Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. Its history is both fascinating and unique. Like each chapter of a book contributes to the plot of its story, each year has contributed to the plot of Wonderscope’s story.
In 1988, the Johnson County (Kan.) Commissioners established a task force to study programs and activities available for children and their families in the local community. The study concluded that there was a shortage of hands-on, interactive programs of interest to entire families.
As a response to that unmet community need, Wonderscope Children’s Museum was founded in 1989 by Mary Porter. The museum was housed in the Shawnee School for the Blind until 1993 when Vic Regnier, owner of Vic Regnier Builders, purchased the former Shawnee Elementary School at 5700 King St. where the museum is currently located.