Kids Activities in West Columbia


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  • Cayce-w Columbia Jaycees
    At the Hall of Horrors, thrill-seekers slink through the claustrophobic corridors of a domicile that palpates with a cast of specters that induces goose bumps for a good cause. Crazed scientists slice their way through medical experiments, while chainsaw-wielding clowns hatch maniacal plans for deforesting Christmas tree lots. As a nonprofit haunted house, Hall of Horrors proceeds support South Carolina Jaycee Camp Hope and other charities throughout the Midlands area.
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    1153 Walter Price Road
    Cayce, SC US
  • River Center at Saluda Shoals
    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.
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    5605 Bush River Road
    Columbia, SC US
  • Palmetto Conservation Foundation
    • For $17, you get a one-year individual student membership (a $35 value). • For $25, you get a one-year individual membership (a $50 value). • For $50, you get a one-year family membership good for up to four people (a $100 value).
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    722 King St
    Columbia, SC US
  • Saluda Shoals Park
    Saluda Shoals Park wraps its green arms around the serene Saluda River, providing a natural 400-acre playscape of trails, nature, and aquatic activities. Rent a canoe, a tandem kayak, or a solo kayak for three hours of cruising down a liquid highway (a $38 value), and utilize the single-day park pass (up to a $5 value) for a day full of exploring, paddling, and bartering with catfish. The annual pass grants a full 12 months of perusing the Environmental Education Center and Exhibit Hall, conquering hiking and biking trails, and gathering at riverside picnic tables for outdoor meals with family and friends (up to a $58 value). In addition, the annual pass includes admission for four to the Saluda Splash water spray playground (a $12 value), which allows kiddies to get a healthy dose of fresh air and sunshine while splashing around, cooling off, and recreating favorite scenes from Seaquest DSV.
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    5605 Bush River Road
    Columbia, SC US
  • EdVenture Childrens Museum
    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.
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    211 Gervais St.
    Columbia, SC US

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