Fun Things to Do with Kids in Columbia, Lexington & The Midlands This Summer!

Challenging times require creative thought to keep your wee ones entertained. Here are some ideas! Go have some fun today!

Saluda Splash is now open on Saturdays and Sundays!

Splash Pads!

Let the kids cool down with visits to these popular places to splash and play in the water!

Melvin Park
370 Eptings Camp Rd. Chapin, SC 803-345-8113
Open Saturdays 10am – 6pm and Sundays 12pm – 5pm

Saluda Shoals Park’s Saluda Splash
5605 Bush River Road Columbia, SC 29212 (803) 772-1228
Open Saturdays 10am – 6pm and Sundays 12pm – 5pm

Caractor Park Mist Fountain
804 Hendrix Street Lexington, SC 29072 Fountain Open 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. through Labor Day Weekend

Corley Street Park Splash Pool & Playground
210 Corley St. Lexington, SC 29072
Spray Pool Open 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. through Labor Day Weekend

Columbiana Station Shopping Center Splash Pad & Playground
1220 Bower Parkway Columbia, SC 29212 (next to British Bulldog Pub)
Open shopping center hours

Splash Pads and Spray Pools Currently Closed Due to COVID-19

Riverbanks Zoo Waterfall JunctionTemporarily Closed

City of Columbia Parks – All Parks are Temporarily Closed

Palmetto Falls at Fort Jackson – Temporarily Closed

Sesquicentennial State Park – Splash Pad Temporarily Closed

Fenton C. Benton Park in Springdale – Temporarily Closed

Summer Camps

Columbia Museum of Art Various Art Camps
Grouped according to age, kids from 7 – 18 yrs can immerse themselves in a week’s worth of creative activities and artistic learning. From fashion design to metalsmithing to painting fundamentals. July
Register here.

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission Various Camps
There is something for everyone! From Circus Camp to Survivor Ninja Challenge Camp to Art, Craft, Theatre, Dance and Cooking Camps to Educational Camps… check out the list for July and for August!
Register here.

YMCA Traditional Summer Camp
YMCA of Columbia camps offer a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving kids’ well-being centering on 3 areas proven to impact kids’ development: friendship, accomplishment and belonging. Northwest YMCA and Jeep Rogers YMCA
Register here.

Frankie’s Fun Park

The name says it all. Frankie’s Fun Park offers outdoor attractions and rides like Bumper Boats, Monaco Slick Track, Rookie Track, Batting Cage, Drop Zone and the area’s best Mini-Golf! Indoors, your kids will have a blast at the Arcade, their all-new Laser Tag, Dark Ride, and more! They’re open and practicing Social Distancing! More here.


When it’s too hot or rainy to spend time outside, think about kids throwing big balls at tenpins! They’ll love it!

Beltline Lanes | I-77 Exit 5 | Open 7 days | All guests must wear a mask

Stars & Strikes | 800 Lake Murray Blvd. | Open 7 days

Anchor Lanes | 1057 Lake Murray Blvd. | Open 7 days

Bowlero | 900 Axtell Drive in Parkland Plaza Cayce | Open Wed – Sun

JC’s Lexington Bowl | 5380 Augusta Rd. | Lexington | Open 7 days