Back in May, word broke a new attraction called WonderWorks, an indoor amusement park for the mind featuring STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – activities would be building its sixth location in Branson on the spot where the old Baldknobbers Theatre was located.
“We can’t wait to share WonderWorks’ story and create a new adventure for guests to explore and create memories together,” said Chief Operating Officer for WonderWorks Janine Vaccarello. “We are heavily inspired by the combination of mixing fun with science, creating a one-of-a-kind edutainment attraction. We are grateful to be part of the Branson community.”
According to a release sent out Wednesday, WonderWorks is set to offer guests more than 100 hands-on activities focused on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, with interactive exhibits about natural disasters, light, sound, space, imagination and more. The attraction will also feature a physical challenge area and exclusive to its Branson’s location, they will have an interactive military experience and an exhibit that gives a nod to Branson’s rich history.
As far as specifics go, WonderWorks Branson will feature the attraction’s standard exterior of a “grandiose house flipped upside-down.” The unique facade is part of WonderWorks’ background story, which states it was once a top-secret laboratory that was lifted and flipped on its roof by an experiment gone awry.
Some of WonderWorks state-of-the-art experiences will include an interactive sandbox, an illusion art gallery, Xtreme 360 bikes, a bubble room and Professor Wonder’s Adventure.
At the interactive sandbox, explorers will experience land, sea and safari in this futuristic exhibit as they hold the power to manipulate sand to produce unique environments reflected electronically over the top of their sandy creations. Using light projections, each hand motion and sand movement will produce unique environments for guests to explore.
At the Illusion Art Gallery, WonderWorks is adding an A for “arts” to the official STEM acronym. The gallery is set to feature a “plethora of optical illusion pieces” that will be added to the gallery, which is a space between exhibits for guests to stop and challenge their mind and vision.
The Xtreme 360 Bikes move depending on how fast and hard guests pedal. Participants will try to generate enough power to make a complete 360-degree revolution.
The Bubble Room is just as advertised, as guests can “create bubbles the size of basketballs, blow bubbles through a bubble sheet, or make a bubble big enough” to fit inside.
Finally, Professor Wonder’s Adventure is a spatial augmented reality adventure that will have guests on a 3D experience that transforms the area they stand in, into an “unreal” experience where they will see the history of WonderWorks.
“We are excited to add another WonderWorks to Branson,” Vaccarello added. “This city has been so welcoming!”
WonderWorks’ new home will be at 2835 W 76 Country Blvd. WonderWorks has five other locations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.; Syracuse, New York; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Panama City Beach, Florida; and the original location in Orlando, Florida, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
To learn about WonderWorks, visit wonderworksonline.com.