Things to Do with Kids Over Winter Break

2019 – 2020 School Year’s Winter Break :: Dec. 23 – Jan. 3

Holiday Lights on the River 

In addition to viewing the spectacular light displays, family activities make this event a Must-Do for you and yours. All Holiday Lights activities are offered nightly except Thanksgiving night, Christmas Eve and Christmas night. 

The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show!

Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Create lasting family memories this year at Holiday Lights on the River.

Holiday Lights Activities
Fun-filled family activities will be offered every night except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Visitors can:
• Slide down the winter wonder ride tube slide
• Ride the Hayride or the Saluda Shoals train through the lights
• Walk the lighted trail to the Wetland and enjoy a laser light show
• Make a craft
• Visit Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop
• Roast marshmallows
• Visits and photos with Santa Dec. 13–23 only!
Nominal fees ($1-$10) for activities with Holiday Lights admission.

The Holiday Lights entrance is located at 6071 St. Andrews Road between Wendy’s and Aldi.

More at ICRC.net

North Pole U Winter Break Camp

Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, Jan. 2, 3. North Pole U is a holiday day camp for children in K-6th grade. Daily activities include crafts, organized games, social time and field trips. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Children must bring a lunch. Registration: Nov. 12 – Dec. 14. Held at Crooked Creek Park and Seven Oaks Park. To register, call 803-345-6181 (Crooked Creek in Chapin) or 803-772-3336 (Seven Oaks in St. Andrews) during registration period or go to icrc.net.

Winter Break Camp – Northwest Family YMCA

December 23 – January 3 (No care on December 24, 25, 31 or January 1)
Times: Drop off 7-9 am and pick-up 4:30-6 pm Let your child (ages 5 – 12) join the Y for Winter Break camp while school is out! Your child will participate in fun themed activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and games to keep them active and engaged during their time off. Lunch is included in the weekly cost. You’ll want to pack a refillable water bottle, swim gear, and morning/afternoon snacks. Held at 1501 Kennerly Rd, Irmo, SC 29063 | 803.407.8007 | northwestinfo@columbiaymca.org Cost: $120 for members/$160 for non-members per week Register here.

Winter Break Camp – Jeep Rogers YMCA

December 23 – January 3 (No care on December 24, 25, 31 or January 1)
Times: Drop off 7-9 am and pick-up 4:30-6 pm Let your child (ages 5 – 12) join the Y for Winter Break camp while school is out! Your child will participate in fun themed activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and games to keep them active and engaged during their time off. Lunch is included in the weekly cost. You’ll want to pack a refillable water bottle, swim gear, and morning/afternoon snacks. Held at 900 Lake Carolina Dr, Columbia, SC 29229 | 803.451.8439 | jeeprogersinfo@columbiaymca.org Cost: $120 for members/$160 for non-members per week Register here.

Winter Break Camps at SC State Museum

Dec. 20, 23, 26, 27 and Mon-Fri Dec 30 – Jan 3. The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is excited to offer camps during Winter Break for children aged 6 – 12 years old. Each day will focus on a different subject matter and even includes a special Polar Express Day! Call 803-898-4999 to register or email questions to camps@scmuseum.org.

Winter Break Camp at EdVenture Children’s Museum

EdVenture Children’s Museum’s winter camp is back with 2 exciting weeks of camp for your camper! Winter camp is offered to children ages 4-10, and offers multiple camp sessions so that your camper can participate in activities they enjoy most! More here.

Letter Write-In at Columbia Museum of Art

Thursday Dec. 26 :: 2pm – 5pm. Drop in for an afternoon devoted to the art of letter writing. We have stationery, writing implements, typewriters, envelopes, and more. Bring along your addresses, stamps, and any other supplies you’d like to use. Vive la snail mail! Great for writing thank-you notes for holiday gifts received. More here.

Craft & Wrap: Easy DIY Gifts for Teens

Monday December 23 :: 3pm – 4:30pm

Tap into your crafty side and keep your holiday season budget-friendly with simple DIY gifts. Join us in making one-of-a-kind pom pom coasters, wire bracelets, and tassel keychains! Richland Library Sandhills. Registration opens Nov. 23. More here.

Snowflakes & Bubbly

Tuesday December 31 :: 3pm – 4:30pm

Ring in the new year in the Teen Center at Richland Library Main! We’re making intricate paper snowflakes and enjoying sparkling juice and refreshments to celebrate the arrival of 2020. More here.

City of Columbia’s Holiday Ice

Unfortunately for Columbia’s ice skaters, there will not be a Holiday Ice this year.

Get Outside! Congaree National Park

Boardwalk Loop Trail
Round Trip Distance: 2.4 miles

The boardwalk begins on a bluff at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center with an elevated section that leads down into the old-growth bottomland hardwood forest. A variety of different tree species can be observed including bald cypress and tupelo trees in the lowest elevations. Loblolly pines, oaks, maples and holly can also be observed. The boardwalk has benches along the way and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Pick up the Self-guided Boardwalk Tour brochure at the Visitor Center before beginning your walk to learn more about the the natural and cultural history of Congaree. Park website here.

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