Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Ventriloquist, Nature and Science, and the Non-Toxic Band: Special Additions to the Frontiers of the Brain

Don’t miss these special visitors at Frontiers of the Brain:

Perot Museum of Nature and Science — 11:30 am

“Fire and Ice” — see how matter changes when extreme amounts of heat are added and removed;

“Super Hero Science” — 2:15 pm
Discover the science behind super heroes and their amazing powers.

Nancy Burks Worcester — Presents “Stand Back... We’re Doing Science” 
12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Non-Toxic Band - 
Admission is free after 3:30 pm in preparation for the 4 pm children’s concert by The Non-Toxic Band. 

Formed in 1993 by Sesame Street songwriter, Joe Romano, and award-winning singer, Susan Elliott, The Non-Toxic Band presents lively, original, musical concerts for young audiences. 

The music is upbeat, engaging and educational, is presented in a variety of styles, incorporates multicultural and environmental themes and addresses questions about who we are, how we feel, where we live and how things work. 

Why do honeybees dance? What is a piñata? How does the cycle of the rain work? Can you smile in Spanish? Is the wind that blows through Africa on Saturday the same wind that helps you fly your kite on Tuesday? If you had a tail, what kind would it be? If you throw something away, is it gone? Though the content of the music is directed toward kids, the shows are equally appealing to adults and encourage lots of audience participation!

Read more about the Frontiers of the Brain:
Visit the WEBSITE.
  • Longview World of Wonders will explore “Frontiers of the Brain” with hands-on activities and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, followed by a free children’s concert at 4 p.m.
  • Frontiers of the Brain will be at the Longview Exhibit Building at 1123 Jaycee Drive.
  • Admission is $5 per person for ages 6 and older. Coupons for a free child’s admission with a paid adult are available at Children 5 and younger are admitted for free.

Frontiers of the Brain Scheduled for Oct. 25th

Longview World of Wonders will host Frontiers of the Brain at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex on Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:00am - 4:00pm.

This event, featuring the Mega Brain, will focus on the science, function, health and protection of the brain. The event will feature demonstrations and hands-on activities for children. Admission and updated information will be provided closer to event date.   Visit the WEBSITE.
  • Longview World of Wonders will explore “Frontiers of the Brain” with hands-on activities and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, followed by a free children’s concert at 4 p.m.
  • Frontiers of the Brain will be at the Longview Exhibit Building at 1123 Jaycee Drive.
  • Admission is $5 per person for ages 6 and older. Coupons for a free child’s admission with a paid adult are available at Children 5 and younger are admitted for free.

“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,” said Sarah Caughron, Longview World of Wonders volunteer who is co-chairwoman of the event.

David Brown, LongviewWOW board member and event co-chairman, said Frontiers of the Brain will appeal to a broad range of ages through activities based in science, music and art.

“We’ll have a variety of activities, demonstrations and performances guaranteed to provide children a day-full of fun while they explore the brain,” he said.  Visit the WEBSITE.

Frontiers of the Brain will feature:

THE MEGA BRAIN® — a portable, inflatable walk-through brain exhibit that teaches visitors about the various structures of the brain and normal function along with examples of brain trauma and disease, and the latest neurological medical treatments.


  • Heads in Helmets — The nonprofit organiation will fit children ages 4 to 18 for free bicycle helmets and offer safety games
  • Austen-Coley Academy — Simulations illustrating the problems a person with dyslexia might have in the class room or other learning environment.
  • Longview Police Department — Information on bike safety and the effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Longview Too Ambucs — Demonstrations of the AmTryke® therapeutic tricycle, which are designed to allow people with disabilities to ride a bicycle
  • Brain Gym — Interactive Brain Gym® demonstrations at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. by Misty Nall
  • East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse — games and trivia will explore the issue of underage drinking, marijuana use and prescription drugs, and look at the brains of adolescents versus adults
  • Pilot Club of Longview — “BrainMinders” puppet show teaching children how to protect their brains from injury at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Visit the WEBSITE.


