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Wonderscope Programming

Wonderscope programs a variety of fun and educational programs for children and their families.
Programs are included FREE with your membership or admission!

There are NO PROGRAMS the following dates:
December 27-January 3
March 14-17 and March 21-24

Circle Time

Circle Time

Tuesdays: 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM

Structured active play is one of the most important ways that young children learn, and Circle Time offers countless opportunities for engaging even the youngest of learners!

Wonderscope is excited to offer a bilingual Circle Time in both English and Spanish, on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:30pm. Learning a second language in childhood helps develop mental flexibility and creativity. Come learn with us! We’ll read poems, sing songs, and play some fun games all together. 

Wonderscope está emocionado ofrecer un Circle Time bilingüe en inglés y español cada segundo martes a las 2:30 de la tarde. Aprender un idioma segundo en la niñez desarrolla el pensamiento flexible y la creatividad. ¡Les invitamos a aprender con nosotros! Vamos a leer poemas, cantar canciones, y jugar juegos divertidos juntos.

Class size is limited and requires signing up on the day of your visit. Class sign-ups open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each class by the blue wall at the front of the museum.

Music & Movement

Music & Movement

Wednesdays: 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM

Did you know that music and movement has great brain building benefits for children of all ages? Our Music & Movement class engages both hemispheres of the brain, helping children develop systematically along five domains: speech/language, fine and gross motor skills, cognition, social skills, and body awareness. Come sing, dance, and play with us!

Class size is limited and requires signing up on the day of your visit. Class sign-ups open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each class by the blue wall at the front of the museum.

Art Time

Art Time

Thursdays: 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM

It is no secret that kids love art! Did you know that participating in art can have an enormous impact on your child’s growth and development? When children are exposed to any artistic activity, the brain is stimulated from sounds, movements, colors, and sizes; neural connections increase; and the brain is exercised and strengthened!

Class size is limited and requires signing up on the day of your visit. Class sign-ups open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each class by the blue wall at the front of the museum.

Story Time

Storytime + Craft

Fridays: 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM

Storytime is one of the richest learning experiences for young learners. Did you know reading books out loud to your child helps develop their reading skills long before they are able to read? Join us for a read-aloud, then stick around to enjoy a creative arts activity after each story to help reinforce learning and boost memory skills through art, dramatic play, theater, or puppetry!

Class size is limited and requires signing up on the day of your visit. Class sign-ups open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each class by the blue wall at the front of the museum.

Maker Space Workshops

Our Wonderscope Maker Space is free with museum admission! Our goal is to give children the opportunity to plan and create a self-guided project from the recycled materials present. It is a safe space to experiment with resources and tools children otherwise might not have access to, opening up new avenues for creative expression.

No sign-up necessary. Just stop in to create, while supplies last. 

Click here for calendar of dates and times.

Engineering Creativity

A  series of hands-on workshops led by professional engineers! Henderson Engineers come and give children a glimpse into the world of engineering. They return each month with a new engineering focus and activities tied to specific learning objectives. Free with museum admission or membership!

No sign-up necessary. Just stop in to create, while supplies last. 

Click here for calendar of dates and times.

 

Sensational Play

Wonderscope, in partnership with the University of Kansas Medical Center occupational therapy (OT) program, offers Sensational Play. Research shows that inclusive sensory-based activities provide children and families the opportunity to better understand their individual sensory preferences and how they influence their interactions with others and the world around them. Wonderscope’s Sensational Play sessions are planned and led by OT students as part of the community service-learning opportunity in their curriculum. Free with museum admission or membership.

No sign-up necessary. Just stop in to create, while supplies last. 

Click here for calendar of dates and times.

Kindergarten Readiness Program

Road to Readiness

Road to Readiness

Let’s get ready for Kindergarten!

Wonderscope’s Road to Readiness is a program designed to help children ages 4-6 assess skills in important developmental areas – and to allow families to experience Wonderscope exhibits in some exciting new ways. Best of all, it’s free with museum admission or membership!

This self-guided program includes a workbook filled with museum adventures for your family to complete at whatever pace is comfortable and enjoyable for you.

The program takes about 8 weeks to complete. You are free to work through the workbook on your own, but Wonderscope program staff members are available to assist you in your Road to Readiness journey with scheduled “Play Along” sessions. Just meet us in the lobby to participate!

Once you complete all or most activities in the book, there will be a special graduation ceremony, complete with a diploma, T-shirt, and other goodies!

Orientation sessions take place throughout the year. Register today and get started on the Road to Readiness!

Choose from one of the upcoming orientation sessions:

January 25 at 2 PM
Optional “Play Along” sessions for this cohort will take place Wednesdays at 2 pm

February 7 at 2 PM
Optional “Play Along” sessions for this cohort will take place Tuesdays at 2 pm

For more information or questions, please email Director of Programs Lauren Hirsch at lhirsch@wonderscope.org.

CAMINO A LA PREPARACIÓN

¡Preparémonos para el kínder!

Wonderscope’s Road to Readiness (Camino a la preparación de Wonderscope) es un programa diseñado para ayudar a los niños a evaluar habilidades en áreas importantes del desarrollo y para permitir que las familias experimenten las exhibiciones de Wonderscope de formas nuevas e interesantes. Lo mejor de todo: ¡es gratis con la entrada al museo o membresía!

Este programa autoguiado incluye un libro de trabajo lleno de aventuras en el museo para que su familia las complete al ritmo que le resulte cómodo y agradable. Los miembros del personal del programa Wonderscope están disponibles para ayudarlo en todo momento. El libro de trabajo completo será un excelente portafolio del desarrollo de su hijo(a).

Completen todas o la mayoría de las actividades  del libro y luego asistan a la ceremonia especial de graduación, que se completará con un diploma, una camiseta y otros obsequios. Las sesiones de orientación se llevan a cabo durante todo el año. ¡Regístrese hoy y comience el camino a la preparación!

Próxima sesión de orientación:
25 de enero, 2 pm

Para obtener más información o preguntas, envíe un correo electrónico al Director de Programas Lauren Hirsch lhirsch@wonderscope.org.