When I read about the new gallery at The Wilson on Cheltenham Rocks, I straight away wanted to visit. The World of Wonders, or WOW, gallery advertises itself as being a hands-on exhibition for young people. According to the website, “visitors will meet a penguin in a tunnel, find a bone-shaker in the sky, and watch rabbits jump mid-leap!”
Upon arrival, I must admit that the exhibition was much smaller than I had anticipated; it was confined to one room, and I wondered if it would keep my toddler entertained for much time at all – I was then pleasantly surprised. Despite the space, there is a lot for little ones to explore.
There were lots of wooden boxes filled with all sorts of delights; wooden shapes to stack, musical instruments, cultural dressing up items. Harper and her friend, Ivy, particularly liked building towers with the shapes.
There was also a dark section cornered off and wind-up torches were provided to encourage little ones to have a go at shadow puppets.
There was a table section with a number of colouring activities.
And not to forget, the absolutely ginormous penguin teddy that Harper lugged around for the majority of her time there!
After an hour and a half of playing, we decided cake and caffeine was in order and we visited the museum cafe. It has a small play area for children, with a play kitchen and some toys, and the cake did not disappoint.
All in all, it was a morning well-spent. Entry to the museum is free too, although you can make a donation to support the running and upkeep of the museum and its exhibits. So, if you have a spare few hours and are local to Cheltenham – I would definitely recommend taking a look at The Wilson.