This summer, follow Alice down the rabbit hole and explore a fascinating world filled with adventure, wonder, and discovery. "Alice's Wonderland," an interactive exhibit based on Lewis Carroll's classic novel, is ongoing now through September 8 at the EcoTarium in Worcester. With 1,500 square feet of hands-on experiences to explore, children and adults alike will become as curious as Alice herself in a journey that makes the unknown more familiar, maybe even logical, and most certainly fun. Throughout the exhibit, visitors are reminded of the story by quotes from the original book and "encounters" with some of the tale's famous characters. Visitors enter Alice's Wonderland where Alice's dream-adventure begins: at the stream-side knoll where she nodded off to sleep in her sister's lap. They then follow the White Rabbit into the Underground by crawling through the rabbit hole and "falling through the earth." They soon find themselves in the Hall of Doors, a room filled with optical illusions, scientific puzzles and surprises of many sizes. As the exhibit experience continues to unfold, visitors test and experiment while at a Mad Tea Party, investigate geography in Digging to China, and understand animation at a Caucus Race. The adventurous at heart can challenge Alice and the Queen to a game of Crazy Croquet where balls in motion are surprisingly predictable. Ongoing through Sept. 8. Tues. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun., noon - 5 p.m. Free with museum admission: adults, $14; ages 65+, $10; ages 2-18, $8; under 2, free. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. www.ecotarium.org
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.