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WonderLab Museum Opens New Exhibit

A child playing in one of the exhibits in Wonderlab.

WonderLab opened Science Sprouts Place for infants and toddlers. (Courtesy of Wonderlab)

WonderLab Science Museum workers are getting ready to open a new exhibit this weekend. It will be a place for fun and learning through science for children.

After years of planning and construction, Bloomington’s WonderLab Science Museum is opening their doors to the Science Sprouts Place. The new exhibit is for infants and toddlers.

Project Director Karen Jepson Innes says that the secret science behind the exhibit helps young children with language development and social cognition.

“They’re really active learners, and there’s so much cognitive development that’s happening in that first year of life so we really wanted to celebrate that and showcase how important it is,” she says.

With the help of sponsors, the museum was able to integrate vital science and learning into fun.

The museum collaborated with early childhood professionals and faculty from the Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences to inspire curiosity and creativity in infants and toddlers.

Early Childhood Specialist Robin Frisch says exposing children to this kind of environment as soon as possible is essential for brain development.

“We truly believe that young children are born as young scientists," she says. "Children learn about their world through their senses, through their movements, and that’s all about science."

The exhibit opens Saturday.

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