SMART FAIR — Science and technology demonstrations by almost a dozen East Texas school and university students

BRAIN MATTERS — Short talks on a variety of brainy subjects, from animation to sports injuries, magic and music.


Perot Museum of Nature and Science — 11:30 a.m.: “Fire and Ice” — see how matter changes when extreme amounts of heat are added and removed; 2:15 p.m.: “Super Hero Science” — Discover the science behind super heroes and their amazing powers

Ventriloquist Nancy Burks Worcester — Presents “Stand Back... We’re Doing Science” at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Non-Toxic Band — Admission is free after 3:30 p.m. in preparation for the 4 p.m. children’s concert by The Non-Toxic Band. Formed in 1993 by Sesame Street songwriter, Joe Romano, and award-winning singer, Susan Elliott, The Non-Toxic Band presents lively, original, musical concerts for young audiences.

A complete schedule and additional information will be posted at
Visit the WEBSITE.

Longview World of Wonders is a nonprofit organization formed in 2009 with the intention of establishing a hands-on children’s discovery center in Longview. The organization has been operating as a “museum without walls” since then, staging fun and educational events for children at various locations while working toward a permanent home. In 2013, LongviewWOW entered into an agreement with the Lockhart family to purchase the former Texas Furniture Building in downtown Longview as a home for the discovery center. LongviewWOW launched a capital campaign in 2013 to pay for renovations and exhibit installations at the building. Work at the building is ongoing as fundraising continues.

For further information, please contact Jo Lee Ferguson with Longview World of Wonders, 
903-931-1539, via email at or visit: the WEBSITE.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Brookshire Grocery Co. Donates $5K to Longview World of Wonders

Representatives from Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Co. today presented a $5,000 donation to the LongviewWOW Hands-On Discovery Center. The donation represents funds raised through the 26th annual BGC Benefit Golf Tournament and brings BGC’s total contributions to LongviewWOW to $20,000.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament totaled more than $450,000 and will be distributed to some 50-plus children’s charities and programs throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Approximately 600 golfers, including representatives from more than 200 vendor companies, competed in April at six Tyler-area golf courses.

“The BGC Benefit Golf Tournament is one of our largest fundraising efforts, and it allows us to partner with our vendors and other business associates each year in support of a very worthy cause – helping children and their families,” said BGC President and CEO Rick Rayford. “We support the mission of LongviewWOW and are pleased to be able to offer assistance to them through this donation.”

Since its inception, the BGC Benefit Golf Tournament has raised more than $3.8 million.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Save the Date for a JUMP FOR WOW Event: June 26th

Save the date - June 26th - for JUMP FOR WOW event.
Help support Longview World of Wonders and have fun jumping at Pump It Up!

Where:  Pump it Up, 4000 US Highway 259 N., Longview, TX
When: June 26, 2014, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cost:  $9.00 per child.  LongviewWOW receives half of all proceeds!  

Monday, May 12, 2014

New Train Table Donation by Four Seasons Garden Club

The LongviewWOW hands on discovery center received a generous donation from Longview's Four Seasons Garden Club.  Children will enjoy exploring the world of trains with the new train table provided by the club. 

Elijah and Henry enjoyed the train table donated to LongviewWOW by the Four Seasons a Garden Club. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Success at AlleyFest

Emily McCarty, her fellow members of the LongviewWOW Youth Advisory Council, as well as other teens recruited by Emily, spent time educating children who attended the annual KidsFest at AlleyFest in Longview, Texas about the ocean and sea life.

Emily coordinated this project which involved raising money for the craft supplies and other needs, planning the craft and the educational focus, and instructing volunteers.

Congrats to Emily for a job well done. She is now a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient!
Visitors made jellyfish with Emily's design. (Photo courtesy Longview News-Journal)

Friday, April 25, 2014

LongviewWOW Moves One Step Closer to Opening

Adapted from an article posted in Longview News Journal
View article at LNJ website

LongviewWOW moved one step closer to completion Wednesday with the beginning of the hanging of a sign announcing the facility's presence downtown.  East Texas Signs began installing the Longview World of Wonders’ sign Wednesday on the museum’s Tyler Street building.

