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

Classy Canvas

Classy Canvas

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

$35 $17

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Two-Hour BYOB Painting Class for One or Two at UnWine (Up to 51% Off)

UnWine, LLC

Northeast Arcadia Lakes

Students enjoy wine and adult beverages to mellow music while creating their own art masterpiece in a comfortable, instructor-led class

$35 $17

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$189 for a PADI Open Water Diver Certification Course at Columbia SCUBA ($399 Value)

Columbia SCUBA Columbia SC

Northeast Columbia

Classroom course and practice in a heated indoor pool prepare students for open- and confined-water dives that earn them PADI certification

$399 $189

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Paintball Package for Two, Four, Six, or Eight from Paintball Promos International (Up to 83% Off)

Paintball Promos

Triggertyme Paintball

Paintball Promos packages include admission and all necessary equipment besides paintballs and air

$40 $10

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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

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

$70 $30

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Archery Package with Rental, Range Time, and Instruction for One or Two at Jeffery Archery (Up to 47% Off)

Jeffery Archery

Southeastern Columbia

At a 12-lane indoor range, an instructor equips archers with all required gear and helps them fire arrows toward targets 5–20 yd. away

$30 $17

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$40 for a $50 Gift Card at Tin Roof

Tin Roof

Columbia

Listen to live music and munch on quesadillas and make-your-own nachos at a Music Row favorite

$50 $40

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Two- or Four-Hour Recording Session or a Demo-Pack Package at Cirius Entertainment Group (Up to 79% Off)

Cirius Entertainment Group

Robert Mills Historic

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

$110 $49

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

Plex Indoor Sports

Multiple Locations

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

$24 $12

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

Gymboree Play & Music

Southeastern Columbia

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

$140 $45

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5, 10, or 20 Yoga Classes at Fit Columbia & Fit Yoga (Up to 51% Off)

Fit Columbia & Fit Yoga

Shandon

Mat yoga classes led by teachers who’ve completed 200 teaching hours

$50 $29

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

The Train Station

Columbia

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

$180 $45

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Three or Six 30-Minute Music Lessons or an In-Studio Music-Producing Session at Gene Anthony Music (50% Off)

Gene Anthony Music

Druid Hills

Learn to play and read music during lessons for guitar or keyboard, or get your demo off the ground with a music-producing session

$135 $67

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One or Two Months of Kids Karate Lessons at Unity Karate Academy (Up to 78% Off)

Unity Karate Academy

Columbia

Karate lessons for children impart self-defense skills and discipline

$125 $30

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

Warrior Fitness

Multiple Locations

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

$200 $53

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts or Fitness Classes at U.S. Taekwondo Academy (Up to 76% Off)

U.S. Taekwondo Academy

Multiple Locations

Tae kwon do, kickboxing, cardio, and boot-camp classes teach perseverance and self-control

$140 $39

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

The Hookah Spot

Columbia

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

$58 $29

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Murder-Mystery Show for 2, 4, or 8 with Wine at Theatre Rowe Productions Murder Mystery Theatre (Up to 58% Off)

Theatre Rowe Productions Murder Mystery Theatre

Multiple Locations

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

$64 $27

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One- or Three-Month Membership at Odyssey SC Cheer (Up to 70% Off)

Odyssey SC Cheer

Columbia

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

$130 $40

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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

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

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 Road
Columbia,
SC
US