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Unlimited Glow Putt-Putt & More at Glow Dragon: Elgin, SC

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Have you ever heard of Glow Dragon in Elgin, SC? Glow Dragon is a one-stop shop for several family-friendly activities. They have indoor glow putt-putt, axe throwing, and even escape rooms! Whether you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day or even just something new to do with the kids, Glow Dragon is a great option for you! 

We visited Glow Dragon with kids, and we’re bringing you this mom review so you’ll know what to expect when you go!

Glow Dragon family fun

One Stop Shop for Fun: Glow Dragon 

Located just outside of Columbia, in Elgin, SC, you will find Glow Dragon. Here you can have all kinds of fun and stay for as long as you’d like! It is a great place for children of all ages with a wide variety of fun activities. It’s important to note that they are only open on Saturdays and Sundays! 

Playing putt-putt at Glow Dragon in Elgin, SC

Unlimited Indoor Glow Putt-Putt 

Yes, you read that right…UNLIMITED putt-putt at Glow Dragon! My family and I recently had the chance to check it out and my kids loved the glow-in-the-dark dragon theme. There were plenty of golf club sizes to choose from – from adult sizes all the way to small plastic ones for toddlers. The course is made up of 9 holes that get a bit more tricky along the way with fun, glowing obstacles, ramps, and more! 

Also included in the mini golf price is access to the arcade! Here you will find tons of “old-school” arcade games like Pac-Man and NBA Jam as well as pool tables, foosball, and even basketball hoops.  

Games at Glow Dragon

Unlimited putt-putt prices are as follows: 

  • $15/person; ages 2 and under free 
  • SUNDAY FAMILY PASS: This pass is good for up to 8 people and will cost $65. Along with mini golf and the arcade, it will also include 1 scoop of ice cream for each family member!  
  • They often run other deals that will be posted on their Facebook page, be sure to follow along 
Glow Dragon in Elgin, SC

Glow Dragon Axe Throwing 

Looking for a quaint and cozy place to give axe throwing a try? Glow Dragon would be perfect for you! They have just 3 lanes which gives you plenty of opportunity to learn the basics in a more quiet, laid back atmosphere. Each lane can hold up to 4 people, however children must be at least 10 years old to enjoy the fun. 

It is HIGHLY recommended that you book your lane online in advance! The cost to book a lane is $20/person for 1 hour of throwing.  

Axe throwing at Glow Dragon near Columbia, SC

Escape Rooms at Glow Dragon 

At Glow Dragon, you will also find two noteworthy escape rooms! The room themes do change from time to time so be on the lookout for one you might enjoy. The newest theme is “Operation Ransom” and is set to open very soon.

The escape rooms cost $25/person. 

Plan Your Next Birthday Party a Glow Dragon: Elgin, Sc

Looking for a unique place to host your next birthday party? At Glow Dragon there are 2 party options to choose from:

  • Princess Victoria/Prince William Party Room
    • $300
    • Includes: 2-hour rental, up to 15 guests, private party room, unlimited mini golf, ice cream 
  • Party Facility Rental
    • $450
    • Includes: 4-hour rental, up to 50 guests, unlimited mini golf, arcade rooms 
    • Only available during non-business hours 

Don’t miss our KAGuide to Birthday Parties in Columbia, SC for more options!

Indoor Guide to Columbia, SC

The Indoor Fun Continues

Find more indoor places to play in our Indoor Guide to Columbia, SC.

Glow Dragon 
893 White Pond Road, Elgin 

Saturday: 2 pm – 10 pm
Sunday: 2 pm – 8 pm 

What was your favorite activity at Glow Dragon? 

Shaded Citadel Park in Columbia, SC is Great for Playtime

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Do you need a shady outdoor space to beat the spring and summer heat in Columbia? Citadel Park is sure to be a treat! This quaint, family-friendly playground has so many unique and cozy features including a “Little Free Library”, beautiful landscape and large green space, a designated toddler area, and plenty of sitting space. 

Citadel Park

Learn and Play at EdVenture: Columbia, SC

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Have you visited EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, South Carolina? This museum is the perfect combination of hands-on play and educational fun for your family! Keep reading as we will share all the tips and info you’ll need to make your trip to Edventure: Columbia, SC perfect! 

