Health - According to National Centers for Environmental Information, Grant County is cold, snowy, and rainy for eight months out of the year. In this environment, physical play declines and sedentary lifestyle habits form. WonderSpace aims to be intentional about development and challenging a child's cognitive, physical, emotional, and social health. This is why we are pursuing open ended play materials which results in children bringing meaning to the equipment through their creativity and exploration.
Quality of life - The Indiana Economic Digest published in February of 2018 that Grant County ranks 87 out of 92 Indiana counties for mortality (length of life), and 91 out of 92 in morbidity (quality of life). Experts indicate that a lack of quality play opportunities is one of the factors to be considered. Research shows that, while in the state of play, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine are all present – which are powerful feel-good hormones.
Diverse interaction - Research shows that places of play often become a common place for families of diverse backgrounds to make contact and learn to trust each other. By providing mobile play pop-up opportunities and eventually building a permanent indoor play space, WonderSpace seeks to bring diverse groups together in play and exploration. Contact us to find out more about our special needs accommodations to ensure that every child can play in a meaningful way.
Education - Wonderspace seeks to provide affordable access to the Imagination Playground, snug play, and other mobile play equipment to support the learning and development of our community. We aim to inspire children with activities that promote healthy brain activity and that encourage exploration for a lifetime of learning.