EdVenture Children's Museum:  Columbia   |   Hartsville   |   Myrtle Beach

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Hours:

Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We are closed on the following days: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Admission:

Members   -   Free

Children and Adults   -   $11.95

Seniors (age 62+)   -   $10.95

Military (with ID)   -   $10.95

Educator (with ID)   -   $10.95

Groups (15+ w/RSVP)   -   $8.50

Children under two    -   Free

Field Trips

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EdVenture offers a variety of hands-on classroom and laboratory programs focused on enhancing school curriculum. Our standards-based field trips offer an exciting twist and springboard to your instruction.

General Information

Cost:

First Steps: $4.00

Exploration Only (PreK-5): $5.00

Classroom Programs (PreK-5): $6.00

Additional Classes: $3.00

Lab Programs (PreK-5): $7.00

Additional Labs: $3.00

Programs We Offer

Early Childhood Programs (3K to 4K)

Classroom Programs (20 student max per 45 min session)

Gravity Painting
Subject: Physical Science, Art
SC Early Learning Standards: APL-4, HPD-5, CD-4, CD-5, MTE-6
Join us as we unlock an artist’s toolbox to discover the exciting world of art through science! Using beginner scientific principles, we will create works or art using magnets and the gravitational pull of the earth! Join us as we go full STEAM ahead to where science and art combine to create masterpieces for all to see.
*Due to drying time, art may need to be picked up at a later date.

Give Me a Beat!
Subject: Music, Physical Science, Engineering
SC Early Learning Standards: APL-1, APL-2, APL-4, EDS-5, HDP-5, MTE-3, CD-2, CD-5
Drum roll please! Students will discover the science of sound and become musical engineers. Students will experiment with sound waves through a series of hands-on activities. Using this knowledge, students will then get their creative gears turning by engineering their own musical instruments out of everyday objects to create their own unique sounds.

Enchanted Engineers
Subject: Engineering, Physical Science, Maker
SC Early Learning Standards: APL-4, APL-6, APL-9, EDS-5, HPD-5, MTE-4, MTE-6, CD-10, CD-11
Think it. Design it. Make it! Inspired by the tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, students will dive into the world of engineering to solve different tasks facing the story's characters. They will build bridges, craft boats, and construct houses for the three goat brothers. These tiny tinkerers will even use basic coding in order to subdue the grumpy Troll! This hands-on program builds teamwork and problem-solving skills in addition to structures!

Little Sprouts
Subject: Life Science
SC Early Learning Standards: APL-8, ESD-5, HPD-5, LDC-7, MTE-5, CD-10
Give your plants the TLC they need to thrive! Come explore the world of plants as we discover what we can do to help them, as well as what they do to help us! Discover the life cycle of a plant from seed to sprout, determine what plants need to survive, and find out how we rely on plants in our everyday lives. We’ll plant the seed, and your little botanists will grow to love flowers and plants as we dig in the dirt to discover their world.

Lab Programs (20 student max per 45 min session, EdVenture Columbia Field Trip Only)

Eating the Rainbow (Cooking Lab presented by AFLAC)
Subject: Health
SC Early Learning Standards: APL-4, APL-8, HPD-1, HPD-4, HPD-5, HPD-6, LDC-1, LDC-3, MTE-1, MTE-5, CD-11
Sometimes, it’s okay to play with your food! Eating the rainbow will inspire students to think more about creating a rainbow at mealtime and the benefits that each color brings in terms of health and wellness. Working and learning in our Cooking Lab, each student will create a healthy and colorful plate that reinforces the current government guidelines for healthy eating.

T.L.C.- The Lifelong Chef (Cooking Lab presented by AFLAC)
Subject:
Life Skills
EdVenture, as well as The Cooking Lab, prides itself on being an inclusive space that is welcoming to students of all abilities. In this class, students will learn kitchen and life skills to prepare them for a lifetime of culinary knowledge. They will cover kitchen and knife safety and how to prepare many meals with a few ingredients.

Dynamic DNA (BioInvestigators Lab presented by AFLAC) (4K only)
Subject: Life Science
SC Early Learning Standards: APL-9, ESD-5, HPD-5, MTE-1, CD-1, CD-3, CD-10
Students will discover what makes each and every one of us unique by exploring the traits that make us who we are! Students will make and take home colorful DNA bracelets to illustrate the classroom’s genetic diversity as well as discover DNA by extracting it themselves from strawberry cells! Students will grab their lab tools as they measure, mix, and mash their way to extracting huge clumps of strawberry DNA that they can see and touch!

K – 2nd Grade Programs

Classroom Programs (30 student max per 45 min session)

Healthy Me Healthy You
Subject: Life Science
SC Standards: K.L.2, G-K.1, P-K.1, P-K.3, K-K.5, N-K.6, P-K.6, G-1.1, N-1.1, N-1.5, N-1.6, P-1.6, G-2.1, N-2.1, N-2.5, N-2.6, N-2.7
Meet STUFFEE, EdVenture’s health ambassador, who teaches students how to maintain the body – inside and out! Students learn about their digestive tract, how to find and take their pulse, how to keep their heart and lungs strong, and the importance of exercise and eating healthy. Students will have an opportunity to learn about proper dental hygiene when they meet our dental dragons, Williams and Brice, who will show STUFFEE how to properly brush her teeth. Satisfy your appetite for a healthy diet as you explore food groups and the MyPlate approach to nutritious eating.

A Child Around the World
Subject: Social Studies
SC Standards: K-1, K-4, 1-4.1, 1-4.2, 1-4.3, 2-4
Prepare for take-off as we embark on an EdVenture to many wondrous places around the world! Your students will experience life as children from different cultures. From chores, to school, to music and birthdays, kids around the world do many of the same things we do! To top it all off, they’ll get a passport full of stamps, to help remember their journey!

Weather You Like it or Not
Subject: Earth Science
SC Standards: Science K.E.3, K.E.3A, 1.E.3, 2.E.2, 2.E.2A
Weather happens every day, but how? Students will take on the role of meteorologists as they participate in interactive displays exploring the “three ingredients” of weather: temperature, precipitation, and air. They will discover how the weather changes throughout the year and how to stay safe when it turns severe. With plenty of instruments to help young scientists collect data and take readings, this class is sure to be a hit… no matter the season!

Little Sparks
Subject: Fire and Life Safety
SC Standards: Health I-K.7.1
Do your students know what it means to be safe from fire at home? Designed and presented by educational specialists from the South Carolina Division of Fire and Life Safety, Office of State Fire Marshal, this program teaches children the basic tenets of home fire safety, such as knowledge of smoke alarms, home escape plans, what’s hot and what’s not, and how to react in emergency situations. By empowering our youngest citizens to become safety managers in their own homes, students will leave knowing the skills to help them stay safe!

It’s Just a Phase
Subject: Physical Science
SC Standards: Science 2.P.3A
Solids and liquids and gases, oh my! With materials like dry ice and liquid nitrogen at your side, embark on a curious journey to discovery the properties and conditions of these three states of matter. Watch as our educators cause chemical reactions, shrivel balloons, and even flash freeze marshmallows for your students to try!

It All Adds Up!
Subject: Mathematics
SC Standards: Math K.ATO.4, K.ATO.5, K.ATO.6, K.MDA.3, 1.ATO.6, 1.ATO.9, 1.MDA.5, 1.MDA.6, 2.NBST.5, 2.ATO.1, 2.G.1, 2.G.3, 2.MDA.3, 2.MDA.10
Just how far can your math skills get you through this exciting program? Students will put their math knowledge to work solving real life problems, from measuring to geometry to even fractions. But teamwork is crucial as students race against the clock to solve as many puzzles as possible and rack up the highest team score!

Motion Commotion
Subject: Physical Science
SC Science Standards: 2.P.4
SC Mathematics standards: 2.MDA.3
Push, pull, force, motion, and gravity—this program explores it all! Discover the forces of the world in motion in this exciting program that will teach students about push vs. pull, mass vs. weight, gravity, friction, and inertia. Students will learn about these forces of motion as well as acceleration, deceleration, and velocity through catapult science, scooter races, and EdVenture's take on tug-of-war.

