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The brain exhibit you must see at WonderLab in Bloomington

Looking for a spring activity that both you and your kids will love in different ways (you know, like a Pixar movie)?

Don’t miss Your Amazing Brain, an all-ages, interactive exhibit that is new to WonderLab, the hands-on science museum in downtown Bloomington.

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Stations of brainy fun are peppered throughout WonderLab’s two floors and mixed in with its regular exhibits. The whoa-factor is definitely there for both adults and kids.

If you’ve never been to the museum, expect a little of everything: reptiles, fish and other animals and insects; a two-story grapevine climbing maze; an indoor playground area that’s perfect for little ones; a giant water table; a whole room dedicated to bubbles. There’s a lot packed into this place, but it’s not overwhelming like a big-city museum.

Back to Your Amazing Brain…

The exhibit is around through September. A bunch of real human and animal brains are on display, and it’s fun to compare them. Here’s a human brain and a teeny pigeon brain. Hello, bird brain!

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Play a game called Mindball, where you use only your brainwaves to move a ball across a table:

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And — this is so cool — you can launch and fly a model helicopter using just your brainwaves. A headset reads your thoughts and signals for lift-off:

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A walk-through maze and other games give your brain a little workout:

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Take a whiff of some mystery scents to test your sense of smell and learn how your brain interprets scent molecules:

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Check out WonderLab’s hours and admission info before you go.

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