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We believe that play and creativity are necessary ingredients for a healthy childhood. We nurture wonder!
896 Saratoga Road (Route 50)
Ballston Lake, NY 12019
518-602-0237
Hours Vary by Season
Check our calendar on our home page for hours of operation.



thewonderroomny@gmail.com
896 Saratoga Road (Rte. 50), Ballston Lake, NY 12019
Phone: 518-602-0237
At the intersection of  Route 146-A and Route 50 in Ballston Lake, NY.
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Meet the Educators
Chris Stack
Owner, Education Director
Lauren Cohen
Creative Director

MA, Special Education, 
College of St. Rose
NYS Certified Teacher


I want to create an environment that inspires conversation among parents and children. We want to challenge visitors and encourage further exploration and ongoing learning.
MA, Secondary Social Studies, Teacher's College, Columbia University



Knowledge grows. When children have the time and space to explore and make discoveries about interesting objects and ideas, they incorporate new learning with old.


Our Story
The Wonder Room has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.  I love creating the spaces and activities that engage children in learning.  I love watching the children experiment with materials and observing the pride they express when they accomplish or learn something new.  

I started teaching in 1988 in an elementary classroom and soon moved to a preschool program.  I have worked in private and public preschools, for the NYS DOH Early Intervention Program, as a Child Development Specialist for a local Head Start program, as the Education Director at a local Children's Museum, I've conducted workshops for other early childhood educators and daycare providers, as well as written 14 resource books for early childhood educators.

My experience is varied and I continue to keep in touch with the latest information in the field, as I know I can always learn something new.  This is the message that I want to instill in all of my students - a love of learning that is never outgrown.  I'm a person that needs to see it, feel it, and experience it to make it meaningful.  I believe that is what children need too.

Lauren and I met in 2000, when our two oldest boys were just 3 yrs old and attending preschool together.  We have worked together through the years on an elementary school playground committee and as colleagues at a local children's museum.

We have found that our experiences and interests complement each other and make for a strong working relationship and teaching team.  After much planning and construction, we started The Wonder Room together in February 2012.
written by Chris 


Our Space 
We have transformed a small home into a series of 4 interconnected rooms full of activities, supplies, toys, and materials that are interesting and engaging.

As you enter the building, there is a grouping of different tables and sensory bins that invite the children to experience their surroundings with their senses....manipulating play dough, sorting small objects, completing puzzles, scooping and filling dry pasta, shaking discovery bottles, exploring the discovery tray, and getting an up close view of natural objects are often found in this space.

The next two rooms have a flannel board, a variety of blocks for building, musical instruments, puppets and toys that allow children to make up stories, play scenarios, and make believe.   

Creative Art Room
An open art studio especially for children. Children can explore materials and medium, as well as various art supplies in their own way.