WonderLab offers a friendly learning environment with engaging hands-on science exhibits that support current Indiana Academic Standards in Science. WonderLab welcomes groups of all ages, including adults, and people of all abilities. Groups are defined as a minimum of ten paid individuals with a confirmed reservation at least two weeks prior to the visit. WonderLab offers free group admission to eligible nonprofit organizations, including schools, through our Connecting to the Community Fund.

Basic Package: $5 per person

The basic group visit is a self-directed exploration of the exhibit galleries facilitated by museum staff and volunteers. Lunch room facilities are free, but are only available by reservation. One adult receives free admission for every ten paid children in a group. Others who receive free admission are bus drivers, personal assistants and adult chaperons who are current WonderLab members. Please note that other adults who are not current WonderLab members will be charged admission at the discounted group rate.

Group Visit plus Rainbow Glasses: $6 per person

Rainbow glasses are a fun way to learn about light. In addition to receiving all the benefits of a basic package, each person in the group will receive a pair of rainbow glasses and a sheet with experiments to do with rainbow glasses back at school or at home. Rainbow glasses have special lenses that bend and separate light into the colors of the visible spectrum.

Enhance Your Experience!

Enhance your group visit with:
Science DemosScience LabsShop to Learn 

Science Show

DEMONSTRATIONS
Fee: $30 per session | Length: 30 minutes
Maximum for each session: 40 individuals (exception: Animal Adaptations, Colors of Combustion and Bright Science is limited to 30 individuals)

Increase the educational value of your self-directed group visit by adding an engaging Science Show! These shows take place in a Lab Room for your group alone. Some audience participation is part of the show. The content supports Indiana Academic Standards in Science, and the presentation is adjusted as appropriate for the group’s grade level. Demonstrations must be requested at the time you schedule as an upgrade to your basic group visit.

Animal Adaptations Learn what makes animals suited to their environments through close encounters with some of WonderLab’s resident creatures.

• Beautiful Bizarre Bugs Insects and their relatives are the most diverse creatures in the animal kingdom. Get up close with some of WonderLab’s amazing arthropods, and learn what makes them so unique and so successful.

• Stuffee and the Human Body We’re all different on the outside, but we’re all the same inside. Discover the body’s organs, especially the digestive and cardiovascular systems, as we open up Stuffee, a huge “stuffed” doll, and see what’s inside. Includes discussion about nutrition.

Animal Adaptations Learn what makes animals suited to their environments through close encounters with some of WonderLab’s resident creatures.

• Beautiful Bizarre Bugs Insects and their relatives are the most diverse creatures in the animal kingdom. Get up close with some of WonderLab’s amazing arthropods, and learn what makes them so unique and so successful.

• Bright Science Enjoy a special interactive show full of flames, lights and other science that can “brighten” the mind!!  This visually exciting demonstration showcases colored flames, glowing liquids, tricks with fire and more!  Includes fire safety information.

• Life of a “Rock” Star Becoming a “rock” star isn’t easy!  Explore the “life” of rocks as we learn about three main types of rocks, how they are formed, and meet some real “rock” stars from each stage of the rock cycle.

• Stuffee and the Human Body We’re all different on the outside, but we’re all the same inside. Discover the body’s organs, especially the digestive and cardiovascular systems, as we open up Stuffee, a huge “stuffed” doll, and see what’s inside. Includes discussion about nutrition.

Animal Adaptations Learn what makes animals suited to their environments through close encounters with some of WonderLab’s resident creatures.

Beautiful Bizarre Bugs Insects and their relatives are the most diverse creatures in the animal kingdom. Get up close with some of WonderLab’s amazing arthropods, and learn what makes them so unique and so successful.

Bright Science Enjoy a special interactive show full of flames, lights and other science that can “brighten” the mind!!  This visually exciting demonstration showcases colored flames, glowing liquids, tricks with fire and more!  Includes fire safety information.

Colors of Combustion Investigate the science of fire in a visually spectacular demonstration of foot-tall colored flames! Learn about energy from light and how different chemicals produce flames of different colors. The demonstration covers real-world applications, such as fireworks, and emphasizes fire safety.

