Shawnee Dispatch

Wonderscope has big plans for Spring Break March 16-26

March 13, 2007

Wonderscope Children's Museum, 5704 Flint, is offering a variety of fun activities for kids of all ages during Spring Break, March 16-26, including dance, art, magic and the museum's new permanent exhibit, A-Mazing Airways.

Whether Spring Breakers want to visit the StarLab planetarium, participate in a Dramatics Workshop, or create wearable art from cardboard, Wonderscope will have many choices for everyone.

On Friday, the 940 Dance Co. from the Lawrence Arts Center will perform "The Wonderous Misadventures of Bobby and Sprout" and "Waters of March" at 10:15 a.m.

On Monday, A-Mazing Airways will make its debut as Wonderscope's newest permanent exhibit. Developed by MindSplash Inventive Playscapes, the exhibit was created to make the properties of moving air understandable to young children. They learn about airflow by inserting various sizes of balls and scarves to see what flows best and how things change according to the direction of the air, all in a fun, creative pneumatic tube system.

A-Mazing Airways is funded through the Kauffman Summer Science Camp grant. Jane Wilson, Wonderscope's director of operations, said it was chosen for its play value, adaptability as curriculum content for the camps, as well as highnterest for daily visitors to the museum.

Also on Monday, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., children can participate in Inky Joe's Cardboard Smorgasbord. Starting with an ordinary, used up cardboard box, children will make a few cuts and folds to make a wearable bug, a monster, a building, a kite, a flower, a dog or whatever they can think of.

Tuesday will feature Wonderscope's weekly event Terrific Tuesday Art, and a special preview of the museum's KABOOM and KerSplat day camps will run every half hour beginning at 11 a.m. on March 21.

On March 22, Martin City Melodrama Jr. will present "A Tiger's Tale, or How the Tiger Got Its Stripes" at 1 p.m., followed by a workshop for children ages 5-10. Local magician Devin Henderson will perform at 11 a.m. March 23, and children can celebrate the last day of Spring Break March 26 with a special treasure hunt.

For more information and a complete listing of all the Spring Break events and schedules, go to www.wonderscope.org or call (913) 268-4176.

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