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After School in Columbia

Sylvan Learning of the Midlands

SPONSORED 803.741.0999 | 2 locations, Columbia & Irmo, SC

Looking for real solutions to help your child reach their full academic potential? Sylvan provides proven results! Our 45 years of experience as the leading provider of personalized learning helps us transform how students learn using our proven methods, technology, and engaging learning experiences in just a few hours each week. Whether your child needs to catch up, keep up, or get ahead, Sylvan is the best choice for real results.

Tired of homework struggles, low test scores, questionable grades, or underachievement? Sylvan supports your child to grow their skills, improve their grades, and increase their confidence – resulting in better attitudes about school and learning! Our tutors know how to engage and motivate students, so they actually enjoy coming to tutoring. And Sylvan’s enrichment programs provide the challenges needed for good students to become motivated to achieve more!

Families are supported each step of the way with great communication and progress updates. Collaboration with students’ teachers at school helps to achieve the common goal of academic success. Flexible schedules and payment options make Sylvan a great fit for most families.
Sylvan parents often say that they wished they had started coming to Sylvan sooner! Don’t wait. Call Sylvan today for real results!

Gamechangers @ River's Edge Retreat

Our mission is empowering children for greatness through amazing programs, enriching faith and providing essential support for families in the Midlands. We host a summer camp and afterschool program.

Sylvan Learning Center of the Midlands

This summer, have a blast learning at Sylvan Summer Camps! Learning and fun are an all-in-one package with Sylvan’s Academic and STEM camps! Our camps engage the mind with the best teaching methods, make learning exciting, and provide social interaction with collaborative learning. There’s something for everyone! Sylvan Learning Center also offers homework help and tutoring services.

The official training center of Ann Brodies Carolina Ballet. CDE offers dance classes year round for infants through adults in styles such as ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. Morning/mid-day homeschool classes also available.

Saxa Gotha Presbyterian Child Development Center

803.359.2058 | 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexingtong, SC

Saxa Gotha Presbyterian Child Development Center has preschool classes and programs for children ages 2 through 4. There’s also an Afterschool Program for kindergartners through 5th graders.

Tony Thomas Family Karate

803.754.2333 | 130 Fontaine Drive, Columbia, SC

Classes: Tony Thomas Family Karate offers after-school, children’s karate, advanced children’s karate, and teen/adult karate.

Programs are offered on various days of the week in late afternoon/evenings.


Balloonopolis can provide the best entertainment available in the Columbia area with experienced and professional balloon artists, face painters, jugglers, magicians, and so much more.

Big Blue Marble Academy

| 3 Locations, Columbia, SC

  • Programs for infants-4K
  • Before & After School Programs, including pick up from local schools.
  • Summer Camps

Locations in West Columbia, Lexington, and Irmo:

3912 Leaphart Rd, West Columbia
110 Hadleigh Drive, Lexington
101 North Royal Tower Drive, Irmo

Cadence Academy Preschool offers childcare programs, summer camps, and an after school program called “The Clubhouse”. The program schedule can be found on their website.

Childcare Programs for:

  • Infants (6 weeks-1 year)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years old)
  • Early Learners (2-3 years old)
  • Preschool (3-4 years old)
  • Pre-K (4-5 years old)
  • School-Age (5-12 years old)

Locations in Harbison, SC, Lexington, SC and Northeast Columbia, SC:

450 Columbiana Drive, Columbia
5307 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington
1130 Sparkleberry Lane Extension, Columbia

After School Program at Cadence Academy: Includes homework help and free transportation from schools local to each Cadence Academy location

Summer Camp: Full-day summer camp for ages 5 to 12 that offer fun and activities to prepare kids for the next school year.

Classes: Legacy Martial Arts offers classes for young children beginning at age 4, all the way through teens and adults.

Birthday Parties: Legacy Martial Arts birthday parties are fun for all kids, whether they have marital arts experience or not. Parties include some basic instruction as well as activities and all set-up and clean-up.

Summer Camp: Legacy Martial Arts offers a Summer Camp for kids with fun and active educational activities of all kinds.

After School Program: Legacy Martial Arts offers an after school program that provides a positive place for kids to spend time after school.

Four locations: 

5225-C Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC
7579 St. Andrews Road, Irmo, SC
494-4 Town Center Place, Columbia, SC
4711 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC – Suite 10


YMCA of Columbia offers youth sports, after school programs, summer camps, and more. Youth sports include basketball, soccer, volleyball, football, and tennis.

There are sports, games, crafts, swimming and lots more fun to be found at summer camps at the YMCA of Columbia.

