Come play with us!
Next Upcoming Play Date
The last playdate of 2023:
Tuesday November 28th
College Wesleyan Church
200 E 38th Street, Marion, IN 46953
(Check back here or on Social Media for any pop up playday announcements)
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! In 2024 we will be adding a special superpower tool called InvenTABLE to Cardboard City that we know you’ll enjoy!
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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
College Wesleyan Church 200 E. 38th Street, Marion, IN 46953
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
4PM - 7PM
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
4PM - 7PM
Tuesday, January 23, 2024
10AM - 2PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
4PM - 7PM
Saturday, February 3, 2024
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
4PM - 7PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
4PM - 7PM
"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct."