Our third, and final, stop on our Myrtle Beach tour of family fun was a day in the upside-down world of WonderWorks! Labeled an ‘indoor amusement park’ it was just that, a building filled with crazy hands-on activities perfect for families on the go!
Upon entering the building, you quickly learn that you’re not in for an average day as the entire lobby is upside-down! The kids had a great time checking out all the fun features while we got our tickets squared away and scanned our way into the fun.
The first stop was the inversion tunnel which terrified two of my three kids the first time seeing it. Luckily there’s a bypass door for these instances. I will say, we left mid day and when we returned all three kids walked through just fine, though my head was spinning a bit. 😉
The first room contains exhibits and experiences all about Natural Disasters. My kids’ favorite was the Titanic exhibit, the highlight being a container filled with water that is kept at the temperature of the water that fateful night. You’re to test how long you can keep your hand in the water, 15 seconds was our average. The kids thought it was cool, mom and dad found it very eye opening. It’s not just for the kids you know!
Next up was the Physical Challenge area! The kids had some fun, but mom and dad got in on some of these too. We took on everything from the Xtreme 360 Bike, to the Virtual Sports, and even the Bed of Nails!
We worked our way through the rest of the WonderZones and ended up at the top of the building which is the location of the 3 story indoor Ropes Course. I was scared, not a fan of heights unless I’m strapped in a seat with a harness and going FAST, so the husband took the two, I’m not afraid of anything, girls and headed up the steps.
Before I knew it they were seemingly running all over the place and ended up going through the entire thing including the highest point which HAPPENS to be over an OPEN staircase. Yeah, not my thing but they had an absolute blast and are already asking when they can do another one. Oye.
Last up was a friendly game of Lazer-Tag.
This was a first for us and while the girls caught on quickly and had a great time, the little man was not so happy. Let’s just say there were tears involved. He got over it fairly quickly though, just asked for a return trip to his favorite spot, the Imagination Lab.
Little man and I hung here while the girls were conquering the ropes course. It’s a perfect place to hang with little guys while older siblings are having fun elsewhere, he didn’t even realize he was missing anything.
Our tip for this adventure is similar to the others… get there EARLY! We arrived around 10:30am and hardly had to wait to do anything. After returning from a break for some fresh air mid-afternoon, it was packed and it seemed there was a wait to do just about everything. Luckily we had already hit all the high demand exhibits so we were able to take the kids back to a few favorites and were on our way. I will say, it’s open until 10pm so it’s very possible that the crowd subsides toward evening and you could experience the same light crowds late in the day as we did early. I’m not promising anything as we didn’t test it, I’m just saying it may be worth a try.
Overall we had a great time enjoying WonderWorks as a family. In my opinion it would be best for kids in the 9-14 year old range. There’s definitely things for the younger crowd and older kids would have fun too so, no worries if your crew has a broad range. I just think the sweet spot is definitely about 3rd-8th grade.
The highlight of my day…
Yep! Little man and I found the yellow bead!!!! 😉