Your Gift Supports WonderLab
Thank YOU for an unprecedented year of exciting changes at WonderLab!

This year we celebrated two inspiring additions: Science Sprouts Place and Sprouts Lab, exhibit areas uniquely crafted for exploration by our tiniest scientists. Our newest exhibit, SandScapes, brings environmental science to life with an augmented reality sandbox for older kids and adults. 

Looking ahead to 2020, our lizard ambassadors will enjoy a major habitat upgrade including peek-through windows for more up-close viewing. We’ve also welcomed a new education director, Deirdre Sheets, who brings 20 years of teaching experience to lead our dedicated team in creating a wealth of innovative programming for the new year.

We remain committed to making quality science experiences available to everyone in our community. Last year WonderLab helped more than 43,000 children learn to appreciate
science. We removed financial barriers for over 4,400 visitors from Head Start, Boys and Girls Clubs and other s ocial service agencies, Access Pass families, and Title 1 schools. 

You can support WonderLab with an end-of-year, one time, tax-deductible gift toward WonderLab's goal of $36,000.
Thank you for supporting hands-on science.
Science Sprouts Place
Deirdre Sheets, Education Director
Museum News
WonderLab Welcomes Eric Slotegraaf to the Board of Directors
WonderLab is pleased to announce the addition of Eric Slotegraaf to the WonderLab family. Slotegraaf has joined the WonderLab Board of Directors for a three year term. The entire museum team is excited to welcome him aboard. 

Slotegraaf is the founder/owner of Slotegraaf Niehoff PC, a local law firm. Eric and his family have been part of the Bloomington community for nearly twenty years. Working with WonderLab is a family affair as both of his daughters have enjoyed many Saturday afternoons at WonderLab and have recently been WonderCamp volunteers. Eric has been involved and has been an active participant with several local non-profit organizations including: Cardinal Stage Company as a board member from 2008-14; Red Cross of Monroe County Indiana board member; People and Animal Learning Services (PALS) as a board member, 50+...
December Happenings
Iron Chef Girl Scout Program Saturday, December 7. Two sessions.
Session 1 - Younger Scouts from 1:30 -2:30 p.m.
Session 2 - Older Scouts from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Cooking is a yummy form of science that we do almost every day! Get your hands dirty with some cooking food-based experiments made just for you at WonderLab!
Cost: $13 for scouts, $6 for adults and siblings. Preregistration through Girl Scouts of Central Indiana required .
Science LIVE: Reindeer Reserve : Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15
Saturday, December 14 shows at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 15 shows at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
 Meet live reindeer and a variety of arctic animals. Celebrate the winter season. Presented by WonderLab and Silly Safari. Tickets: $5 per person plus museum admission. Tickets available on first come basis at the door. This program is made possible through generous support from  Southern Indiana Radiological Associates, Inc. Additional support comes from the Keaton Eric Piper Memorial Fund and the Frank N. and Frances N. Young, Jr. Fund.
Science of Art: Textiles: December 24, 2019 – February 29, 2020
Meet the Artist Special Event: Saturday, February 22 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
 WonderLab will be showcasing an exhibition of artwork by fiber artist Martina Celerin. On Saturday, February 22 come and meet Martina and explore the science behind fiber art by dying your own wool, wet felting a creature to take home, learn how to crochet and more! Martina will show you how to make fiber art with everyday repurposed materials you already have at home. This program is made possible through generous funding from the Bloomington Arts Commission. All activities free with museum admission.
Happy Holidays: WonderLab will be open on Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The museum will be closed to the public on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019. The museum will re-open Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Jedi Science Day Saturday, December 28 from 1-5 p.m.
Celebrate science through Star Wars with themed science activities. Hone your Jedi skills by participating in activities like R2D2 Ozobot obstacle course, the force mindball challenge, and retrieve your lightsaber challenge. Meet the Star Wars characters, make your own rockets, death stars and have a galactically good time.    All activities free with museum admission.
Happy New Year: WonderLab will be Open on New Year's Eve Tuesday, December 31 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The museum will be closed to the public on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The museum will re-open Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9 a.m.
Coder Dojo: Thursday, December 19, from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
 Learn to code from coding experts! At CoderDojo children ages 7 to 17 learn skills such as building a website, creating an app or a game, and exploring technology in an informal, creative, and social environment. The program is free, laptops are provided, and it is co-taught by local computer programmers/engineers and WonderLab educators.   Chromebooks sponsored by Southern Indiana Radiological Associates (SIRA).  Free program, no museum admission required.
Science Sprouts: Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:15 and 10 a.m . - Age 3 and under. Science Sprouts i s a weekly science enrichment program designed especially for toddlers and their families. Science Sprouts activities are designed and facilitated by early childhood specialists and involve hands-on exploration, live music, body movement, and a commitment to accurate science! December Topic: Chemistry. Ticketed but free with museum admission.
Discovery Time: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - Ages 3-6
Discovery Time utilizes a broad array of learning languages - including music, art, stories, and creative movement - to connect children to science. Discovery Time activities are designed by early childhood specialists specifically to nurture and challenge the rapid development of preschool-aged children in a fun and safe learning environment. Dec ember Topic: Chemistry. Ticketed but free with museum admission.
Dive Deeper - Fridays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Join a marine biologist to dive deeper into the science of WonderLab’s coral reef. These 30 minute talks feature hands-on exploration, tours of our coral reef aquarium, insight from an expert, and time for que stions. December Topic: Pollution Problems. Plastic has a global reach. Discover just how far plastic can travel and the effects it can have on our oceans and the organisms that live there. Explore ways to reduce your use and the everyday changes we can each make to decrease our impact this holiday. Learn tips and tricks to minimize your impact on the environment this holiday season. Free with museum admission.
STEM Sundays - Sundays from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Free, drop-in, challenge-based experiences for the entire family. Projects are easy entry for all ages, meaning that specialized skills are not needed. Children as young as kindergarten can participate. STEM Sundays   ar e sponsored by Cook Medical and CFC Properties.
  • December 1 - Program Your Parents
  • December 8 - Innovate
  • December 22 - Popsicle Stick Catapults
  • December 29 - Jedi Science
Just Around the Corner
Stay tuned to and WonderLab social media for the most up-to-date information about upcoming programs and events.

