Early Childhood Education (ECE) at WonderLab

Young children learn about the world through playful exploration and repeated experimentation. In this way, they are natural scientists! At WonderLab, we believe that building curious and creative problems solvers begins with rich developmentally-appropriate early experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Science Sprouts:  A Toddler Program

Science Sprouts is a weekly  enrichment program designed especially for toddlers and their families. Toddlers are natural scientists, and Science Sprouts is a time for them to explore, experiment, and build skills ranging from physical development to social emotional development. 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!

Age Group: Recommended for children under 3. Pre-walkers welcome. Siblings welcome.
Times: Wednesdays at 4:15-4:45 pm and Thursdays, 9:15 – 9:45 am & 10:00 – 10:30 am 
Location: Lab A or WonderGarden, weather permitting
Cost: Ticketed, but FREE with museum admission

Discovery Time: A Preschool Program

It is said that young children experience the world and express themselves in a “hundred languages.” Discovery Time utilizes a broad array of these learning languages – including music, art, stories, and creative movement – to connect children to science. Children ages 3 to 6 are developing increasingly complex theories about the world, rapidly gaining language, and learning to work with others. 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.

Age Group: Recommended for children ages 3 to 6. Siblings welcome.
Time: Wednesdays, 10:00 – 10:30 am
Location: Lab A or WonderGarden, weather permitting
Cost: Ticketed, but FREE with museum admission

Celebrate at WonderLab!

Wonderlab birthday parties are great for children as young as 1!

Rent out a private room for a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) party with access to the exhibit galleries or have a hosted Super Science Party! Adult chaperones are free for all birthday parties!  For young children we recommend the following super science party activities:  Prehistoric Party, Super Science Sampler and Wild Animals.


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