EdVenture Columbia

This article includes:
Admission and Fees to EdVenture
Camps, Classes, and Regular Events at EdVenture
Baby & Toddlers at EdVenture
Eddie’s Cafe at EdVenture
Exhibits at EdVenture
Visits EdVenture

Planning Your Trip to EdVenture: Columbia, SC

From babies to pre-teens, EdVenture Children’s Museum is sure to have something for all! Several exhibits make up the two floors of wonder and include activities ranging from science and engineering to pretend play and everything in between. Before we discuss the exhibits, let’s start with some helpful tips to get you prepared for your “edventure.” This children’s museum is closed on Tuesday’s, but is open every other day of the week.

Admissions and Fees to Columbia’s EdVenture

EdVenture Columbia, SC

Tickets can be purchased at the museum or online before you go for $13.00/person (children under 2 are free). Yearly memberships can also be purchased with various price ranges and package deals. EdVenture has a strong belief that EVERY child should have the opportunity to engage in educational fun within the museum. Because of this, they have discounted admissions options for families who receive SNAP, WIC, or Medicaid for $3 entry per person.

Once tickets are purchased, you can leave and re-enter the museum throughout the same day for no extra fees. 

Camps, Classes, and Regular Events at EdVenture

EdVenture offers several extra programs throughout the week and during different seasons including:

  • Spring Break & Summer Camp
    • ages 4-10
    • $198 weekly per child, $30 membership discount for Spring Break
    • $249 weekly per child, 15% discount for members for Summer Break
    • Visit EdVenture Camps online to register.
  • “Toddler Time”
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Story and themed craft
    • Located on the second floor in “My Backyard” 
    • Free with admission/membership
  • “Tinker Tech”
    • Daily from 10 – 10:30 am and 3:15 – 3:45 pm (closed on Tuesday)
    • Ages 4+
    • Build, create, craft course overseen by EdVenture employee
    • Located on the second floor in the engineering/crafting area
  • “Homeschool Friday”
    • First Friday of each month during the school year (September-May) from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Ages 4-10
    • Hands-on activities and socialization specialized for homeschooled students 
    • Sign up at 
  • “Biolab”
    • Daily at 11 am, 1:45 pm, and 4 pm (closed on Tuesday)
    • Ages 4+
    • Explore various biology themes in a fun a creative way
    • Located on the 1st floor
  • “Cooking Lab”
    • Daily at 11:45 am and 2:30 pm (closed on Tuesday)
    • Ages 4+
    • Hands-on activities with cooking in relation to health and the body
    • Located on the 1st floor

A full monthly calendar can be found at! 

Babies and Tots at EdVenture 

I was very impressed by all of the thoughtful features throughout the museum for even the littlest of littles! For starters, the museum is well-planned out making it easy to maneuver strollers to and from the exhibits. There is also an elevator located in the middle of the museum that is large enough for the whole family – strollers and all!

On the second floor, in “My Backyard” (the area for those under 3 years old), there is a cozy nursing room complete with a rocking chair, bookshelf, and dark, retractable curtains. 

Eddie’s Cafe

On the first floor, to the right of the main entrance, you can enjoy a fresh lunch or quick snacks. The cafe has a decent-sized menu and serves things such as pizza, sub sandwiches, salads, and a variety of grilled items as well as beverages. No outside food is allowed within the museum. 

EdVenture Children’s Museum Exhibits

More than nine different areas with endless amounts of learning and exploration can be found at EdVenture. We will walk you through each level of the museum and let you know what to expect as you wander around with your kids! 

On the main level of EdVenture you’ll find the majority of the museum’s exhibits.  

EdVenture grocery store for kids

World of Work 

What do you want to be when you grow up? A firefighter? How about a farmer? Or maybe even a chef? You can try it all throughout this exhibit! “World of Work” takes up the majority of the main level of EdVenture.

Your children can climb into a 24 foot life-size fire truck, flash the lights and even create their own fire escape plan. Across from the firetruck, you will find a dairy and produce farm. Here, your children can “milk” a cow, harvest vegetables, climb onto a tractor and collect fruits from the fruit trees to send to the grocery store.

