Eel Moves Slowly At the State Museum (Columbia family attractions)

Come play around with some antique film making equipment at the wonderful State Museum in downtown Columbia. Currently on display at the museum are movie clips, memorabilia, props, costumes, posters and stories about all 250 Hollywood and independent films shot in South Carolina.
Watch eels slide through “grass” in a 19th century like movie. This is addictive!

Kids of all ages be a movie director for a day in Columbia South Carolina!

If time permits tour FOR FREE the stunning SC State House and be awed by its fascinating history, outstanding architecture, remarkable sculptures, monuments and Revolutionary War paintings.

EdVenture: Going through the fire tunnel video (scary)

Ever wonder how fire really feels like? Guess no more. At Edventure Children Museum in downtown Columbia you can go through the “fire tunnel” and experience few seconds of complete darkness. Very spooky indeed.

That will really teach kids not to play with matches 🙂

Happy family fun in South Carolina!

EdVenture Children Museum: Ball and Gravity video

Gravity always wins. It’s mesmerizing…you can do this over and over. Try it for yourself at EdVenture in downtown Columbia, the largest, funniest and most interesting children museum in the South.
Read more about the wonderful EdVenture

Little Mozart fun video at EdVenture Children Museum

Young kids have fun playing and even hopping on music at the EdVenture Children Museum. Who knows, maybe the next Mozart will come about! 
For more information on EdVenture see my previous post

Happy Carolina Vacation!

EdVenture Children Museum: Discover Carolina’s World of Wonders, Education and Family Fun (Columbia things to do with kids)

EdVenture is the South largest children museum and one of Carolina’s most attractive family friendly tourist destinations. Located in downtown Columbia besides along the beautiful Congaree River and besides the State Museum, this four-story award winning museum will let kids 12 and younder explore the wonders of science, art, medicine, history and culture in a fun and exciting hands on environment.

There are more than 350 interactive exhibits. Children can check out a real fire truck, buy groceries, be a farmer, doctor or an engineer for a day; play musical instruments, anchor the news on TV, climb and slide down Big Eddie (the planet’s biggest kid!), navigate the ocean, solve mysteries, study how the body works, and experience other cultures.

Tips to know before you go

1. Go early morning and during weekdays to avoid the big crowds. The museum is open 9 AM to 5 PM (Sunday opens at noon).

2. Start on the 2nd floor. Young kids will enjoy playing musical instruments and explore the seasonal exhibits. Older kids will be absorbed at the live TV and newspaper stations. There is a quiet play and reading area for babies and toddlers.

3. Get them “exhausted” climbing Big Eddie up and down. That can easily take up to 30 minutes.

4. Catch a snack break at the Clubhouse, open 11 AM to 2 PM (closed on Sunday).

5. Continue your tour on the first floor. Main attraction here is the fire truck. Young kids love to go shopping at the grocery store or play farmer.

6. Cool off at the water exhibit outside. They will get wet no matter what you do, but the fun is guaranteed.

7. If there’s still time and energy left drive to the Columbia Riverfront Canal park nearby for fresh air and an amazing walk down the river.

8. For even more educational and truly inspirational activities be a proud South Carolinian at the magnificent State House. You can enjoy for free its fascinating history, outstanding architecture, remarkable sculptures, monuments and Revolutionary War paintings.

Check out the following photos for a sneak peak inside the museum:

Nothing like playing live music on TV!

EdVenture Live Concert
You can see the food digestion process in action

Check out a real fire truck! You can dress like a fireman and test your skills going down the fire pole
EdVenture Posing with Fireman

Bob the Builder boys have a blast driving the bulldozer…
EdVenure Bob the Builder

Little Beethoven in the making?
EdVenture Music Instruments
Kids have fun getting wet at the water conservation and energy education exhibit
edVenture Children Gaving Funwith Water

Older kids always get a good workout climbing the ropes outside
EdVenture Outdoor Climbing

Fishing with the big net in Central Africa

Where
211 Gervais Street, Columbia SC 29201, Phone (803) 779-3100
Tickets: Adult $8.95; Children $6.95