Children's Museum of Cleveland
In December 2014, the Children's Museum of Cleveland purchased the historic Stager-Beckwith mansion in Cleveland's Midtown neighborhood. The mansion, which would be the museum's first permanent home, needed a major overhaul before opening its doors to the public in 2017. As part of that transformation, the museum hired Boss Display to create the Wonder Lab, a science-based gallery that uses water and balls for imaginative play and fun-filled learning.
To begin, we needed to incorporate a level of open-endedness into the design so children could enjoy different interactive experiences each time they visit the museum. This is perhaps most evident in the Magnetic Ball Wall, Light Table, Slate Paint Wall, and various water table components including the Adaptable Aqueducts, Fog Pipes, and the Sink Interactive.
Doing It Over and Over Again
The next-best thing to open-endedness is an experience that's so enjoyable and fun that visitors don't mind doing it over and over again. That's the feeling kids get at the Air Maze, where fabric scarves are propelled through pneumatic tubes before exiting high overhead and slowly floating to the ground. The pathways stay the same, but a simple turn of a diverter determines which direction the scarves will travel.
Having Fun While Building Confidence
Wonder Lab, which is steeped in creativity, gets high marks for its industrial science laboratory vibe. It's a place where kids can put on a lab coat and use trial and error to explore how things work and learn about the scientific principles of air, water flow and gravity. In the end, the Wonder Lab emerged as a place where children can have fun while building confidence and developing social and emotional skills through hands-on, exploratory play.
Blower ball lift with track and movable magnetic ball wall components
Slate paint wall where kids use paint brushes to draw on the wall, only to see their creation disappear before their eyes
Air maze where visitors can track the movement of colored scarves as they travel through flexible tubes
Light table on which visitors can experiment with translucent prisms and magnetic tiles to explore color theory
Sink table with basins, faucets and toys for interactive water play
Button activated bubble tubes featuring different types and configurations of bubbles
Two interactive water exhibits featuring :
Laminar Ball Launchers
Interactive Rain Clouds
Button Activated Faucets
Interactive Wand Fountain