Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood



At EdVenture it’s just another day on the farm

Posted 10/24/2012 9:30:00 AM

If you’re driving through downtown Columbia and see a cow, don’t panic. That’s Farmville.

EdVenture Children’s Museum brings the farm-to-market-to-consumer concept to life with its third annual family fun farm festival Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buy fresh produce and products from a real farmers market in the EdVenture parking lot, and talk with the local farmers to learn more about where your food comes from. Get up close with farm animals and farm machinery, try your hand at barnyard games, arts and crafts and more. Capital City Cloggers will be performing, and there will be live bluegrass music.

But it’s not just an outdoor festival. Farmville celebrates the opening of three new exhibits at the museum that tie into the farm-to-market-to-table concept: the Busy Bee Farm, Speckled Hen Market and the Little Spot Diner. At Busy Bee Farm your family can discover more about South Carolina’s agricultural industry by milking a cow, picking veggies, collecting eggs and even driving a tractor. Learn how your food is grown, produced and shipped, then send your harvested food to the market. There’s also a real beehive, where you can learn about the life cycle of bees and their role in our environment.

Stock shelves at the Speckled Hen Market with produce straight from the farm, shop for groceries or play cashier. As kids play they discover how food gets to the consumer. Then in the diner there’s a lesson in preparing and ordering healthy fare as they pretend to be the cook, wait staff and customers.

“It’s important for children to learn where their food comes from and how it gets to their table," museum spokeswoman Kristy Barnes said. "Farmville gives families an opportunity to pet farm animals, try locally grown produce and learn about nutrition. You know you’ve arrived at Farmville when you see goats and llamas near Gervais Street."

Farmville is free with museum admission, or pay just $5 for just the Farmville event. Admission is $11.50 for children and adults; $10.50 for seniors (age 62 and older); $10.50 for military (with ID). Groups of 15 or more with reservations are $8.50 each. Members are free and children younger than one are admitted free. Normal EdVenture hours are: Tues - Sat.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more information about EdVenture, visit or call (803) 779-3100.