin Receation Commission and Richland County Recreation to find the perfect park for your and your child. If it's raining, you can always go to Monkey Joe's to get out the rest of their pent up energy!




After School & Holiday Camps




Workshop Theatre

 

  • About: Offers summer camps like Improv Comedy, Audition Techniques, Script Writing and many other exciting workshops. For full details and registration, call 803-799-1009.


Camp EdVenture

  • About: School's out, but Camp EdVenture's ready to fill your child's break from school with knowledge and fun! Offers Spring Break Camp, Winter Break Camp, and Summer Camp Edventure. 803-779-3100.

The Challenger Learning Center

  • About: Foster your little explorer's curiousity & creativity at this space-themed educational program designed to provide interactive learning experiences. 803-929-3951

Palmetto Conservation Summer Programs

  • About: Program will enhance your little one's leadership skills, educate her/him about proper stewardship of the outdoors, and provide lots of fun to encourage mental and physical development. 803-771-0870

City of Columbia Parks & Recreation After School Program

  • About: Just $30 a week! Sports, games, arts & crafts, field trips and special guests are offered. Available at 9 city parks. For info, call 803.545.3100.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

  • About: Summer, spring break, & winter break camps! Packed with hands-on activites, animal encounters, games, behind-the-scenes tours, and much more! 803-779-8717

Columbia Children's Theatre

  • About:Provides Summer day camps for kids in grades K through 12. Programs vary for each season so call 803-691-4548 for more information.




Birthday Parties




The South Carolina State Museum

  • About: A great place for an educational, fun-filled birthday bash! Explore the starry skies, become a Mad Scientist, or navigate the high seas as a pirate! 803-898-4921

 

The Final Door Escape Game

  • About:Have your birthday party at The Final Door! Why not get captured by a cult, locked in a dark cellar, avoid a flesh-eating zombie or outrun a bunch of pirates? Rooms for all ages & group discounts for groups of 20+ people.
  • Address: 930 Knox Abbott Drive, Columbia, SC 29033
    Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am - 8:30pm | Fri-Sat: Later bookings available | Reserve time in advance
  • Phone: (803) 602-2433


Casey's Fireworks

  • An institution for family fun, selling classic kid-friendly fireworks that will amaze your birthday kid and all their guests. Ask the experts at Casey's to help you find the perfect fireworks for your next birthday party, and light up the skies with a beautiful celebration!
  • Hours: Open and Legal All Year!! Mon.-Sat. 11am-6pm. Open Saturdays during season, with longer hours during July 4th and New Year's Eve.
  • Address: Located at 3830 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC 29205
  • Phone: 803 738 9173



Frankie's Fun Park

 

  • About: Jam-pack your child's birthday with fun! With go-carts, mini-golf, laser tag, batting cages, a rock climbing wall, and over 100 games in their arcade, there's something for every little one! 803-791-2342

    EdVenture

  • About: May be the coolest birthday party you'll ever throw! Included are activities for 15 children, guided museum exploration, and much more! 803-779-3100

Country Adventures

  • About: The perfect way to celebrate a fun-filled, no-stress birthday! Geared towards children ages 2-7, parties include pony rides, a visit to the petting farm, a tractor-drawn hayride around the farm, and a hot dog roast! 803-754-4724

FUNZONE

  • About: An indoor, inflatable party and play center available for private birthday parties, moms groups, sports team parties, or just walk-in fun! 803-732-8900

Laugh N Leap

  • About: Provides inflatable bounce house, water slide, and obstacle course rentals for kids birthday parties and events in Columbia and surrounding areas. 803-647-9601

The Columbia Museum of Art

  • About: With options like Animal Art Safari, Finding Fairies, Gods and Goddesses, and Jewels, Fabulous Jewels, your little one will never forget their special day at the Columbia Museum of Art! 803-799-2810

Fox Tree Farm and Nursery

  • About: Offers a petting zoo, horseback rides, hayrides, cookouts and crafts, making it a great place for birthday parties! 803-356-4052

Palmetto Athletic Center