Lab Programs (24 student max per 45 min session, EdVenture Columbia Field Trip Only)

Read It and Eat It (Cooking Lab presented by AFLAC)
Subject: Health and ELA
SC Standards: Health G-K.1.1, G-K.1.2, G-K.1.3, G-1.1.1, P-1.1.1
In this exciting class, students will read a literary selection with a healthy eating message and then whip up a colorful, nutritious snack! Students will learn to make informed choices about food and how to create healthy eating habits early in life. By making a connection between what they read with their eyes and taste with their mouths, we will expand student’s palates first-hand!

T.L.C.- The Lifelong Chef (Cooking Lab presented by AFLAC)
Subject: Life Skills
EdVenture, as well as The Cooking Lab, prides itself on being an inclusive space that is welcoming to students of all abilities. In this class, students will learn kitchen and life skills to prepare them for a lifetime of culinary knowledge. They will cover kitchen and knife safety and how to prepare many meals with a few ingredients.

Dynamic DNA (BioInvestigators Lab presented by AFLAC) (4K only)
Subject: Life Science
SC Standards: Science K.S.1A.3, K.L.2, 1.S.1, 2.L.5
Students will discover what makes each and every one of us unique by exploring the traits that make us who we are! Students will make and take home colorful DNA bracelets to illustrate the classroom’s genetic diversity as well as discover DNA by extracting it themselves from strawberry cells! Students will grab their lab tools as they measure, mix, and mash their way to extracting huge clumps of strawberry DNA that they can see and touch!

What's the Matter with Pizza? (Cooking Lab)
SC Science Standards: 2-1, 2
-4
Do you REALLY know what you’re eating? Join EDDIE and Friends in the new Taste Buds cooking lab where students will explore the molecular makeup of their favorite foods! Students will discover the scientific origins of pizza; from the melting point of cheese to the important role that gluten plays when creating a yummy crust, we’ll heat, cool and chop our way through delicious scientific exploration!

3rd – 5th Grade Programs

Classroom Programs (30 student max per 45 min session)

It’s Just a Phase
Subject: Physical Science
SC Standards: Science 3.P.2, 3.P.2A, 5.P.2, 5.P.2A
Solids and liquids and gases, oh my! With materials like dry ice and liquid nitrogen at your side, embark on a curious journey to discovery the properties and conditions of these three states of matter. Watch as our educators cause chemical reactions, shrivel balloons, and even flash freeze marshmallows for your students to try!

It All Adds Up!
Subject: Mathematics
SC Standards: Math 3.NSBT.3,3.NSBT.4, 3.NSF.1, 3.NSF.2, 3.MDA.6, 4.ATO.2, 4.ATO.5, 4.G.3, 4.MDA.2, 4.MDA.7, 5.NSBT.2, 5.NSF.2, 5.NSF.8, 5.ATO.2, 5.MDA.1
Just how far can your math skills get you through this exciting program? Students will put their math knowledge to work solving real life problems, from measuring to geometry to even fractions. But teamwork is crucial as students race against the clock to solve as many puzzles as possible and rack up the highest team score!

Mysterious Magnets
Subject: Physical Science
SC Standards: Science 2.S.1, 2.P.3B, 3.S.1, 3.P.3B
Enter a world where objects levitate, colors float across tables, and liquids defy the laws of gravity. Students will explore magnetic fields, generate electricity and engage in hands-on experiments to unwrap the mystery of magnetism.

Weather You Like it or Not
Subject: Earth Science
SC Standards: Science 4.E.2, 4.E.2A, 4.E.2B, 4.E.3B
Weather happens every day, but how? Students will take on the role of meteorologists as they participate in interactive displays exploring the “three ingredients” of weather: temperature, precipitation, and air. They will discover how the weather changes throughout the year and how to stay safe when it turns severe. With plenty of instruments to help young scientists collect data and take readings, this class is sure to be a hit… no matter the season!