Museum Open New Year's Eve - Tuesday, December 31 from 9am - 5pm

Museum Closed New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - Happy Holidays! Come play with us on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Freeze Fest Super Cold Science - Saturday, January 11

Martin Luther King Day - Celebration of Scientists - Museum Open Hours - Monday, January 20

International Day of Women and Girls in Science - Saturday, February 11

National Engineers Week - February 16-20

Science of Art: Textiles featuring the work of local artist Martina Celerin. Exhibition: December 24, 2019 - February 29, 2020. Meet the Artist Special Event: Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Sunday, March 1 - WonderCamp Registration - Member Priority

Science of Art: Microscopy - Saturday, April 18

Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration - April 21 - 25
WonderLab After Dark: Spy Academy - Saturday, May 2

The Science of Star Trek - Saturday, May 23

Volunteer Trainings
Volunteers are some of the happiest people. Join the WonderLab Volunteer Team and get your joy on!
  • Thursday, January 23
  • Wednesday, February 12
  • Tuesday, March 3
  • Wednesday, May 13

For more information, times and registration information visit:
Memberships Make Great Gifts
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and WonderLab memberships make perfect gifts for families. They come in many levels, sure to fit most families, and bring a whole year of science fun both at WonderLab and at over 300 other participating science centers.

There's great value in giving experiences, not stuff. 

Renew Before the End of the Year
Prices will increase January 1, 2020. If you renew early, your new membership expiration will be one year from your current membership expiration date. For example, if your membership expiration date is March 31, 2020, and you renew in December 2019, your new expiration date will be March 31, 2021.

Theater Ticket Discount for Members
Theater season has started! One of the benefits of WonderLab memberships are community partner perks. Enjoy a $3 discount on each adult ticket to any Cardinal Stage Show. 

Note: This discount is not available on previously purchased tickets or in combination with any other offer. Subject to availability. Online ticket convenience fee is not discounted.
Major Support from Royal on the Eastside/Subaru of America Completes Funding for Augmented Reality Sandbox Exhibit
Since opening in mid-November 2019 WonderLab’s latest exhibit, Sandscapes, has proven popular, engaging and, according to one visitor: “Super fun!” The interactive sandbox uses augmented reality (AR) technology to project colors onto kinetic sand, representing topographical features that change as visitors move the sand around. Users can carve rivers, form volcanos and build mountains with rotating ecosystems that include rainforests, deserts, mountains the Arctic and even our own Indiana Uplands region. This earth science exhibit is best suited for visitors age 6 and older – but everyone seems to enjoy this unique museum experience.

Funding for the SandScapes exhibit was provided, in part, by  Royal on the Eastside/Subaru of America.  They have served the Bloomington community for over 50 years, selling new and used cars from Audi, Subaru, and Volkwagen. Royal on the Eastside/Subaru of America have been generous supporters to WonderLab in the past, including providing major funding for the newly opened Science Sprouts Place.

Visitors will find SandScapes on the second ... 
WonderLab Board of Directors:
Brandon O’Leary, President
Elizabeth Raff, Vice President 
Andy Cron, Treasurer
Ashley Johnson, Secretary
 Steve Bishop
Dionne Cross Francis
Karen Howe Fernandez
Greg Humphrey
Asha Kirchoff
Alison Pitt
David Quick 
Ken Roberts
Eric Slotegraaf
Timothy M. Steiner, M.D.
Rick Van Kooten
John West
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