20+ Activities & Winter Camps: Columbia, SC (2023) Winter Break Bucket List

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Is your family ready for winter break in Columbia, SC? It’s almost that time. The kids will be home and looking for things to do. After all those Christmas cookies are eaten and the presents have been opened, what will do to make winter break fun and relaxing? We have some ideas, of course! We made this winter break bucket list, full of things to do over winter break in Columbia, SC!

Winter break in Columbia, SC

This article includes:
Columbia’s Winter Break Bucket List
2023 Winter Camps for Kids in Columbia

Things to Do Over Winter Break

  1. Go Bowling. It’s old-fashioned family fun and you can’t go wrong. Try one of these bowling alleys in Columbia, SC.
  2. Do the Zoo. It may sound obvious, but Columbia’s zoo, Riverbanks Zoo, should not be overlooked. It’s full of fun and education any day of the year.
  3. See Christmas Lights, head out on a driving tour of amazing Christmas homes in Columbia. FREE
  4. Jump at a trampoline park.
  5. Take a walk. Pull on your hat and head to Cayce Riverwalk or any of Columbia’s Riverwalks. FREE
  6. Go for a hike! Try one of these hiking trails near Columbia, SC.
  7. Make art! Paint some pottery or paint a picture or sign. Try one of these places to make art in Columbia.
  8. Drive through the lights at Saluda Shoals Holiday Lights on the River.
  9. Visit Leo’s Landing for some playground fun!
  10. Visit the library. Get a book or attend a story time for special event. FREE The Richland County libraries have everything from free family movie nights to teen video game nights and family craft events during winter break.
  11. Get the kids outside! Visit Carraway Park for some fun FREE playground fun! Or try any one of these extra fun parks and playgrounds in Columbia, SC.
  12. Take the kids out for hot chocolate or enjoy a coffee and a treat at one of these fantastic coffee shops in Columbia, SC.
  13. Hit the road for some snow tubing fun. Head up to North Carolina for snow tubing fun!
  14. Try an escape room! Gather the family and see if you can solve the puzzles and escape! Escape Rooms near Columbia
  15. Go ice skating! Where can you ice skate in Columbia? Flight Adventure Park in Irmo offers indoor ice skating year-round!
  16. Safari Time! Visit Eudora Farms for a drive-thru safari, plus a petting zoo and more!
  17. Catch a holiday movie at Regal Cinemas for just $5.
    • December 16th, 2023: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    • December 17th, 2023: The Polar Express
    • December 23rd, 2023: The Grinch
  18. Make dinner easy! Grab a family meal deal or check out these kids eat free deals.
  19. Put a bounce house in the yard for the kids! You can stay home and the kids will have a blast. Here’s where you can rent a bounce house in Columbia, SC.
  20. Visit EdVenture Children’s Museum.
  21. Learn something new and awesome at the SC State Museum.
  22. Get some local produce, meats, dairy, jams or baked goods at Columbia’s Farmers Markets.
Cows at Eudora Farm
Cows at Eudora Farms
Winter Activities to Do in Columbia, SC

Find all the winter fun in our Columbia, SC Winter Guide

Winter Break Camps (2023) in Columbia, SC

YMCA Winter Camp

  • December 18- 22, 2023 (Northwest Y), December 26-29, 2023 (Northwest and Jeep Rogers- No care on the 25th), January 2 -5, 2024 (Jeep Rogers)
  • At Northwest (Irmo) and Jeep Rogers (Lake Carolina)
  • Sports, arts and crafts, swimming, and lots more!
  • Register for YMCA Winter Camp Online

Riverbanks Zoo Winter Camp

Tennis Camp

  • December 18-21, 2023
  • Topspin Racquet Club
  • Full-day and half-day options
  • A festive tennis experience
  • Topspin Tennis Camp

Carolina Crossfire Cheer

  • December 20th, 2023 from 8 am to 5 pm
  • Ages 4 and up
  • Cheer, gymnastics, crafts and games
  • Cheer Crossfire Camp

Carolina Gymnastics Winter Wonder Wonderland Camp

  • December 27 – 29, 2023, 9 am to 12 pm
  • Carolina Gymnastics
  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Gymnastics, games, open play
  • Carolina Gymnastics Camp

STEM for Kids Winter Camp

More Things to Do Over Winter Break: Indoor Guide

The weather is blah, and you’re still bored? Check out our HUGE Indoor Guide to Columbia, SC. It’s full of ideas for fun and learning the whole family will enjoy!

Indoor Guide to Columbia, SC

About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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