There’s a great deal more happening inside our bright walls than meets the eye. That’s why we make our unique style of learning widely accessible to children, youth and adults across South Carolina and beyond.
Yes Every Child
Fr every child we welcome through our doors, there are thousands who will never have that opportunity. Yes, Every Child is our initiative to make educational programming accessible for under resourced children and families. It’s a call individuals and corporations are embracing to cultivate new generations of well-educated, well- equipped South Carolinians.
Help us break cultural, ethnic, geographic and socio-economic barriers with a tax-deductible contribution today.
How Yes, Every Child HelpsReduced Admission:
- Families who receive SNAP, WIC or Medicaid benefits receive $1 admission per person.
- EdVenture-To-Go makes museum programs mobile for rural communities across the state.
- Educational material translation allows bi-lingual educators to take the EdVenture experience to Hispanic and Latino communities.
- A variety of health programs address wellness disparities among low-income families.
- Community Events
- Community-wide health and wellness events, such as Eddie’s Block Party, are offered free to the public.
- Support for participation in area community festivals connects EdVenture to families in the community.
- Provide reduced or free admission for underserved families to attend special literacy, health, or school readiness events, such as StoryBook Ball and Countdown to Kindergarten.
The Nord Family Foundation
C.G. Fuller Foundation
Edward B. Timmons, Jr. Charitable Trust
Club EdVenture After School Program
This affordable, award-winning after-school program is conducted onsite each day of the school year at 15 schools in Richland and Lexington School Districts. The EdVenture approach to hands-on learning — learning by doing — supports classroom and reinforces key concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and math.In addition to afterschool care, Club EdVenture members have access to:
- a free anytime membership to EdVenture
- special discounts on camps and other special programs
- tuition assistance
The Nord Family Foundation
Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
We’re part of an important partnership that’s battling South Carolina’s persistent intergenerational cycle of low literacy.
Even middle and high school students have access to EdVenture after school with programs designed to instill skills such as community building, project planning and self-confidence. Future Leaders is a 12-week, after-school program that provides leadership development and career exploration.
One aspect of EdVenture’s guiding purpose is to address community issues that impact children and their families. One current conundrum is the health and wellness. It’s a large problem we’re hitting from different directions.
EdVenture operates a cooking and nutrition lab right in the museum. Working with the chef in residence, children and families can explore cooking and nutritional programming that paves the way to a healthier lifestyle.
Did you know South Carolina citizens are 32% more likely than the national average to experience a fire-related death? Our onsite exhibits and offsite outreach teaches children and families safety skills that help better prepare them for emergency situations that can arise.
While our Body Detectives exhibit helps visitors brush up on dental health, each February, during National Children’s Dental Health Month, we go the extra mile. Our annual, free Dental Health Fair provides free dental screenings, heart healthy snacks, and activities for children of all ages each February.
How does a children’s museum build 21st century skills and cultivate a capable workforce in our youth? Let’s count the ways!
- Improving early childhood education. Providing programs, training educators and building public awareness of the need for high quality early childhood development.
- Impacting classroom education. Offering onsite programs, statewide outreach and professional development for teachers that contribute to educational success in our state.
- Supporting workforce preparation. While young EdVenture visitors can explore a multitude of careers within our World of Work exhibit, more than 100 middle-school youth can experience targeted education and career exploration in the biosciences.
- Providing technology-based experiences. From our popular Maker Works maker space to hosting the annual Columbia Mini Maker Faire, EdVenture provides children with year-round opportunities to explore the science and art of technology.
EdVenture is improving accessibility as well as removing barriers to the museum and educational resources through afterschool and outreach programs in Spanish, and by distributing materials such as school supplies, books and translated museum materials.
EdVenture has hosted or participated in many events and festivals focused on bringing resources to Hispanic communities and fostering relationships between families, organizations and community leaders.