Things to Do with Kids

Columbia Marionette Theatre


The only purpose-built marionette theater in the US, this is also one of the largest, seating 300 people in front of a 30-foot stage. All shows are created in-house from the script up, including puppets designed specifically for each show....  Read More

Adventure Carolina


Adventure Carolina offers a variety of guided kayaking and canoeing trips on Columbia's rivers. The popular "After Work" trip on the Congaree lasts about 3 hours and is ideal for first-timers and families (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during...  Read More

South Carolina Governor's Mansion


Built in 1855, this stately, gracious mansion has served as home to the state's governor since 1868. Prior to that time, it was used as officers' quarters for the Arsenal Military Academy. The beautifully landscaped grounds are often used for receptions and special events.

South Carolina State Museum


Inside a century-old textile mill, this museum presents a comprehensive collection of art, history and science exhibits depicting South Carolina's past, present and future. From natural history to technology to fine arts, this museum has...  Read More



At Columbia's EdVenture you'll meet the 40-foot tall Eddie, who lives in the atrium across from the entrance. Through a series of tunnels and slides, kids can explore inside Eddie and discover just how amazing the human body is. The fun doesn't...  Read More

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens


Located near the Greystone Boulevard exit off I-26 and ranked as one of the most popular attractions in the Southeast, the zoo is home to a plethora of species. Monkeys, lions, birds, seals, koalas and much more are displayed in their natural...  Read More

South Carolina Capitol Building and State House


No visit to Columbia is complete without a stop by this 1855 structure, which withstood and survived General Sherman's attack in 1865. Bronze stars now mark the places where Union cannonballs hit. A total restoration was completed in 1998,...  Read More

Frankie's Fun Park


This amusement center can keep kids of all ages occupied for hours. Choose from great activities like miniature golf, go-carts, the ever-popular bumper boats, and even a batting cage. Older kids and teens will love the well-stocked arcade. This...  Read More

Richland County Public Library


This contemporary structure houses an astonishing number of books, reference materials, and some original artwork. You will especially enjoy the children's area, complete with a towering mural and Maurice Sendak sculptures. Computer terminals...  Read More