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$13 for a Two-Hour BYOB Painting Class at Classy Canvas ($35 Value)

Classy Canvas

Classy Canvas

$35 $13

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

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

One- or Three-Month Membership at Odyssey SC Cheer (Up to 63% Off)

Odyssey SC Cheer

Columbia

$130 $49

Instructors teach students ages 5–18 tumbling and cheerleading skills during age-appropriate classes

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

$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

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

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

5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at Warrior Fitness (74% Off)

Warrior Fitness

Multiple Locations

$200 $53

Outdoor boot camps employ CrossFit philosophies such as varied, functional movements performed at high intensities

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

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

Fresh Beat Band at Township Auditorium on Saturday, December 20, at 5 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

Fresh Beat Band

Township Auditorium

$39.80 $23

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Nick Jr. musical quartet take the stage for a summer concert

$15 for $30 Worth of Wings and Sandwiches at WG’s Wings

WG's Wings

Northwest Columbia

$30 $15

Wings spun in housemade sauce served with entrees such as philly cheesesteaks, nachos, chef salad, and crispy chicken sandwich

Jim Brickman: On a Winter's Night at Koger Center for the Arts on December 2 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Jim Brickman

Koger Center for the Arts

$42 $21

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Silky-voiced adult-contemporary singer and pianist plays Christmas hits such as "The Gift" and "If You Believe" on a holiday tour

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Harnessing the equine expertise of two renowned members of the Professional Horsemen's Association, Caughman Farms advances students of all skill levels in both English and Western riding styles. The content and length of each lesson will depend on the student's individual experience, rate of improvement, and collection of tasseled chaps, but all pupils will learn the basics of horse care, cleaning, and equipment. The mild-mannered canter of a retired juvenile competition horse permits fledgling steed steerers a large margin of error and level of comfort. Two instructors accompany small children to ensure each tyke's safety and feeling of security while instilling the important life lesson that all good things come in stereo. Leaving behind the small, covered beginner area, more advanced equestrians can gallivant around the spacious indoor arena atop a homebred stallion.

10151 Garners Ferry Rd
Eastover,
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

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
US

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

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