Wilderness Canoe Tour
Every Friday and Saturday weekly in September and October.
Join a ranger for a guided paddle through the last remaining large section of old-growth bottomland forest remaining in the United States. Keep an eye out for white-tailed deer, otters, beavers, and other wildlife that call Congaree home. Harry Hampton Visitor Center at Congaree National Park – 100 National Park Rd, Hopkins. 10AM-1PM. FREE. 1-877-444-6777 for reservations.
Garden Family on Safari – Noises of the Night
Sept 22 | 6pm-9am the next day
Enjoy dinner at the Waterfall Junction Learning Center, an exciting program including games, nocturnal scavenger hunts, crafts and marshmallow roasting! Settle down on the lawn for the night in one of Riverbank’s 4-person tents. Wake up to continental breakfast & a Zoo visit the next day. Ages 5-Adult.
500 Wildlife Parkway.
803-779-8717 to register.
Zip the Line at Riverbanks Zoo
Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays in September
Zip the Zoo at the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden is an incredible zip line tour through the zoo, the gardens and even across the river! Three different experiences are offered, the Zipline Canopy Tour, the Zoo Zip and the shorter River Zip. Advanced reservations are required. 803-779-8717. 500 Wildlife Parkway.
Take a guided tour of one of the historic house museums for just $1! Sept 16th / 1-4pm: The Robert Mills House & Gardens – 1616 Blanding St. / Oct 21st / 1-4pm: Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens – 1615 Blanding St.
Palmetto Place Palooza
September 29 | 2-6PM
Robert Mills House | 1616 Blanding St
Outdoor games (Giant Jenga, Twister, Cornhole, Video Game Truck, & Bouncy House), music & food trucks! Supports Palmetto Place, a safe and supportive shelter for children and teens who have faced trauma and/or homelessness. 803-786-6819
Gardening in the City
Wanna flex your green thumb?
City of Columbia residents may lease community garden plots within several city parks . An annual plot fee of $20 includes the use of a raised bed and a water source. Learn practical gardening techniques appropriate for the six growing seasons in our region.
Tues/Wed/Thu Thru November
The James E. Clyburn Golf Center offers golf classes for kids! Features a lighted driving range, covered hitting area, a short game practice area with a large practice green & bunker, and a putting green.
2091 Slighs Ave | 803-255-8920
Teen Gaming Hour
Every Thursday in September + October
The library’s got a Playstation 4 and Wii U and they know how to use them! Video games are selected for kids to play.
For ages 13 – 18 | 3:30-5PM
Richland Library North Main, North Main Digital Zone
5306 North Main Street | 803-754-7734
Go Fish! | Sep. 15
The Family Fishing Clinic is an introductory class to fishing!
Learn how to tie fishing knots, how to rig a rod and reel, and how to cast! The best part is everyone will get to try their hand at fishing! Kids from ages 4 to adults are welcome, so come out and play, enjoy the outdoors and make this a family fun day! From 10am -1pm. Lexington Wildlife Chapter, 3225 Emanuel Church Rd.
Sat, October 13 : 10am-12pm
Bring your family out to see trucks, tractors and more at this community event. Children will get hands on experience with large commercial vehicles, and can talk to the people who operate them. All ages. FREE. Saluda Shoals Park East, 6071 St Andrews Rd.