Columbia ’s new-fangled children’s museum EdVenture (211 Gervais St., 803/779-3100, wwwedventure.org, Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m., $8.95 adults, $6.95 12 and under) within the State Museum  complex was built specifically for guests ages 12 and under. In it are over 350 hands-on exhibits, mostly concentrating on science and nature.
An EdVenture highlight is “Eddie,” a 40-foot tall schoolboy within whose simulated gizzards kids can climb and slide.