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GWIZ (Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone)

1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida 34236 | 941.309.4949
4 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments and Playgrounds & Playspaces
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $$$
Hours of operation: N/A as we renovate!

GWIZ is currently on hiatus as we are completely renovation Sarasota's only Science and Technology Center top to bottom, inside to out.  We anticipate a late 2013 reopening.  Keep updated on our progress via our website and facebook.  
GWIZ, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1990, is taking the lead in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education through interactional and embodied learning. Housed in a 33,000-square-foot facility, GWIZ tickles the brains of over 160,000 visitors each year with a hands-on approach to learning and discovery. GWIZ is located in the downtown Sarasota cultural district at The Blivas Science & Technology Center, 1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida 34236. For more information, visit www.gwiz.org.

COMING SOON!  The brand new GWIZ will offer ten zones of science and technology hands-on exploration!  Our programs will be expanded and the fun will be taken to new level!  Brace yourselves!


4 Reviews for GWIZ (Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone)

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YC1
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March 23 2012
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"Small and somewhat boring"

I brought my children to this museum last summer (they were 10 and 13). The museum was very small and the interactive area was ok, but minimal. The kids got bored pretty quickly as soon as they finished exploring this area. Upstairs they had a pirate's exhibit, which was pretty cool, but again, nothing too exciting. Some of the interactive exhibits didn't work correctly or just didn't hold their attention. Overall, I was glad that I didn't have to pay for this museum (I have a family membership at one of their reciprocal partners, so I was able to get into this museum for free). It wasn't worth it.

Comment from GWIZ Science Center of GWIZ (Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone) - January 24 2013

GWIZ greatly appreciates your feedback. We have a brand new administration and we are listening. We paused business as usual in September 2012 so we could completely renovate GWIZ inside and out. We are throwing everything out except the Fab Lab and the animals! We anticipate a late 2013 reopening and we hope you'll visit us again to see the brand new GWIZ!

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January 10 2011
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"G Wiz not good for young kids"

I took my 3 year old to G Wiz, and was pretty let down. It's definitely not designed for children under 8. If my daughter was over 8, she might enjoy it, but there is nothing really for a young child. There are some things that can keep a child under 8 busy, but not for long. Bottom line, is that if you had an older child, it would be more ideal.

Comment from GWIZ Science Center of GWIZ (Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone) - January 24 2013

GWIZ greatly appreciates your feedback. We have a brand new administration and we are listening. We paused business as usual in September 2012 so we could completely renovate GWIZ inside and out. We are throwing everything out except the Fab Lab and the animals! One of the new addition will be a brand new, extended Kids' Zone (up to 6 years) with an Infant Area just for the itty-bittys. We anticipate a late 2013 reopening and we hope you'll visit us again to see the brand new GWIZ!

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December 23 2010
1 family found this helpful
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"Disappointment"

I visited G. Whiz today with my 8 year old daughter and my 6 year old niece.  I visit Sarasota every year and was saving a trip to this museum for a special occasion.  What a disappointment.  We had a cloudy day and thought it would be the perfect thing to do.  I am still wondering if I missed something-there was really one big sectioned off room with some very old and outdated exhibits.  You had to read long explainations of how and why to use the materials which of course my kids just ignored.  It was very dark and dreary.  There was a live science "show" that a man gave about energy that was the only saving grace.  The kids quickly lost interest and we went upstairs to see the rest of the exhibits only to find that it was an art gallery with big "Do Not Touch" signs all over the place.  Huh?  We ended our trip to go out the playground outside which was fun to play on but the grounds were covered with trash from the overflowing garbage cans.  Yuck.  I heard great things about this museum over the years and was so surprised at how different it was from what I expected.  

Comment from GWIZ Science Center of GWIZ (Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone) - January 24 2013

GWIZ greatly appreciates your feedback. We have a brand new administration and we are listening. We paused business as usual in September 2012 so we could completely renovate GWIZ inside and out. We are throwing everything out except the Fab Lab and the animals! We anticipate a late 2013 reopening and we hope you'll visit us again to see the brand new GWIZ!

December 23 2010
0 families found this helpful
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"Fun with the Family"

One would expect Sarasota’s version of a hands-on museum to be brighter, artsier, edgier than the rest—and it is. Two floors of exhibits have the kids doing everything from sprint racing to creating cartoons. The cool outdoor playground makes a fun
outing on its own. The museum continually grows with state-of-the-art exhibits.

 
 

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activities for 6 year old

(1 reply) - on May 31, 2011 08:36
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Do you have any lego exhibits?

(2 replies) - on May 31, 2011 21:31

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