Itineraries Tween Family Playcation

2 Days of Tween-Friendly Locations to Visit in Lake Murray Country

Amy Hoffman is the Bookkeeper extraordinaire at Capital City/Lake Murray Country and is a full-time mom to twins – needless to say she has her hands full and knows the perfect spots to entertain both grown-ups and children. Amy shares that “as a mother to twin 10-year-old boys, I try to incorporate adventure with education whenever I possibly can!” Her tween-friendly planning advice includes: Involve your tween in planning your trip, encourage them to put away devices and enjoy the moment, and give them some space to run and jump around. Check out her tween #Playcation itinerary!

Day 1

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Since my kids were toddling around, we have always loved going to the Riverbanks Zoo! This spring break, we are super excited to visit the new Aquarium and Reptile Conservation Center that opened in March. The previous Aquarium was always a must-see and we are eager to see all the new additions we have been tracking on the Zoo’s social media over the past year and a half. There are a wide variety of dining options at the zoo and fun activities for the boys to enjoy. They really love feeding the giraffes!

Hours: Daily, 9-5 PM
Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy | Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-779-8717
Website: Riverbanks.org

Lexington County Museum

This school year my children have been learning about early American colonies and the Revolutionary War. Lexington County Museum provides a hands-on look at what early American life would have been like, from the homestead to the one-room schoolhouse, history is at your fingertips as you meander through the seven-acre historical complex and 36 various structures.

Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-4 PM; Sun., 1-4 PM
Address: 231 Fox St. | Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-359-8369
Website: lexingtoncountymuseum.org


Whew!! Mom will need a break! A quick stop at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Lexington is just what will hit the spot! Menchie’s offers “fro-yo” like no other! They have a delicious selection, including nonfat, gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free and dairy-free options with toppings galore!

Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 12-9 PM; Fri.-Sat., 12-10 PM
Address: 5580 Sunset Blvd | Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-356-0643
Website: menchies.com

Day 2

Summit Adventure Park

There is no better way to physically wear out two rambunctious boys than to let them jump, climb and play dodgeball for a couple of hours in the morning at Summit Adventure Park! We can customize the amount of time we want to spend there, between 1-2 hours and recruit friends to bounce along!

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10-9 PM; Fri.-Sat., 10-10 PM and Sun., 2-9 PM
Address: 2245 Charleston Hwy | Cayce, SC 29033
Phone: 803-570-8184
Website: summitwestcolumbia.com

D's Wings

The kiddo’s are sure to work up an appetite with all the fun at Summit, D’s Wings in West Columbia is next up! This popular Wings joint is famous for their burgers, wraps, and yes…wings!

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11-10 PM; Fri.-Sat. 11-11 PM
Address: 415 Meeting St | West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: 803-791-4486
Website: dswings.com

Gibson Pond Park

After all the morning fun, a slow down walk at the recently revived Gibson Pond Park! The half mile concrete walking paths make it the ideal place for a walk or even using scooters for the kids. The peaceful surroundings will make it easy to forget the hustle and bustle a few miles down the road.

Hours: Open daily, 7 AM – 9 PM
Address: 241 Gibson Rd. | Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-359-1027
Website: https://www.lexsc.com/facilities/facility/details/Gibson-Pond-Park-4