Farm at EdVenture

Next, make a “grocery list” and send your littles out on an errand – the Neighborhood Market is always a popular place to be! With small shopping carts, 2 check-out lanes, and realistic foods and goods, your family is sure to have a fun time playing pretend.

Be sure to also check out the Little Spot Diner (situated right outside of the grocery store) and let your kids make you a delicious meal. My favorite thing about “World of Work” is watching my kid’s creativity and imagination come to life in these real-world settings sized just right for them!

Eddie exhibit at EdVenture in Columbia, SC
Eddie at EdVenture in Columbia, SC


You can’t miss him, he’s the world’s largest child measuring in at over 40 feet tall with a heart weighing over 500 pounds! Eddie is his name and he will help teach your children all about body organs and their functions!

You can climb up a set of stairs that will take you into his stomach, intestines, heart, and brain. Eddie is the perfect combination of fun and education as his insides are set up like a jungle gym, but with realistic organs – You can hear his beating heart, the electricity inside of his brain as well as his stomach growling when you listen carefully.

As you make your way up, take a tunnel slide back down to his large shoes (which are each about the size of a car, might I add), and start your exploration again! I love that Eddie opens up a door for parents and caregivers to talk to and teach their children about the wonderful things our bodies can do at such an age-appropriate level. 

The News Room 

Has your child ever wanted to be on TV? If so, head on over to the “News Room.” Here, your child can pretend to be a news anchor or even a producer. With realistic equipment and large TV screens to look up at, this exhibit is sure to be a treat. Be mindful that to get here, you will have to go up a small flight of stairs! 

EdVenture vet

Wags & Whiskers

Get ready to put your children’s pet care abilities to the test! In this area, they will be able to care for a variety of different animals with x-rays, grooming and veterinary tools, and basic pet care needs. Wags & Whiskers teaches your child how to care for the health of their pets through interactive play.

Biolab at EdVenture

Let your child explore their inner scientist in the Biolab, designed to teach kids about biomedical science in a fun way! With teaching laboratories, this exhibit and programming is geared toward kids ages 5 – 14 to spark a lifelong interest in the biomedical field.

Cooking Lab at EdVenture

Enjoy cooking and preparing real food in the Cooking Lab, all while learning about the body, how nutrition is important, and tie all the information together with what is taught in the Biolab.

Outdoor Fun at EdVenture

The outdoor area at EdVenture is made up primarily of water play which is great in the warmer months, but be mindful that your kids may get pretty wet so an extra shirt or full change of clothes isn’t a bad idea! There are also several tricycles and a small, model airplane in this area that kids can climb into and “fly.” 

Seasonal Exhibit

The seasonal exhibit changes frequently to match whatever is going on during…well, each season! EdVenture often has holiday characters such as Santa and the Easter Bunny set up here. You will also find holiday-specific activities, education on different cultural and traditional beliefs, and goodies throughout the year! 

Fly an Airplane on the Second Floor of EdVenture 

The second level of the museum is home to all things science, engineering, and technology, but with a closed-off room dedicated to the tiniest explorers. 


This part of the museum is full of flight simulators and educational, hands-on displays that teach children about gravity, the solar system, and how/why some things can take flight while others can’t.

My son’s favorite part of this exhibit is the Boeing 757 cockpit where you can sit in the pilot’s seat, explore the gears, and look out of the windshield at a view of the city.

In this area, you can also create and launch your own paper airplane, climb and play in a rocket ship, read interesting facts about aeronautics, and learn to fly in the Boeing 777 flight simulators. 

Maker Works 

In this area, your children will be able to create and build. In the “Open Make” center, there are several recycled materials where your kids can cut, glue, fold and color their own creations. There are also several different styles of blocks that can be found – magnetic, large Legos, KAPLA blocks, waffle blocks, etc. that will put your child’s problem-solving and engineering skills to the test!

This part of the museum is best suited for children 5-10 years old, however, with extra assistance, younger children might also be able to engage in some of the play (especially with the building blocks). 

