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Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City
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Today 12:00 – 5:00 pm
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5700 King St Shawnee, KS 66203
5700 King StreetUSKansasShawnee66203
(913) 287-8888wonderscope.org
MuseumToday 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm
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Museum featuring hands-on exhibits about art, science, math & reading designed for kids under-8.- Google
"...was excited to take my children to the KC Children's Museum..."
"...do something different when the weather doesn't allow us outdoor playtime."
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Teresa Pruitt
a month ago
3/28-I booked the Ultimate Birthday package for $250 for 24 people-children and adults included ($271 after tax to be exact). The package was to include 24 cupcakes, juice boxes, napkins, gift bags for each child and a t-shirt for the birthday child.The website states it is a place for all ages to enjoy and very interactive. I had never been before so I thought it would be something different and interesting to do for my 7 yr old. Well we get there early for the children to play (party was the last one for the day) and we start with the first room-the "Garden and Barn area". There were toys EVERYWHERE it was a complete mess. We proceeded to the other rooms and they were just as bad. We went to the art room and there were no supplies for the children to use and it was a complete mess. In my opinion I think that the staff should every half hour or so do a "Sweep" of the rooms to tidy them up. They cannot expect a bunch of kids mainly toddlers to do this. Every room we went to had toys and supplies from the other rooms in them.The rooms could have had at least someone to supervise it. To pretty much sum this up the children were very disappointed. This place is designed more for kids 5 and under. We finally get to the party room and I guess my expectations were a little too high. There were outdoor patio tables and chairs for the guest to sit in and we had to unstack the chairs ourselves. Our "attendant" was nice but not very attentive, seemed very rushed. She only came in to bring the cupcakes and juice boxes, never offered any napkins (glad I had my own) and the last time she was seen was to come and ask me to pay the remainder due for the party. Needless to say I was not too pleased with the whole experience. After arriving home later that evening I realized the children did not get their gift bags and my daughter didn't get her birthday t-shirt as promised. I immediately left a voice mail and received a return call on Sunday the day AFTER her party stating I could come to pick up the gift bags and t-shirt. I explained to the woman Chou that it was irrelevant at that point, the party was over and I wasn't going to try to track down people to give them give bags. She then stated I could get a family pass to return. As I stated earlier in this review, my children were NOT happy with their experience due to it being too young for them. I told that to her and she stated she would have to talk with her executive director, John to find out what to do. As of this point and time I have not gotten a response back from anyone which I am not too happy about. Paying $271 for a birthday party here is not worth it, even if I did get the items and good service that was promised. So a bit of advice, do your research before you go there to plan your party. I wish I had visited it before booking the party, which was my fault but there is NO excuse for the staff not to have available all that is promised to you as stated on their website. NOT happy at all!!
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Carol Henson
2 years ago
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.
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Amy Bird
2 years ago
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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A Google User
3 years ago
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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Joseph Lordan
3 months ago
The building is run down; one of the activity rooms is currently under construction and the only thing keeping the toddlers out was a flimsy baby gate. Furthermore, wonderscope doesn't have a coat check and relies on the honor system for people to not take coats and other valuables... Consequently, my toddlers had their winter coats stolen and their was no loss prevention practices in place to prevent that from happening. The cost to get in is also quite high, so while your kids may enjoy the facility there isn't much for the parents to be happy about. You can go to better places!
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Jessica Meyer
a year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!
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Benjamin Mayes
4 years ago
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.
A Google User
3 years ago
for my kids, they absolutely love wonderscope. they have so much fun and they play for about 2 - 3 hours. It is about the same price as little monkey bizness down the street, but they have more opportunities to learn here. as a parent, I think it is dirty and I would not recommend it for small kids who put things in their mouth b/c of the germs. but they do have hand sanitizer around. all in all it is fun every once in awhile.

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