14 Wednesday / April 14, 2021

Science Explorations – Virtual

03:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Virtual Event (Zoom)

Topic: Our Globe at Night
Join us on-line as we explore constellations and learn how a citizen-science campaign can raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution. Science Explorations is designed for young people in grades 1-6. WonderLab strives to align our program with NGSS and Indiana Science Standards.

Children / Education

15 Thursday / April 15, 2021

CoderDojo – Virtual

04:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Virtual Event (Zoom)

Topic: Scratch!
Join Jessica on-line for our monthly coding program, CoderDojo. This program is geared toward ages 7-17, no coding experience needed! This month we will be using Scratch to collaboratively explore some coding challenges.

Children / Education

15 Thursday / April 15, 2021

Science Sprouts

04:00 pm to 04:30 pm
Virtual Event (Zoom)

Topic: Plant Taxonomy
Weather permitting – Masks Required – Distance Enforced
For this in-person Science Sprouts in the WonderGarden, we will continue our journey of botany by talking about plant taxonomy. We will discuss how plants are classified and then do an activity to identify plants in the garden. Participants will learn STEM skills through play. Tickets are included with general admission. Activities are designed for ages 0-3.

Children / Education

16 Friday / April 16, 2021

Animal Hour for All Ages – Virtual

03:00 pm to 03:30 pm
Virtual Event (Zoom)

Topic: Indicator Species
Join us on-line for Animal Hour, as we learn about what indicator species are and why it is so important for scientists and citizens alike to monitor their health and wellness closely. We will highlight FrogWatch USA, a citizen science group that you can join who help scientists track frog populations to determine ecosystem health. This program will cover Indiana Academic Standards for life sciences grades 1-6 and earth and atmospheric science for 1st, 4th and 5th grade.

Children / Education

17 Saturday / April 17, 2021

Science StoryTime

09:30 am to 10:15 am
WonderLab in the WonderGarden

Topic: A Voice Named Aretha by Katheryn Russell-Brown and Laura Freeman
Weather permitting – Masks Required – Distance Enforced
Join us at WonderLab as we read A Voice Named Aretha by Katheryn Russell-Brown and Laura Freeman. After the story about singer Aretha Franklin, we will explore the science of sound with spoon gongs. Science Story Time allows young scientists to develop literacy and STEM skills as well as build vocabulary by actively participating in the program. Activities designed for ages 3-6. All welcome.

Children / Education

17 Saturday / April 17, 2021

STEM Saturdays for Families

03:00 pm to 04:00 pm
WonderLab in the WonderGarden

Topic: Catapults
Weather permitting – Masks Required – Distance Enforced
Explore potential and kinetic energy and energy transfer – with catapults! Use your creativity, design skjlls and trial and error as you design and test. Come to WonderLab for STEM Saturdays – a great opportunity for the whole family or group to explore the engineering design process as well as develop STEM skills such as defining & problem solving, exploring cause & effect, and the collaborative process. This program is made possible through funding from Cook Medical. and CFC Properties.

Children / Education

20 Tuesday / April 20, 2021

Ask Me Anything: COVID-19 in Bloomington and Beyond: Public Health, Children, Parents, and Vaccines

05:30 pm to 06:30 pm
Virtual Event (Zoom)

Featuring: Dr. Lana Dbeibo, NEED TITLE and Graham McKeen, Indiana University
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free
What’s our current situation in terms of public health here locally? How is the vaccine rollout progressing? What is herd immunity? When will COVID-19 vaccines be available for children? Considerations for expecting or breastfeeding mothers? How safe are COVID-19 vaccines and what are some of the myths? Bring your questions to our infectious disease and public health experts Dr. Lana Dbeibo and Graham McKeen.

Dr. Lana Dbeibo is an infectious disease specialist, director of infection prevention at Methodist Hospital, IU’s director of vaccine initiatives, and member of IU’s COVID-19 Medical Response Team and Restart Committee. Graham McKeen, MPA, is the university director of public and environmental health at IU, part-time instructor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Health, and member of IU’s COVID-19 Medical Response Team and Restart Committee. The program will be moderated by Deirdre Sheets, WonderLab’s Education Director. Ask your questions in advance here (link) or ask them during the program.

Children / Education / Health

19 Saturday / June 19, 2021

Movies in the Parks 2021 Series : The Manchurian Candidate

09:45 pm to 11:51 pm
Bryan Park

Bring a blanket and a picnic and join us for free movies in the park every month!

Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Ryder Film Series present free movies on the big screen in city parks. Movies begin at dusk; see estimated start times. Rain date: October 2.

Please be aware that some of the movies have a rating of PG-13. We request your assistance in determining if a particular movie is appropriate for your family.

For up-to-the-minute information on weather-related cancellations, call the Community Events Hotline at 349-3754.

Children / Films / Outdoors

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