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“Good for younger children; not so good for their parents” 4 of 5 stars
Review of EdVenture Children's Museum

EdVenture Children's Museum
211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
+1 803-779-3100
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Ranked #10 of 53 Attractions in Columbia
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
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Owner description: EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia, SC is ready to take you on an interactive journey that will open doors to new ways of exploring your world. From romping through the amazing anatomy of EDDIE(R), the world's largest child, to firefighting on a full-size fire truck or discovering the mysteries of DNA, EdVenture is the perfect destination for curious minds and the ultimate launch pad for sparking imaginations! Behind EdVenture's doors, are nine world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and other visitor amenities. Two additional outdoor gallery spaces are located just outside the museum's front doors. Within the total 92,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children's Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on experiences!
Columbia, South Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good for younger children; not so good for their parents”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This isn't my favorite place to take my grandchildren, but I've done it several times. The giant structure that spans two floors and has climbing towers inside to teach them about the body SCARES me. Once the kids go in, you can't see them, and you don't know whether they are going to exit on the first or second floor. Now that they're older, I don't worry so much, and I think 8 is a good age for this museum. The very small kids (pre-schoolers) don't have much other than one play area, the scary climbing structure, and the fire engine. Once they can read, they can do all the other stuff, but once they're about 10 or 11, they're mostly done with this place. It's also pricey, especially if you're taking a bunch of kids.

Visited July 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Wishing I was a kid again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

My daughter loves to go to EdVenture! As a three year old, her favorite areas in the museum are the firetruck, tractor, grocery, and vet's office. Her least favorite is Eddie, as it just scares her. For a child that loves gymnastics and climbing, this giant plastic boy is not her cup of tea.

As a parent, I have to say that the museum is a great learning tool to help teach children. The only downsides are that it's a germ factory and the exhibits are wearing out very quickly. I like the fact that there are different exhibits/activities for children of all ages. I'm just looking forward to my kids getting old enough to play the giant game of battleship with me!

Visited August 2012
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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“Great place for kids and grandparents”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We loved everything. The only negative would be it was pretty warm on the sunny side where there are lots of windows. There are lots of interactive things to do to stimulate the kids brains and kept them active and engaged.

Visited April 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Low Quality Children's Museum”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I am a Mom who made it a point to visit children's museums across the Southeast when my children were small. Good museums are interactive and hands on, scientifically or historically accurate, imaginative and engaging, and stimulating intellectually for all ages. This museum has one main attraction: a big dummy that kids can climb inside, hear his heartbeat, and then slide down to exit out of his butt. Wow. IMO, it lacks intellectual challenge, is small, appeals to a very limited age group (maybe 3 - 6 year olds), is relatively expensive to get in the door, and in my opinion doesn't hold a candle to the much more extensive, historically and scientifically accurate, and interactive State Museum next door.

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Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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“$1 night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

It was hectic with people. Not as nice as Greenville, SC children's museum or Hands on Museum in Johnson City, TN. It was hard to keep tract of your children on Eddie.

Visited August 2012
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