If you’ve always wanted to test out the exhibits at EdVenture Children’s Museum but were afraid you might look silly waiting in line with the kids, you’ll get your chance Thursday night: from 6:30 until 8:30 pm, the museum will hold an adults-only event called GLOW. We asked board chairman and kid-at-heart Chip Amaker why he’s looking forward to Thursday night’s festivities.
1. Lots of exhibits will be open. “My favorite is Dalmatian Station’s virtual firetruck driving experience,” Amaker says. “It’s like being behind the wheel during that opening scene from the “Naked Gun” movie where Leslie Nielsen’s police car drives sideways and through a guy’s house to get to the doughnut shop. But you can also ride the slide through Eddie, the World’s Largest Child, go down a fire pole or try your hand at laser surgery, which is like a life-size version of the game Operation. There’s also a make-believe construction site where you can use a crane to try to pick up balls and deposit them into a container. It’s harder than it looks!”
2. You’ll be able to do things at the museum that the kids can’t. “The GLOW theme is about exploring phosphorescence, so there will be special attractions like laser tag, glow-in-the-dark manicures and light painting,” Amaker said. “We’ll have food, adult beverages and glow-in-the-dark drinks, too.”
3. You’ll be supporting EdVenture’s “Yes, Every Child Fund,” which provides underserved families entry to the museum for $1. “EdVenture is all about inspiring kids to love learning through new experiences,” Amaker said. “Yes, Every Child is fantastic because makes EdVenture accessible to all children.”
EdVenture Children’s Museum 211 Gervais St., Columbia. (803) 779-3100; edventure.org.