Things To Do In Columbia

$17 for a Two-Hour BYOB Painting Class at Classy Canvas ($35 Value)

Classy Canvas

Classy Canvas

$35 $17

Local artists guide classes for adults, accommodating beginners all the way up to experienced painters

One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes from PowerFit Bootcamp (Up to 80% Off)

PowerFit Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$99 $29

Trainers motivate exercisers to tackle routines of calisthenics, plyometrics, and resistance training

$50 for One-Month Gym Membership with Personal-Training Session at 24/7 Health & Fitness Center ($100 Value)

24/7 Health & Fitness Center

Multiple Locations

$100 $50

Strength and cardio equipment fill a gym open 24/7; personal-training sessions guide clients toward better fitness

One or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at 803 CrossFit (Up to 56% Off)

803 CrossFit

Northeast Arcadia Lakes

$129 $59

Rigorous 30-minute CrossFit workouts include weightlifting and gymnastics to trim, tone, and strengthen gym members' physiques

10 or 20 Group Personal-Training Sessions at Celebrity Fitness Studio (Up to 75% Off)

Celebrity Fitness Studio

Southeastern Columbia

$200 $59

Personal trainer works with small groups of women of all ages to help lose weight and get toned

One-Month Gym Membership, or 10 Boxing, Kickboxing, or Zumba Classes at Main Event Fitness Center (Up to 73% Off)

Main Event Fitness Center

Northeast Arcadia Lakes

$70 $30

One-month memberships allow exercisers to attend unlimited fitness classes and open gym; boxing, kickboxing, and Zumba classes are held

10 or 20 Combat-Sports Classes at Fudo Shin Jujitsu & Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness (Up to 85% Off)

Fudo Shin Jujitsu & Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness

Northeast Arcadia Lakes

$150 $29

Certified instructors draw on years of fight experience to lead students of all levels through boxing or conditioning classes

Two- or Four-Hour Recording Session or a Demo-Pack Package at Cirius Entertainment Group (Up to 76% Off)

Cirius Entertainment Group

Robert Mills Historic

$110 $55

Business that supports up-and-coming artists with access to the tools used by the pros

Roller-Skating or Ice-Skating Admission for Two or Four at Plex Indoor Sports (Up to 58% Off)

Plex Indoor Sports

Multiple Locations

$24 $12

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Indoor sports facilities keep bodies active all year long with soccer, football, fitness classes, ice skating & roller skating.

$45 for a One-Month Unlimited Membership and Waived Initiation Fee at Gymboree Play & Music ($140 Value)

Gymboree Play & Music

Southeastern Columbia

$140 $45

Innovative play environment hosts development-based classes focused on creativity and physical activity

Crazy Dash Walking-Adventure Tour for Two or Four from Crazy Dash Digital Adventures (50% Off)

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures

Columbia

$39.95 $20

The digital game requires a smartphone and takes you on a tour of the sights

Five CrossFit Classes or a One-Month Unlimited Membership Package at Warrior Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

Warrior Fitness

Multiple Locations

$100 $35

CrossFit workouts employ varied, functional movements performed at high intensities

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Columbia

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Columbia's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

One- or Three-Month Gym Membership to The Train Station (Up to 82% Off)

The Train Station

Columbia

$180 $45

High-intensity interval training, which combines intense bursts of activity with periods of rest plus personal training, martial arts & yoga

24-Hour Bounce-House Rental, or Weekday Water Bounce-House Rental from Supreme Bouncers (Up to 66% Off)

Supreme Bouncers

Columbia

$175 $60

Inflatables sporting details such as castle turrets are reinforced for safety before supporting children indoors or outdoors

Hookah and Soft Drinks for Two or Four at The Hookah Spot (Up to 53% Off)

The Hookah Spot

Columbia

$58 $29

More than 25 shisha flavors, such as gummy bear and hawaiian punch, waft through glass-bodied pipes at a roomy lounge

Murder-Mystery Show for 2, 4, or 8 with Wine at Theatre Rowe Productions Murder Mystery Theatre (Up to 50% Off)

Theatre Rowe Productions Murder Mystery Theatre

Multiple Locations

$64 $32

Watch and sip as a rookie homicide detective fights to find the killer hidden in a pack of oddball auction attendees

Shooting-Range Packages at Palmetto State Armory (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Palmetto State Armory

Columbia

$55 $29

Air-conditioned range at an outfitter staffed by experts in all manner of firearms

One or Four Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, or Pole Fitness Classes at Fuel Fitness and Dance (Up to 51% Off)

Fuel Fitness and Dance

Columbia

$20 $10

Learn high-flying moves as you tone muscles on silks, a hoop, or on a trapeze, or up your seductiveness and fitness with pole dancing

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Though built in 1893 to manufacture textiles, the Columbia Mills’ storied stone halls now weave tapestries of knowledge with exhibits on everything from lasers and space travel to South Carolina's role in the Civil War. Boasting accolades by Columbia Metropolitan magazine and the Smithsonian, South Carolina State Museum devotes each of its four floors and part of its fourth dimension to art, cultural history, natural history, and science and technology represented by more than 70,000 artifacts.