My Backyard exhibit at EdVenture

My Backyard

Strictly reserved for children 3 years old and younger, here you will find tons of toddler and baby-safe play! There is a treehouse-styled jungle gym, a boat where kiddos can dress up in rain boots and large yellow jackets, puzzles, soft play mats, a ball pit, and several ways to meet the sensory needs of your tots!

As mentioned before, there is also a nursing area and large, family-style restroom within. 

Party Room at EdVenture

Looking for the perfect place to host a birthday party? You might want to check out the EdVenture party room! Parties are $300 for non-members and $260 for members. The birthday packages come with several incentives including all-day admission for 35 guests, discounts in the gift shop, downloadable party invitations, 90-minute private party, and more! You can visit the EdVenture Birthday page to check for dates and find out more. 

Visit EdVenture: Columbia ,SC

211 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Monday, Wednesday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Closed Tuesday

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Enjoy Some All-American, Bat-Cracking Fun at Founders Park: USC Gamecock Baseball

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Have you been to Founders Park to cheer on the Gamecock Baseball team yet? Spring is here and that can only mean one thing – it’s baseball season in Columbia, South Carolina! Time to load up on peanuts, cracker jacks, and wholesome, all-American family fun! My family and I love to cheer on the Gamecocks and I’ve got all you need to know on how to make your trip to Founders Park a homerun.

Bring the kids to Founders Park for a SC Gamecocks Baseball game.

The 2023 regular season will end with a home game against Tennessee on May 20th. This leaves you plenty of time between now and then to go enjoy some strikes, steals, and fast pitches! 

Catch a Game at Founders Park: USC Baseball 

In 2010 and 2011, the USC Baseball team won back-to-back National Championships, awarding them tons of national popularity and an even larger fan base.  

Founders Park, home of the Gamecock baseball team, is a standout ballpark that seats just over 8,000 fans! It is not super uncommon for the stadium to completely sell out, especially for big SEC matchups. Founders Park is known for being one of the most attended college baseball stadiums in the nation – WOW! 

Founders Park is beautiful.

A Playground in the Stadium 

Situated near first base, right behind “The Berm”, you will find the Hay Fant Sparks Jr. Playground. And let me just tell you, kids LOVE it here! There are several climbing structures and slides that make it the perfect place to allow your children to get their wiggles out before, during, or even after the game. 

During the day, the playground is well shaded providing kiddos a nice break from the “famously hot” spring and summer sun. Have no fear, the playground is even lit for night games! 

Kids play at the playground at Founders Park

“The Berm” – Grassy Hill Seating at Founders Park 

We can’t talk about Founders Park without mentioning “The Berm”. This is a grassy hillside next to right field that is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This area is super popular for families with little ones, especially those who like to take advantage of the playground. 

If you plan to sit here, be sure to bring a blanket to spread out on. It might even be a good idea to bring a baseball glove or two…who knows, you could get lucky and catch a foul ball! 

At a recent game, my family and I chose to sit here and it was great for being able to walk my son to and from the playground and back to our blanket, all while being able to keep (somewhat) of an eye on the game. Since my youngest isn’t quite big enough to enjoy the play area, sitting on the hill also allowed her to move around and explore a bit – a big win for everyone! 

Enjoy a USC Gamecocks Baseball game

Where Can I Find USC Baseball Tickets? 

You can either purchase tickets at the stadium or online. The best way to manage online tickets is by downloading the “Gameday App”. Here you will be able to not only manage mobile tickets, but also stay updated on scores, schedules, important news, buy merchandise, and more for ALL Gamecock sports. 

Ticket prices vary greatly depending on the opponent, day of the week, game time, etc. In general, SEC rivalry games will be a bit more pricey. As always, the earlier you plan and purchase your tickets, the better chance you have at finding more budget-friendly options. 

Ballgame Tips 

Here are a few things to be aware of before heading to a USC ballgame: 

  • Clear bag policy 
  • No outside food/drinks
  • No umbrellas 
  • No strollers 

Founders Park 
431 Williams Street 

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30+ Perfect Ways to Spend Spring Break: Columbia, SC

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Trying to plan the perfect activities for your kids during Spring Break in Columbia, SC? Feel like you’ve already done everything there is to do? Whether you’re looking for outdoor activities, indoor events, ideas for staying at-home, or unique adventures, Columbia has it all! So, if you’re wondering how to keep your kids entertained AND give them a memorable Spring Break, we’ve got a long list of fantastic ideas for you!  

