Last month, the four of us traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a short getaway during my son’s winter break from school. While there, we checked out the WonderWorks Museum. While I was giving complementary tickets for this post, all opinions are mine!
James and I visited WonderWorks several years ago before having kids. Three of us (pre-Dawson) also visited the Panama City Beach, Florida location 3-4 years ago while on vacation, so I really felt that everyone would have a good time.
The best part of WonderWorks is the abundance of interactive games and activities you can have fun with while learning. Sawyer, the five year old, left wanting to learn more about the Titanic, so I consider the visit a very educational win! There were lots of things to keep Dawson, our two year old, busy too!
Sawyer was really amazed by the upside down building. Doesn’t this just make you want to run in and see what other interesting things are inside?
WonderWorks is separated into different sections called Wonder Zones, and they are based on science topics.
First was the Natural Disasters. Here, you can experience hurricane-speed winds or ride the Earthquake Cafe. We were also able to experience the water temperature from when the Titanic sank, and timed ourselves to see who could hold their hand in the freezing water the longest (Mommy won, by the way!)
The Lights and Sounds areas were hits too! We all took turns playing the Speed of Light game, where you slap the circles as they light up. James dominated here! Dawson really had fun playing on the large floor piano.
In the Physical Challenge area, there was so much fun to be had. James laid down on the bed of nails, and while he said it was a little uncomfortable, he walked away with no piercings! Both of the boys really enjoyed the Bubble Lab…I think we spent at least 20 minutes in that one section.
The Space Zone was another fun one for Sawyer. He got to step behind a real astronaut suit and pretend he was heading into outer space. There were some flight simulators here to as well as a gyroscope you can ride to experience what it feels like to be weightless in space!
Heading toward the bathrooms, there is a wall of scientists. You can learn more about many people who have shaped our world and how we view it, including Leonardo DaVinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and Galileo.
The newest section at WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, TN is the Forensic Science exhibit. Here we were able to learn more about 3D imaging and facial construction after a crime. We also got fingerprinted, and learned why were were arrested…Sawyer was taken in for eating too much candy!
Visit WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 365 days a year, 10am – 9pm. It is located right off the Parkway…just look for that crazy building!
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