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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Located in the middle of historical downtown Columbia, we offer a premiere event venue with the ambiance of an Art Gallery and the functionality of a theatre, church, bar, club, restaurant, conference center, and lecture hall.
Tapp's is the perfect, eclectic space for all your event needs.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Tapp's Arts Center is becoming a creativity incubator for artists from a variety of backgrounds.
It is a multipurpose space that bridges connections between artists and the greater community.
When you rent from Tapp's, you are giving to a non-profit cultural cause.
What do you love most about your job?
Working at Tapp's exposes even the most introverted employee to all walks of life.
The atmosphere is welcoming, yet ambitious, and challenging,, yet supportive.
It is an experience that will make you grow professionally and personally.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Columbia needs this place.
Visit Nonnah's for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Columbia's The Congaree Vista.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Nonnah's will leave you happy and full.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Nonnah's.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from Nonnah's.
A mid-priced establishment, Nonnah's offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Nonnah's' restaurant for some good old American favorites!
Let your personal style shine in your home's interior with a few antique pieces from Non 'e' Such in Columbia.
Non 'e' Such boasts an impressive selection of souvenirs and memorabilia that is definitely worth your visit when you're looking for commemorative gifts.
Have a party to attend? Grab a gift basket on the way at Non 'e' Such.
If you're in need of some design tips, head on over to this store and peruse the exquisite pieces on display.
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With parking nearby to spare, Non 'e' Such is ready for your visit.
Looking for a reputable museum? Historic Columbia Foundation Tours in Columbia is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting unique works of art.
What's a fine museum without fine dining to accompany it? Be sure to pick up a tasty meal when you visit their great restaurant.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the activities at this museum just as much as their parents do.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Historic Columbia Foundation Tours is sure to be a fun experience for the whole family!
Don't let your creativity go to waste. Find some great supplies at City Art in Columbia and show the world your artistry.
For artwork that's unique, pick up a piece carefully crafted by hand (no one is exactly alike!).
Sharpen your artistic eye with a little help from this store — even the most impressive artists are dazzled by the stunning pieces on display.
Dine at City Art and keep your car safely parked in a nearby lot.
So if you're pumped about your next art project, head to City Art for all the supplies you'll need.