Wonder Universe is
a nonprofit children's museum located in Christiansburg, Virginia serving the New River Valley and southwest Virginia.

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 Vision
Wonder Universe educates, amuses, and inspires children and families through play.
Our Mission
Our four and six-year-old are always so excited to visit Wonder Universe. We love the variety of exhibits and that there is always something new to explore. Personally, I love meeting other moms there and getting to know each other. The staff is very loving and shows a deep passion for building a safe and fun environment for families to play.
Danielle White
My four-year-old autistic son was in heaven! He loved the fire truck and all the little toys. It's a great way to burn off some energy.
Kayla Custer
I love being able to watch kids build and create using their imagination as the only guide.
Katie More
Our family absolutely loves going here! Our almost two-year-old has a blast especially playing in the kitchen area and toddler zone.
Jenna Balser
Our Values
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.
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.
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:
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.
Regional heritage
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, nonprofits, civic organizations, and local government partners are essential partners in cultivating a dynamic and engaging museum experience for all learners.
Schools and universities: We collaborate with schools and universities in our community to leverage their rich resources and our shared passion for learning.
Meet Our Board & Staff
Board of directors
Executive director
Jenny Martin, M.S.
Regional Grants Administrator
Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
John Byers
Vice Chair
Coldwell Banker Townside Realtors
Amanda Morris, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
Cindy Lillemo
Wealth Management Credit Associate
Wells Fargo
Breann Bailey, M.D.
NRV Pediatrics
Darrel Clowes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Emeritus, Higher Education Admin
Virginia Tech
Harrison LaPuasa
Financial Consultant
Carilion Clinic
Nina Templeton, M.D., D.V.M.
Retired Veterinarian
Town & Country Veterinary Clinic
Retired Anesthesiologist
Plastic Surgery Center of Virginia
Sarah Nucci
(540) 200-8231
Meghan Stump
Operations Manager
(540) 200-8231
Sarah Smith
Emily Martin
Guest Engagement Specialist
Ameena Al-Smadi
Guest Engagement Specialist
Britni Arrington
Program Coordinator
(540) 200-8231
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