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Shawnee - Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City

5700 King Street


Wonderscope Childrens Museum of Kansas City's mission is sparking a lifelong love of learning through the power of play. We provide fun, dynamic exhibits and programs that integrate the arts, sciences and literature for children ten and under, their parents and teachers from across the Kansas City area. Our members and visitors today enjoy our exhibits and programs in our museum facility in Shawnee, Kansas, as well as in our Wonderscope Live and Wonderscope on Wheels outreach programs throughout the metropolitan area. In the future, we will be building a new, world-class childrens museum for the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Learn*Play*Grow communicates our belief that children learn best through play and that through fun, imaginative hands-on learning, they can grow to their fullest potential. Interactive learning experiences with family and friends engage childrens natural motivation to learn and discover their world. Wonderscopes informal learning environment is filled with engaging play experiences in literacy, the arts and the sciences. This rich environment naturally inspires curiosity, and ultimately, a love of learning in young children.


Wonderscope multiple exhibit areas with a focus on arts and science for younger children. We seek to provide a friendly, convenient and accessible environment for young children. Planning is in process to develop and expand Wonderscope to provide the quality, size, and depth of experience that children and families throughout the greater Kansas City metro can be proud.

- A leading-edge, top-quality family destination

 - World-class in design with dynamic, relevant interactive experiences that spark a lifelong love of learning in young children

 - An interdisciplinary approach to teaching the arts and sciences in an informal learning environment, including the effective use of literature

 - A dependable resource for families, care providers and educators

 - A hub for early childhood services and programs throughout the community

 - A leader in applying the science of early learning to outstanding exhibits and programming

 - A research base for understanding and strengthening family learning opportunities

 - A customer-centric organization

 - A place of wonder, joy and magic

Kansas City is a vibrant and growing city with a demonstrated commitment to supporting the arts, science and technology, literacy and education.  We seek to meet the informal learning needs of our youngest children with a new, top-quality children's museum that will enhance the Kansas City metropolitan area.


Andrea Smith

Thursday, April 5, 2018
I thought I'd spend an hour or 2 with my toddler here and we spent 5 hours! Non stop fun! Never rub out of stuff to do. Super courteous staff. Perfect for literally any age. I've been 3 times and see improvements each time. Nice to see where your money goes.

Cali Thompson

Saturday, March 3, 2018
The building is old and a bit run down, but my kids have a blast here. They have a tinker room, art room, water room, farm, grocery store, vet clinic, nursery, doctors office, open gym, music class, art class, story time, a play area for kiddos 2 and under AND they even have a quiet room for nursing mothers. We have a great time each time we're here. Plan on spending over 3 hours here every visit!

Tom Blevins

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
They have taken a old school building and turned it into an educational hands on learning center that is lots of fun. My 5 yr old creative daughter spent an hour in the paper and crayon room. My tactile son went from room to room but had a ball in each. My 3 year old girl made it to the nursery room and couldn't be moved from taking care of all the babies. My biggest cristism is the utter lack of Adult seating in the place. If you're going with your kids be prepared to stand or lean the whole time.

Sara G

Monday, March 12, 2018
Cute place and my son has fun there, but with that being said, it could use some updating. Fresh paint in play areas where there is visible dirt and grime, new water smocks that work, fixing conveyor belts (i.e. the barn room belt is broken), changing light bulbs so they aren't burnt out, etc. It could be a 5 if they maintained it a bit better.

Amanda Bettis

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Great place for kids to use their imagination! But the water room kinda grossed me out. Needs the mats taken off the floor and scrubbed. Water looks a bit dingy too. Didn't spend much time in there.

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