Zap! Electricity at Work
Subject: Physical Science
SC Standards: Science 3.S.1, 3.P.3, 3.P.3A
It’s electric! Zap! Explores the wonders of electricity, it’s origins, and how to stay safe around it. We will witness the different ways electrons “flow” as we look at the structure of the atom, types of electricity, and it effects on living things. Students will create a human circuit, participate in a Van der Graff demonstration, and observe a pickle being zapped! They will even get to try their hands at our “squishy circuits”, creating a flow of electrons that is sure to be illuminating!

Burning Questions
Subject: Fire and Life Safety
How does fire form? How can it be contained? What can we do to prevent it? Designed and presented by educational specialists from the South Carolina Division of Fire and Life Safety, Office of State Fire Marshal, this program teaches students about fire safety while demonstrating the fire triangle. By empowering students with answers to these burning questions, students will leave knowing the skills to help them stay safe!

Awesome Aeronautics
Subject: Physical Science
SC Standards: Science 5.S.1
Ever wonder how an airplane stays in the sky? Well, keep your tray tables and seats in the locked and upright position as we learn about the four forces of flight through fun and creative challenges. Students are engaged in the science behind flight and queried to think how engineers might design future aircrafts. Afterwards, students can try engineering their own unique paper airplane designs!

Motion Commotion
Subject: Physical Science
SC Science Standards: 5.S.1, 5.P.5
Push, pull, force, motion, and gravity—this program explores it all! Discover the forces of the world in motion in this exciting program that will teach students about push vs. pull, mass vs. weight, gravity, friction, and inertia. Students will learn about these forces of motion as well as acceleration, deceleration, and velocity through catapult science, scooter races, and EdVenture's take on tug-of-war.

Lab Programs (24 student max per 45 min session, EdVenture Columbia Field Trip Only)

Botanical Investigators (BioInvestigations Lab - presented by AFLAC)
Subject: Life Science
SC Standards: Science 3.S.1A, 4.S.1A, 4.L.5A, 4.L.5B, 5.S.1A
Students will look closely at different kinds of plants in order to compare, contrast, and ultimately classify them. This engaging hands-on activity encourages students to use dissection tools as they investigate flower anatomy. In addition, microscopes will be used to look at the plants cellular organization and see how they are different from animal cells.

Slimy Science (BioInvestigations Lab - presented by AFLAC)
Subject: Physical Science
SC Standards: Science 3.S.1, 3.P.2, 4.S.1, 5.S.1, 5.P.2
Ooze your way into this investigative journey through the world of Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids. Students will conduct experiments to learn about viscosity and how solids and liquids move. From physics to chemistry, all matters are covered in this scientist’s adventure, as students will mix together their very own Non-Newtonian fluid, Slime!

Earth ROCKS!
Subject:Earth Science
SC Standards:Science 3.S.1, 3.E.3, 3.E.3A
Become a Geologist for the day and see what our planet is made of! Students will learn to identify the main types of rocks, minerals and fossils by getting hands on with the different samples. They will even get the opportunity to break down their very own mock-rock to see what it’s made of.

Global Chef (Cooking Lab - presented by AFLAC)
Subject: Health
SC Standards: Health G-4.1.1, N-4.1.1, P-5.1.1, N-5.1.1, N-5.1.3, N-6.1.3, N-6.1.4, N-7.6.1
Global Chef takes students on a culinary adventure around the world to explore a different cuisine and culture. Students will prepare an exciting dish and learn where and how it is prepared!

T.L.C.- The Lifelong Chef (Cooking Lab presented by AFLAC)
Subject: Life Skills
EdVenture, as well as The Cooking Lab, prides itself on being an inclusive space that is welcoming to students of all abilities. In this class, students will learn kitchen and life skills to prepare them for a lifetime of culinary knowledge. They will cover kitchen and knife safety and how to prepare many meals with a few ingredients.

