WonderLab Museum

WonderLab Museum


Thank you so much to WonderLab Museum and our wonderful customers for being a part of today's Epic Cold event! ๐ŸงŠ
Calling all teachers! Don't miss this easy, engaging, and fun opportunity for Professional Growth Points. Join us for a Theatrical Teaching Workshop on "Bringing Science to Life," on Saturday, March 5 from10:30am-12:00pm via Zoom.

If you know any teachers (primary or secondary) who may be interested, please share this post. Because the workshop is online, anyone from anywhere can participate!

Enrollment is based on suggested donation (starting as low as $1). Learn more and enroll at https://cardinalstage.org/workshops

IU Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance Indiana University School of Education Monroe County Community School Corporation WonderLab Museum Teachers Warehouse in Bloomington, Indiana
Catch Ben Roy at the Comedy Attic, see "Jurassic Park" with live music from IU's Jacobs School of Music, or take the kids to learn about animals at WonderLab this weekend in Bloomington. The Comedy Attic, Project Jumpstart JSoM, WonderLab Museum
Stitching at the WonderLab Museum while Liam learns about viscosity.
Mooch, the blue-tiful blue-tongued skink, joined us today on Indy Style! Now say THAT five times fast! WonderLab Museum
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If you answered ๐™”๐™€๐™Ž we want to show you how much we appreciate your support!

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* Cincinnati Reds Tickets
*4 pack to Wilstem Ranch
*Tickets to WonderLab Museum
and much more!

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Coming soon: experience the Upside Down in the Stranger Things Suite at Graduate Bloomington.

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#MC3Summit Session Highlight: Register today for the Summit and hear from Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington and WonderLab Museum how they adapted and offered programming early in the pandemic and where they are today! http://www.btccbloomington.org/
One week from today, on October 2, we will be hosting Bug Fest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.! This annual insect extravaganza is hosted in partnership with Hilltop Garden And Nature Center at IU, Monroe County Parks and Recreation, Purdue Extension - Monroe County, and WonderLab Museum.

We are still in need of volunteers (ages 18 yrs. and up) for this event! Volunteer duties include assisting with game and craft areas, helping at the welcome table, and supervising the toddler area. Click here to register https://cerv.is/m?0286x723, or contact Sarah Owen at [email protected]. #ServiceSaturday

Photos credit: Daniel Crawford Lehman
We were honored to participate in tonightโ€™s WonderLab Museum Science Night Out event. Thank you to 812 BBQ for providing the food and to the Wonderlab volunteers for the special music, pop up store, activities, and animal visits.
A teaser of this coming week's featured opportunities! Highlighted opportunities from WonderLab Museum Monroe County Youth Council Community Justice & Mediation Center (CJAM)
We got to talk with Anthony Plog about ROK: Reimagining Opera for Kids and the philosophy, grant writing, and general hijinks that are involved. Thanks for the chat, Tony!


Includes shout-outs to:
Chappell Kingsland Lauren Bernofsky - Composer/Conductor WonderLab Museum JSoM Office of Entrepreneurship & Career Development Indiana University Jacobs School of Music The Met: HD Live in Schools Denson Paul Pollard

WonderLab Museum is open with limited public hours. For the most accurate information about days, times and prices please check wonderlab.org.

The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology is an award-winning science museum and popular destination for family fun! The museum offers two floors of exciting hands-on experiences for visitors of all ages! These include a two-story grapevine climbing maze, close encounters with live animals, the Bubble-Airium, and a special area with science adventures for very young children. WonderLab

Operating as usual


MORE WONDERCAMP NEWS: A few spots have opened up in our Grade 2-3 Session: Full STEAM Ahead June 20-24.

Register now and get your spot!


Session Description: Older campers will take science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to the next level in this week of fun! Campers will experiment with colorful chemical reactions, create simple circuits, craft with interesting materials, and play games that build estimation, probability, and simple arithmetic skills.


BREAKING NEWS: A few spaces have unexpectedly opened up in our camp for Grades 2-3: Things that Fly June 11-15.

Register now and get a space in this popular camp.

Older campers will explore the science of flight from surprising perspectives: from birds to bats to bubbles, bugs and space shuttles. We will investigate what principles of flight they share what makes each one unique, and experiment with many types of flight. Campers will observe a variety of flying creatures, experiment with the physics of flight, and design, build and launch rockets.

Photos from WonderLab Museum's post 05/25/2022

Join us on the trail this summer at T.C. Steele State Historic site! You still have time to register your 4th - 8th grade for WonderCamp: Patterns in Nature June 13-17.

Let your child try their hand at stenciling and painting inspired by nature!

Register now:


BREAKING NEWS: A few spots have opened up in our popular WonderCamp: Creative Building June 27 โ€“ July 1 for Grades 2-3. Full description below the link.

Claim your spot now!

Use your creativity and imagination to design and build your own toys, games, and playscapes using a variety of surprising materials. Campers will be introduced to the engineering design process while building and testing different structures and machines. Campers will design and construct their own egg-safe structure and test it in the favorite โ€œEgg Drop Challenge.โ€ Working together, campers will learn basic principles of physics and engineering.

Flat Stanley Visits WonderLab 05/22/2022

Flat Stanley Visits WonderLab

A special visitor came to WonderLab recently. Check out Flat Stanley's tips for visiting!


Flat Stanley Visits WonderLab WonderLab has received many visitors this year. One very interesting visitor came to us from Barlow Park Elementary in Ripon, Wisconsin. Rachel Metoxen's 1st and 2nd graders sent Flat Stanley to visit WonderLab as part of a geography project. We had so much fun exploring WonderLab

The Red-Wigglers Have Arrived 05/21/2022

The Red-Wigglers Have Arrived

The red wigglers have arrived and are munching through the museum food scraps. Read all about our new GardenQ hybrid worm composting system installed in the WonderGarden.



