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 Wonderscope is Planning for a New Place for Play.

Wonderscope Celebrates 30 Years 

In 1989, a group of community-minded individuals set out to provide young families in Kansas City with more high-quality learning experiences by creating a children's museum.  While Wonderscope would grow from a modest traveling exhibit to a place of magic and wonder today, its mission has remained the same: to spark a lifelong love of learning through the power of play. 
Wonderscope was quickly a success. In its inaugural year, more than 60,000 visitors came through its doors.
 
Two partnership opportunities arose that would further shape its future.  In 2004, Wonderscope merged with Beyond the Book, a grassroots mobile literacy program.
 
The second significant opportunity occurred in 2008 when Wonderscope merged with Marty Porter's museum called the Children's Museum of Kansas City.
 
Over the years, Wonderscope has continually looked for ways to delight and educate children.

 As Wonderscope celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is only fitting that the museum embarks on a new journey to build a new museum.  Wonderscope will move to its new location at Red Bridge Shopping Center in late 2019.

We would like to thank the visionary pioneers, supporters, volunteers, friends and families who have made this museum a wonderous place for generations to come!

Read more about our history and view a photo gallery HERE.
 


One-on-One with New Board Chair
WonderNews sat down with Aaron Siders, Senior Vice President at Commerce Bank and 2019 Board of Directors Chair, to discuss the year ahead.  
 
Q. Aaron, how did you get involved in Wonderscope?
A.  A few years ago, a mutual friend connected me to Wonderscope. I had a young son then and a daughter on the way. I was looking for an organization where I could pair my personal interests with a leadership opportunity.
Q. What excites you about this year as Board Chair?
A. Well, the 30th anniversary is a huge milestone and we are proud to be celebrating it. In addition, while we will be reflecting on the museum's history, we also are looking ahead to a big year that includes completing the capital campaign and moving to a new facility.
Q. Why is a dedicated children's museum important to Kansas City?
A. A children's museum reflects the vitality of a community.  It's truly one of the few places designed 100% for children to learn through play.
Q. We talk about imaginative play at Wonderscope.  How have you experienced it with your children?
A. You can tell it's really important for their growth. When I see my daughter, for example, demonstrating imaginative play, I know that complex learning is going on. Wonderscope wants to provide that opportunity for the entire city. That's also why accessibility is so important.  We want every child in Kansas City to have the opportunity to experience Wonderscope.
Q. What would you like to accomplish as Board Chair this year?
A. In the short term, it's building the new museum, and the Board will continue to oversee this project.  In the long term, I hope it's helping Wonderscope grow into the organization we have always wanted to be: an asset for the entire region that is accessible to even more families and an important part of families' lifestyle.
 
See a complete list of our Board of Directors and the 2019 officers.

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Thank You!


If you love donuts, we have delicious news. Show your Wonderscope membership card at Donutology and receive FREE 3-pack of signature mini donuts when you purchase a Donutology 6-pack of signature mini donuts!
 
Donutology is expanding their support of Wonderscope. In addition to hosting the popular Donutology Day, they will sponsor the Donutology Birthday Room. Donuts will added as an option to the Ultimate Birthday Party Package, too. 

“We’ve partnered with Wonderscope for quite some time and have seen firsthand how its interactive exhibits and programs spark kids’ creativity and inspire curiosity,” says Donutology Founder Andrew Cameron. “As a locally owned business, collaboration is a vital part of our mission, and we can’t think of a better organization to support—especially one that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary."

January Attractions

Jan. 18, 10 am-11 am: Donutology kicks off 2019 with donut demonstration

Daily Programs

Tuesday: Circle Time
10:30 am and 2 pm
Wednesday: Music and Movement
9:30 am, 10:30 am, 2 pm
Thursday: Art Class
10:30 am and 2 pm
Friday: Story Time 
10:30 am and 2 pm
 


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www.wonderscope.org
Our mission is to spark a lifelong love of learning through the power of play

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