Things To Do In Forest Acres

Kids' Painting Class for One or Two Children at Classy Canvas (50% Off)

Classy Canvas

Northeast Arcadia Lakes

$20 $10

Local artists guide classes for kids which feature easy-to-recreate images of animals, robots, and scenery

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Select Local Merchants

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.

3129 Bluff Rd
Columbia,
SC
US

The mission of the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center is to enhance quality of life by providing comprehensive programs based on Jewish values, traditions, heritage and culture. The Center aims to promote unity through these social, recreational, athletic, educational and cultural programs. We also strive to meet

306 Flora Dr
Columbia,
SC
US

Signature service: Paint and Sip

Established: 2014

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Brands Used: great wines, craft beer

Pro Tip: no artistic skills necessary

Q&A with Charlotte Lindsey Gaskins, Owner

Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.

When a customer who had never painted before contacted me afterwards to say hey and her son saw a rainbow and discussed how they would paint it.

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

I've always been inspired by art and always loved good wine alongside [it].

What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?

New concept; anyone can do it?everyone has fun, even if they come in a little apprehensive.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

You can also "freestyle" at our Paint Bar. We have options you can paint on your own or ones that come with instructions. The Paint Bar is open without reservations, walk-ins welcome to the Paint Bar. Great location to host parties as well.

912 Lady Street Unit 100
Columbia,
SC
US

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.

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Columbia,
SC
US

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 2008

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Drift boat fly-fishing trips and lessons

Q&A with Michael Frank, Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

My ability to teach newcomers the casting skills, fishing tactics, and fish-finding skills they need to be successful during their time on the water.

The words of praise from world-traveled fly fishers and newcomers alike thanking me for providing them with an interesting, unexpectedly exciting real fly-fishing tour in a part of the world where they might least expect it.

What?s your favorite part of your job?

Having the pleasure of meeting dedicated fly fishermen from here in South Carolina and around the world, and being able to share the unique resource of the three rivers of Columbia, South Carolina, with them. [The three rivers] are part of the Santee-Cooper river system, which was the first in the world in which striped bass successfully reproduced in a landlocked setting without access to the ocean.

I really enjoy watching newcomers hook and land their first fish using the training and practice they have had with me. I love being able to be an advocate for our rivers and for their protection and conservation. It is especially rewarding for me when young clients on parent-child trips take an interest in the insects and other organisms present in the rivers that our fish depend on for food and grasp the importance of keeping the rivers clean for their benefit and the continued health of our fish populations and other wildlife.

When it comes to fly-tying lessons, my favorite part is the spark of recognition on a student's face when they realize that they are able to do it, and the pride they take in producing a cool-looking, buggy representation of a living fish food. I like that parents who may have been skeptical about this activity for their children and their ability to maintain focus often realize just how engrossing the whole process of tying a fly can be for a child. A few years ago, I tied flies at a boat show in New York. When I do these events, I will often sit people down and have them tie a simple fly. Two older gentlemen at the booth next to ours commented on how many kids were interested in trying it. They couldn't believe that the Nintendo Generation was so interested in something so hands-on and non-digital.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

I was lucky enough to have my second guide row the drift boat down the river for me a few times. The most enjoyable part was that I could fish and did not have to row. It was a special feeling being given the royal treatment and having someone else position the boat perfectly, allowing me to cast to the best spots. It gave me a better appreciation of what I provide my clients when we're on the water.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

I am a full-time teacher, and in my tying lessons, I provide individual help to make sure students leave with the basic skills to continue tying flies of their own. A lesson usually includes a digital demonstration of tying the fly we are working on in that class, followed by hands-on, step-by-step [instruction]. Once the first fly is complete, we will tie another together, and as students feel ready, they can move ahead at their own speed, tying more flies of the same style in whatever color they like. Students usually end up tying two to four flies in a typical two-hour class, and I also try to make sure I tie enough so that each student gets one to take home as a model. Students who bring their own thumb drive can also take the digital presentation with them so that they have the step-by-step instructions to work from at home.

2822 Lincoln St
Columbia,
SC
US

Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.

Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.

801 Lincoln St.
Columbia,
SC
US