Annual Events

You don’t want to miss these free annual events held only at EdVenture.

Countdown to Kindergarten

August 3, 2018 — 5–8 p.m.

Rising kindergarteners and their families are special guests at the 13th annual Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration! The celebration gives rising kindergarteners a chance to practice school skills before the bell rings including:

• getting on and off a school bus
• holding lunch trays
• tasting nutritious snacks
• visiting a mock classroom
• enjoying hands-on learning activities at the museum.

Families can connect with representatives from school districts, state agencies, and community groups to learn about educational, health and community resources.

Exhibitor space is still available. Contact Dakota Deluca,, for more information. 


Halloween Hoopla

October 31, 2018 4pm-8pm

EdVenture Children’s Museum invites all families to attend a night of Halloween fun at the museum’s Halloween Hoopla celebration on October 31, from 4-8 p.m. This family-friendly Halloween spectacular is open to the public and is free for children 12 years and younger. Admission for 13 years and older is $5. Surprises await trick or treaters behind more than 15 doors at EdVenture! Halloween Happening features pumpkin smashing, spooky science experiments and of course scary amounts of candy. Attendees are invited to be in their best Halloween attire and even EDDIE®, the world’s largest child, will be showing off his black Halloween mask!


Gingerbread Jamboree

November 23, 2018-December 31, 2018

All families are invited to some holiday fun this season at EdVenture’s Gingerbread Jamboree, held each weekend through December 31. The holiday event series for children will feature photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, mini gingerbread house decorating, special visitors and holiday arts and crafts. The Jamboree will conclude with Columbia’s only BALL DROP for kids complete with a juice box toast at noon and activities celebrating New Year’s Eve around the world on December 31 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.! As the countdown to noon begins, a giant illuminated ball descends and lands at the foot of EDDIE®, kicking off the biggest mid-day celebration in town!


Story Book Ball 

March 23, 2019

Enter a world of kings and queens, pirates, princesses and fabled creatures as EdVenture transforms into a magical kingdom of storybook dreams. Children and their grown-ups will enjoy this merry evening filled with storytelling and themed entertainment. Rub the genie’s lamp and travel to exotic lands filled with face painting, and special characters from your favorite fables and fairy tales. Step inside and explore Dr. Seuss, Alice in Wonderland, Arabian Nights, Peter Pan, The Royal Court and the Wizard of Oz! Watch as we bring storybooks to life in the Tale Teller’s Theatre, prance with princesses at the royal dance party, and explore our Superheroes lair. Take the next coach and don’t be late! Costumes encouraged. 


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