"The sign looks amazing!" said Janice Petree, Fundraising Chair.  "We are so excited to have this phase completed, and want to thank the Longview Main Street organization for the grant that helped to fund our new façade and sign."

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Doors are Opening at the New Building

We are excited about the progress on the front of the new building! These doors were just installed, and will let us bring the outside in for discovery, and wonder and all things that make us say, "WOW!"

Saturday, April 5, 2014

LongviewWOW Dives into Dalton Days

LongviewWOW volunteers joined in with all the fun and education at Dalton Days in Longview, Texas on April 5, 2014.

In addition to The World of Wonders games, children enjoyed a Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, a photo booth, bounce houses, the Dalton Gang Bank Robbery Re-enactment (10:00 & 12:40), The Cowboy Mounted Shooting in the arena, Stick Horse Races, vendors, and a tennis ball toss for the Safe Haven Horse Rescue at 12:30 for a big screen TV. Longview Police Department provided Child ID.

"We are thankful to the Longview Cultural Advisory Commission for making this all happen," said Lisa Yarborough, LongviewWOW president. "And also to our wonderful volunteers!"

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Legacy Gift from Crain Family Honors the Memory of Rogers Lacy

R. Lacy Building, Crain Foundation, Longview, TX
Longview World of Wonders recently announced the largest gift received to date for the LongviewWOW hands-on children’s discovery center to be located in the former Texas Furniture Building at 112 E. Tyler St. in downtown Longview.

The gift was made by The Crain Foundation, a private foundation based in Longview. The commitment by The Crain Foundation, which qualifies as a Legacy Gift, brings the Center significantly closer to reaching the $2.4 million goal of its current Capital Campaign.

Rhonda Bullard, the Nonprofit Fund Raising Consultant managing the Capital Campaign for LongviewWOW, stated “In working with donors, I advise them to choose where and how they want to make an impact. The Crain Foundation has indicated that it supports projects that will have a long lasting impact on the quality of life in our community, and supports causes they are passionate about because of family ties. It is important to find the best fit for a donor because you create a long term relationship, not just a one-time donation.

The Crain family is very interested in promoting the historical impact of their father and grandfather, Mr. Rogers Lacy, who overcame tremendous obstacles as a child to become a key part of Longview’s history. Mr. Lacy was very generous throughout his life, and the family continues that tradition today.”

Monday, February 24, 2014

Third Annual LEGO Event Showcases Imagination and Innovation

Adapted from an article by Richard Yeakley,

A working cata-chet — catapult/trebuchet hybrid — took home Best in Show in the Longview World of Wonders third annual Lego building competition.  It took the Huber family about two weeks to build the contraption, using three sets of bricks and a random collection of other bricks, said Samuel Huber, 12, who also won for his age division.  The model was one of about 40 Lego and Lego Technic pieces that were built and shown Saturday at the Longview Mall for the “Wonders of the World: Engineering Marvels” competition.

“This is our third year,” said Michelle Norris, chairwoman of facilities for Longview WOW.  “We are trying to bring more awareness about Longview WOW. It is a little bit of marketing, but a lot of fun,” she said.

The projects were judged by their connection to the theme, creativity and difficulty, with projects like Huber’s scoring higher than those that came from a pre-built set.  From preschool to high school, the children got in on the action.

"We are so glad to see this event is happening locally," said Vickie Raymond. "I have a couple of grandsons who are extremely talented with these little things. They have built very large, multi-functional, innovative things, without kits. This is also a good "spectator event" for many young, aspiring "builders." View more photos at our LongviewWOW Facebook Page.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

First Longview WOW Fundraiser Brings in Almost $30K for Center

At the Arabella Manor getting ready to auction off some amazing items 
to raise $$$ for the LongviewWOW museum. A great crowd!!!
Adapted from an article by Richard Yeakley
View article at LNJ website.

Longview World of Wonder’s first Bourbon and Bowties fundraiser brought in more than $28,000 for the proposed children’s discovery center, event chairman Cole Tomberlain said Friday.