Life of a “Rock” Star Becoming a “rock” star isn’t easy!  Explore the “life” of rocks as we learn about three main types of rocks, how they are formed, and meet some real “rock” stars from each stage of the rock cycle.

Static Electricity Take part in some hair-raising experiments using the Van de Graaff generator, a machine that produces 400,000 volts of static electricity and makes invisible electrical forces dramatically visible. Includes discussion of lightning.  Includes discussion of lightning and lightning safety.

Stuffee and the Human Body We’re all different on the outside, but we’re all the same inside. Discover the body’s organs, especially the digestive and cardiovascular systems, as we open up Stuffee, a huge “stuffed” doll, and see what’s inside. Includes discussion about nutrition.

Super Cold Science Heat is a form of energy that affects whether something takes a solid, liquid, or gas form. We’ll have lots of fun demonstrating this with liquid nitrogen, a super cold substance that instantly changes an object’s properties in surprising ways.

Animal Adaptations Learn what makes animals suited to their environments through close encounters with some of WonderLab’s resident creatures.

Beautiful Bizarre Bugs Insects and their relatives are the most diverse creatures in the animal kingdom. Get up close with some of WonderLab’s amazing arthropods, and learn what makes them so unique and so successful.

Bright Science Enjoy a special interactive show full of flames, lights and other science that can “brighten” the mind!!  This visually exciting demonstration showcases colored flames, glowing liquids, tricks with fire and more!  Includes fire safety information.

Colors of Combustion Investigate the science of fire in a visually spectacular demonstration of foot-tall colored flames! Learn about energy from light and how different chemicals produce flames of different colors. The demonstration covers real-world applications, such as fireworks, and emphasizes fire safety.

Life of a “Rock” Star Becoming a “rock” star isn’t easy!  Explore the “life” of rocks as we learn about three main types of rocks, how they are formed, and meet some real “rock” stars from each stage of the rock cycle.

Static Electricity Take part in some hair-raising experiments using the Van de Graaff generator, a machine that produces 400,000 volts of static electricity and makes invisible electrical forces dramatically visible. Includes discussion of lightning.  Includes discussion of lightning and lightning safety.

Stuffee and the Human Body We’re all different on the outside, but we’re all the same inside. Discover the body’s organs, especially the digestive and cardiovascular systems, as we open up Stuffee, a huge “stuffed” doll, and see what’s inside. Includes discussion about nutrition.

Super Cold Science Heat is a form of energy that affects whether something takes a solid, liquid, or gas form. We’ll have lots of fun demonstrating this with liquid nitrogen, a super cold substance that instantly changes an object’s properties in surprising ways.

Animal Adaptations Learn what makes animals suited to their environments through close encounters with some of WonderLab’s resident creatures.

Beautiful Bizarre Bugs Insects and their relatives are the most diverse creatures in the animal kingdom. Get up close with some of WonderLab’s amazing arthropods, and learn what makes them so unique and so successful.

Bright Science Enjoy a special interactive show full of flames, lights and other science that can “brighten” the mind!!  This visually exciting demonstration showcases colored flames, glowing liquids, tricks with fire and more!  Includes fire safety information.

Colors of Combustion Investigate the science of fire in a visually spectacular demonstration of foot-tall colored flames! Learn about energy from light and how different chemicals produce flames of different colors. The demonstration covers real-world applications, such as fireworks, and emphasizes fire safety.

Life of a “Rock” Star Becoming a “rock” star isn’t easy!  Explore the “life” of rocks as we learn about three main types of rocks, how they are formed, and meet some real “rock” stars from each stage of the rock cycle.

Static Electricity Take part in some hair-raising experiments using the Van de Graaff generator, a machine that produces 400,000 volts of static electricity and makes invisible electrical forces dramatically visible. Includes discussion of lightning.  Includes discussion of lightning and lightning safety.

Stuffee and the Human Body We’re all different on the outside, but we’re all the same inside. Discover the body’s organs, especially the digestive and cardiovascular systems, as we open up Stuffee, a huge “stuffed” doll, and see what’s inside. Includes discussion about nutrition.

Super Cold Science Heat is a form of energy that affects whether something takes a solid, liquid, or gas form. We’ll have lots of fun demonstrating this with liquid nitrogen, a super cold substance that instantly changes an object’s properties in surprising ways.