Spring Break for public schools in Richland County is April 8th to April 15th, 2023. Spring break for schools in Lexington County varies by district. Check with your district for dates.

Be sure to check out our list of FREE things to do around Columbia for more fantastic, budget-friendly ideas! 

Outdoor Things to do for Spring Break 

Spring Break is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors! Here in Columbia, it’ll start heating up fast so enjoy the fresh air, nice temperatures, and cool breeze while you can. 

Play at a new playground

There are SO MANY great playgrounds around our beautiful city for you and your family to enjoy. Maybe head out and explore one you’ve never been to and burn off some of that never-ending energy. We’ve got a whole list of our favorite parks and playgrounds just for you! 

Parks and Playgrounds in Columbia, SC

Spring break is the perfect time to explore a new playground.

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Visit the Zoo

Have you heard that the brand new Aquarium & Reptile Conservation Center officially opened at the beginning of March? If you haven’t been able to check it out yet, we highly recommend giving it a shot! You can even feed the giraffes, ride the carousel, give the ropes course a try, or stroll through the gardens – there are so many options at Riverbanks! 

Here’s everything you should know about visiting Riverbanks Zoo with the kids!

Plan a hike

Family Hiking Trails in Columbia, SC

Looking to get a little adventurous? We’ve put together a list of great hiking trails! Whether you’re looking for paved trails, natural terrains, or even playgrounds that have trails included nearby! 


Interact with animals at a petting zoo

Columbia is home to several petting zoo farms! We have had the opportunity to go to several of them and this is an activity that both of my kids always LOVE! Here are a few of our favorites: 

Have a picnic

There is just something so sweet about packing up a delicious lunch, cozy blanket, a few balls or games to keep the kids entertained, and heading out for a picnic! Just about every playground will have picnic tables or green spaces to spread out on, but if you’re looking for something a little different, we recommend heading to the Columbia Riverwalks

The majority of the riverwalks are paved, well-manicured, and give great views of the river. My son loves to bring his bike along and cruise along until we find the perfect picnic spot.

One of my family’s absolute favorite “family date” ideas is to go play at Carraway Park, then walk right across the street to the West Columbia Riverwalk, have a picnic along the river, and get some extra steps in. It makes for a super fun day…and the kids are usually exhausted afterward – parental WIN! 

Head to a baseball game

Both the USC Gamecocks baseball team and the Fireflies will be having baseball games during Spring Break!

Segra Park baseball
  • Fireflies play Augusta: April 7th at 7 pm
  • Fireflies play Augusta: April 8th at 6 pm
  • USC plays LSU: April 7th at 7 pm
  • USC plays LSU: April 8th at 12 pm
  • USC plays USC Upstate: April 11th at 7 pm

Go on a weekend or day trip

Want to plan a quick trip during break? Charleston, SC is about a 2-hour drive from Columbia. It is a great place full of kid-friendly activities such as: the South Carolina Aquarium, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, North Charleston Fire Museum, or the Patriots Point Naval Museum.  

Check out this list of kid-friendly vacation rentals in Charleston, SC from our sister site.

You could even head to the upstate and explore Greenville or Spartanburg. Visit the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, stroll through Falls Park, or try one of these super fun things to do in Downtown Greenville.

Just under 2 hours away, Charlotte, NC is another great place to go. You could try to catch a minor league baseball game at Truist Field, explore the Nascar Hall of Fame, or even learn something new at the Discovery Place Science Museum

Things to do Indoors During Spring Break 

While we hope to have beautiful, spring weather during break, Mother Nature might have other ideas. The good news is, there are TONS of indoor places to have fun around the Midlands! 

Jump at a trampoline park

There’s nothing quite like a good ole’ trampoline park to completely wear your kids out, am I right? Even if you’ve got younger tots at home, several of these trampoline parks offer toddler jump times just for them!

Be sure to check out our list of the best trampoline parks in Cola! 

