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Monday, July 25, 2011

Discover Columbia’s EdVenture Children’s Museum by Mary Medlin

For hours of entertainment and fun hands-on learning experiences, families with children should visit EdVenture, the popular children's museum in Columbia, South Carolina. With 92,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces to discover, EdVenture is the largest children's museum in the South. Designed for kids age 12 and under, the museum has eight galleries with diverse exhibits to explore.

Eddie, the World's Largest Child is one of the museum's most unusual exhibits. Eddie is an incredible 40 feet tall sitting down. In this exhibit children will discover body structures including the heart, the brain, and the stomach. The related gallery, Body Works, provides an up close look at our body's systems and how they function. In the World of Work gallery children may explore what they want to do when they grow up. They may pretend to be firefighters, farmers, mechanics, builders, and store managers, among other occupations. They will discover how each job is important to the community in which they live. In the Mission Imagination gallery children may create art, music, or perhaps design a newspaper. The Aha Factory gives young visitors the opportunity to make and take home crafts related to the museum's special exhibits. The Great Outdoors exhibit teaches about the environment around us, and stresses the importance of conservation and recycling. My Backyard has a fun camping theme geared for children age 3 and younger.

The outdoor Critter Garden is currently the home of a special exhibit. Visitors will be able to view hundreds of beautiful butterflies in the Blooming Butterflies habitat. There is an additional cost of $3 per person to enter Blooming Butterflies, which will run through October. Two other special exhibits are currently being showcased at the museum. Children will learn about people and their customs in the exhibit Timbuktu: A Journey Through West Africa. For a variety of activities that encourage children to be physically active each day, visit Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action. EdVenture also schedules a number of fun programs on Saturdays throughout the year.

EdVenture is located in downtown Columbia at 211 Gervais Street, adjacent to the South Carolina State Museum. Hours are 9am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 1pm-5pm on Sunday. EdVenture is open on Mondays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $9.50 for children and adults and $8.50 for seniors. Family Night, the 2nd Tuesday of each month, is a real value with $1 admission for all. Visitors may enjoy lunch at the Clubhouse Caf�© or purchase snacks and drinks at the Museum Store. Bring a child or grandchild to EdVenture and discover the fun that awaits them.

Mary Medlin is the Director of Sales for Hilton Garden Inn Columbia/Northeast. A top choice among other hotels in Columbia SC, this newly opened property is located just off I-77 at exit 11 near the Northeast business district and is conveniently situated just 15 miles from downtown Columbia.

For more information visit: http://www.ColumbiaSouthCarolinaHotel.com

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