Sometimes, you just need a fairy godmother to make your dreams come true. Wings & Whimsies has such a creature, and her name is Babbling Brooke. The magical Brooke flits about town with fairy friend Zephyr, bringing along all the games, decorations, and costumes necessary to create a fantasy-themed birthday party for young children. In the span of mere hours, Babbling Brooke and Zephyr transform backyards and local parks into fantastical worlds complete with knights and dragons, kings and castles, or auditors and tax evaders.
When they're not injecting a little magic into kids' lives with birthday parties, they're doing it with storytelling and music at library and school events. The two fairies have no trouble captivating their young audiences; after all, they are both members of storytelling guilds such as the National Storytelling Network.
Tae kwon do master and fifth-degree black belt Daniel Kim is a seven-time state champion and has coached at state, regional, and national championships. At U.S. Taekwondo Academy, he and his staff bring their experience as practitioners and instructors to tae kwon do classes for students of all ages and experience levels. Classes foster the physical knowledge of kicking, punching, and blocking techniques as well as the mental fortitude required to learn perseverance, integrity, and self-control.
The boxing-and-kickboxing circuit-training regimen at 9Round Fitness takes guests through nine different stations in brisk 30-minute workouts. With the guidance of a trainer, visitors begin with two strength-building stations, lifting dumbbells for strength and jumping rope for stamina. Stations three through eight incorporate elements of boxing, pitting fists against 100-pound bags and other items. Finally, station nine stresses core training, featuring crunches and fitness-ball exercises.
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.
Jeffery Archery's craftsmen hand shape natural hardwood into traditional longbows, and their pro-shop stocks contemporary compound bows from brands such as Bowtech. The facility also includes a 12-lane indoor range, where archers can practice at distances from 5–20 yards.
701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a nonprofit visual art center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms.