Wonderscope Children's Museum Plans Move to Red Bridge Shopping Center




courtesy of the Wonderscope Children's Museum

   Wonderscope Children’s Museum, a longtime fixture in Shawnee, plans to move within two years to adjoin the Mid-Continent Public Library’s branch in the newly renovated Red Bridge Shopping Center at Red Bridge and Holmes roads in Kansas City. The planned 30,000-square-foot Wonderscope has been housed in the former Flint Elementary school at 5700 King S. in downtown Shawnee since 1989.

   A relocated Wonderscope, which has about 70,000 children and adults visiting each year, reportedly will provide greater visibility, better accessibility, more events and more participation by schools, families and children.

   “We envision a premier destination experience where families can celebrate play and children can tinker and experiment at their own pace,” Roxane Hill, Wonderscope executive director, was quoted as saying in a press release. “The environment will foster children’s creativity and confidence, with parents and caregivers learning right along with them.”

   The Red Bridge library branch renovation will be financed through a bond issue that was approved in November by voters and is expected to raise about $10 million annually for new construction and added services. The new branch will also provide a new 300-seat auditorium that will connect the library and Wonderscope.

   For more information, visit wonderscope.org.