MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The kids of Myrtle Beach will soon have the chance to see what it would be like to be a pilot, a bank teller, a mechanic or a farmer.
The EdVenture Children’s Museum is expanding its activities.
EdVenture is packing its children’s museum operation into the Common Market, but it won’t stray too far.
He’ll walk up the block to the storefront right in front of Barnes and Noble, where he’ll have three times the space to offer even more adventure.
“We had falling ceilings, non-working toilets,” said Lisa Hailey, CEO of EdVenture. “It was just awful.”
When EdVenture took over the Children’s Museum in South Carolina four years ago, the number one goal was to find a new facility.
They found their temporary home in the Common Market, where they accepted a short three-year lease in a small apartment building while they planned for the future.
Now it looks like the future will have EdVenture planting its roots in the Common Market.
“They’re now giving us this new space, which is three times the size and doesn’t even double our rent,” Hailey said.
This new space is on Howard Avenue, where City Mac used to be.
It is approximately 8,500 square feet with several rooms so they can have different themes throughout the building.
The new building will give EdVenture the space to once again host field trips and birthday parties, which they were unable to do in the current building.
But the best part is all the new adventures.
“We still have a great flight exhibit space and space, but we will also have an iconic grocery store which is great for our children’s museum, a dentist’s office.”
Plans for the new space also show a bank, farm, and auto shop.
EdVenture requested $ 300,000 from the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority to help cover construction and relocation expenses, which the authority happily accepted by unanimous vote.
“We’re going to make you all proud,” Hailey said. “You have our word. Thank you so much.”
EdVenture hopes to start construction on the new storefront in January, so it would be ready to open by the spring so the kids can enjoy all of these new adventures.
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