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: $5.00 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 and additional adult chaperones who are current WonderLab members. Please note that other adults who are not current WonderLab members will be charged admission at the discount group rate
Shop to Learn We strongly encourage you to think about the gift store as a math skills opportunity. If you prefer not to shop during your group visit, you can request prepackaged "science to go" souvenir bags when you make your reservation.
Demos and Lab Sessions Increase the educational value of your group visit by adding an interactive science demonstration or lab session!
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 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.
Basic Package Plus Rainbow Glasses: $6.00 per person
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.
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.
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