Top 10 Kids Summer Bucket List

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School is almost out for the summer and you’ll soon be hearing “I’m bored.” Well, you don’t have to go far to keep the boredom at bay! There is plenty to do and see right here in Columbia County. Here are our top 10 activities to keep the kids entertained all summer long:

  1. Soak Up.
    Get soaked and cool down this summer at one of the county’s splash pads. You can find them at Evans Towne Center Park, Memorial Gardens Park and a mega splash pad at Gateway Park. After everyone has cooled off, enjoy the large playgrounds at each location.
  2. Sprout Up.
    If you are looking for an educational activity and also want to get the kids outdoors, then bring the kids to Reed Creek Park and Interpretive Center. Here you can stroll along the boardwalk while taking in an active wetland environment and visit the interpretive center for educational programs and animals on exhibit.
  3. Giddy Up.
    Take your horse obsessed princess or cowboy to Hilltop Riding Stable at Fort Gordon for a horseback adventure and educational session. Hilltop offers something for all ages and beginners to more advanced riders. Hilltop is open to civilians.
  4. Climb Up.
    Climb mountains or train to become a ninja at Active Climbing. The facility offers many indoor climbing options for all skill levels as well as a ninja training center for the bigger kids age 14 and up.
  5. Paddle Up.
    Want to see some of Columbia County’s most spectacular views? Then hit the water and conquer the Serene18 Paddle Trail! Bonus Points, if you complete all five routes on the trail, you’ll receive a free t-shirt! Visit to get your official Serene18 Passport.
  6. Team Up.
    Want to teach your children the art of problem-solving, collaboration and working under pressure? Then take them to Mastermind Escape Games for family bonding where you will need to work together to find hints and clues to free yourselves from the themed room. There is a game for every skill level.
  7. Dream Up.
    If you have a budding artist, bring them to Artsy Me Ceramic and Art Studio where your littles can let their creativity flow. You pick it. You paint it. They fire it. No appointment is necessary and they have two locations to make it easier to have a creative day.
  8. Show Up.
    Taking the whole family to a movie can be expensive. However, Evans Cinemas is offering $2 admission, $2 drink and $2 popcorn every Tuesday and Thursday in June and July. With that deal, the kids are sure to have a great time!
  9. Tee Up.
    Augusta is synonymous with golf and kids are never too young to learn the sport. Visit Bartram Trail golf Club to let your young athlete hit a few ball on the driving range or even take in 9 or 18 holes. Our area is also known for Golf of another kind…Disc Golf. The International Disc Golf Center is located at Wildwood Park and offers three amazing courses. Their friendly staff is always happy to beginners the ropes!
  10. Level Up.
    Need a rainy day activity or have a game lover in your home? Bring them to Next Generation Gaming for the ultimate gaming experience. Next Gen has PS5, VR, Nintendo Switch, and computers. They even have vintage arcade games like Pac-Man.