Wonderscope undergoes name change
By John Sharp
Photos by Bill Rankin
Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City which is scheduled to open its new interactive children’s museum at 433 E. Red Bridge Rd. in late October announced on September 24 it is changing its name to The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City.
The name change recognizes the ongoing financial support and leadership that three generations of the Regnier family have provided to the museum for decades.
The family’s financial support for the museum started by Vic and Helen Regnier decades ago has continued to this day with their son, Bob Regnier, serving as chair of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee to raise funds for its new Red Bridge facility, and the Regnier Family Foundation providing critical seed money for that successful $15 million campaign.
“The depth of our appreciation is beyond words,” said Roxane Hill, Wonderscope executive director. “The Regnier family has been with us every step of the way, never wavering from their support and leadership.”
Signage with the museum’s new name was installed on the front of its new facility on the 24th, and an interior tour of the facility showed that all its interactive exhibits to allow children 8 and younger to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math while having fun through play are nearing completion.
Museum staff moved into its offices in the new building during the last days of September.