Like bamboo and clown-college waiting lists, imagination is always growing. Nurture a child's burgeoning creativity with today's Groupon: for $19, you get four general-admission tickets to EdVenture Children's Museum on Gervais Street (up to a $38 value). This Groupon must be used by June 30, 2011.
EdVenture is a kid-friendly learning facility featuring nine world-class galleries and more than 350 interactive exhibits. Let youngsters cavort through the Critter Garden, where butterflies bounce from blossom to blossom. The anatomically curious can climb into Eddie, a 40-foot model of a child that invites guests to crawl through his heart, clamber up to his brain, and slide out his intestines like a disgruntled spider washed from an indifferent water spout. Upcoming visitors should keep peepers peeled for a rotating lineup of events and activities at the museum, including Kangaroo Crossing (April 5–June 26), a wee walkabout through the marsupial mainland, and Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action (May 28¬¬–September 11), which encourages adolescent action stars to scale walls and stay active.
EdVenture Children's Museum
When visitors step into one of the South's largest children's museums, there's one thought that commonly crosses their minds: That's a big kid. Waiting to greet them is a 40-foot-tall statue of EDDIE, a reinforced, molded-plastic boy who weighs 17.6 tons and—like almost everything at EdVenture Children's Museum—is ready for kids to explore. After they've climbed inside his heart, up to his brain, and slid down his intestines—all while learning about their own bodies—kids race to explore the rest of the museum's more than 350 hands-on activities contained within nine exhibit galleries. As a testament to its attractions, EdVenture Children's Museum received the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, an honor given to only 10 libraries and museums in the nation.
Past Eddie, EdVenture’s permanent exhibits include the World of Work, where kids climb aboard a John Deere tractor, take the helm of a 24-foot fire truck, and learn the value of money by spending Eddie Bucks on groceries or flooding the market to undermine the local economy. At the Aha Factory, wee ones recycle everyday items into paper snowflakes, pipe-cleaner butterflies, and glitter-encrusted egg cartons. Children 3 and younger, meanwhile, can explore the My Backyard exhibit, an age-appropriate haven of soft surfaces.