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Wonderscope Childrens Museum of Kansas City Shawnee

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Wonderscope Childrens Museum of Kansas City
5700 King St
Shawnee
KS
66203
Tel: 913-287-8888

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Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City is located in the lvoely Shawnee, KS, just one block north of Johnson Drive at 5700 King Street.

They are about 1.5 miles west of I-35 and Johnson Drive, and 3.5 miles east of I-435 and Johnson Drive.

Where are we going today?

We certainly love to play, and we bet you do too!

Wonderscope Children's Museum has dedicated itself to allow and encourage children to learn through the power of play.  They have provided fun, inter-disciplinary exhibits revolving around arts and science for all those creative, inquisitive and playful minds under 10. 

Now kids, unfortunately if you do come and play here you do have to follow one rule - Make sure you are hands on with EVERYTHING!  

Think you can do that?  They want you to touch, play, experience, learn and enjoy everything before moving onto your next super hands-on activity.  Here, you can also play along with your parents!  Parents - feel free to interact, join in and play with your kids, rather than sitting having a coffee on the side.

This museum is designed to be self guided, so if you or someone else needs something, make sure you ask!  But remember - you are here to play, enjoy, laugh, and touch - it's the best way to learn here and by feeling and smelling and testing everything, you will begin to understand how everything works much more clearly.  Trial and error!

There is a great Small Wonders room designed for children's from 6 months to 2 years or age where you can enter a world of make believe and pretend, create, climb, crawl, creep and play around this area designed especially for you! 

They definitely have the child's best learning and development interest at heart.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7 (ages 3 - 63)
  • Children$4 (ages 1 - 2)
  • Free Under: 12 months
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Labor - Memorial Day: Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm / Sat 10am - 5pm / Sun Noon - 5pm. Summer Hours Mon -

Closed Mondays Labor Day to Memorial Day.

Teachers corner

Students are more than welcome to go to Wonderscope for a field trip, as they will really tailor your experience to suit your needs. They will really encourage the children to learn through simple and complex forms of play. And they will have a great time!.

I'm Hungry!

There is a lunchroom available but they don't have any food service, unfortunately. You are more than welcome to bring packed lunches to eat, but the museum doesn't allow any food or drink anywhere other than the lunch room. They need to make sure it all stays neat and clean for the next kids!.

Any Top Tips?

As you walk around from exhibit to exhibit, take your time and look at everything in the halls - it's just as interesting as what you are about to experience!.

Need a little extra help?

There is a lift for wheelchairs, so make sure you ring the doorbell when you arrive so someone can come and assist. .

Baby Facilities

There is a changing station in the Small Wonders room, and an elevator for strollers if needed. Just ring the bell when you get there if you need assistance. .

More information

If you plan on going more than 4 times a year, the membership will pay for itself, so make sure you look into that! .

What people are saying?

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    My children and I loved this place!!! My 2 1/2 year old enjoyed it as much as my 4 1/2 year old! Going on a really hot day would still be warm inside because of the air conditioner window units; so don't go looking for a nice cool environment. I can't wait to take them again with my husband, then again with my parents, then again with my MIL and then again with my sister in-law with her children!!! Groupon makes this affordable for us, otherwise would probably not go as often.
    Was it clean like a hospital, no...it's a hands on children's play...Read More

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    We usually go here about once a year, just to do something different when the weather doesn't allow us outdoor playtime. We only bring one adult because they do charge for each person, even if you're there to make sure your kids aren't hurting anything (or anyone). However, my kids love this place and they can play for a couple of hours with other children. There are some neat rooms - My son loves the ones with the ramps and the balls. My daughter loves the lego room at the end with the vacuum machine on the wall that blows the tissues around....Read More

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    I was excited to take my children to the KC Children's Museum, especially after visiting the Children's Museums in Saint Louis (The Magic House) and Chicago. Wonderscope doesn't even belong in the same category as these, though. The facility is an old school and it smelled of paste and urine when we went. In fact, while we were there a child wet his pants on the carpet and there was no effort to clean it up. The concept is good but the toys in the exhibits are overused and, in many instances, broken. I will say this for it, though: in spite...Read More

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    The kids had fun, but for what you get, this should have cost no more than $4 a person. Currently (Aug. 2010) it's priced at $7. This is just the first floor of an old school building with some fun games and activities for the kids. A visit lasts no more than 2 hours. Aside from the store, there are 7 activity rooms. The toys have seen quite a bit of use.

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    I was expecting alot more for my $14. (First of all, why do you charge for adults who just stand around and watch their children?) This place is in a old elementary school, and is very RUN DOWN. I think if they added staff to help the children in each room with instructions it would be alot funner. Why not also add a grocery store with actual isles and play money? A tea room for little girls? A fuax gas station where you can pump gas, and work on cars, or a firehouse with fireman? Just a few ideas :)

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by Jessica Meyer

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My children and I loved this place!!! My 2 1/2 year old enjoyed it as much as my 4 1/2 year old! Going on a really hot day would still be warm inside because of the air conditioner window units; so don't go looking for a nice cool environment. I can't wait to take them again with my husband, then again with my parents, then again with my MIL and then again with my sister in-law with her children!!! Groupon makes this affordable for us, otherwise would probably not go as often.
Was it clean like a hospital, no...it's a hands on children's play area.
I'm glad there were no facility helpers in each room...children are told what to do all day every day, this place gives them a chance to use their imagination and do what they want.
And to the comment of the child peeing his pants and no effort made to clean it up...where were the parents??? If my child has an accident, I clean it up. I don't rely on strangers.
Visit this place at least once...your children will love it!!!!!!!!!!

by Carol Henson

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We usually go here about once a year, just to do something different when the weather doesn't allow us outdoor playtime. We only bring one adult because they do charge for each person, even if you're there to make sure your kids aren't hurting anything (or anyone). However, my kids love this place and they can play for a couple of hours with other children. There are some neat rooms - My son loves the ones with the ramps and the balls. My daughter loves the lego room at the end with the vacuum machine on the wall that blows the tissues around. Both kids never want to leave. So, as long as you sanitize them well (as with any place kids with booger noses go), they'll have fun and you can keep an eye on them pretty well with the school classroom setup.

by Amy Bird

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I was excited to take my children to the KC Children's Museum, especially after visiting the Children's Museums in Saint Louis (The Magic House) and Chicago. Wonderscope doesn't even belong in the same category as these, though. The facility is an old school and it smelled of paste and urine when we went. In fact, while we were there a child wet his pants on the carpet and there was no effort to clean it up. The concept is good but the toys in the exhibits are overused and, in many instances, broken. I will say this for it, though: in spite of these things, my kids did enjoy their time there (2 hours, tops) and, since each exhibit is housed in a different school room with one door (except the one with the golf balls has 2 doors), it is easy to keep track of your children. Our membership expires this month, and we will not miss going. Just as much fun and in a cleaner facility and for free, you can visit the Johnson County Museum. That is where I will be taking my kids to play this winter instead of Wonderscope.

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