Animal Adaptations Learn what makes animals suited to their environments through close encounters with some of WonderLab’s resident creatures.

Beautiful Bizarre Bugs Insects and their relatives are the most diverse creatures in the animal kingdom. Get up close with some of WonderLab’s amazing arthropods, and learn what makes them so unique and so successful.

Bright Science Enjoy a special interactive show full of flames, lights and other science that can “brighten” the mind!!  This visually exciting demonstration showcases colored flames, glowing liquids, tricks with fire and more!  Includes fire safety information.

Colors of Combustion Investigate the science of fire in a visually spectacular demonstration of foot-tall colored flames! Learn about energy from light and how different chemicals produce flames of different colors. The demonstration covers real-world applications, such as fireworks, and emphasizes fire safety.

Life of a “Rock” Star Becoming a “rock” star isn’t easy!  Explore the “life” of rocks as we learn about three main types of rocks, how they are formed, and meet some real “rock” stars from each stage of the rock cycle.

Static Electricity Take part in some hair-raising experiments using the Van de Graaff generator, a machine that produces 400,000 volts of static electricity and makes invisible electrical forces dramatically visible. Includes discussion of lightning.  Includes discussion of lightning and lightning safety.

Stuffee and the Human Body We’re all different on the outside, but we’re all the same inside. Discover the body’s organs, especially the digestive and cardiovascular systems, as we open up Stuffee, a huge “stuffed” doll, and see what’s inside. Includes discussion about nutrition.

Super Cold Science Heat is a form of energy that affects whether something takes a solid, liquid, or gas form. We’ll have lots of fun demonstrating this with liquid nitrogen, a super cold substance that instantly changes an object’s properties in surprising ways.

Science Labs

SCIENCE LABS
Fee: $45 per session | Length: 45 minutes
Maximum for each session: 25 individuals

Increase the educational impact of your self-directed group visit by adding a interactive Science Lab! These workshop-type sessions provide direct hands-on experiences, using real science tools and materials, for each participant. Science Labs take place in a Lab Room for your group alone. The content supports Indiana Academic Standards in Science, and the presentation is adjusted as appropriate for the group’s grade level. Science Labs must be requested at the time you schedule as an upgrade to your basic group visit.

Mystery Skulls What can a skull tell you about its owner’s life? Investigate a diversity of mammal skulls and learn how to interpret those adaptations that are necessary for survival.

• Solids and Liquids: Weird and Wonderful Take a tour of these different states of matter. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on activities, learn about the characteristics that distinguish solids from liquids. Then, discover some super secrets about weird solids and liquids!

Great Gravity! Can you resist the pull? Find out how gravity is at the center of your balance and movements through demonstrations, physical challenges and even the construction of a simple toy.

Mystery Skulls What can a skull tell you about its owner’s life? Investigate a diversity of mammal skulls and learn how to interpret those adaptations that are necessary for survival.

• Science of Sound Get loud and clear with the physics of sound and learn how good vibrations are the source of the sound of music.

• Solids and Liquids: Weird and Wonderful Take a tour of these different states of matter. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on activities, learn about the characteristics that distinguish solids from liquids. Then, discover some super secrets about weird solids and liquids!

• Electricity and Magnetism Learn about the link between magnetism and electricity. Students will work in small groups to study magnets, construct electric circuits, and learn about the Earth’s magnetic poles.

Great Gravity! Can you resist the pull? Find out how gravity is at the center of your balance and movements through demonstrations, physical challenges and even the construction of a simple toy.

Journey to the Center of the Earth Take a journey through the layers of the Earth, discover what makes each layer unique and examine some of the rocks and minerals that are found there.

• Mystery Skulls What can a skull tell you about its owner’s life? Investigate a diversity of mammal skulls and learn how to interpret those adaptations that are necessary for survival.

• Science of Sound Get loud and clear with the physics of sound and learn how good vibrations are the source of the sound of music.

• Solids and Liquids: Weird and Wonderful Take a tour of these different states of matter. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on activities, learn about the characteristics that distinguish solids from liquids. Then, discover some super secrets about weird solids and liquids!

Cell Works See how the parts of a cell work together, like machinery in a factory, to create products like skin, hair, muscle and more! Students will create models to visualize cell structures too small to see.

