For most children, there’s no better way to make learning stick than to present the subject matter in a way that draws kids in and, whenever possible, actually makes education fun. And at a new hands-on, interactive children’s museum in Myrtle Beach’s The Market Common shopping/dining/entertainment district, that’s exactly the approach taken to sparking interest in young minds and helping them grow.
Opened at 3061 Howard Avenue in February 2019, EdVenture Myrtle Beach offers 3,000 square feet of museum space filled with big fun and exciting exhibits. The not-for-profit educational institution strives to deliver a one-of-kind experience that’s sure to spark young guests’ interests in aviation, astronomy and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts.
Specifically, the EdVenture Myrtle Beach exhibits aim to introduce youngsters to the primary forces behind flight — gravity, lift, thrust and drag — via learning tools such as hands-on exhibits, wall graphics, library literature and displays, interactive paper-plane design and experimentation, and much more.
Among the exciting, hands-on exhibits in store for visitors to EdVenture Myrtle Beach:
- An Interactive climbing structure modeled after a moon lander and spaceship. An attached “mission control” unit helps kids enhance their teamwork and communication skills through remote interaction with fellow museum-goers.
- A 1960s-style “house” that introduces kids to the roots of the space-exploration era. Inside, recorded footage of the first lunar landing lets children experience the thrill of the historical event, and a telescope lets guests see distant astronomical objects.
- A triple-screen flight simulator developed in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics that allows kids to get behind the controls and “fly” a modern passenger plane.
- A coin vortex “gravity well” that introduces children to the concept of centripetal force that guides the orbits of the planets in our solar system.
- A designated interactive area for visitors age 3 and younger featuring hands-on, flight-themed play opportunities.
- Informative graphical content on the facility’s walls that educates visitors about historical spacecraft, the solar system, and landmark space missions.
- A “space” art area where children can create their own paper planes and more.
- Additional educational attractions such as an actual airplane engine, two model aircraft, a library featuring youth literature with flight- and space-themed materials, and more.
EdVenture is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free of charge for members and children under 2 years old, $8 for general admission, and $7 for seniors, educators and members of the military. To learn more about the museum and to plan your visit, check out the museum’s website at edventure.org/myrtle-beach.
After your fun learning experience at EdVenture, make the short trip back to Dayton House Resort to enjoy some rest and relaxation.