BLOOMINGTON, IN.- This March, WonderLab is going all-out with new events and community partnerships! From sweets to space, from fuzz to feathers, the events at WonderLab during Spring Break 2019 have something for everyone.
“Spring break is a time when kids, particularly kids who can’t get here during the week, can come to the museum and get a nice explosion of science outside of school,” said Emmy Brockman, education director at WonderLab. “It helps keep the learning and excitement alive.”
On Tuesday, March 12, embark on an astronomical adventure with Exploring Earth and Space Science. Thanks to an award from the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) network and a collaboration with NASA, WonderLab provides a brand new line-up of Earth- and space-science activities for guests to explore. Explore Earth and Space Science will be in Lab A from 2 – 4 p.m. all activities are free with museum admission.
“You’re on Earth, you can look up and see space, but you can’t really get an idea of the grandeur or scale of it all until you explore the science behind it,” said Nick Whites, outreach and adult education specialist at WonderLab. “Once you recognize the cool things about Earth and space science, you start to see them in your daily life, which is really neat.”
On Wednesday, March 13, come face-to-face with some of the most efficient predators on Earth: Raptors! These birds of prey, brought and cared for by Indiana Raptor Center, Inc, are all native to Indiana and play a vital role in the state’s ecosystem. Science Live: Raptors will take place in Lab ABC with two shows, one from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and one from 3 – 4 p.m. Tickets cost $3 per person plus museum admission. Tickets are available the day of the event at the front desk. Quantities are limited.
On Thursday, March 14, celebrate the sweet consistency of Pi – with sweet treats! 3/14 is Pi Day and WonderLab is excited to guide guests through the fascinating world of circles with scavenger hunts and circular sweets. Pi Day: A SWEET Celebration of Science and Circles will be in Lab A and the gallery from 1:59 – 4 p.m. with all activities free with admission to the museum. Baked! Of Bloomington will provide cookies, frosting, and piping bags to make delicious fractions.
“The experiences are two-fold,” said Brockman. “We’re focusing on Pi, which is a mathematical constant related to circles, so we’re going to do explorations related to circles that represent STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). We’re also going to focus on pie, and while we won’t necessarily have pie we will have sweet round things.”
On Saturday, March 16, Meet the Critters! A Critter’s Chance, Inc. will bring animals of all shapes and sizes to meet guests at WonderLab and explore the roles of these animals in nature. “A Critter’s Chance, Inc. will be bringing in a variety of animals, based on which animals are feeling up to travel,” said Whites. “They’re also going to be highlight what they do as a rescue organization for domestic and exotic pets and explore some cool critter facts.”
Meet the Critters will take place in Lab ABC with two shows, one from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and one from 3 – 4 p.m. Tickets cost $3 per person plus museum admission. Tickets are available the day of the event at the front desk. Quantities are limited.
Science Live: Raptors! and Meet the Critters are generously funded by Beth and Rudy Raff, the Keaton Eric Piper Memorial Fund, and Frank N. and Frances N. Young, Jr. Fund. Supplement your spring break with science, sweets, and play at WonderLab!
WonderLab is an award-winning science museum located at 308 W. Fourth St. on the B-Line Trail in Bloomington, Indiana. The museum is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $9, and children younger than one are free. For more information call (812) 337-1337, or go online to wonderlab.org or WonderLab’s Facebook page.
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