Go see a movie

It might seem a little old-fashioned, but heading out to a good movie paired with buttery popcorn and your favorite candy is the perfect way to spend your spring break! We’ve put together a list of our favorite theaters just for our readers. You’ll even find an added bonus on how to make going to the theaters a bit more budget-friendly! 

Play at Glow Dragon

Glow Dragon is located just northeast of Columbia in Elgin, SC. They have A LOT to offer! Here you can play indoor glow putt-putt, test your luck in an escape room, axe throw, and more. 

Head to EdVenture

EdVenture is a two-story children’s museum full of exhibits that offer hands-on learning, STEM, pretend play stations, and much more. 

Learn something new at the SC State Museum

The SC State Museum is a must-see! Your children will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of things pertaining to South Carolina history. From wars to dinosaur fossils and everything in between, there is a lot to see and discover here! 

Go to an event at the library

This is an activity that my family and I do frequently! The Richland County library system does a fantastic job at scheduling their calendar FULL of fun events for children of all ages! They’ve got teen game nights, school-aged crafting, and story time just to name a few. 

Not interested in an event? That’s okay, too! Another great thing about the libraries around town is that they are full of puzzles, games, scavenger hunts, unique building blocks, you name it, that are always available to the public.  

Children's Area in Richland County Libraries

Enjoy a sweet, tasty treat

Take your kids out for a special sweet treat to celebrate Spring Break! There’s not much better than a yummy ice cream or snow cone on a warm day with no school! 

Score a strike at bowling

There are PLENTY of bowling alleys in our great city, but my personal favorite is The Grand on Main. Here, you can eat a delicious restaurant meal, enjoy a boutique bowling experience, and then maybe stroll around downtown Main Street or venture over to the State House!  

Family bowling at The Grand in Columbia, SC

Test your luck at an escape room

If you’ve never done an escape room, now is the perfect time to give one a try! You’ll get 60-minutes to work as a team and break the mystery to “escape” from the room. There are several escape rooms throughout Columbia, here are a few we’d recommend:

Go Skating

Feeling nostalgic? Load up the fam and head to a skate rink

Create art at The Mad Platter

With over 500 ceramic pieces to choose from, at The Mad Platter, your kids can have a blast creating their own masterpiece. They’ll get to choose their piece then decorate it all on their own. All you’ll have to do is return in a few days to pick-up their artwork. Walk-ins are accepted here! 

Spring Break Camps in Columbia

Columbia Museum of Art, Spring It On! Spring Workshop: Kids 4-7 can attend this 3-day workshop where they will explore animals, plants and habitats through art in the museum, then get some time to create their own art.

The workshop runs from 9 am to 12 pm from April 11th -13th, 2023.
Cost is $120 or $96 for members.

Columbia Museum of Art, Bowled Over Spring workshop: Kids 8 -12 can attend a 3 day workshop learning techniques for hand-building bowls, and other clay vessels.

The workshop runs from 9 am to 12 pm from April 11th – 13th, 2023

Spring Break Camp at the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center

Two week-long spring break camp options to choose from.

EdVenture Children’s Museum Spring Break Camp is April 10th-14th, 2023

  • Ages 4-5, Claws and Paws
  • Ages 6 -7, Express Yourself
  • Ages 8-10, Full Steam Ahead

Camp runs from 9 am to 3 pm, with early drop-off and extended day options.

Unique Spring Break Ideas That Will Have Your Child Talking About it Forever 

Shopping basket fill-up

You might have seen this trend floating around on social media, but if not, we’ll give you a quick run-down. Basically, you’ll take your kiddo to their favorite store and let them carry around a shopping basket. Whatever they can fit inside of the basket AND carry throughout the store on their own, you will commit to buying. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking, A LOT can go wrong here. What if your child puts an expensive electronic into the basket? Well, that’s where you will have to set a few boundaries based on your child’s age and interests. Maybe tell them everything HAS to come from the toy or clothing isles, no 1 item can be over a certain price, set a silly time limit of just 3 or 4 minutes, etc. 

“Yes” Day

Exactly as it sounds…a day that you say “yes” to all of your children(s) requests. This idea became popular after the movie “Yes Day” was released in 2021. Don’t be scared, it’s really not as bad as it seems! 

