World of Wonder Children's Museum is a place for toddlers and school age children to experience interactive and informative educational exhibits along with creative programs to stimulate learning and child development.
The museum is a non-profit museum is Lafayette, Colorado. They became a non-profit corporation in July 1997, which allowed them to expand their services to the community and provide educational classes and exhibits, which is sponsored by individual, foundations and corporations. The museum has over 50,000 visitors each year, they moved to Lafayette in 2004 after renovations were completed on the former fire station.
The museum has been listed as one of the Best of Boulder for a place for families to visit with their children and ranged by Child Magazine in 2002 as one of the top 50 children's museum in the country. The museum receives financial support from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District along with support from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The museum aims to engage families in unique learning experiences together, challenge children to learn in new ways, enhance self esteem and create and aesthetic, positive environment for children and their families who visit the museum.
The museum is a large 8,000 square foot gallery with educational and dramatic play exhibits for children aged from 1-11 years. The permanent displays and exhibits includes art displays, arts and craft activities, dance, theater, wind energy, air & gravity exhibits, dinosaurs, pirate ship and lighthouse, trains, play house, grocery store, credit union, sand castle, build-it-yourself house, bubbles, ball maze and reading area.
Some of the events and classes that are held at the museum include Tactile Tuesday, which uses fun and squishy hands-on art materials to play and create in the art room. Valentine's Day Crafts and Chinese New Year Celebrations.
Some of the exhibits at the museum include Blowing in the Wind where visitors use the Science Tower Wind Tunnel to launch a flying saucer or make a model windmill. Life Science teaches children about being a natural biologist with Lulu the Bearded Dragon and Damsel Fish. The Science Kitchen contains an air maze, can shoot balls through a tube and guess where they may come out.
Toddler Exhibits include Little Explorers, which is created for little ones with puzzles, trains, doll houses and blocks. The Sand Castle in a large area of sand where toddlers can build castles and pretend they are at the beach. Other exhibits that the toddlers may enjoy include the fish tank.
Travelling Exhibits at the museum have included Building Your Own Log House where visitors can create a smaller version of the log cabin using Lincoln Logs. Or Romping Stomping Dinosaurs-Mini Version, which includes books on dinosaurs and a dino cave.
The museum relies heavily on volunteers to help with fundraising, grant writing, face painting, maintaining and repairing exhibits, storytelling, mailings and helping with special events. People wishing to volunteer are able sign up on the museum's website.