By TMoM Team Member Dennette Bailey

If you are visiting Myrtle Beach this Labor Day weekend and are looking for an attraction that will allow you some time to come in from the heat while keeping your youngsters entertained, then you must visit EdVenture.

EdVenture is a children’s museum located in the Market Common area of Myrtle Beach. (There is also an Edventure located in Columbia, SC which is pictured at the top of this blog). Edventure is a small museum, but it has lots of fun exhibits. Young children will really appreciate the museum’s cozy feel. The whole family will love the area this museum is centrally located in. The Market Common area is fairly new, and it offers lots of shopping, entertainment and places to enjoy food. The location makes a visit to EdVenture perfect because family members of different ages can stroll about the Market Common and still be close enough to the museum to meet up with each other to eat a meal or do other family activities together.

The museum features an outer space theme. Highlights of the museum include a rocket ship Space Climber exhibit in which children will love pretending to be an astronaut flying into space. There is also an astronaut dramatic play mirror, aircraft engine models, and an airplane that really makes the child feel like they are flying. I was so impressed with the airplane I researched it and purchased one for my preschool.

In addition, there is a gravity well and Air Ways wind tube to aid in experiencing the space theme. Home schooling parents might appreciate the opportunity to get a lesson in while on vacation because the museum lends itself to teaching focused outer space themes.

There are also opportunities for dramatic play at the museum as there is an indoor playhouse, puppet theatre, Mission Control space center and a worker space to complete art projects or create an invention. A life- sized Lite- Brite completes the area and offers lots of opportunity for children to practice their manipulation and thinking skills.

EdVenture offers a big soft block building area for toddlers and a toddler only play area. Preschoolers and elementary age children will appreciate the interactive Beam Game. The museum has a subscription for this game and so the interactive games are switched out monthly. It allows children to get in lots of movement and enjoy the digital experience at the same time.

Since this is a vacation area, the museum has a convenient schedule as it is open every day. EdVenture also offers various discounts so be sure to ask what discounts are available when you visit.

EdVenture also features a small gift shop. Masks are currently required for individuals 3 years of age and up and all standard Covid safety precautions are in effect. This is a small museum so there is no cafeteria or area to eat but you will not feel you have missed out as there are several restaurants in walking distance. After you visit this museum stroll down just a couple steps to the local Fudge shop, take in a show at the movie theatre or just walk over to the convenient park and watch the children play while you sit under the trees!

You can visit the location at 3061 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or call for information at 843- 839-0475.

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*Photos courtesy of EdVenture