Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City

Kansas City, MO   |  www.wonderscope.org

Mission

The mission of The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City is to spark a lifelong love of learning through the universal and uniting power of play.

Ruling year info

1989

Principal Officer

Ms. Roxane Hill

Main address

433 East Red Brigde Road

Kansas City, MO 64131 USA

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Formerly known as

Wonderscope Children's Museum

Children's Museum of Kansas City

Beyond the Book

EIN

48-1068613

NTEE code info

Children's Museums (A52)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Museum Exhibits

The region’s only fully accessible, non-profit children’s museum dedicated to providing STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – educational experiences for young children and their families. Wonderscope features 30,000 square feet of indoor exploration and 1/2 acre of year-round outdoor adventure. Each exhibit features a wealth of learning opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Children
Infants and toddlers
Families
Caregivers

Circle Time: Children and parents sing, learn, play and interact with other children around a central theme. Music & Movement: Both children and parents’ musical skills are developed through singing, moving, listening and playing through nursery rhymes; kid-friendly songs; playing instruments like maracas, drums, tambourines; dancing; listening to classical music. Art Time: Children refine their fine motor skills through painting, cutting, gluing, coloring and taping. They also learn shapes, colors, balance and other artistic concepts. Art projects are often themed around the time of year so that children can proudly display their art projects at home. Story Time: Children develop literary skills; a creative arts activity after each story helps reinforce learning and boost memory skills through art, dramatic play, theater, or puppetry.

Population(s) Served
Children
Infants and toddlers

Wonderscope continues to be a popular field trip destination. Students and teachers experience an environment specifically tailored to their learning and developmental needs. Studies confirm that while children play in children's museums, observable and quantifiable learning takes place. From simple cause and effect, to fine motor skills, to informational and procedural learning, to conceptual cause and effect, our exhibits and programs are designed to engage children in simple and complex forms of play that result in foundational learning.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Young children need both cognitive and social/emotional skills to enter school with the confidence, motivation, persistence and curiosity that will prepare them to be successful learners. Being ready for school is about much more than just having the academic basics like a good vocabulary or even just knowing letters and numbers. It is also about being smart in other ways, such as being able to solve problems creatively and developing flexible thinking, as well as being confident and resilient, and being kind which is important when trying to get along with other children. The Road to Readiness Program developed with support from the Wonderscope Education Committee comprised of early childhood education professionals and others, utilizes the resources of the Museum along with a guide for parents and caregivers to ensure children are ready for kindergarten and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Visit KC 2019

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 2016

Greater Kansas City Attractions Association 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Parents

Related Program

Museum Exhibits

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annual attendance. In 2020, because of the Covid pandemic, Wonderscope was closed from March 11- October 23,2020.

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Field Trips for Preschools, Schools and Groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

On-site programs did not take place Oct-Dec 2020 and program attendees were limited in 2021. Virtual programing offered in 2020-2021: 100,00+ views.

Number of families receiving discounted memberships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Museum Exhibits

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Wonderscope provides families with WIC/SNAP benefits discounted memberships through a donor-supported fund. This number represents the number of families, not individuals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Financials

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Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Matthew Heimsoth

Global Prairie

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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