“We had limited seating of 200 tickets, and we did sell out for the event,” Tomberlain said. “For a first-year event we were extremely excited to sell out. That was one of our goals going into this. We wanted to have a specific number of seats, and we we wanted to sell out, so next year, people would buy their tickets early.”

The fundraiser was held Jan. 19 at Arabella Manor and included two bands, a catered dinner, an interactive bourbon trail, and a live and silent auction.

All profits from the event went to help the nonprofit organization build its center, which will be housed in the former Texas Furniture Building at 112 E. Tyler St. in downtown Longview.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

LEDCO Alliance Learns of LWOW Progress

LEDCO's HR Alliance group met February 5, 2014, and featured Rhonda Bullard, of Longview World of Wonders, who presented the concept layout of the WOW! Hands-on Discovery Center for Children currently under construction in downtown Longview. After the presentation, attendees were treated to a brief tour of the facility.

LongviewWOW is asking for donations to complete the build out and for operations of the facility.  To offer this program for your organization or to find out more information, read about the campaign at the LWOW website.

Questions: contact Rhonda Bullard 903.261.6126 or

Monday, January 20, 2014

Bowtie Contest Appeals to All Ages

The students at JL Everhart in Longview ISD were invited to participate in competing for a Gift Card and a Pizza Party by creating a new design for a bowtie!

Facebook fans were asked to vote on which colored bowtie they thought looks best by liking or commenting on the photo. The winning bowtie was made into a real bowtie and auctioned off the night of the annual fundraising event, "Bourbon and Bowties."

View all entries

Sunday, January 12, 2014

LongviewWOW Fundraiser Staged to be a Splash

Photo by Angela Duncan Photography
Article by Richard Yeakley
View article at the Longview News Journal website.

Organizers for Longview World of Wonder’s new fundraiser said they hope the event will make a splash next Saturday.

“There are a lot of fundraisers in Longview. I personally am involved with a lot of different events, and I know we don’t need any more golf tournaments, and we don’t need any more skeet shoots,” said Cole Tomberlain, the chairman of the “Bourbon and Bowties” fundraiser for Longview WOW.

The event, which costs $100 per ticket, will consist of two live bands, a catered dinner, an interactive bourbon trial, and a live and silent auction with all proceeds directly benefiting the Longview WOW Children’s Museum.

It will be held at Arabella Manor, but in subsequent years it will be moved to the museum itself.

“This fundraiser will be a continuous thing every year and help with operating costs each year,” Tomberlain said.

Bourbon and Bowties will be the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, which is in the process of building a children’s discovery center in Longview.

“This children’s museum is not only going to help beautify Longview, but it will also give us something that very few towns in East Texas have,” Tomberlain said.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Discover what’s inside: Longview WOW reveals conceptual designs of hands-on learning center

Article by Richard Yeakley

Longview’s forthcoming hands-on discovery center released conceptual designs for the inside of its 11,000-square-foot children’s area.

Michelle Norris, chairwoman of facilities for Longview World of Wonders, said finishing the conceptual designs, 49 of which were released online at, was the first of five steps toward a fully functioning discovery center.

“This is a fairly good sense of the end project. There is the one section that is more costly then others, and if funding isn’t available we may open in stages, but we don’t really want to change anything too much,” Norris said.

Rhonda Bullard, who is conducting the campaign to raise money for the discovery center said the nonprofit organization has raised just less than $1 million of the $2.4 million cost for construction.  Norris said the center is expected to open by late 2014.

In order to allow plenty of space to show the design renderings, the final version of the paper held less written information about the nonprofit organization or its current status in developing a hands-on discovery center in downtown Longview.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

LongviewWOW moves closer to bringing hands-on discovery center to downtown

Longview World of Wonders, an organization working to bring a hands-on children’s discovery center to Longview, announced Tuesday the completion of preliminary conceptual designs for the planned downtown location.

After working with Exhibit Concepts, an Ohio-based design firm, the group said in a press release design elements in the exhibits are tied to the history and culture of Longview and East Texas.

