Super Cool: Adventures with Grandkids

Sweet Spots! Spoil them with a trip to these favorite local candy shops! The Peanut Man Candy & Nut Co. has three locations in Columbia – downtown in The Vista, Ballentine/Irmo, and Village at Sandhill (Fernandina Rd. coming soon), so wherever you and the grandkids happen to be, you can stop in for chocolate, popcorn,…

The Super Cool Grandparents Guide

Purple Martin Tour: On this 2 hour sunset cruise to Bomb Island aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray yacht, you and your grandchild will experience over 750,000 purple martin birds circling above the island catching bugs for dinner and landing for the night; a trip your grandchild will never forget! Tours take place in July…

Gift Ideas for Grandkids

Beef Jerky Outlet Calling jerky lovers of all ages. Beef Jerky Outlet in Columbia offers the perfect array of stocking stuffers for the bravest of grandchildren. Their crickets come in three flavors – sour cream & onion, bacon & cheese, and salt & vinegar. Plus, they have BBQ and cheddar cheese larvets and strawberry, apple,…

Planning for Retirement: Your 401(k)

If you are thinking about retiring, getting close to retiring or recently retired, you’ll need to begin thinking about how to make the switch from living off of your paycheck to making the most of the money you’ve saved. 401(k) plans are the most popular type of retirement savings plans for employers in America. They…

The Super Cool Grandparents Guide

Basic Keelboat Sailing Class This fun, three-day class will teach you and your grandchild the basics of learning to sail! The certified instructors at Lanier Sailing Academy will give you hands-on lessons aboard a 22′ day sailer on Lake Murray. Certified classes focus on sailboat familiarization, sailing technology, safety at sea, docking and mooring and…

Kazoos, Wildlife, Stars and Crafts

The Kazoobie Kazoo Factory Tour Experience Take your grandchild on a guided tour of the Kazoo Museum and Factory, where they will learn all about this unique musical instrument, and even have the opportunity to make their own kazoo at the end of the tour! Cost: $5 per person, children 3 and under free. Guided…

Columbia’s First Residents: The Congaree Indians

Written by Tom Elmore, Historian & Author November is celebrated nationwide as Native American month. While most people do not think of South Carolina when they think of the indigenous people of the United States, the fact is that there were four to five dozen Indian tribes living within the boundary of the modern Palmetto…

The Super Cool Grandparents Guide II

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. ~Author Unknown What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~Rudy Giuliani Help them become a JUNIOR RANGER Nice weather this weekend? Join a knowledgeable park ranger on Saturday…

The Super Cool Grandparents Guide I

State Farmers Market Take your grandchildren to the South Carolina State Farmers Market, let them pick out a plant or two, get tips from the vendor and then let your grandkids plant them in your yard.  Allow them to nurture them each time they visit you throughout the summer and let them take pictures of the plant…