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Go Columbia Exclusive: Mr. Potato Head speaks

“The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head” opens at Edventure Children’s Museum on May 23.
“The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head” opens at Edventure Children’s Museum on May 23. EdVenture

Mr. Potato Head is setting up shop at EdVenture Children’s Museum.

The beloved spud has spent the past year traveling North America before settling in Columbia for a four-month stay. “The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head” is an exhibit in which children young and old can join the talking tuber everywhere from the moon to the depths of the ocean.

“Mr. Potato Head will take kids on an adventure with just a change of his parts,” said Kristy Barnes, director of marketing for EdVenture.

Potato Head will take museum visitors underseas as the grand ocean explorer Jacques Custato, explore the statue of King Tato in an archaeological dig, lead people on a Spud Safari and face the final frontier as “space spud.”

Go Columbia got to sit down with the venerable explorer of land, space and sea, Mr. Potato Head himself, for an exclusive interview.

Tell us how you chose the adventures you will share with museum-goers.

Well, space was obvious. The potato was the first vegetable grown in space, after all, so I knew I would be able to get up there without being dehydrated and stuck in a foil package. The exploration of King Tato’s statue and the jungle adventure both stem from my deep roots in South America – that’s where the Potato Head family is from, you know. We go back nearly 10,000 years, which is why there’s a monument to one of the greatest potato rulers there ever was. Now, in the ocean, we might get to visit my old pal Sea Potato. Well, he’s really a sea urchin, but over the years he’s almost become part of the Potato Head family.

You’ve been traveling all over sharing your adventures. What’s the hardest part?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been relaxing after a long day and someone will just yank my nose out.

How does Mrs. Potato Head feel about all this travel?

She bugs me every night about coming back home. She won’t stop nagging me about wanting to have a few tater tots bouncing around the house.

What’s your favorite thing about Columbia?

Everyone seems to prefer grits to potatoes. I feel pretty safe.

If you go: The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head opens at EdVenture on Saturday, May 23. EdVenture is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $11.50 for children and adults, $10.50 for seniors and military and free for children under 1 year.

Amanda C. Coyne