Myrtle Beach has taken flight here at The Market Common as of Feb. 15, and on the
morning of Presidents’ Day, my 3-year-old son and I prepared for takeoff to
explore every 3,500-plus square feet!
reincarnated children’s museum is a smaller version of its former life off 21st
Avenue North and Oak Street, but packed with plenty of interactive, educational
exhibits to feed the curious minds of preschoolers and young children. And,
because of its location here on the former Air Force base, EdVenture is themed
around the fields of aviation and astronomy.
the first thing my son raced over to was the space ship “tree house” that you
climb up and aboard. Once inside, he can click on keyboards, flip switches and
lights and feel like he’s in a real moon lander. The STEM concepts extend out
onto the floor, with mission control and command centers, complete with a
camera and monitor that connects to the moon lander. Each button and lever that
turned on a light or made a sound was like Christmas morning for my
preschooler. You can even put your hands through gloves at the mission control
center to grab a pile of “moon rocks.”
there’s so much more to soak up here at EdVenture, including a wall of airway
tubes that sucks up each fluffy ball you drop through the maze of tubes; a
high-tech, three-screen flight simulator to put your pilot skills to the test
(it even vibrates to give you the true sensation of liftoff); a floor
projection game to stomp and jump on; a cool coin vortex gravity well close to
the entrance and gift shop; a padded play area designated for toddler visitors,
equipped with flight-themed toys and costumes; and a MakerWorks art and craft
area lined with bins of supplies, tables and chairs.
little one runs out of energy, take a seat in the children’s play house that
loops the first moon landing on a 1960s-style TV inside or on one of the comfy
chairs in the small library area appropriately stocked with books on space
exploration. And, parents, you’ll also appreciate the educational opportunities
for yourself as well, with EdVenture’s wall murals that take you through the historical
timeline of the Myrtle Beach International Airport and the former Myrtle Beach
Air Force Base.
takeaway from our takeoff? EdVenture is a great rainy day option for indoor
play and a way to avoid mindless arcades – and we all know we’re looking for
treasures like this.
Myrtle Beach, located at 3061 Howard Ave., is open Monday through Saturday, 10
a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. General admission is $8 (children 2
and under are free). For more information about membership, birthdays and
rentals, visit www.edventure.org/myrtle-beach/.