Columbia 4 Kids Guide for Families
April 1, 2003   Family Information for the Greater Columbia Area!
Funfest Just A Few Days Away!

Caring4Kids Funfest on Sunday

Irmo will bloom with excitement as we launch the first Caring4kids Funfest with bounces, games, food and fun. The festival will be held this Sunday, April 6, from 1pm to 5pm at Irmo Shopping Village Center on St Andrews Rd. This promises to be a great family outing. Why not bring the kids after church services to have a great time? It will be a treat for your kids and a great support for abused and neglected children in our community. This event will benefit the Palmetto Place Children's Emergency Shelter in Columbia.

Be A Part of Our Festival

Join the Caring4Kids Funfest Sunday, April 6, 1-5pm as we celebrate our 1st event in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We still need many volunteers to help make this community event a big hit! We need adults and teenagers to help us operate carnival games, support staff, collect tickets and more. Volunteer opportunities are available during two shifts: Setup: Sunday 12:00PM-3:15PM and Teardown: Sunday 2:45PM-6:00PM. Volunteer benefits include a free Columbia4Kids T-shirt and an unlimited play armband for your child! Earn 2 armbands by working the entire festival (1-5). Have 3 or more kids? Refer a freind! Each friend who volunteers will earn you another armband.

If your Mom's group, school, church or youth group would like to volunteer, you can earn free festival equipment rentals from our sponsor, Hullaballoo Party & Event Rentals for your next party or event! Be sure and let us know the name of your group when registering to help.

For more information, email us at or see The FunFest 2003 web page. For more information, call 407-5964.
Featured Activities

Easter is Approaching!

Eggstraordinary Events Around Town! You and your li'l hunters can hop from Northeast to St. Andrews and you'll be sure to find a bunny trail leading to an Easter Egg Hunt!

Cottontail Festival & Egg Hunt

April 12
10:30am to 2:30pm
Don't miss this Sesqui State Park annual event with non-stop fun and thrills! Free activities for the kids include a space bounce, carnival type games, a soccer kick, football and baseball throws, craft areas, face painting, rope pulls, egg hunts and much more. Admission to the park is $1.50 for ages 16-64, all others are free.

Flashlight Egg Hunt

April 18
It's time for the great egg hunt! Bring your flashlight and basket to Crooked Creek Park in Chapin. This event is for children ages 2 to 10 years old. The fee is $5.00.

The Great Irmo Hunt

April 19
9:00am - 10:30am
With 50,000 eggs to be found, this FREE Easter event will be held at the Northwest YMCA, 1502 Kennerly Road. The egg hunt is for children who are walking to age 8 (children should be accompanied by adult or teenager). Prizes will include: stuffed animals, dinner gift certificates, easter baskets, video, zoo passes and so much more.

Easter Egg Hunt

April 19
10:30am - 12 noon
Wesley Memorial UMC is located at 2501 Heyward Street, Columbia, 29205. Please join us!!

Meadowlake Park Egg Hunt

April 19
12 noon - 3pm
Hunt for eggs and prizes at Meadowlake Park, 600 Beckman Road. For kids ages 6-12, free, register by Apr. 14. Call 754-4463.
Check out the Event Pages for more Easter events!!

Columbia for Kids- the Book!

Where shall we go on a rainy day? Where can we find a restaurant that caters to children? Whether you just moved to Columbia, SC, are visiting, or have lived here all your life this book is a must. If you are a parent, a grandparent, a caregiver, or a friend of a child, you might have asked yourself these questions before. Columbia For Kids, a book by Jamie Cathcart Rood is now available.

Commemorating and Caring for Our Children
April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month to raise awareness about child abuse prevention by educating individuals and communities about how they can help prevent abuse and neglect of children.

The blue ribbon stands as a symbol for the millions of abused children reported annually to child protective services in the United States. It serves as a memorial to the children who have been affected by abuse and neglect, and also as a reminder that all people have a role in preventing the maltreatment of children. Often, the royal blue ribbon is placed on a pin and worn on clothing, or displayed in other prominent ways.

We salute the non-profit local agencies in the Midlands who provide services and assistance to neglected and abused children everyday:

Sistercare, Inc.

Carolina Children's Home

Epworth Children's Home

The Nurturing Center

Prevent Child Abuse

Children Unlimited Inc.

Domestic Abuse Center

Palmetto Place Children's Emergency Shelter

Family Service Center

Our Sponsors

All the Best

Reading Success

Ten Tiny Toes Gift Baskets

Carolina Wings

Hullaballoo Party and Event Rental

You've Been Flamingoed Special Occasion Lawn Greetings

Happy Easter!

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