Family Travel

Kerry Egan



Countdown to Kindergarten celebration across South Carolina

Posted 8/5/2013 11:56:00 AM

Last year, my younger child started kindergarten. There's something about sending your child off to "real school," as my daughter called it, that seems momentous. It's such an important step, even if your child has been in preschool or daycare before. 

To help children going into kindergarten this fall (and, let's be honest, their parents) get ready for this pivotal milestone, EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia is hosting the 10th annual Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration on Friday, Aug. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission to the museum will be free for this event.

Rising kindergarteners will be able to practice getting on the school bus (remember how enormously high those steps used to seem?), visit a pretend classroom (remember how mysterious, almost magical they were?) and try out carrying a lunch tray (remember how terrifying the possibility of dropping your tray was?). There will be face painting, karaoke and games.

Parents will be able to talk with representatives from schools, agencies, and other community groups to learn about the available resources for helping keep kids healthy, safe, and doing well in school. There will also be free dental and vision screenings for children.

Even better: this is a statewide initiative led by EdVenture that includes The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill, Children’s Museum of South Carolina in Myrtle Beach, The Sandbox Children’s Museum in Hilton Head, and The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry in Charleston. All these children's museums will be hosting their own Countdown to Kindergarten Celebrations, so be sure to check out their websites for details.

With all the practice and fun for children, and information and screenings to help parents, rising kindergarteners and their families will be excited for school to start. The one thing that the Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration might not be able to help with is the parents' reaction when that big yellow bus pulls away that first morning.

EdVenture is located at 211 Gervais St. in Columbia.