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A different snow experience not too far from Charlotte

So SnowPark USA proved to be a dud and has since closed down for the season (according to last week's Charlotte Observer).  Further, taking a trip to the mountains for snow during the high season isn't an option for many families. However, here's an idea that can let your kids experience a bit of cold weather and the science behind it.

Columbia, SC has a large children's science museum called EdVenture.  Edventure features permanent exhibits about the human body, the great outdoors, machines and more. (It's not very different from the under-renovations Discovery Place.)  However, until March 15, there is a special exhibit called, "Snowville." 

In addition to teaching the science of cold and winter weather, children will learn about cold-weather animals and important survival skills, such as igloo building.  The exhibit also includes an ice tunnel to crawl through, a snowy sliding hill, "carpet skates" for an ice hockey tournament, snowballs, ice fishing and a musical snowmobile. 

EdVenture is located at 211 Gervais Street (on the same campus as the South Carolina State Museum). Click here for driving instructions.  Admission is $9.50 for children older than 1 and adults.

While you're in Columbia, you might want to extend your trip to also include the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens.  The Zoo houses animals from around the world in an small setting, easily walkable for younger children.

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