“The professionally developed designs detail hands-on exhibits that are unique from anything else in this area,” Michelle Norris, chairwoman of Facilities, LongviewWOW said. “For example, the wind exhibit will feature floating hot air balloons, while explaining the creation of a vertical axis wind turbine by LeTourneau University, which is currently in use in Israel.”

Organizers hope to open the museum, at 112 E. Tyler Street, in phases, beginning in late 2014 with more exhibits to be installed as funding becomes available.

In April, Longview WOW board members went public with a $1.9 million capital campaign to bring to life the city’s first hands-on discovery center for children.

The exhibit designs include many of the following ideas:

Little Build It — Toddlers and pre-schoolers will be able to play and imagine with blocks in an enclosed area visible through glass walls. Parents will be able to join their children or sit immediately outside the enclosure in the atrium.  View more.

Build It — The visual image for this activity area is Legos everywhere. Architectural elements in this open-play area will be based on the Lego structure, and children will be able to build with LEGO bricks on just about every surface. Children also will be able to design and race Lego cars on a track that is elevated at one end. Windows between two sections designed for different ages in the Build It area will allow younger children the opportunity to watch and learn from older children at play.  View more.

Invention Garage — Readily available materials will be stocked in this largely open area for children to engage in project-based explorations and experiments. This exhibit lends itself to the dynamic creativity of the children who visit the garage. LongviewWOW’s Youth Advisory Council is helping develop projects and related instructions for this area, in which visitors will be able to build and test projects that illustrate various scientific principles, or design and create unique inventions.  View more.

Energy City — This area will provide hands-on, fun exploration of various aspects of the energy industry, from a power plant to solar power, wind power, a coal mine and oil and gas exploration and use. The approximate 1,000 square foot Aqua Ring will feature a two-story industrial structure that takes the typical water-table to a new level.  View more.

Hands-On Sensory House — This exhibit is set to include an ultra-sleek house, where children will be able to mimic all aspects of running a home. They will even be able to incorporate the nearby garden and farmer’s market into their play, as well as other aspects of Energy City. The exhibit module will also encompass a sensory experience for our special needs community members.  View more.

Garden and Farmers Market — Children will be able to try their hand at farming vegetables or picking peaches. Then, they can sell their wares at the farmers market, or shop for fresh produce and other goods. In addition, the Five and Dime Store will allow them to stock up on all their needs.  View more.

The Park — The park area will feature various types of dramatic play, from dress up to puppets, with backdrops available for children to produce their own creations. The Park also will provide a space for traveling exhibits, cart exhibits and special events.  View more.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Living History Holiday Event

The World of Wonders hosted the children's activities at the annual Living History Christmas, designed by the Gregg County Historical Museum in Longview

In addition to the activities, children enjoyed hundreds of villages set up and trains were running, Mrs. Claus told stories, the blacksmith worked out front, Dulcimer played, live Christmas songs were shared along with so much more. 

The free event gave the community a magical wonderland on Saturday, December 7th from 10a - 2p. The Model Train Exhibit was on display until December 21st.

LongviewWOW Offers Ornament Creation Station at Gregg County Historical Museum

Adapted from an article by Richard Yeakley

The phrase “Christmas is for the children” was on full display Saturday morning in downtown Longview, December 7th.

The Longview Museum of Fine Arts’ Breakfast with Santa gave children the opportunity to eat food, meet Santa, listen to a reading of the classic tale “The Night before Christmas” and create an ornament.

Around the corner on Fredonia Street, the Gregg County Historical Museum threw open its doors for a Living History Christmas complete with a model train exhibit and another ornament creation station with the Longview World of Wonders.

