WonderWorks opened on Friday, Nov. 9, inside Destiny USA, and while it’s a pretty cool spot, we have to, um, wonder about a few items. The 40,000-square-foot space holds 100 exhibits, but frankly, a good deal of those have been entertaining children for years at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology. There are some new and different things at WonderWorks—like the bed of nails and a really cool mind-control game. The Natural Disasters area likely won’t get much business until memories of a certain hurricane fade. A lot of the attractions also reminded us of diversions we enjoyed at the former Regal FunScape, which occupied what is now Driver’s Village in Cicero. Alas, FunScape didn’t last too long.
For the sheer chutzpah and magnitude of WonderWorks, we hope its tenure is more impressive. The Canyon Climb ropes course might be what sends this attraction over the top, even while nervous parents can’t bear to look. WonderWorks is also open for corporate team-building events and birthday parties. Admission is a bit pricey, but it is good for all day, so you can get there early, have some fun, leave to eat at Carousel’s food court (now home to Popeyes chicken), watch a movie and then come back for late-night revelry. Adult tickets are $24.99; children ages 4 to 12 and seniors 55 and older will pay $16.99. Admission for the ropes course is $14.99, while its LazerTag shoot-em-up is $6.99. Combination packages are available. Find information at wonderworksdestiny.com or call 466-7700.