  • Jeep Rogers Family YMCA, 900 Lake Carolina Drive, Columbia (Includes camps for preschoolers, traditional camp, teen camps and specialty camps)
  • Northwest Family YMCA, 1501 Kennerly Road, Irmo, SC (Offers traditional camps)
  • Downtown YMCA, 1447 Hampton Street, Columbia (Offers traditional camps)

B-Hive Daycare and Learning Center LLC

B-Hive Daycare and Learning Center LLC offers daycare services, tutoring, summer camps, and after school care. Weekly rates are available on their website.

Incarnation Lutheran Child Development Center

803.256.7456 | 3005 Devine Street, Columbia, SC

The Incarnation Lutheran Child Development Center has preschool programming for children who are 8 weeks old through 4 years old. There’s also an After School Program where students are picked up by the church bus and brought back to the center.

Art Smart Academy

803.667.9912 | 7106 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC

Fine Art and Pottery studio

Classes: Art classes for kids and teens, adult classes, family events, and private art lessons.

Camps: Offers summer art camp, both half-day and full-day, pottery wheel camp, and teen camps.

After School: After-school program with pickup for all District 5 schools. After school helps with homework assistance and math tutoring.

La Petite Academy offers childcare for infants to Kindergarteners. They also offer after school care and summer camps. Transportation to after school is available by contacting your schools director on the website. They have three locations in Columbia.

Mighty Kidz

| 300 Rice Meadow Way, Suite 200, Columbia, SC

Mighty Kidz Services’ ABA Day Program is for 2 to 5 year olds, and is open from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm.

During the day school, students receive the following therapies:

  • Preschool Life Skills Program
  • Individual ABA Therapy
  • Social Skills Group Therapy

The Mighty Kidz Afterschool Program is from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm and is open to school-age kids aged 4 and older. This program will help benefit and support kids already in a school setting with a focus on social interactions and skills, self-advocacy, navigating challenges, and more.

Mighty Kidz Services also offers summer camps.

The After School Zone Academy program offers homework help, outdoor activities, STEM, Yoga, free pickup from 5 schools in the Lexington/Richland district, and more. Find a list of schools they will pick up at on their website.

Trinity Church After School

803.776.9309 | 1501 Hallbrook Drive, Columbia, SC

Trinity Church offers an after school program that includes bible lessons, a hot snack, and homework help. They are open daily until 6 pm. Visit their website to see the school transportation list. They have two locations in Columbia.

Trenholm Road United Methodist Preschool

803.254.9848 | 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC

Trenholm Road United Methodist Preschool has full time programming for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years. They also have an afterschool program for grades 5K through 5th grade.

Shandon Weekday School

803.799.8533 | 607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC

  • Full-Day preschool and childcare for infants through 4K
  • After-school program for 5K-8th grade (year-round or school year only)
  • Full-Day Summer Camp for 5K-8th grade

Summer Discover Camp: Program is a full day from 7 am until 6:30 pm. Kids are divided by grade level and participate in extra mini camps (with no additional charge) like Art, Soccer Shots, Literacy Legends, Sports Superstars, and Clay Sculpting.

Shandon Weekday School also offers an after school program from 2:30 pm to 6 pm during the school year and from 7:30 am to 6 pm during the Summer. To find the bus your child will ride visit their website.

Richland County Recreation Commission offers a full-day Summer Mania camp at multiple locations for ages 5-16 that is designed to meet the physical, creative and social needs of kids. A variety of activities are offered including recreational activities, games, arts and crafts, and conservation activities. Camp is offered Mondays – Fridays. Check out their website for times and cost based on age group and length of stay each day. They also offer an after school program for children ages Kindergarten to 8th grade. Find a list of location sites on their website.

Classes: Recreational youth sports available include track, basketball, tennis, flag football, soccer, and more. Youth programs begin at age 3.

City of Columbia Parks & Recreation


The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation offers an after school program for children ages 5-12. The program offers recreational activities, academic enrichment, and more. Find a list of their locations on their website.

SC Afterschool Alliance

803.834.4214 | 245 Adams Road, Blythewood , SC

SC Afterschool Alliance offers afterschool care from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday. They serve the Blythewood area. v

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission offers a variety of summer camps offered for all ages and interest at the parks. Check the camp guide for fees, dates, times, and detailed information.  Registration forms should be returned to Crooked Creek Park or Seven Oaks Park. If you want to email your form, call the park for an email address. They also offer an after school program called Safari After School. To find a list of schools that offer this program visit their website below.

Crooked Creek Park @ 803-345-6181

Seven Oaks Park @ 803-772-3336

Sunshine House Summer Camp

The Sunshine House offers childcare, after school care, before school care, and a summer camp for kids. Themes vary and there’s limited space.

Multiple locations in Columbia, SC

Trinity Learning Center

803.254.5819 | 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC

Trinity Learning Center in Columbia, SC offers full day preschool programming for infants through 5-year-olds. They also offer an after school program from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm for children ages Kindergarten through 5th grade.