There are some boundaries and rules that can (and should) still be placed. However, the main idea is that you let your kid lead the day. Maybe set a budget for the day, a distance you’re willing to travel, and be clear that nothing can be unsafe or result in lengthy consequences (like buying a pet, for example).

If a full day of saying “yes” still seems daunting, cap it at just a few hours or as a morning/afternoon activity. Do whatever works best for your family! 

Go Geocaching, the modern-day treasure hunt

“X” marks the spot, only in this game, you’ll have some help from a trusty GPS. Geocaching is a modern day treasure hunt mainly done using apps on your phone. Richland County has set up a geocaching adventure.

You’ll download a “Drains Aren’t Dumps” passport, learn how to keep our waterways clean, view some art throughout downtown, and hunt for treasure! Wholesome fun for the whole family, give it a try! 

What to do At-Home for Spring Break 

We get it, it’s not always feasible to load everyone up and go somewhere to do something fun, especially not every day.

Here are a few unique ways you can keep your kiddos entertained around the house: 

  • Build a fort 
  • Play in the sprinklers outside 
  • Bake something together 
  • Plant flowers/vegetables  
  • Do a puzzle 
  • Go on a bike ride 
  • Draw, paint, color pictures, and mail them to relatives 
  • Make lemonade 
  • “Camp” in the backyard 
  • Complete a science experiment 
  • Play a board game 
  • Do some spring cleaning 
  • Read a book 

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Take Your Family Out to the Ballgame: Columbia Fireflies Baseball at Segra Park

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Do you have any baseball fans in your family? Have you ever been to a Columbia Fireflies baseball game at Segra Park? In this mom review of a Fireflies game with kids, we’ll tell you all about this Certified Sensory Inclusive ballpark where your family can enjoy a lively baseball game, engage in fun, family-friendly promotions, and have the chance to get free Fireflies gear.

Columbia Fireflies games are an excellent way to spend quality time with your family and friends and we’ve got all you need to know to plan the perfect night out at the ballfield! 

Purchase individual game tickets now for the 2023 home games at Segra Park! The 2023 season will kick off with a home game on April 6th. The last regular season home game is scheduled for September 3, 2023 – giving you plenty of time to enjoy a day out at the ballfield.

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10 Tips & Tricks For the Best Zoo Day at Riverbanks Zoo: Columbia, SC

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Are you planning a trip to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC? Some call it the Riverbank Zoo, some call it the Columbia Zoo, no matter what you call it, we know you’ll enjoy a trip to this popular zoo in South Carolina. With over 2,000 animals spread across 170-acres there is so much to explore, learn and do! We will share all of our tips, what to expect, and how to prepare for your day of wild, memorable fun at this awesome zoo in Columbia.

Riverbanks Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is made up of two large sections. You have the zoo side and then you have the botanical gardens side. This is where Waterfall Junction, the popular splash pad and play space, is located. It’s so cool, that we have a whole other article focused just on the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens and Waterfall Junction.

This article includes:
How Much Time Do I Need to Visit Riverbanks Zoo?
Tips and Tricks: Visiting the zoo in Columbia, SC
When is the best time to visit Riverbanks Zoo?
Riverbanks Zoo Map: Getting around
What should I bring to the Riverbanks Zoo?
Can you feed animals at the zoo in Columbia?
What other rides and attractions are at Riverbanks Zoo?
Can I bring food and snacks to the Riverbanks Zoo?
Special Events at Columbia’s Zoo
What is Bridge to the Wild?
The New Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Aquarium & Reptile Conservation Center


Saluda Shoals Park: Outdoor Family Fun in Columbia, SC

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Are you thinking about a visit to Saluda Shoals Park? If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the great outdoors, have some fun on the Saluda River or explore awesome play areas with your kids, Saluda Shoals is the place for you! Saluda makes for the perfect day trip activity or even a wonderful place to spend a few extra hours out of the house. We’ve got all you need to know about things to do, our favorite places to go within the park, and events you won’t want to miss out on!  

