2004-11-19 / Education

South’s largest children’s museum is a huge success

By Tammie Maddock

Kim Brown, the real D.W. Read, comes to EdVenture along with the Arthur’s World traveling exhibit to share her experiences growing up with author Marc Brown.
Kim Brown, the real D.W. Read, comes to EdVenture along with the Arthur’s World traveling exhibit to share her experiences growing up with author Marc Brown.

On November 6, 2004, EdVenture celebrated its first birthday by hosting a party for 734 children and parents.

Partygoers enjoyed a special family–style event featuring birthday traditions, including cake, birthday cards, and a piñata.

The festive environment had live entertainment from local children’s musical group Lunch Money, and games galore, including a candy walk, musical chairs, “Pin the Bowtie on Arthur” and J–I–N–G–O. EdVenture Members were treated to a special private party in the Imaginarium Theater and a visit from EdVenture’s mascot, Flutter the Dragonfly.

Junior Firefighters at Camp EdVenture 2004, EdVenture’s summer day camp.
Junior Firefighters at Camp EdVenture 2004, EdVenture’s summer day camp. EdVenture is the ninth largest children’s museum in the US and the largest in the southeast. It proudly calls itself home of the world’s largest child, Eddie, who measures 40 feet high and weighs in at a whopping 35,000 pounds.

During its first year of operation, EdVenture welcomed 242,654 visitors from all over the US and several countries.

Eddie is fitted with his Halloween mask to celebrate HalloWonka 2004.
Eddie is fitted with his Halloween mask to celebrate HalloWonka 2004. Each visitor had the opportunity to enjoy more than 350 hands–on experiential learning exhibits housed in eight world– class galleries. Visitors also enjoyed special traveling exhibits housed at the museum for three– month intervals. These seasonal exhibits were a special treat for the museum’s primary audience, children age 12 and under. Color Play, Arthur’s World, and Solve–It Central were among the exhibits this year. Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog, is now open and will remain through January 9, 2005.









The WONKAmobile is a huge hit at HalloWonka 2004.
The WONKAmobile is a huge hit at HalloWonka 2004. Special events scheduled for the upcoming year include fun family workshops with a gingerbread house workshop and a magic workshop, Camp Make–A–Gift in December, a Spring Break Camp, and a host of new things for Camp EdVenture 2005 (the museum’s summer day camp).

There’s also a buzz about adding a forensics themed camp for young criminologists and in January, Cirque de EdVenture. In February, schools can participate in the Heart Hop, and in March, it’s the return of House of Cards Competition.

EdVenture staffer Kristin Taylor helps a young shopper 
make healthy food choices in the Little Pig Market.
EdVenture staffer Kristin Taylor helps a young shopper make healthy food choices in the Little Pig Market. EdVenture is also reaching out to USC to bring the fascinating world of nanotechnology to the children of SC. This will coincide with the “It’s a NanoWorld” traveling exhibit opening February 1, 2005. There will be a series of programs for children and adults to coincide with this exhibit.

As a special spring event, the museum is considering a unique fundraiser involving the adoption of caterpillars and nurturing them through the metamorphosis of becoming a butterfly.

All the first–year favorites will be back, including additions to the First Families Society, HalloWonka, New Year’s Eve, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, Family Night, Go Polar!, dental health programs, and much more.

EdVenture is located in the Vista at 211 Gervais. For more information on the museum and its programs, call 803-779-3100 or log onto

www.edventure.org.

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