”We also partner with our local community. We do what is called ““Ozart,”” we put something out for students ages 6 to 20 in Missouri and Arkansas. They can submit their own personal art work to us and we’ll select some pieces to be hung in our art gallery” said Jackson. The second level focuses on art, including a gallery featuring local artists. Jackson says they’re happy to put some steam behind STEM.
The exhibits focus on a wide variety of skill sets and interests. ”We have three levels of hands on, interactive exhibits that really challenge the mind and spark the imagination. We really want the kids to be creative and have a great time playing and learning at the same time. We’re an indoor amusement park for the mind, that is what we say” said Jackson.
“The first level is physics, pendulums, pulleys but at the same time they’re pulling themselves up, they’re swinging on bicycles” said Jackson. Its hard not to miss the upside down building on the Strip in Branson. Wonderworks opened their doors last year in June, right at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. But that didn’t burst their bubble.
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Wonderworks is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can purchase tickets here. Taney County residents get a discount everyday. They also extend the discount to Christian and Greene County residents on other days during the year, check their website for details. For teachers interested in taking their class to Wonderworks, they can send a curriculum that compliments their exhibits. ”Those careers are always going to be necessary. We want to inspire kids to really focus on those areas, if they have an interest. We are trying to make sure everybody understands how important those jobs are” said Jackson.
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