Each room at Wonderscope provides hands-on activities for kids. Wonderscope has something for everyone from infant to elementary school aged. The rooms are easy to find and you can grab a map of the building when you pay.
Entertainment for your tiniest tots
If you have children under the age of 2 there are several rooms at Wonderscope to explore. The Small Wonders room is geared toward children ages 6 months to 2 years. Older children are not allowed in this area so your tiniest tots can crawl and toddle without fear of being trampled by an older child. The Wonder Gym has a variety of soft play toys on which your child can climb and play. The large space in the gym is also ideal for running off energy before nap time (or anytime in general).
Last but not least, the Nursery/Ready Vet Go room might be the cutest place you ever take your toddler. This room has an assortment of baby dolls in a variety of ethnicities for children who want to play mama. For those who want to play doctor, nurse, or vet, there are medical supplies and stuffed puppies and kittens on the other side of the room.
Playtime for preschoolers
Every room in Wonderscope has something that will entertain and educate your preschool-aged child. The Raceways room allows your child to race golf balls through different tracks and tunnels. The H20 room has water fun for kids to enjoy. The Farm to Market room enables your child to pretend to plant and harvest crops that are “sold” in the market. In the market children can grocery shop with carts and shelves just their size.
Kids who like playing with blocks and Legos will love the Tinker room; the Art room will bring out your child’s creative side with paint, markers, glitter and more.
Imagination fun for elementary school students
Wonderscope fun doesn’t end when your child enters elementary school. These rooms are developed so children can grow as they play. Older children have fun imagining themselves as a farmer, doctor, or vet. In the tinker room and race room children can see physics demonstrations first hand. A rock climbing wall in the Wonder Gym is perfect for the adventurous and athletic child in your group.
Tips for your trip
If you have never been to Wonderscope, here are a few tips to make the most of your visit.
• If you are going in the morning pack a lunch because there will be plenty to entertain your kids until lunchtime. Picnic tables are located adjacent to the gym.
• If you plan on entering the Art room, make sure your child has clothes on that you don’t mind getting a little messy. Dark colors are a good choice.
• The Farm to Market and Art Works exhibits close 30 minutes before the museum closes so if you are going later in the day plan accordingly.
• Wonderscope has a birthday room. If you are looking for a party venue, this is a crowd pleaser.
The Wonderscope website is currently being updated; for more information follow Wonderscope on Facebook.
Arley Hoskin has lived in the Kansas City area for 15 years. She enjoys taking her toddler to area parks and book stores. Hoskin currently resides in Raytown with her energetic and outgoing 2-year-old daughter.
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