The Red-Wigglers Have Arrived The WonderLab Vermicomposting System located in the WonderGarden. Photo by WonderLab Staff. This spring, as the days grew warmer, the final (and some might say most exciting) ingredient was added to the new vermicomposting system in the WonderGarden: Worms! (Shout out for worms!) This system, know a...


Do you like beer, and the chance to wax poetic about Kurt Vonnegut and human nature? Then our next AfterHours event is for you. Granfalloon kicks off at WonderLab on Saturday, May 21, from 7 - 9pm.

Find out more at the link:

The 2022 WonderLab AfterHours Series is made possible by generous support from: Mira Salon and Spa, and Griffin Realty


'Tis garden season! So far Mocha and Medusa have been in the garden for the Spring Break Programming. They were both super stars. It did get so warm though that Mocha got hot and went back inside early (being a mostly black snake can be tough in the sun). Student interns are starting to train on how to facilitate garden time so keep an eye out for them amongst the flowers.


We have some very big news from our Coral Reef Intern, Aspen McGouldrick. They have been accepted into the study abroad program in Wollongong, Australia. We are all so very proud of you!


We are so excited to be the first Granfalloon event of 2022! Celebrate Kurt Vonnegut with us this Saturday, May 21, from 7 - 9pm.

Click the link for more details

There Might be a New Kind of Habitable Planet! 05/13/2022

There Might be a New Kind of Habitable Planet!

Humans have wondered about the idea of "life" since the beginning of time. While people have come up with many different ways of trying to define "life", it is a question whose complete answer has been just out of reach, and one NASA scientist, Dr. Carol Cleland, thinks it might be because we have been approaching the question all wrong. To learn how she would approach this problem as well as how it could help with the search for extraterrestrial life, here is an interview she had with "Astrobiology Magazine."


To learn more about how NASA defines "life" and what they are looking for out in space, you can check out this video.


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Photos from WonderLab Museum's post 05/12/2022

Whatโ€™s the buzz? ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ!

The bees arrived Monday and were safely introduced to our exhibit demonstration hive.

Weโ€™re happy to report that theyโ€™ve settled in and appear to be thriving.

Be sure to check out the hive during your next visit to WonderLab.

Congratulations to Animal Exhibits Senior Manager, Sam Couch, who led the bee install team with Michael Lindeau and George Hegeman.

Capillary Action 05/12/2022

Capillary Action

Why do those paper flowers bloom?
Read all about it!


Capillary Action What is capillary action? One of the most exciting properties of water is known as capillary action. Capillary action occurs when water molecules travel up or across a surface because of their sticky nature. Water molecules are sticky due to a process called cohesion. The sticky nature of


โ€œThe earliest messages that the brain receives have an enormous impact.
Early brain development is the foundation of human adaptability and resilience, but these qualities come at a price. Because experiences have such a great potential to affect brain development, children are especially vulnerable to persistent negative influences during this period. On the other hand, these early years are a window of opportunity for parents, caregivers, and communities: positive early experiences have a huge effect on childrenโ€™s chances for achievement, success, and happiness.โ€ *

You can support WonderLab access for early learners. Click the LINK and choose: First-time Parents, Connecting to the Community, or Greatest Need. https://www.wonderlab.org/support/bloom-with-wonderlab/

*Source: Day, B. (n.d.). Baby's Brain Begins Now: Conception to Age 3. Urban Child Institute. Retrieved March 29, 2022, from http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3/baby-and-brain


Congratulations to WonderLab's own, Jeanne Gunning and Diane David, recipients of the 2022 Be More Awards. WonderLab

The nominees and recipients of this yearโ€™s awards honoring local volunteers, organizations, and community-minded businesses were recognized with a public, interactive display this evening at the John Waldron Arts Center.

But if you missed this event, do not fear!

There is a virtual version of this exhibit available online at https://www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/bemore

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!


Nancy White, pictured here in this photo from 2009, is a long-time, beloved WonderLab volunteer. Over the years she has graced us with her gardening skills, beautifying the WonderGarden for all to enjoy.

Thank you, Nancy, for everything!

The nominees and recipients of this yearโ€™s awards honoring local volunteers, organizations, and community-minded businesses will also be recognized with a public, interactive display from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 6 in the lower gallery of the John Waldron Arts Center at 122 S Walnut Street.

This event will coincide with the May Gallery Walk in Downtown Bloomington and is free and open to the public. Recipient posters will include QR code links to read, listen, and learn more about each awardee.

There will also be a virtual version of this exhibit available online at https://www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/bemore

Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees.

Photos from WonderLab Museum's post 05/05/2022

Lovely ceremony today at City Hall in celebration of the 2022 Bloomington Be More Award recipients.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. And extra special cheers and love to our own Diane David, Jeanne Gunning, and Nancy White.

Thank you. For everything. โ™ฅ๏ธ


How do we describe our very own Diane David? Fun, easy to talk to, and (as pictured) always ready to make a friend!

Diane is one of the 2022 Be More Award Recipients.

We love you, Diane!

The nominees and recipients of this yearโ€™s awards honoring local volunteers, organizations, and community-minded businesses will be recognized with a public, interactive display from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 6 in the lower gallery of the John Waldron Arts Center at 122 S Walnut Street.

This event will coincide with the May Gallery Walk in Downtown Bloomington and is free and open to the public. Recipient posters will include QR code links to read, listen, and learn more about each awardee.

There will also be a virtual version of this exhibit available online at https://www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/bemore

Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees.

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