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EdVenture Children's Museum, Columbia

(3.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • This is the best museum experience in Columbia (which isn't saying much). Very nice, but centered on kids.  more »
  • Cool place, however they do not honor the astc membership, which is disappointing considering the website has their name on it.  more »
  • I had a great time with my two children, 2 years and 10 months. Loved that they had an infant room, and my toddler like the outdoor water area. Happy to find a cafe with food options, or byo food allo...  more »
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  • We brought our 1 and 3 year old here while we were evacuated during Hurricane Matthew and they loved it. I was very impressed by all the stations and exhibits they had there. It was very interactive and educational. It was also clean and everything was working. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to bring their kids someplace where they can learn and have fun. HOWEVER, I gave only 4 stars instead of 5 because the cafeteria was awful. We waited well over a half hour for a cup of macaroni and cheese and one order of French fries. It wasn't just us either. Many people were complaining and kept going up to the counter. People were getting their food out of order and servers were going up to tables with the wrong food. Another woman had said she had the same problem the day before also. It was such a shame because the rest of the place was so great. But it put a damper on the day. So, I would absolutely recommend the museum. Just maybe eat elsewhere before you come!
  • This such a great kids friendly museum. Everything is hands on so the kids get such a treat out of it. My daughter loves climbing the fire truck, serving food in the grocery store (all pretend of course), and learning to be a builder in the blocks room. If your child is a tween, they are probably too old for this. My 12 year old was excited to go but decided he was too old when we got there. Of course, climbing through "Ed"'s body is a treat for the kids still. Your kids will love it.
  • There is SO much to do here! I was amazed when we walked through. I saw rooms that were set up for older kids, but they weren't open so I think it would be best to call about it before going of you have older kids looking for something to do. We were there for a few hours and weren't able to see and do everything that there was. I cannot wait to take my kids back!
  • We took our daughter to Edventure last weekend looking for a fun summer activity. Drove 1.5 hours to get there. Can't express how disappointed we were. At over $11 per ticket we certainly expected at the very least that most of the exhibits would work. How wrong we were. In fact most did not work. Some only partly worked, some not at all. There was a water related exhibit that had no working water! One exhibit consisted of various magnetic pipes to arrange and roll marbles through them. And, surprise! There were no marbles. This would have been a great place if things actually worked. As it is, I cannot recommend anyone wasting money or time at Edventure. My family will never return. I wonder where all the funding and admission fees go if nothing is maintained.
  • I honestly don't feel comfortable giving a 1-star rating. For those of you people who were thrilled with this dump, I'm confused to know what made it so spectacular. I don't even know where to begin... 90% of the activities were broken or too filthy to even touch. Also, I could only find one working sanitizer station, unacceptable! The only thing that the kid enjoyed was the crane. But with the lack of employee supervision some parents would just let their kids play on it as long as they wanted, so the "taking turns" rule doesn't apply at this place. You more or less have to tell other kids to move or just force your kid into place. I promise, it's rediculous! Also, I saw way too many parents sitting in the kids areas taking up the space just talking on their cell phones. THIS PLACE NEEDS MORE EMPLOYEE ENVOLVEMENT, just to move people along or monitor certain behavior, AND TO CLEAN!! The Critter Garden with the butterflies was neat but needed to be cleaned up as well... Water hoses just laying around, bags of plant clippings just sitting around. Oh and Body Detectives, who wants to play a giant Operation game that doesn't even work and is dirty, come on people. It's obvious that Edventure has the money to make the place cleaner and to make sure bad/unsupervised kids aren't destroying the exhibits. You need an employee at almost every lab or gallery. Everything at Edventure was interesting but when in the shape they were in, not fun. I'm not sure we will return until things have changed.