“This is an annual tradition for us ... I think it just a good way to start the Christmas holiday,” said Julie Lundy, of Longview, who with her husband Travis brought their three boys Mason, 6, Jacob, 5, and Andrew, 2, to Breakfast with Santa.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fundraiser Event Scheduled in 2014 to Support Hands On Discovery Center of LongviewWOW

Tickets are now available online. 
Click Here for Ticket Information!
Saturday, January 18, 2014

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A unique event is scheduled for January 18, 2014, which benefits Longview World of Wonders, a non-profit organization opening a hands on discovery center for children at 112 E. Tyler, downtown Longview. The evening will consist of delicious food (including filet mignon), wonderful music, auction, cigar bar and an interactive bourbon trail.

Cole Tomberlain and B & B Committee working for the benefit of LongviewWOW, are eager to raise support.

"We hope everyone will support this project for the children of Gregg County," said Tomberlain, "And we think we will all have fun while doing it!  You don't want to miss this unique and fun event."

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Start Time:  7:00 PM
End Time: 11:00 PM
Location: Arabella Manor , 11361 Hwy 300 Longview, TX 75644
If you can't wait to find out more details...
Email for more information!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Annual Meeting for LongviewWOW Scheduled

Longview World of Wonders, a nonprofit organization working to open a hands-on children's discovery center in downtown Longview, will hold its annual general meeting and board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Church. Enter at the Coffee Shop entrance on Sixth Street.

In addition to regular business, LongviewWOW will present a financial review of the 2013 fiscal year and discuss discuss priorities and objectives for the 2014 fiscal year. Anyone interested in learning more about LongviewWOW is invited to attend.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Student Intern Working with Longview World of Wonders

Longview World of Wonders is excited to welcome Cherryl Tronzon aboard as an intern assisting the nonprofit children’s discovery center in the making.

Tronzon is a 2013 graduate of Longview High School’s International Baccalaureate program. She was active in numerous students groups in high school and volunteered with a number of community groups, including Arc of Gregg County, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Haverty’s Angel Tree and others.

Tronzon is taking on a number of projects for LongviewWOW, including graphics projects and program planning, as well as assisting with fundraising and marketing activities.

LongviewWOW is renovating its future home at 112 E. Tyler St. in downtown Longview, with plans to open in phases starting in 2014. The organization is continuing to operate as a “museum without walls” until that time, staging fun and educational events for children around the community.

Friday, October 4, 2013

ArtWalk Adds Events for Children

Photo by Les Hassell, LNJ

Read more at the LNJ article, by Angela Ward

Cats, dogs and horses could be seen Thursday evening on the sidewalks of downtown Longview, but it was neither an animal shelter escape or an early start to Halloween.

The animals were chalk drawings made by children outside the new venue for Longview World of Wonders. The event was part of ArtWalk, which is held four times a year in downtown.

This was the first time World of Wonders — a hands-on children’s discovery center — participated in ArtWalk, said Karen Tutt, a board member for the organization. The group’s part of the event was called Chalk the Walk.

“The children who have come by have really enjoyed the games and drawing,” Tutt said. “We hope to be part of future ArtWalks.”

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Longview WOW Facade Construction Begins

Photo by Kevin Green, LNJ
Longview World of Wonders began construction on the outside facade of its new home this week after unexpected donations were given to the city’s first children’s hands-on discovery center.

Michelle Norris, the facilities and operations chairwoman for the nonprofit organization, said the nonprofit group received a “general collection of unrestricted donations,” declining to speak to the amount or source.
However, the donations were enough to pay for the group’s $67,800 exterior facade for the 17,000-square-foot former Texas Furniture Building at 112 E. Tyler Street.
Completion of the façade should take between six and eight weeks, Norris said.
“It is essential for community leaders, donors and anyone who is influential in our East Texas area to be involved and support this for it to work,” Norris said.

Longview World of Wonder Digs a Secret Garden

Longview World of Wonder conducted an event that was sure to grow memories beyond the day of digging and painting in the great outdoors.  Approximately 50 children were attended and gave rave reviews about the event. 

"The Secret Garden was a huge success!" said LongviewWOW Program Chair, Jo Lee Ferguson. "We are thankful for the event facilitators, Michelle and Pauline and all the volunteers who helped make the event possible."

ArtsView Children's Theatre partnered with LongviewWOW to entertain guests during the event.