Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Still figuring out what to do with the kids for New Year’s Eve? Give them some culture!

Posted 12/30/2013 4:01:00 PM

For better or for worse, I think most of us are ready to kiss 2013 goodbye for now. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we all have to dress up in sparkles and kiss random strangers at midnight. I, for one, have been thinking that it’s already 2014 for the past three days, and now I’m realizing that I should probably do something to celebrate.

However, since New Year’s Eve is sort of a universal event, babysitters aren’t exactly lining up at my door. Sound familiar? Luckily, South Carolina is home to some mainstay events and venues that work out well for those of us who are lacking in the planning department. Below are a few that include a cultural twist:

* New Year’s Eve at Noon at EdVenture: New Year’s Eve really isn’t very fun for little kids. Those who can stay up to watch the ball drop end up grumpy the next day, but the majority can’t quite make it to midnight. EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia solves this issue with a full on New Year’s Eve party, kiddie-style, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31. The shorter set and their parents will enjoy noisemakers, party hats, music, dancing, and a countdown to 12 — noon, that is! The party is free with the cost of admission.

* Happy New Year Charleston: Celebrate South Carolina’s rich artistic culture at a non-alcoholic, family-oriented event in Charleston’s Marion Square. From 4 to 10:30 p.m., the city of Charleston event will offer comedy, African dancing, classical, jazz and gospel music, and more activities for kids than you can count. Admission is free. For more information, please call (843) 724-7305.

* WOW! New Year’s Eve Carnival at Main Street Ice: The ice skating rink at the corner of Main and Hampton Streets in Columbia is a perfect winter outing for the family. Take a stroll through the Columbia Museum of Art (“Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage” is still on view), then top things off from 4 to 10 p.m. with rides, karaoke, food vendors, and craft exhibitors (and ice skating, too!) on Boyd Plaza, just outside the museum’s doors. Cost for skating is $8.

* And for those who are a little older, Columbia's Famously Hot New Year's Eve celebration is a few blocks down Main Street near the S.C. Statehouse. This year's event promises to be a big celebration, featuring R&B legends Kool and the Gang. For more information, click here.

Happy 2014!