Next Upcoming Play Date



January 9, 2021

Converse Church of Christ

301 E. Wabash St.

Converse, IN 46919

Cardboard City

Cardboard City is a land of engineering where you test the limits of cardboard and your imagination. With child-safe tools like screw drivers and saws, you are invited to build a recycled land of tunnels, rockets, houses, and ships!

Imagination Playground

Traditional playgrounds consist primarily of fixed equipment, such as slides, monkey bars and teeter-totters, all of which focus on developing children’s gross motor skills. Imagination Playground is made up of what experts call “loose parts” that prompt children to transform their environment and create a play space of their own.

Snug Play

Large colorful structures that you can roll, rock, climb, and jump on greet you as you enter WonderSpace. These large pieces encourage child directed play and cooperation as kids work together to build, design, and remodel their own obstacle courses and play spaces.

High Flyers

High Flyers is an interactive play experience that involves several different stations. Children and adults get to experience the fun and wonder of air movement and flying through the use of balls, scarves, and by creating your own paper airplanes.

who and what?

About us

There are many benefits for our community to have access to indoor play facilities.

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.

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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. 

Why?

Our mission

WonderSpace is a ministry of local churches working together to improve the physical, social, educational, and mental health of children and families in Grant County

When?

Upcoming events

September 16-19

Wed. - Fri.: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Week of Play

Matter Park in Marion, IN

November 13-14, 2020

Friday: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Grace Community Church

1810 E Bradford Pike, Marion, IN 46952

January 9, 2021

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Converse Church of the Christ

301 E Wabash Street, Converse, IN 46919

January 23, 2021

10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

St Paul Missionary Baptist Church

1204 W 14th St, Marion, IN 46953

February 19-20, 2021

Friday: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pierce United Methodist Church

201 N. 8th Street, Upland, IN 46989

March 19-20, 2021

Friday: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hanfield United Methodist Church

101 N 400 E, Marion, IN 46952

April 23-24, 2021

Friday: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lakeview Wesleyan Church

5316 S Western Ave, Marion, IN 46953

May 15, 2021

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mt Olive United Methodist Church

2015 County Rd 300 W, Marion, IN 46952

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct."

–Carl Jung

Contact Us

Location

200 E 38th Street

Marion, IN 46953

Contact Us

Phone : (765) 674 – 8541

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