Julie Lyles Carr: Wonder Lab Part 1

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wonder Lab Part 1

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A couple of road trips ago, whilst visiting my brother and sister-in-law who live in the middle of the country, we loaded up the crew and visited a fantastic little place called Wonder Lab.

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I would call it a children's museum, but that's really not an accurate description. It's a completely interactive science lab, a place where children can experiment with water, air, fog, magnets, bubbles, sound and light.

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The twins were completely entranced by a pint-size gravity game in which a ball would descend through a series of ramps and tubes, making noise and music as it traveled.

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This kept their attention for a long, long time. I'm thinking I need a wall like this in my house. Preferably far away from several major household appliances as those appliances are seemingly the only other thing I have found that will keep their attention for this long.

Another favorite was this incredible water table.

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There was a clear cylinder with a pump at the bottom that created a whirlpool. The kids were able to drop balls into the cylinder and see the balls spin in the vortex.

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They could feel the pull of the water as the cylinder would drain.

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There's just something about a vortex...

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...and water aprons...

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There was also a whole host of amazing activities for the older kids...but that will have to come in a future post, seeing as how I shot over 90-some images of our outing. I figured it might overwhelm you a bit to sift through 90 images of Wonder Lab-ing.

What a courteous blogger I am, n'est pas?







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