A Great Lakes Mall shopper stopped outside the old H&M store on June 24 and, from the look on her face, was wondering just what was going on behind the closed and curtained entryway.
Mall visitors soon will get their eyes full of one of the hottest trends in entertainment.
WonderCleveland — described as “at the intersection of cutting-edge technology, art and virtual playgrounds” — is set to open in the 17,000-square-foot space July 1. Tickets are on sale now.
Unlike traditional museums, WonderCleveland invites guests to explore, touch, climb, solve challenges and generally play with everything in sight. In addition, the museum’s augmented reality app will enable visitors to view creatures, people and objects from a different time and dimension.
There’s also Legoland with its interactive video game component, the mirrored neon infinity room, a wall-sized Light Bright with giant pegs, lava cave, beach scene and a swing-like floating crescent moon over the Cleveland skyline.
“Experiential museums like WonderCleveland are very popular across the country, and we are very excited to bring this unique experience to Cleveland,” said organizer and Cleveland native Jason Percival. “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that is perfect for people of all ages and interests from families with children to teenagers to adults. Multiple generations can all enjoy together.”
Percival hopes it will be a regional draw like Otherworld in Columbus, which is the closest similar facility.
“Otherworld has kind of carved a path,” he said.
Tickets will range from $12 for children ages 4 to 12, to $19 for adults during peak times. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. Only card payments are accepted.
Guests can select from a number of arrival time slots for their group. Each time slot is limited to a small group of people to ensure a quality experience.
While walk-ups can be accommodated at times, organizers expect popular time slots to sell out, so groups are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
The entire experience is anticipated to take about 90 minutes to walk through, and guests are welcome to move at their own pace.
For tickets and more information visit wondercleveland.com.