The annual family fundraising event supports science education programs focused on increasing diversity, gender parity, and access in science and technology.
SAN FRANCISCO (November 14, 2017) – The Exploratorium’s new annual Family Fundraising event, Wonder Funday, welcomed nearly 150 families and showed visitors the fun side of science with bubbles, slime, spectroscopes, ice cream sandwiches, and a kid-friendly hip-hop band. The event, which was themed “Mad Science,” raised over $190,000 in support of the Exploratorium’s longstanding educational initiatives such as the High-School Explainer program, the Title 1 Field Trip program, Community Educational Engagement, and XTech.
"The Bay Area is fortunate to be the home of many brilliant and innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders who are also philanthropically-minded," says Kimberly Kuni Harding, Wonder Funday Host Committee Co-chair. "We are tremendously grateful for the incredible support we received for the Exploratorium's inaugural Wonder Funday event. The enthusiasm was inspiring and we look forward to building on that success in the future – all in the name of creating educational equity for children in the Bay Area."
As part of Wonder Funday, the Exploratorium’s youngest volunteer group, the Jr. Explorer Committee offered a chance for children in elementary school to volunteer as junior scientists. This year the Jr. Explorer Committee had the opportunity to dissect cow eyes, experience exclusive access to the Exploratorium with High School Explainer guides, and volunteer during the event. In total, there were 40 Jr. Explorer Committee members representing schools from all over the Bay Area.
"As I wandered among the exhibits at Wonder Funday, it was such an incredible sight to see families working collectively on science experiments, where both the parents and children were testing their curiosities and learning together,” recalls Wonder Funday Host Committee Co-chair Cathryn Lyman. “I am honored to have been a part of creating such a unique family event for the Bay Area focused on science and technology, and for such a great cause! It’s not every day you get to throw a party and know that you’re helping to change the world!"
Building on its inaugural success, the Exploratorium's Wonder Funday will take place again in the Fall of 2018. More details will be announced in the upcoming months.