Wonder Universe: A Children’s Museum now has a display at the Christiansburg Farmers Market, a tractor children can climb on and touch.
Wonder Universe is a 15,000-square-foot hands-on children’s museum located in Christiansburg with an emphasis on the power of play for everyone, regardless of income.
The children’s museum opened its doors in Uptown Christiansburg (formerly known as the New River Mall) shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now, it’s full-speed ahead as the facility expects to fully reopen to in-person visits later this year.
Sarah Nucci, the museum’s new executive director, said a November ribbon cutting marked the beginning of a thrilling new chapter for the kids and families in the region.
“Not only are the current exhibit areas fun and new, but we will soon have engaging programs to complement them,” Nucci said. “Play is how children learn, and Wonder Universe is here to help inspire kids and families to discover and learn, side-by-side.”
Near the museum’s tractor display at the farmers market sits a farm-to-table setup with vegetables and produce. So partnership with the Christiansburg Farmers Market to provide a learning tool for youngsters was a natural.
The farmers market, in cooperation with the museum, has begun a kid’s passport program where children will receive prizes for attending the market on the second Thursday of every month through October.
Kids can stop by the museum’s booth on market days to receive a passport card that will prompt them to visit every vendor at the market. When they have every spot on the passport card punched, they return it for a prize courtesy of the museum.
Passport dates include June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, and Oct. 14.
The museum’s hours of operations are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. General admission is $8 per person.
Special events, field trips, and birthdays can be scheduled through the Wonder Universe website located at http://Wonderuniverse.org.