• Electricity and Magnetism Learn about the link between magnetism and electricity. Students will work in small groups to study magnets, construct electric circuits, and learn about the Earth’s magnetic poles.

Journey to the Center of the Earth Take a journey through the layers of the Earth, discover what makes each layer unique and examine some of the rocks and minerals that are found there.

• Mystery Skulls What can a skull tell you about its owner’s life? Investigate a diversity of mammal skulls and learn how to interpret those adaptations that are necessary for survival.

• Science of Sound Get loud and clear with the physics of sound and learn how good vibrations are the source of the sound of music.

• Electricity and Magnetism Learn about the link between magnetism and electricity. Students will work in small groups to study magnets, construct electric circuits, and learn about the Earth’s magnetic poles.

Journey to the Center of the Earth Take a journey through the layers of the Earth, discover what makes each layer unique and examine some of the rocks and minerals that are found there.

• Mystery Skulls What can a skull tell you about its owner’s life? Investigate a diversity of mammal skulls and learn how to interpret those adaptations that are necessary for survival.

Cells from the Inside Out Go on a journey from the nucleus of the cell to its outer boundary! Hands-on activities explore the function and structures of organelles and the diversity of cell types. Career paths in biology and medicine will be discussed.

• Mystery Skulls What can a skull tell you about its owner’s life? Investigate a diversity of mammal skulls and learn how to interpret those adaptations that are necessary for survival.

 Shop to Learn

WonderLab’s gift store offers an affordable selection of science-themed souvenirs and educational merchandise for the classroom and home at a discount to educators.

A gift store visit provides an opportunity for children to practice math skills. including number recognition, estimation, addition, multiplication and percentages as they select and pay for their purchases. Prices for science-themed souvenirs start at less than $1.00.

To take advantage of this opportunity, please create a schedule so that just a few children come into the gift store at one time. This allows WonderLab’s visitor services staff to give each child the opportunity to practice math skills in a real-life setting. For your convenience, visitor services staff will mark individual purchases with that person’s name and place it in a larger bag marked with the group leader’s name for pickup at departure time. If you do not want to have your group shop during the visit, but would prefer to have prepackaged “science to go” bags waiting for you to take when you leave, please order these bags when you make your reservation.

Free Admission Through Connecting to the Community Fund

Every child deserves the opportunity to discover the world of science and learning at WonderLab! The Connecting to the Community Fund  makes that possible. Nonprofit organizations that serve low-income clients are eligible to apply for support. Such organizations must document the economic need of the group visitors who will be supported. For public schools, this means demonstrating that 75% or more of the school’s total population qualifies for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Contact Celeste Wolfinger, museum visit coordinator, to explore your options.

IMPORTANT: Group Chaperone Role

Group leaders (teachers, chaperones, camp counselors, other adults) can make the visit more successful and relaxed by following some simple guidelines.

RECOMMENDED RATIOS
One adult receives free admission for every 10 paid children in the group. However, the visit will go more smoothly and be more enjoyable if group leaders actively supervise smaller numbers of children.

  • Groups of children, age 6 and younger: We recommend 1 adult for every 3-5 children
  • Groups of children older than age 6: We recommend 1 adult for every 5-10 children

BEFORE THE VISIT
Make sure that leaders understand their responsibilities. Some helpful suggestions are to:

  • Have each group leader learn the names and faces of the children in their care
  • Have each child learn the name and face of their group leader
  • Have each group leader understand scheduled transition and departure times
  • Create a shopping schedule of small groups to avoid a delayed departure

DURING THE VISIT
Group leaders guide children to and from the building, supervise children in the museum, and ensure that all children are present and have their belongings when they leave the museum. Equally important, group leaders facilitate learning by being engaged with their charges as they explore the museum. Some helpful suggestions are to:

  • Ask them open-ended questions (Why? How? What?) to stimulate thinking
  • Encourage them to experiment and make observations about what happens
  • Ask staff (blue aprons) or volunteers (green aprons) if you have a question

Questions?

Contact the Museum Visit Coordinator
Celeste Wolfinger
812.337.1337 ext. 11
schedule@wonderlab.org
If your call reaches voicemail, please leave your telephone number and the best time(s) to reach you at that number.