April 24, 2019

Who We Are

Wonder Universe is a small, nonprofit children’s museum in the New River Valley, VA.

We believe play is everyone.

Play is powerful.

Play helps us learn.

Our Mission:
Wonder Universe educates, amuses and inspires children and families through play.

Our Vision:
Wonder Universe, with the support of community partners, provides a playful learning environment that inspires children, caregivers and educators to discover and learn side by side.

Our Values:

Play: We believe in the power of play. It is how children explore, discover, create, and learn. Child-initiated activities result in playful learning and positive shared experiences with
caregivers and educators.

Learning: We provide hands-on, inspiring learning opportunities for children that enhance their language, cognitive, motor, and social development, while cultivating a lifelong love of learning. At Wonder Universe, our focus areas help build essential early learning skills:

  • Health/wellness
  • Environment
  • Arts
  • Regional heritage
  • Technology
  • Science

Inclusivity: We embrace opportunities for children and families with diverse backgrounds to interact and play together. We strive to ensure our museum reflects aspects of the many cultures, nationalities, and varied abilities of our members and guests.

Partners: We value the unique resources, skills, and networks within our community, and we are committed to developing and nurturing community partnerships. We pursue our mission in collaboration with partners who support high-quality, impactful learning experiences for children and their caregivers. Together, we are effective agents of change.

  • Parents and caregivers: Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in guiding children toward activities that promote active, joyful learning.
  • Educators: We support formal and non-formal educators by providing research-based, engaging exhibits and programming. We value educators as play partners.
  • Community organizations: Businesses, nonprofit collaborators, civic organizations, and government partners are essential partners in cultivating a dynamic and engaging museum experience for all learners.
  • Schools and universities: We partner with schools and universities in our community to leverage their rich resources and our shared passion for learning and education.