Shawnee’s Wonderscope spends more than $100,000 to makeover facility

SHAWNEE, Kan. -- A well-known children's museum is spending more than $100,000 in grant money to makeover the place.

Wonderscope officials say it's been at least 15-years since they've renovated the museum, which sits in an old elementary school off Johnson Drive in downtown Shawnee.

Lowes volunteered hundreds of man hours and thousands of dollars to repaint the walls and scrape the paint off the windows.

Wonderscope also bought new flooring and freshened up the exhibits, all in an effort to attract more area families to visit.

"It was way, way overdue," executive director Roxanne Hill said. "There was a lot of deferred maintenance, which is really the physical part. But some of the exhibits were just missing elements. They were tired and a little worn so it was well overdue. The museum still has some grant money left over and hopes to add more toys to the exhibits in the near future."