Columbia 4 Kids Guide for Families
March 6, 2003   Family Information for the Greater Columbia Area!
We're Hosting A Funfest!!

Come have Fun for a Good Cause will be teaming up with Palmetto Place Children's Emergency Shelter to bring you the First "Caring4Kids" festival in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April). The festival will be held on Sunday, April 6, 1-5pm on St. Andrews Road in Irmo, behind Carolina Wings.

There will be fun for kids of all ages including pony rides, train rides, moonwalks, magic shows, face painting and much more. Proceeds will go to Palmetto Place Children's Emergency Shelter to help in the fight against child abuse.

Funfest Needs You! We're looking for adults and teens who would like to help us make this a grand event! We need some volunteers who would like to assist with rides or before and after festival set-up/clean up. For more information, email us at or see The FunFest 2003 web page. .

Featured Activities

Luck O' the Irish

St. Patrick's Day is a day kids can really get into! Pinching is permitted, green drinks and food are all the rave and Leprechauns are cool creatures! Columbia will host several events to celebrate the day. Some events are just for kids or for the whole family.

The most popular annual event in the Midlands is St. Pat's Day in Five Points held on Saturday, March 15, 2003. A new addition to the festival this year is the 5K race (starting at 8:30 AM) and a 1-mile walk (starting at 8:35 AM). The Children's Carnival will include the Oprah for Kids with performances of "The Three Little Pigs" and "Goldilocks," as well as more family oriented entertainment and amusements. Adult admission is $7.00 and parking will be available in the Harden Street Food Lion parking lot for a $5.00 fee while spaces last.

Local parks and libraries are also providing St. Patrick's Day activities with crafts and costume fun:
Lucky Charms - March 17 at 3:30pm at North Main Branch Library, celebrate St. Patty's day with this fun craft. Create your own little lucky charm to wear home. For ages 8 - 12.
St. Patrick's Day Costume Contest - March 17 at 6:30pm at Eastover Park, 1031 Main St. Dress up for St. Pat's Day and be creative with your costume. There will be treats for all participants. The event is free and open to all ages. Register by March 10. Call 353-7137 for more information.
Bargains Galore

Consignment Sale Shopping

It's time to start thinking about spring clothes for those growing boys and girls. You might even be expecting a new arrival for spring! Don't break the bank- go consignment sale shopping!

Once Upon a Child: Sat. March 8: 8 am to 6 March 9: 2-5 pm and March 10: 10 am to 5 pm 1/2 off sale days Located in Lexington at 1332 North Lake Dr (next to Lk. Murray Montessori school) in the Lake Plaza Shopping Ctr. on Hwy 6. Tot Trade: the Grandaddy of consingment sales! The sale opens to public Satuday, 3/15 from 8 to 7, Sunday 3/16 from noon to 5. On Monday 3/17 from 9 to 7, everything is 25% off . Then Tuesday 3/18 from 9 to 7 is 50% off day. This sale is in the Jamil Temple off of I-26 and St Andrews Rd. For more details, check out the Tot Trade website. Tot Treasures Sale: Saturday 3/22 from 1-7. Sunday 3/23 from 1-6 and Monday 3/24 from 11-7 is half-price day. This sale is at Woodmen of the World Lodge, 3620 Augusta Rd., West Columbia. Contact Karyn or call Gina at 996-9115.

The Shrine Circus
The Shrine Circus will be held March 7 -9 at Jamil Temple. A great event at a reasonable price.

This circus came to town last year and gave the crowd an energetic and exciting performance. This year promises to be just as terrific with acrobats, trapeze artists, lions, tigers, elephants and so much more!

Be sure to ask about the family discount special which includes 3 children and 2 adults for only $30!

Show times are:
  • Mar 7 (10am & 8pm);
  • Mar 7 (10am, 3pm & 8pm)
  • Mar 9 (1pm & 6pm).

For more information call (803) 798-8318.

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