What's the Matter with Pizza? (Cooking Lab)
SC Science Standards:
3-1.2, 3-1.3, 3-1.4
Do you REALLY know what you’re eating? Join EDDIE and Friends in the new Taste Buds cooking lab where students will explore the molecular makeup of their favorite foods! Students will discover the scientific origins of pizza; from the melting point of cheese to the important role that gluten plays when creating a yummy crust, we’ll heat, cool and chop our way through delicious scientific exploration!

FAQs

Find out everything you need to know about field studies at EdVenture!

What are the costs?

Please see the General Information tab for pricing details.

Do teachers or bus drivers have to pay?

Between Labor Day and Memorial Day, EdVenture offers weekday classroom/lab programs and self-guided tours at a discounted price. Teachers and bus drivers are free. Please find the pricing details in the “General Information” tab. On weekends and between Memorial Day & Labor Day, EdVenture only offers self-guided tours and all members of the group are charged the group rate.

How long does the field trip last?

Field Trips at EdVenture do not have a time limit. Classroom and Lab programs will last 45-minutes per session and typically allow for 15 minutes reset time for the educator. Exploration time, whether with or without an attached classroom program, is unlimited. EdVenture is open from 9 AM – 5 PM Monday – Sunday and programming may begin as early as 9:30 AM. Self-guided tours are available for booking on weekend days and do not have a time limit. EdVenture does not offer guided tours.

When are field trip programs offered?

Tuesdays through Fridays beginning at 9:30 AM, though groups may arrive starting at 9:00. Group visits scheduled as Self-Guided Tours are available all week including weekends. Weekend group visits will receive the regular group discount, not the school rate.

What do I have to do to guarantee my space?

A $60.00 non-refundable deposit is required within five (5) business days upon receipt of the booking confirmation letter from the School & Group Coordinator for all classroom programming. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required within five (5) business days upon receipt of the booking confirmation letter from the School & Group Coordinator for all laboratory programming. Your deposit will be credited toward the total program fees due.

How do I make reservations?

Please click the “Book a Trip” tab. Contact the School and Group Coordinator for further information. Group visits must be booked at least three (3) weeks in advance. We recommend booking at least a month in advance to ensure availability.

Does my group need a reservation?

Yes, for your group to secure the discounted group rates, you must submit a reservation request form and have your trip confirmed by the School and Group Coordinator. Reservations take 48 hours to 1 week to process.

When is the balance due?

We understand different organizations use different systems to process payments. While we prefer payments be made on the day of as this typically reduces the likelihood of an over or under payment, payment can be made ahead of time or on the day of. EdVenture will provide refunds for overpayment within 30 days for amounts of $50.00 or greater. Any refund will be assessed a $25.00 administrative processing fee. Payment can be made by check, Visa, Discover, American Express or MasterCard.

How will I receive confirmation for my visit?

You will receive confirmation of your visit by email both upon initial booking and two weeks out from your scheduled trip. It will include your reservation number. Please confirm your group numbers with the School and Group Coordinator ten (10) business days before your field trip date.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please contact the School and Group Coordinator at 803-400-1135 for current cancellation policy information.

What are your drop-off/pickup policies?

Buses are to bring students to the main entrance of EdVenture upon arrival. Drivers will then be directed to a specific parking location after students have entered the building. Buses are to pick up students at the museum’s main entrance at the front of the building. Please notify the front desk staff (803)400-1171 if your group will be arriving late. Accommodation will be made if possible. However, late arrival may result in shortened or cancelled programming. If programming is shortened or cancelled due to a late group arrival, no refund will be issued.

What is EdVenture’s Field Trip food policy?

If you plan to eat at EdVenture during your stay, please inform the School and Group Scheduler to see if space is available. If you wish to purchase lunch through EdVenture, your school lunch form is due ten (10) business days prior to arrival. Please note, no food, drink or gum is permitted in the exhibit areas.

Does EdVenture take their programming on the road?

Yes, Ed2Go, our outreach program, operates year-round but is subject to educator availability. Prices vary based on group size and program format, please see our Ed2Go page for more information. Visit our website to book your outreach program today.

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