Longview World of Wonders will be showcasing humanity from the neck up on October 25 through its program Frontiers of the Brain. The show will last from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., when a free childrens’ concert will begin.
The museum is in the Longview Exhibit Building at 1123 Jaycee Dr. Everyone aged six and older will pay $5 admission while those younger than six get in free. For a five-year-old or younger aged child accompanied by an adult to get a free admission ticket please visit www.longviewwow.org. The event’s Co-Chair Sarah Caughron can hardly wait to get started.
“We are so excited about this event and its potential for educating children about not only how their brain functions and how it’s affected by disease and injury, but how to protect it as well,” she said.
The event’s co-chair and board member of Longview WOW David Brown explains that making learning a fun pasttime is the key to educating young minds about themselves.
“We’ll have a variety of activities, demonstrations and performances guaranteed to to provide children a day-ful of fun while they explore the brain,” he said.
Frontiers of the Brain will educate through the following exhibits:
* THE MEGA-BRAIN–This is a portable, inflatable walk-through display that introduces visitors to the assorted brain structures and normal functions, and shows the effects of brain trauma and disease and how such damage can be healed by modern neurological medical procedures.
* LONGVIEWWOW YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL–This activity will educate children about the differences between left brain and right brain functions.
* COMMUNITY PARTNERS Heads in Helmets–Introduces youngsters to this local non-profit organization dedicated to providing children aged four to eighteen with bicycle helmets.
* Austin-Coley Academy–Will provide simulations illustrating the problems dyslexia sufferers have in classrooms and other learning environments.
* Longview Police Department–Will provide information on bike safety and the dangers of and liquor.
* Longview Too Ambucs–Will put on demonstrations of the new Am Tryke therapeutic tricycle which enables the disabled to ride tricycles.
* Brain Gym–Beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. representative Misty Nall will lead interactive Brain Gym demonstrations.
* East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse–Will provide games and trivia that educate on the dangers of underage drinking and drug use. Will also compare the brains of adolescents and adults.
* Pilot Club of Longview–Starting at 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. this non-profit group will present puppet shows titled Mindbenders that will educate children on how to protect their brains from injury.
* There will be stereogram posters and brain teaser puzzles.
* There will be a SMART FAIR featuring science and technology demonstrations by East Texas students.
* BRAIN MATTERS show in which local experts present short talks on assorted brain-related subjects ranging from animation to sports injuries, magic and music.
* At 11:30 a.m. representatives of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will put on a program titled Fire and Ice which demonstrates how matter is affected by the adding and removal of extremes of heat. Then at 2:15 p.m. it will put on Super Hero Science, that shows the science that gives super heroes their amazing capabilities.
* The Non-Toxic Band. After 3:00 admission will be free in anticipation of the 4:00 p.m. performance of a childrens’ concert by the Non-Toxic Band. Since its 1993 formation by Sesame Street songwriter Joe Romano and award-winning singer Susan Elliot this group has been performing lively and original concerts for young audiences.
* ART CONTEST–Winning entries from LongviewWOW’s brain art contest will be displayed.
* SILENT AUCTION will raise money to keep Longview World of Wonders operating.
For a complete schedule and any additional information please visit www.longviewwow.org.
Since 2009 the Longview World of Wonders has operated as a non-profit organization aiming to serve as a hands-on childrens’ educational center. It is essentially a “museum without walls.” It stages educational programs that make learning easier by making it fun, working with children at various locations before it established a permanent location. In 2013 LongviewWOW worked with the local Lockhart family to purchase the former Texas Furniture Building in downtown Longview to be transformed into a permanent learning center. At this point LongviewWOW commenced a monetary campaign to fund renovations to and the installation of exhibits in its new location. Work and fundraising are ongoing. For any additional information please call Sarah Caughron at (865) 405-5518.

Story by Kelly Bell/ETR