Because Lexington is all about families, our youngest citizens have plenty to keep them occupied. And remember, age is sometimes more of a spirit than a number.
Go-Go Laser Tag, 803-414-3930; www.gogolasertag.com. The party comes to you, complete with inflatable bunks, laser guns and headbands. Boys and girls of all ages enjoy the physical activity and competition; so do grownups working on corporate goal-setting and team-building. Laser tag is fun, day or night.
Harmon’s Tree Farm & Christmas House, 3152 Augusta Highway, Gilbert, 2 miles past Lexington High School; 803-359-4454. While grownups wander through the huge barn of Christmas items, children can enjoy a 500-foot waterslide and spray pool, 18 holes of miniature golf, two trampoline pillows, large playground, and petting zoo. Seasonal fun includes a pumpkin patch and haunted hayride, fruit-picking, Christmas tree chopping and train rides.
Lexington Art Studio, 102 Gantt Street, Lexington, 803-996-3857; www.lexartclass.com. Artist/teacher Lee Swallie leads a team of professional artists who conduct classes in pottery, watercolor, batik fabric staining, copper tooling and textured painting. Parties can be scheduled for guests to paint pottery and make glass jewelry in this historic home downtown.
Monkey Joe’s, 4586 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, 808-5637; www.monkeyjoes.com. Here is wall-to-wall fun, with inflatable slides, jumps and obstacle courses. Suitable for children 12 and younger, Monkey Joe’s also includes the Mini Monkey Zone for toddlers. Grownups can relax in a special area with TVs, wireless Internet, and computer stations. For the children, socks are required.
The Farmer’s Shed, 2514 Augusta Highway, across from Lexington High School; 803-996-0700; www.farmersshed.com. Farm fun is always in season at this family-run operation, which includes a restaurant famous for serving fresh, local produce. Autumn brings a different corn maze each year, including a mist maze, marshmallow maze, and kiddie maze. Strawberry picking tours are in spring, and include a hayride. Campfires, farm animals, overnight camping also are offered.
Shull Studios, A Studio of the Arts, 533 East Columbia Avenue, Leesville; 803-532-9896; www.shullstudios.com. Professional performing artists Shannon and Lancer Shull teach a range of classes, including creative drama for children, comedy, acting and audition techniques, Shakespeare, public speaking, and presentation skills. Other classes are provided upon request. Shull Studios is open to all ages and experience levels.