Columbia Star

Back-to-School Events



• Remington College will hold its 8th annual Cuts for Kids, offering free back-to-school haircuts for students 17 and under, through Thursday, August 31, 607 Bush River Road. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday, 1–3 p.m.; Friday, 1–2 p.m. For appointments, call The Salon at Remington at 803-214-9062. Walk-ins are also welcome.

• Back-to-School Bash, hosted by Molina Healthcare of South Carolina and Wateree Community Action Organization will be held Saturday, August 5, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Charles Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way.

• Hands On Art, simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Ages three to five. Friday, August 15, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Richland Library Northeast, Northeast Meeting Room, 7490 Parklane Road.

• Friday Afternoon Movie—Bring the family, relax, and enjoy a movie together Planes. Free for kids of all ages. Friday, August 15, 2:30–4:40 p.m., Richland Library Main, Lucy Hampton Bostick Auditorium, 1431 Assembly Street.

• Back-to-School Pool Party—Celebrate the beginning of a new school year at the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s Back-to-School Pool Party Friday, August 15, 7–10 p.m. Teens ages 13 to 17 are invited out for an evening of games, food, giveaways, contests, and live entertainment. Appropriate swim attire must be worn for entry. Maxcy Gregg Pool, 1655 Park Circle.

• S.C. Museum Grand Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, August 16, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street. Join the S.C. State Museum in Columbia for a special grand opening celebration and experience the only observatory of its kind in the nation, one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, and the only permanent 4D theater in the state. Guests can also enjoy the museum’s new historical telescope gallery, lobby, and store. Opening along with the new expansion, the museum’s new changing art exhibit, Building a Universe, will feature creations by 15 artists whose work deals with space and the universe, either directly or conceptually. Guests are encouraged to come early because the first 100 people will receive free general admission and other free tickets and great discounts to the museum for an entire year (also known as the museum’s Family Basic Membership). To kick off the day at 9 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and model rockets launched by students attending the Challenger Learning Center. The day will be packed full of entertainment and activities, including a special video message from South Carolina native and TV personality Stephen Colbert, planetarium shows, 4D movies, solar observing, astronomy discussions, new exhibits and galleries, live music, giveaways, balloon art, face painting, and other family-friendly activities.

• Pete the Cat and the New Guy storytime will be held Saturday, August 16, 11 a.m., Barnes and Noble at Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Pete is super excited to meet Gus, the new guy in town. When he realizes how different they are, that makes Gus super cool. This explores the social learning curve of meeting new friends and how acceptance of others can lead to so much fun.

• Guitar Storytime for All Ages will be held Saturday, August 16, 11 a.m., Richland Library Cooper, Cooper Meeting Room, 5317 North Trenholm Road. Guitarist and Suzuki instructor Steve Sloan will lead a special musical storytime.

• City of Columbia’s 2014 Back-to-School Bash will be held Saturday, August 16, 12–5 p.m., Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. The 2014 Back-to-School Bash is a free event for elementary, middle, and high school students. The bash will feature music from recording artist Mike Jay, health screenings courtesy of Walgreens, book bag giveaways, a Health & Fitness Zone, entertainment, fitness challenges, vendors, exhibitors, face painting, and more. The Back-to-School Bash is presented by BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid.

• Richland County Recreation Commission will host “Back to School Bash” Friday August 5, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Ridgewood Park Community Center, 805 Crest Street; Saturday, August 6, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Upper Richland Community Center, 280 Camp Ground Road; Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Cross Roads Community Center/Eastover Park, 1031 Main Street, Eastover; Saturday, August 20, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Perrin- Thomas Park Community Center, 1030 Andrews Road; Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Pine Grove Community Center, 937 Piney Woods Road. Back to School Splash will be held Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Hopkins Park, 150 Hopkins Park, Hopkins; Friday, August 12, 6–8 p.m., Trenholm Park, 3900 Covenant Road; Saturday, August 20, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., St. Andrews Park, 920 Beatty Road.

• Marvel Day with Spider-Man and Captain America: Summertime Series will be held Saturday, August 5, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street.

• Eclipse Day at EdVenture will be held Saturday, August 19, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street. Come mingle with astronaut characters, learn the science behind the solar eclipse, and party on the patio as participants gather together for this rare event. Come early as the first 1,000 visitors get free solar glasses provided by Google. EDDIE’s eyes will be on the sky!

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