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 with 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!
Santa will visit from 1–5 p.m. on December 3, 4 and 11, and from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on December 10, 17, 18, 23 and 24. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences are invited for a sensory-friendly time with Santa and in the museum from 5–7 p.m. on December 11. Dancers from the Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker will perform Saturday, December 3, from 1–2 p.m. Autumn Hill, who plays the Sugar Plum fairy, will read the Nutcracker storybook while the Nutcracker character, played by Philip Ingrassia, will act out scenes during the reading.
Throughout the Jamboree, children will enjoy holiday readings of “Polar Express” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” create holiday ornaments, and sign up for graham cracker “gingerbread houses” decorating classes in our cooking lab.
December 1 is the opening of Snowville, a much loved annual winter wonderland that will be in place through March 5.
Snowville is a winter world where children can experience a fantastical place where every day is a snow day! Your trip to Snowville begins at the North Pole where you can climb Mount EdVerest, explore an ice cave or get the chills in a blizzard simulator. Travel to the South Pole and learn a little science while you shiver inside the Antarctic Research Station or get a thrill by tubing down Sled Hill, a 25 ft. long ride down a slippery hill giving visitors a wintry experience not normally found in the South! Join a team in the ice hockey rink or test your aim with the snowball blaster. Before leaving Snowville, make a memory of this winter wonderland and create a snow-filled postcard to share with your friends. Winter clothing is not required for these indoor activities, but if you’d like to dress for the occasion, there will be plenty of scarves, hats and gloves to go around! Support for Snowville is provided by Richland and Lexington counties and the cities of Columbia and West Columbia.
EdVenture is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. each day. Entrance to Gingerbread Jamboree and Snowville is free with membership or museum admission.
The mission of EdVenture is to inspire children to experience the joy of learning. EdVenture is dedicated to lifelong learning through its 92,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor interactive exhibit space and in its educational outreach programs and afterschool programs. The museum has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries, creating shared experiences and memories for families learning together. For more information about EdVenture, visit www.edventure.org or call 803-779-3100.arnes