Through a series of permanent exhibits, curators lead visitors on a cultural and geological voyage. Guests stroll through years of traditional and contemporary art by state artists, marvel at a 43-foot white shark display and full dinosaur skeletons, or cast imaginations back in exhibits on turn-of-the-century transportation, laser technology, and aviation. The museum also excavates the surrounding landscape to present 14,000 years of local culture in Native American tools and colonial-era lifestyle items.

Five galleries also house changing exhibits featuring assemblages of artifacts from Civil War–era Charleston or 300 years of American-made telescopes, each carefully monitored to ensure they contain just the right amount of science. While museum staffers frequently rotate their exhibits, they also host traveling displays and send others on the road through the Traveling Exhibits Program. Various education displays such as interactive children's labs, living-history reenactments, and lectures from visiting scholars further enrich all-ages visitors.

301 Gervais St
Columbia,
SC
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When visitors step into one of the South's largest children's museums, there's one thought that commonly crosses their minds: That's a big kid. Waiting to greet them is a 40-foot-tall statue of EDDIE, a reinforced, molded-plastic boy who weighs 17.6 tons and—like almost everything at EdVenture Children's Museum—is ready for kids to explore. After they've climbed inside his heart, up to his brain, and slid down his intestines—all while learning about their own bodies—kids race to explore the rest of the museum's more than 350 hands-on activities contained within nine exhibit galleries. As a testament to its attractions, EdVenture Children's Museum received the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, an honor given to only 10 libraries and museums in the nation.

Past Eddie, EdVenture’s permanent exhibits include the World of Work, where kids climb aboard a John Deere tractor, take the helm of a 24-foot fire truck, and learn the value of money by spending Eddie Bucks on groceries or flooding the market to undermine the local economy. At the Aha Factory, wee ones recycle everyday items into paper snowflakes, pipe-cleaner butterflies, and glitter-encrusted egg cartons. Children 3 and younger, meanwhile, can explore the My Backyard exhibit, an age-appropriate haven of soft surfaces.

211 Gervais St
Columbia,
SC
US

At its two Columbia locations, Plex Indoor Sports aims to provide complete indoor recreation with a full-size ice rink, full-size roller-skating rink, and two turf fields. Both facilities offer after-school programs providing access to soccer, football, and lacrosse programs, ensuring that children learn the proper techniques required to work toward goals and play safely. Total-fitness classes are also available throughout the week, highlighting invigorating of aerobic exercises. The Sandhills location hosts a roller-skating rink, and the Irmo location houses an NHL regulation-sized ice rink with public skate times throughout the week. Meanwhile, in Jumpin Jacks Park visitors bound on 11 extreme inflatables, scale basketball court, or enjoy tasty treats at a full-service cafe. The complex also hosts birthday parties and fuel the fun with HiWire, a 19,000 square-foot trampoline park with a dodgeball stadium and foam pits.

741 Fashion Dr.
Columbia,
SC
US

Mankind was never meant to breathe underwater, but the instructors at Columbia Scuba defy such limitations, helping students of all sorts—from small children to disabled adults—explore the forbidden depths. As young as 8, kids can start training with PADI Bubblemaker classes, using equipment suited to their smaller size, and swimmers of all ages can join Discover Scuba sessions to learn the basics of diving in the safety of a pool. For students looking to become certified divers, open-water diving and specialty diving courses test practical skills in unique environments, such as submerged shipwrecks filled with sunken coupons, whereas trips to the Florida springs or Cozumel convey the majestic experience of communing up close with marine wildlife.

2701 Alpine Rd
Columbia,
SC
US

Havens Framemakers & Gallery traces its lineage back to 1968, when Robert Havens set up a shop full of handmade, custom-tailored frames. He passed the business to his daughter Betsy in 1985, and she, like a confused track-and-field competitor, handed the torch to current owner Jackie Vazquez. Jackie draws from the Havens family's tradition of expert craftsmanship and her own 20-year stint at the company to surround diplomas, artwork, and keepsakes with a selection of more than 5,000 mouldings collected from a range of vendors. Gilded and hand-carved pieces adorn the gallery’s seven walls, surrounding experienced designers who set to work enshrining 3-D objects in shadowboxes or protecting old photographs and celebrity potato-chip look-alikes within conservation frames.

1616 Gervais St
Columbia,
SC
US

Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.

5605 Bush River Rd
Columbia,
SC
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