Wednesday Wonders

Wednesday Wonders are interactive programs designed to spark the curiosity of young children. Each week, we’ll explore a new science wonder with a story, craft, hike or related science experiment. This family style program, in which parents attend with their children, incorporates an outdoor activity each week so please come prepared for the weather. If hazardous weather such as lightning is present, indoor activities will be substituted. 

Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus, all in-person educational programming is suspended until further notice. This includes field trips, Wednesday Wonders, and Storytime in the Storybook Forest. That being said, we are excited to be offering a virtual version of our Wednesday Wonders program! Visit our YouTube page each Wednesday for new topics and activities from Ranger Erin.

Wednesday Wonders is offered at two separate times and locations each week. Weekly activities are FREE to Members (but please RSVP) and $5 for non-members (children only). Register at

Parklands Members receive a discounted family program price! To become a member, click here.

Wednesday Wonders Morning Sessions at Ben Stout HouseThis session is for elementary aged learners (recommended ages 5-9).

Wee Wednesday Wonders Afternoon Sessions at PNC Achievement CenterThis session is for Pre-K and Kindergarten early learners (recommended ages 2-5).


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PNC Achievement Center For Education & Interpretation

The PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation, located at 1411 Beckley Creek Parkway, serves as the Welcome Center and is home to The Parklands Outdoor Classroom. Classrooms available for rent when not in use by Parklands programs.

Ben Stout House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ben Stout House is approximately 200 years old, and is the oldest man-made structure within The Parklands.

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