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Faces of Kansas City: Wonderscope provides learning fun for kids

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In the heart of Shawnee there is a building that's been home to a special place for children for more than two decades.

Kids knocking down planks or building a creation of their own is a common sight at Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City.

"It's amazing coming in to work every day because you see the kids running around, playing and interacting with their parents," said John Lowe, the children's museum's executive director.

Lowe is fairly new to Wonderscope, but is already in awe of the many different ways it educates children 10 and under. Through play - whether it's a trip to a pretend grocery store or a visit with a real furry friend – Lowe says he sees a connection grow between kids and their caregivers when both are engaged in play.

"This is a great place for when parents take a day off from work to come and reconnect as a family and work with their kids, and they get down on the floor, playing. There's a bonding at that age, from 1 to 5, that's when everything comes together," he said.

Housed in an old school building, more than a million visitors have passed through its doors in its 25 years in Shawnee.

Wonderscope is a nonprofit that counts on admission fees. Lowe said the building is showing its age, but their commitment to kids will never fade.

"There's a lot of maintenance issues here, and a lot of that type of stuff to constantly deal with, but the kids don't care. They come in here, they run, they play. They don't really care how old the building is," he said.

Click here for more information on Wonderscope, including hours and location.

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