WonderLab- Spring and Summer Science Fun!

Springtime! Warm days, windows down….road trip!

Located in beautiful southern Indiana, WonderLab Museum is in the heart of Bloomington’s cultural district, 308 W. 4th Street, just along the B-Line Trail. The two-story museum features hands-on exhibits, special programs and live animals in a cozy, personal setting perfect for a family day or weekend trip.

Drop by and let your imagination run wild. Explore the WonderGarden, splash in the water table or meet one of the museum’s resident reptiles. Toddlers and little scientists will be busy for hours in the bubble airium and Discovery Garden. Head the to second floor for shadow room antics or play a tune on the Giant Xylo Pipes!

In the Gallery: The Coral Reef Aquarium

2018 is The International Year of the Coral Reef and The Wonder Under the Waves Coral Reef Aquarium is a slice of the Indo-Pacific ocean conveniently located in landlocked Southern Indiana. The 300-gallon, multi-level ecosystem is home to a variety of saltwater fish, coral, and invertebrates. Glass panels in the base offer visitors a glimpse at the machinery necessary to replicate this natural environment. Be sure to catch Dive Deeper, a twice a week question and answer program featuring a live feeding – Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

This spring WonderLab is publishing a four part blog series, Down Under the Great Coral Reef. Tune into the the WonderLab ALIVE! Blog to follow the adventures of WonderLab Animal Exhibits Intern, Sommer Dean, during her trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Girl Scouts Iron Science Chef

Calling all Girl Scouts! Come to WonderLab and work with WonderLab’s expert staff and earn science merit badges. On April 14th get your hands dirty with cooking and food-based experiments. Session one, 1:30-2:30 p.m., is for younger scouts earning the Snack Badge and includes banana tattooing, trick your senses, rainbow potions and edible play dough.

Session two, 3:30-4:30 p.m., is for older scouts earning the Simple Meals Badge and includes activities such as DNA extraction, magic taste tests, gummie making, and ice cream making. Programs are available to troops or individuals. Prices are $13 for scouts and $6 for adults and siblings who wish to attend. Registration is handled through Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Register soon. Spaces are limited. For more information on scout workshops contact Jared Katz, WonderLab Adult and Secondary Education Specialist at museumeducator@wonderlab.org.

I am a Scientist: WonderLab Celebrates the National Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child is a national event, April 16-20, spearheaded by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In conjunction, WonderLab is proud to present a series of events and programs designed for children ages birth through 8. At these events children will meet professional scientists, play with diverse scientific content and build their identities as a scientific learners.

Tuesday, April 17: I Am A Geologist! Explore WonderLab’s own, giant, indoor cave. Investigate fossils. Touch different rocks. Receive a rock collection starter kit. Geologists from the Indiana Geological and Water Survey will be at the museum all day sharing their expertise. Special activities: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18: I am an Archeologist!  Archeology is about a lot more than digging in the dirt – but that sure is fun!  Discovery Time (10 a.m.) and Science Sprouts (4:15 p.m.) will feature touching and playing with 3D prints of ancient Mayan instruments, a visit from a professional archaeologist, and, of course, some excellent dirt digging! Late afternoon archeology exploration (aka: Bonus dirt digging!) is happening from 4:45-6 p.m. Use real archeology tools to search for and sort “artifacts”, visit an archeological site in virtual reality, and practice grinding corn to make cornflour in the style of the ancient maya.

Thursday, April 19: I am an Astronomer!  Science Sprouts (9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m.) will be astronomy themed. Late afternoon activities will feature more out of this world space exploration, a visit from a professional astronomer, and the chance to get hands-on with space rocks!

Friday, April 20: I am a Physicist! Learn about the Laws of Motion. Play with with ramps, rolling, and wind resistance. Later in the day meet a professional physicist. Special activities from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21: I am a Marine Biologist! Even the youngest learners can explore and protect the oceans! In honor of the International Year of the Reef explore coral, touch sand slime, learn about ocean conservation, and build your own diving suit out of recycled materials. Meet a professional Marine Biologist and examine real scuba gear. Special activities from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Study Break

End of the year finals can be an intense and stressful time for students. Studying without taking breaks is proven detrimental to the learning process. WonderLab is here for you. Take a break…A Study Break. On Saturday, April 28th from 6 – 9 p.m., enjoy stress relieving activities while hanging out with friends at your friendly, neighborhood science center. Food is included in the price of admission. Tickets cost $10 and are available at wonderlab.org.

Insight Launch: Mission to Mars

On Saturday, May 5, NASA is launching InSight, a geophysical lander designed to study the interior of Mars. On that day, come to WonderLab and explore the wonders of space. Discover how gravity affects the imprints water leaves on the surface of a planet, see how craters are made. Learn how scientists control the Mars Rover, and much more! Special activities from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WonderLab After Dark: Beers & Brews

Friday, May 18, from 6 – 9 p.m. WonderLab will be open late for Bloomington’s premier, 21 + hands-on science event.

Fermentation is a large part of many of our favorite foods and drinks! After Dark: Beers and Brews will explore the science of brewing. Visitors will explore (and taste!) different styles of beer, mead, and cider; explore and learn about yeast; and get hands-on with brewing techniques. There will be a variety of local breweries on site.

Advance tickets for After Dark: Beers & Brews are $15 for museum members, $18 for non-members – purchase tickets here. Day of event tickets are $20 at the museum.

New Program Beginning in June: Wonders of Nature

WonderLab’s new program, Wonders of Nature, is gearing up to be a summer time adventure for young and old. Run wild. Wiggle like worms. Fly like the red-tail hawk. Knowledge will bloom like planted seeds through hands-on exploration, active games, and creative, natural, crafts.  June topics: mammals and insects. July topics: habitats and water. August topics: botany and gardening. All sessions take place on Saturdays at 2 p.m. in the WonderGarden during the months of June, July and August. Admission is free, but ticketed, with museum admission. More information available soon at wonderlab.org.

WonderLab at Home

Enjoy WonderLab from home with WonderLab’s new science blogs and YouTube Channel! Read about your favorite animals featured in WonderLab ALIVE. Delve into questions and musings at Thoughts Behind the Wonder and keep up with important museum information via Wonder News. Check out WonderLab’s YouTube for a sneak peak behind the scenes and more.

WonderLab Museum/Gift Store Hours of Operation

The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology provides hands-on science learning with exhibits and programs for people of all ages. The museum is in the heart of Bloomington’s cultural district, 308 W. 4th Street, just along the B-Line Trail. Operational hours are TuesdayThursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m. For the most up-to-date information about museum events and programs visit wonderlab.org, follow @wonderlab on Twitter or Instagram, or visit WonderLab Science Museum on Facebook.