Wonder

Please note: The Climb exhibit is closed until further notice.

The Wonder Gallery is open at a reduced capacity. We've prioritized your health and safety so you can prioritize crawling, splashing, building, and experimenting! 

  • The Wonder Gallery now uses a waitlist system to manage groups. Upon entry, Members and visitors can use their smartphones to scan the QR code posted in the lobby or in front of the gallery to join the waitlist. 
  • Older phones may require you to download a QR scanner app. If you are unable to access the website from your phone, a staff member can add you to the list manually. 
  • To avoid crowding outside the gallery, please arrive only after receiving a text message confirming your turn and check in with a staff member when you arrive. We will hold your spot for 5 minutes. 
  • On busy days, the waitlist will be closed when we are nearing our capacity for the day. You can view the status of the waitlist and estimated wait time on the screen in the lobby. 

All Science Begins with Wonder

There’s no such thing as too young for Science World. Wonder provides a safe, stimulating space designed exclusively for visitors aged 0 to 5 and their caregivers. Whether they like playing with water, sand, or lights, the youngest scientists will discover something they love in the Wonder Gallery.

We collaborated with child-development experts in the creation of Wonder, helping to design a place where children can do what they do best: learn through play!

Caregivers will be happy to know that we’ve included a quiet room for nursing moms seeking privacy and for children who need a little down time. As well, there’s a child-friendly washroom, with quiet hand dryers and child-size amenities.

The World Of Wonder Has Six Fun-Filled Areas

Experiment focuses on exploring ideas through hands-on investigations, something both young children and scientists do. In this area, a variety of experiences are regularly changed so children have a chance to ask questions and test their own theories. Experiment is also an area for us to test new ideas with visitors. By learning more about early childhood learning, we can continually develop more innovative and richer experiences.

When your child is playing in the EXPERIMENT area….

Children and their caregivers can work together on a variety of tabletop activities. Scientists and young children share similar curiosities about the world, and often question what they observe.

What does the research say?

Scientists and young children share similar curiosities about the world, and often question what they observe.

Stroller Parking

In order to maximize your experience and minimize obstructions, we have made Wonder a stroller-free gallery. Limited stroller parking is available near the entrance to Wonder. Please note that this parking is not monitored. We encourage you to bring only what is necessary for your visit, keep valuables with you at all times, and consider getting a wheel lock for your stroller.

Rentable lockers are available near the Wonder Gallery, for $1 per use. If your child requires a stroller for mobility purposes, please use the wheelchair entry to the right of the main gallery entrance. A staff member will be happy to assist you.

Universal Accessibility in Wonder

Most of Wonder is accessible to visitors with wheelchairs or other mobility devices. There are just two exhibits with a reduced level of accessibility:

  • The Mess Pit area has a step (4 inches high), which may be accessible with assistance.
  • The Climber, by the nature of the activity it promotes, is less accessible. However, it includes a tunnel for children with some limited mobility and ground-floor activities for children not able to climb.

See the Wonder Accessibility Map for a detailed picture of accessibility, for visitors with mobility challenges.

For general mobility access information for Science World, please see our Universal Accessibility page.

For general information on accessibility to Science World (including parking and service animals) please visit our Universal Accessibility page, or call 604.443.7440.