Whether you live in Columbia or are just visiting the area, EdVenture Children’s Museum should definitely be on your list of kid-friendly places to visit! We have lived in Columbia for over a year and a half now, but haven’t had the chance to visit the museum until just last week. My mother-in-law recently came to visit us, so it was the perfect opportunity for an excuse to venture out and do something fun with the kids! Plus, the extra hand was certainly helpful, as both kids were constantly running in the opposite direction from one another!
Both my 3.5 year old and 16 month old LOVED our morning at the museum! I thought there was a fair amount for both of them to do, as well as many exhibits that they can explore as they get older.
As you enter the museum, one of the first things you’ll notice is Eddie. Eddie is the world’s largest child, measuring 40 ft. tall and weighing in at 17.5 tons! Visitors can climb his vertebrae to learn more about how our bodies work.
Not surprising, my 3.5 year old’s favorite exhibit was the firetruck at Dalmatian Station. Inside the truck are real firefighter uniforms that kids can wear while they explore the truck. I think we stopped at this exhibit about 5 different times before we finally had to tell Noah it was time to leave 😉
One of my personal favorite exhibits was the pretend grocery store called “My Neighborhood Market”, where little ones can shop for food in a life-like market complete with mini shopping carts and working cash registers. I mean, how stinking cute are these carts?!
The Auto Works exhibit was another huge favorite of Noah’s. He was extremely proud of himself for filling up the VW Beetle with gas!
On the second floor, the littlest museum-goers can explore an area just for them in “My Backyard”. This toddler-safe exhibit is for ages 3 and under, and even has a private area for nursing moms. Noah’s favorite part was the S.S. Shrimpy boat, while London spent most of her time climbing up and down the stairs of the tree house (not pictured).
Back downstairs, London’s favorite exhibit of the day was “Wags and Whiskers”, where she could take care of animals inside a mock pet clinic. Okay, so maybe she just liked taking the stuffed kitties + puppies in and out of their cages, but it was super cute nonetheless!
If you’re in the Columbia area, I highly recommend checking EdVenture out for yourself! It’s a great place to plan a playdate, too! One thing to keep in mind before you go: the museum is a popular spot for field trip groups, so be sure to check their website ahead of time to see if they expect any large groups that particular day. And don’t forget, on the 12th of every month, admission is only 12 cents for kids!
Head over to the EdVenture website for hours and admission details.