Welcome to your Kid-Friendly Columbia Weekend!

By Trinessa Dubas

So, the kids are all out of school and you don’t have an idea or a clue, but you have to find something entertaining and fun for them to do. Keep reading on, I’ve got some good news for you.

Surely, if you have been keeping up with this blog you have noticed that most my posts are things for the grown folk to do and save while having the time of their lives. However, this week I’m leaning more on kid-friendly. Go grab your kids, nieces, godchildren and nephews! This second week of June is perfect for you.

We all know it’s hot outside and kids are probably still hyped. First thing I want you to do is settle yourself before you get started with the family. Take a grown up break and then bring on the kids.This Wednesday (6/11), may I suggest a stop in at the Art Bar?

Most of Columbia knows Art Bar as a late night venue, but they have started opening their doors earlier for Happy Hour. This week Linda’s Karaoke will be in the house. For those of us that already know, I’ll just repeat. Linda’s karaoke has been voted best in Columbia more than once! So drop in after work and sing until you drop. There will be drink specials starting at 5. Art Bar 1211 Park St

I had to get the grown up thing to do out of the way. Now, over on the other end of downtown (Forest Acres) there is a farmers market happening. Don’t sleep on the ability to save money, have a good time AND eat well.  Every Wednesday until fall Forest Acres Farmer’s Market will be happening on the rooftop of Richland Fashion Mall. There are now tents, so rain or shine folks will be vending. 3-7p.

How much fun would it be to go on a moolight walk through the cemetery and hear stories of South Carolina’s past?  

Ooooohh ( my best ghost impression). Thursday (6/12) grab your flashlight and head over to Elmwood Cemetery and Gardens 501 Elmwood Ave for Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tour.There are two family friendly shows. Before dark catch the 7:30 tour and after dark catch the 8 or 8:30 tour and discuss the lives and tombstones of some of Columbia’s most notorious and prominent citizens from the 19th and 20th century. $12 for adults $6 for children. Email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call 252-1770 ext 23.

Friday, Friday, Friday. Don’t we just love Friday?  This week (6/13) Riverfront Park 312 Laurel St is continuing it’s summer movie series with a showing of Madagascar 3. Show starts at 8:30 bring the whole family. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Arrive early for face painting and games. FREE

Let Saturday (6/14) be the day you cool off and really unwind.  Saluda Shoals Park (5605 Bush River Rd.) is having its annual celebration. There will be boating and tubing, as well as, vending and food. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 day of event. The fun begins at 10a and slows down by 3p. Get out and grab some sun!

Also on Saturday(6/14) Finlay Park (930 Laurel St) is hosting its Summer Concert Series.

Every Saturday a different family-friendly band plays. This weeks headliner is Orquestra Mayor. I have to be honest I have not heard the band, but I trust Columbia. Karaoke idol will also be happening with a cash prize going to top winners. So if you can carry a tune, I say go for it. Grab a few extra dollars for next week (you gotta think ahead boo!). Picnic material is accepted. You know blankets, lawn chairs and “coolers”. FREE.FREE.FREE

Those of you who know me know there is no child that truly belongs to me, but Trinessa luh da kids (transl. Trinessa loves children) and I have a family full. I may or may not grab one or two and make some memories. You, however, YOU have no choice. Grab those babies and make your way around town. Let them run loose and tire their asses out! (makings of a better evening with the spouse). And if you happen to see me with or without…shout me out!!
Honey, I’ll see ya!

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