Things to do at Saluda Shoals in Columbia, SC

This article includes:
Admission to Saluda Shoals
Leo’s Landing Playground at Saluda Shoals
Saluda Shoals Splash Pad
Swim in the Saluda River
Trails at Saluda Shoals
Kayak and Canoe at Saluda Shoals: Rentals available
River Tubing at Saluda Shoals
More Things to Do at Saluda Shoals
Summer Camps at Saluda Shoals


Play Pickleball, Enjoy Open Green Spaces, and Relax in Nature at Woodland Park in Columbia, SC

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Have you ever been to Woodland Park in Columbia, SC? With the warmer weather rolling in, Woodland Park is a great place to get some fresh air, enjoy the sunshine, and let your kiddos burn off some energy. Woodland Park features a huge playground, large open green spaces, a walking trail, pickleball and tennis courts, and is even dog-friendly. My family and I recently took a trip here and I think we found a new staple to add into our playground rotation – it’s THAT good! 

The playground at Woodland Park in Columbia, SC

Enjoy Nature at Woodland Park 

Just off of Garners Ferry Road, tucked away in the Old Woodlands subdivision, you will find a FANTASTIC park for you and your family to enjoy! Even though we’d consider it a quiet area, you can almost always find a decent amount of kiddos for your children to play with here. Woodland Park is surrounded by trees, making it feel a little less like the hustle and bustle of city-life and a bit more relaxing as you enjoy nature all around. 

Reasons to Love Woodland Park 

There are so many things to love about Woodland Park, but my family’s absolute favorite thing about going here is the variety of playground equipment. For my 1-year-old, there were small slides, bucket swings, a rocking car, and even some climbing features that she could enjoy. 

There were tons of things for my older son to enjoy as well – big slides, a variety of monkey bars, traditional swings, balancing equipment, and a large climbing structure. There is truly something for ALL ages at Woodland Park! 

Kids playing at Woodland Park in Columbia, SC

Open Ended Green Spaces 

Along with the playground itself, my kids enjoyed playing hide-and-seek in the open green spaces. One part of the green space is filled with trees while the other is more open. Both of these areas would be perfect for sprawling out on a blanket and having a nice picnic! You could also toss a football, blow bubbles, catch a frisbee, or even fly a kite on a breezy day. 

Walking Loop 

Under the shade of the trees you will also find a walking trail that makes a large loop. My family and I took a quick stroll along the path and couldn’t help but notice all of the neat signs of nature. Several of the tree trunks were hollowed out which my son loved to carefully peak inside. We even saw and heard an owl flying around and “hoot-ing” up in the trees! 

The walking path at Woodland Park

Pickleball and Tennis Courts 

Have you given pickleball a try yet? With its new popularity, you might be searching for a nice place to play! At Woodland Park you will find 2 pickleball courts and 5 tennis courts. The courts are all open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Play tennis at Woodland Park in Columbia, SC

A Few More Reasons to Go to Woodland Park

I know we’ve already given you so many great reasons to give Woodland Park a try, but if you’re still not sold, here are a few more: 

  • Several benches 
  • Picnic tables 
  • Dog-friendly 
  • Shade
  • Free little library 
  • Large paved parking lot 
Swings at Woodland Park

More Things to do Near Woodland Park 

Woodland Park is centrally located to several popular Columbia spots! In just under 15-minutes you can be in Five Points where you can find restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping. Maybe even make your way to the University of South Carolina and stroll through the beautiful, well-known “horseshoe.” 

You could also continue your day of fun with a quick drive to EdVenture Children’s Museum. The West Columbia Riverwalk, SC State House, and The Vista are all close by, too. 

Woodland Park
6500 Olde Knight Parkway 

What is your family’s favorite thing about Woodland Park?

Parks and Playgrounds in Columbia, SC

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These are the best parks and playgrounds in Columbia, SC!

Lake Murray Public Park: The Perfect Swimming Spot This Summer in Lexington, SC

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Are you planning a trip to Lake Murray Public Park in Lexington, SC? If you are looking for a family-friendly place to take a swim this summer, Lake Murray might be just the place. At Lake Murray Public Park you’ll find both a beach area and lake swimming access that’s the perfect place to play, then jump in and cool off. We recently visited Lake Murray Public Park and have all the details you need to know from a mom’s perspective.  

Lake Murray Park beach